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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Still undefeated and ranked fourth in the latest USA Today/NWCA poll, Ohio State will test itself against some of the best wrestlers in the nation this weekend at the 35th annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.
Friday, Dec. 2:
9 a.m. PST (Noon EST): Round one Pig Tail Championship, Round two championship, round three consolation, round four championships, Consolation round one and two
6 p.m. PST (9 p.m. EST): Championship quarterfinals and consolations round three
Saturday, Dec. 3:
9 a.m. PST (Noon EST): Consolation Round Four
10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST): Semifinals and consolation round five, consolation semifinals, consolation finals (fifth and sixth, seventh and eighth)
3 p.m. PST (6 p.m. EST): Championship Finals (first and second, third and fourth)
Subscribers to FloWrestling can watch the 2016 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational live by clicking here. Updates will also be available at on the team’s official Twitter account, @wrestlingbucks.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
• Ohio State has been idle since last Tuesday’s victories over Kent State (36-13) and Cleveland State (52-0) at the 2016 Thanksgiving Throwdown at Kent State’s MAC Center. The Buckeyes are 3-0 on the season.
• Seven of Ohio State’s 10 dual starters are ranked this week by either InterMat, Flowrestling, Amateur Wrestling News or The Open Mat.
• Redshirt sophomore Micah Jordan and redshirt freshman Kollin Moore are the first Buckeyes to reach double figure wins this year. Jordan is 11-0 with nine victories coming via bonus points while Moore in 10-0 and is tired with Cody Burcher for the team lead with four pins.
• After recording just one pin in his first 46 collegiate matches, junior Kyle Snyder picked up two falls last Tuesday. He now owns a 44-4 career record.
• Ranked Buckeye wrestlers are 37-3 thus far vs. unranked opponents with 28 of those wins coming via either fall, technical fall or major decision.
• At last year’s CKLV Invite, M. Jordan made the first major statement of his breakout season, defeating 13th-ranked Todd Preston of Harvard to win the 141 lb. title. Nathan Tomasello also took home his own hardware, edging second-ranked Joey Dance of Virginia Tech in the finals, 5-4, to win the 125 lb. title.
• Ohio State has finished in the top-five of the CKLV Invitational standings for five consecutive years.
• The Buckeyes were second in 2014 and won the title in both 2011 and 2012.
• Ohio State had multiple CKLV champions in 2013 (Logan Stieber, 141 lbs.; Johnni DiJulius, 133 lbs.) and 2015 (M. Jordan, 141 lbs.; Tomasello, 125 lbs.).
THIS YEAR’S FIELD
The CKLV Invitational is one of the nation’s most competitive tournaments, featuring a total of 36 teams — three ranked in the top 10 — and nearly 40 percent of all of the nation’s ranked wrestlers. Ohio State is the highest-ranked team in the field, followed by No. 6 Virginia Tech, No. 8 Cornell and No. 11 Michigan.
CURRENT INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
|Nathan Tomasello||133 lbs.||#2||#3||#2||#3|
|Ke-Shawn Hayes||141 lbs.||#13||#12||#12||#14|
|Micah Jordan||149 lbs.||#5||#6||#6||#8|
|Bo Jordan||174 lbs.||#1||#1||#1||#3|
|Myles Martin||184 lbs.||#2||#2||#2||#6|
|Kollin Moore||197 lbs.||#13||#12||#15||#9|
CURRENT TEAM RANKINGS
|Poll||Tournament Index||Dual Power Index|
MORE ABOUT THE BUCKEYES
• Following his 20-8 major decision against fourth-ranked Tanner Hall of Arizona State on Nov. 19, Kyle Snyder was named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week last Tuesday (Nov. 22).
• Of the 10 starters that took the mat vs. Arizona State, none were seniors. Three were redshirt freshmen one was a true freshman, four were redshirt sophomores, one was a true sophomore and one was a true junior.
• Currently in his 11th season, head coach Tom Ryan is 126-45 with the Buckeyes and 235-129-1 overall. Ryan spent 11 seasons at Hofstra, where he won six consecutive CAA titles between 2001 and 2006.
• In wins over Kent State and Cleveland State last Tuesday, Ohio State was 17 of 20 matches overall and 15 via bonus points. Against CSU, six of the 10 wins were by pin.
• Jordan is averaging a team-best 17.3 points/match in his 10 bouts that have not ended in a pin.
Jose Rodriguez | Rs.-Fr. | 125 lbs. | Massillon, Ohio
5-1 on the season … has won his last three matches via bonus points … won 13 matches last year while competing unattached.
Nathan Tomasello | Rs.-Jr. | 133 lbs. | Parma, Ohio
Expected to make his 2016-17 debut … two-time All-American and 2015 national champion at 125 lbs. … 78-5 career record … ranked No. 3 nationally by InterMat at 133 lbs.
Brendan Fitzgerald | Fr. | 141 lbs. | Grandview, Ohio
5-2 record on the year … defeated two ranked wrestlers at the season-opening Eastern Michigan Open to claim the 133 lb. co-championship.
Micah Jordan | Rs.-So. | 149 lbs. | Urbana, Ohio
11-0 on the season and ranked No. 6 nationally by InterMat … won his first-ever CKLV title last year (141 lbs.) by beating ranked wrestlers in both the semifinals and finals … team leader with 11 wins and six technical falls.
Jake Ryan | Rs.-So. | 157 lbs. | Powell, Ohio
3-3 on the season … pinned Grant Turnmire of Cleveland State last Tuesday in 4:17 for his first fall of the year.
Cody Burcher | Rs.-So. | 165 lbs. | Gnadenhutten, Ohio
8-2 on the season … champion of the 165B bracket at the Journeymen Collegiate Classic … won twice last week vs. Kent State and Cleveland State.
Seth Williams | Rs.-So. | 174 lbs. | Willard, Ohio
5-5 record on the year … has competed in two open tournaments and two duals … tied for the team lead with three falls.
Myles Martin | So. | 184 lbs. | Penns Grove, NJ
6-0 on the season and ranked No. 2 nationally by InterMat … five of his six wins have come via bonus points (one major decision, three technical falls, one fall).
Kollin Moore | Rs.-Fr. | 197 lbs. | Burbank, Ohio
10-0 on the season and ranked No. 12 nationally by InterMat … one of two Buckeyes with double figure wins … averaging 18.1 points in matches that haven’t ended in a pin.
Josh Fox | Rs.-Sr. | 285 lbs. | Jacksonville, Fla.
3-6 on the year … competed in the Eastern Michigan Open, Journeymen Classic and Michigan State Open.
Wrestling fans will have more opportunities than ever to see the Scarlet and Gray on BTN this year. A total of four duals — three at home — will appear on the network, starting on Dec. 8 with a showdown against Missouri inside St. John Arena. The Big Ten home opener against Rutgers (Jan. 8) will also be shown, along with the Feb. 3 dual vs. Penn State at the Schottenstein Center. Ohio State’s Jan. 27 dual at Iowa will also be on the network.
A CONSISTENT WINNER
Ohio State has been ranked in the USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll for 72 consecutive weeks dating back to the 2011-12 season. Fifty eight of those weeks it has been in the Top 10, including a program-high No. 3 ranking for six weeks in 2014-15 and four weeks in 2015-16.
The home portion of Ohio State’s 2016-17 dual meet schedule commences next Thursday with a showdown against No. 5 Missouri at 7 p.m. The dual will feature two Olympic medalists — Ohio State’s Snyder (gold) and Missouri’s 197-pounder J’Den Cox (bronze).