Jan. 7, 2016
|No. 13 Michigan||Sat., Jan. 9/5 p.m.||St. John Arena; Columbus, Ohio||BTN/BTN2Go|
COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the first time in nearly seven weeks, the sixth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team will compete in the friendly confines of St. John Arena. The Buckeyes, winners of their first two Big Ten duals, tangle with No. 13 Michigan at 5 p.m. on Saturday in front of a national television audience on BTN.
Saturday’s dual is one of two this regular season that can be seen live on BTN. Tim Johnson will be the play by play announcer with Jim Gibbons offering color analysis and Shane Sparks as the sideline reporter. Twitter updates will also be available on the team’s official Twitter account, @wrestlingbucks.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
Much like the football Buckeyes, there will be more at stake for Ohio State on Saturday then trying to add one more victory to the win column. A pair of gold singlets are award after each win over Michigan, and since the tradition began at the conclusion of the 2007-08 season, Ohio State has earned them six times (out of eight seasons).
Brad Jennings will serve as the Buckeyes’ honorary coaches on Saturday. Jennings and his family recently made a $2.5 million gift to the wrestling program and the team’s new practice facility will bear its name upon completion. Brad runs a successful insurance agency and was a high school wrestler and coach.
Ranked 13th in this week’s USA Today/NWCA Top 25 poll, the Wolverines are 4-1 this season and host a dual against Oregon State on Thursday, Jan. 7 before traveling to Columbus. Michigan has eight wrestlers ranked in this week’s InterMat polls, led by four that are in the top 10 – No. 3 Adam Coon (285), No. 5 Brian Murphy (157), No. 7 Max Huntley (197) and No. 9 Alec Pantaleo (149). UM owns wins this year over Sacred Heart, No. 19 West Virginia, Hofstra and Michigan State with a loss against No. 14 Oklahoma.
THE LAST FIVE VS. MICHIGAN
While Michigan leads the all-time series 63-19-3, the Buckeyes are 6-2 vs. the Wolverines since 2008 and have won three of the last five meetings.
1/18/2015: Ohio State 25, Michigan 15 (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
1/31/2014: Michigan 21, Ohio State 12 (Columbus, Ohio)
2/8/2013: Ohio State 24, Michigan 12 (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
2/3/2012: Ohio State 24, Michigan 13 (Columbus, Ohio)
1/28/2011: Michigan 27, Ohio State 9 (Columbus, Ohio)
125: #1 Nathan Tomasello (10-0) vs. #19 Conor Youtsey (3-5)
133: #8 Johnni DiJulius (10-2) vs. #16 Rossi Bruno (6-3)
141: #9 Micah Jordan (13-2) vs. George Fisher (5-4) OR Zac Hall (3-2)
149: Cody Burcher (10-6) OR Hunter Stieber (0-0) vs. #8 Alec Pantaleo (11-2)
157: #11 Jake Ryan (11-1) vs. #5 Brian Murphy (1-1)
165: #2 Bo Jordan (8-0) vs. Garrett Sutton (6-3)
174: #15 Myles Martin (19-2) vs. #19 Davonte Mahomes (5-6)
184: #11 Kenny Courts (11-4) vs. #10 Dominic Abounader (9-1)
197: Mark Martin (14-4) vs. #6 Max Huntley (9-2)
HWT: Nick Tavanello (13-2) OR Thomas Haines (12-2) vs. #4 Adam Coon (5-0)
SNYDER TO RETURN IN FEBRUARY
Buckeye wrestling fans received the best possible news to start 2016 – world champion Kyle Snyder is returning to the Buckeyes’ lineup in February. The sophomore plans to make his 2015-16 debut at heavyweight vs. Penn State with the possibility of also wrestling the next week at home vs. Wisconsin. He will also compete in the Big Ten Championships (March 5-6 at Iowa) and the NCAA Championships (March 17-19, Madison Square Garden; New York City).
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