COLUMBUS, Ohio – The final home match of the 2019-20 season arrives when No. 6 Ohio State (9-3, 5-2 B1G) plays host to No. 23 Northwestern (3-5, 1-4 B1G) at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday (Feb. 9) inside the Covelli Center. BTN Plus is set to handle the streaming video broadcast.
Both Ohio State and Northwestern are slotted considerably higher in tournament rankings by all major outlets than by the NWCA Coaches Poll which is based on dual results. The Buckeyes come in at No. 3 in each of the NCAA Championships points predictions while the Wildcats are slotted as high as No. 8 by both FloWrestling and Trackwrestling. In dual meet action, which ends when the regular season ends, today’s clash features No. 6 vs. No. 23.
HISTORY WITH THE WILDCATS
Ohio State owns a 43-29-1 advantage in the all-time series versus Northwestern which began in 1924. The Buckeyes have won four in a row and eight of nine since Tom Ryan became head coach in 2006.
OHIO STATE = #1 U
A trio of Buckeyes can be found atop the individual rankings for their weight class. Kollin Moore (197 lbs) and Luke Pletcher (141 lbs) have been slotted No. 1 for months while Sammy Sasso (149 lbs) joined the elite class this week. Iowa and its pair of top-ranked guys is the only other school to bolster multiple No. 1’s. Sasso is the lone freshman in the list of 10 weight class leaders.
WASTING NO TIME
Freshman success is nothing new for Ohio State. Four Buckeye rookies have advanced to the NCAA Championships finals since 2012, including national titles for Logan Stieber (2012), Nathan Tomasello (2015) and Myles Martin (2016). Martin was just the 15th true freshman in NCAA history to win it all.