November 21, 2016

PREVIEW: No. 4 Ohio State vs. Kent State, Cleveland State


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Less than 72 hours after opening the dual meet portion of its schedule at Arizona State, the fourth-ranked Buckeyes take the mat again on Tuesday with a tri-meet at Kent State. Ohio State will face Cleveland State and the host Golden Flashes inside the Memorial and Convention Center.

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• Ohio State won its dual opener on Saturday at No. 19 Arizona State behind five bonus point wins – three of which came in the final three matches.
• Eight members of Ohio State’s projected starting lineup are ranked by FloWrestling, InterMat, Amateur Wrestling News and Of those eight, six reside in the top 10.
• Of the Buckeyes’ 10 expected starters, none are seniors. Four are freshmen or redshirt freshmen.
Micah Jordan leads the team in wins (nine) and total points (129; 14.3 per match). He has eight bonus point wins, including a team-high four technical falls and two major decisions.
Kyle Snyder became the first American wrestler to win an Olympic gold medal and return to compete collegiately on Saturday when he made his 2016-17 debut and defeated fourth-ranked Tanner Hall, 20-8.


Name Weight FloWrestling InterMat AWN TheOpenMat
Nathan Tomasello 133 lbs. #2 #3 #2 #3
Ke-Shawn Hayes 141 lbs. #13 #12 #12 #14
Micah Jordan 149 lbs. #6 #7 #9 #8
Jake Ryan 157 lbs. #11 #9 #11 NR
Bo Jordan 174 lbs. #1 #1 #1 #3
Myles Martin 184 lbs. #2 #2 #2 #6
Kollin Moore 197 lbs. #16 #12 #15 #9
Kyle Snyder HWT #1 #1 #1 #1


Poll Tournament Index Dual Power Index
FloWrestling #3 #5
InterMat #3 #5
W.I.N. #4 N/A
USA Today/NWCA N/A #4
TrackWrestling #3 N/A

The last time out on Saturday, Kent State finished third of 12 teams at the Navy Classic. Nine Golden Flashes earned top six finishes as Kent State (113.5) was just one point behind second-place Navy (114.5). Sophomore Anthony Tutolo took the 133 lb. title. Three Flashes made trips to the finals as sophomores Casey Sparkman (157) and Jairod James (174) each placed second, going 4-1 on the day.

The Vikings are 1-0 this season with a win over John Carroll on Nov. 11. Last Saturday, three wrestlers won at least one match at the annual Findlay Open. In the latest TrackWrestling rankings, senior Nick Corba checks in at No. 20 at 184 lbs.

165: Justin Kresevic (OSU) decision over Nathan Wynkoop (CSU) 10-3 | OSU 3, CSU 0
174: #1 Bo Jordan (OSU) won by fall over Gabe Stark (CSU) :28 | OSU 9, CSU 0
184: Jack Rozema (OSU) major decision over Jacob Worthington (CSU) 12-4 | OSU 13, CSU 0
197: Sam Wheeler (CSU) won by forfeit | OSU 13, CSU 6
285: #8 Riley Shaw (CSU) decision over #18 Nick Tavanello (OSU) 6-4 | OSU 13, CSU 9
125: #1 Nathan Tomasello (OSU) tech fall over Evan Cheek (CSU) 23-7 | OSU 18, CSU 9
133: #5 Johnni DiJulius (OSU) decision over Alfredo Gray (CSU) 4-3 | OSU 21, CSU 9
141: Mike Carlone (CSU) decision over Mike Hozan (OSU) 4-3 | OSU 21, CSU 12
149: Nick Montgomery (CSU) won by fall over Cody Burcher (OSU) 5:34 | OSU 21, CSU 18
157: #16 Jake Ryan (OSU) won by tech fall over John Vaughn (CSU) 21-6 | OSU 26, CSU 18

Ohio State and Kent State will meet for the 22nd time Tuesday with the Scarlet and Gray owning a 15-6 advantage. The Buckeyes and Golden Flashes wrestled for the first time in 1930. Two years ago in Columbus, No. 4 Ohio State won nine of 10 matches in its home opener for a 38-3 victory.

125: Rs.-Fr. Jose Rodriguez (3-1, 1-0 duals)
133: Fr. Brendan Fitzgerald (4-1, 0-1 duals)
141: Rs. Fr. #12 Ke-Shawn Hayes (3-1, 1-0 duals)
149: Rs. So. # 7 Micah Jordan (9-0, 1-0 duals)
157: Rs. So. # 10 Jake Ryan (2-2, 0-1 duals)
165: Rs. So. Cody Burcher (6-2, 0-1 duals)
174: Rs. Jr. #1 Bo Jordan (0-0, 0-0 duals) or Seth Williams (5-3, 0-1 duals)
184: So. # 2 Myles Martin (4-0, 1-0 duals)
197: Rs.-Fr. # 12 Kollin Moore (8-0, 1-0 duals)
HWT: Jr. # 1 Kyle Snyder (1-0, 1-0 duals)

Five members of Ohio Stare’s roster hails from the greater Cleveland area. On the coaching staff, assistant J Jaggers is a native of Northfield and graduate of St. Peter Chanel while volunteer assistant Anthony Ralph also wrestled and coached at St. Peter Chanel. Ralph also wrestled collegiately for Kent State.

• Ranked Ohio State wrestlers are 26-1 this year against unranked opponents. Nineteen of those wins have come by either major decision, technical fall or fall.
Micah Jordan leads the team in total points (129) and takedowns (39). He’s averaging just over four takedowns per match.
• Four starters average over 10.0 points per match, with Moore and Ryan close behind at more than eight points/match.
• Buckeyes wrestlers have won two of three top-10 match ups so far this season with both wins coming by major decision.

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.

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.

Junior Kyle Snyder currently owns the team’s longest winning streak at 12 matches dating back to last January. In that span, he is:
• Averaging 18.7 points per match
• Has scored 20 or more points seven times
• Has six technical falls, three major decisions and one fall (the first of his career).