The No. 2 Ohio State University wrestling team (1-0) welcomes in Cleveland State (0-0) and Kent State (5-0) for the 2017 Thanksgiving Throwdown on Tuesday (Nov. 21) at 7 p.m. It marks the final wrestling event of the season hosted at St. John Arena.
The tri-dual event features an exciting format utilizing two mats with simultaneous matches occurring on each. A complete look at the bout schedule can be seen below:
HISTORY WITH THE VIKINGS AND GOLDEN FLASHES
Ohio State owns an advantage in the all-time series with both in-state opponents. The Buckeyes control a 23-13-2 upper hand over Cleveland State which includes victories in 19 of the last 20 meetings dating back to 1987 and a 52-0 blanking in last season's Thanksgiving Throwdown. Ohio State's current winning streak sits at eight straight versus Kent State, holding a 17-6 edge overall. The Buckeyes garnered a 36-13 triumph a year ago in this same event.
B1G WRESTLING OF THE WEEK | Te'Shan Campbell
Te'Shan Campbell made the most out of his debut in front of the home crowd as a Buckeye, dominating a Top-10 foe in Ohio State's 31-12 victory over Arizona State. That performance earned him Co-Big Ten Wrestler of the Week distinction, sharing the honor with Michigan heavyweight Adam Coon.
BUCKEYES TOP ARIZONA STATE IN HOME OPENER
The first Ohio State dual of the season occurred Nov. 12 at home inside St. John Arena versus No. 11 Arizona State. The Buckeyes captured seven of 10 bouts in the 31-12 win, including bonus points from Te'Shan Campbell (major decision), Myles Martin (fall) and Kyle Snyder (fall).
#PINCHAIN IS BORN
The Ohio State "pin chain" was awarded for the first time when Myles Martin stuck his Sun Devil opponent in the 31-12 Buckeye victory over Arizona State. Martin's pin chain ownership was short-lived, however, as Kyle Snyder also recorded a fall two bouts later.
The pin chain elicited an immense social media reaction, including retweets from ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell and the Big Ten Network. The pin chain was created by associate head coach J Jaggers, inspired by the Miami Hurricanes football "turnover chain." Ohio State's bling will be rewarded to the latest Buckeye to record a pin at dual matches and then at the Big Ten and NCAA Championships.
SEVEN BUCKEYES CROWNED CHAMPIONS AT PRINCETON OPEN
Ohio State opened the 2017-18 season by sending 10 grapplers to the podium at the Princeton Open, including champions in seven of the 10 weight classes. Buckeye title-winners were Luke Pletcher (133 lbs), Ke-Shawn Hayes (149 lbs), Micah Jordan (157 lbs), Te'Shan Campbell (165 lbs), Bo Jordan (174 lbs), Myles Martin (184 lbs) and Chase Singletary (HWT; competing `unattached').
In addition, Fritz Schierl's runner-up journey advanced all the way to the 165-pound finals before clashing with OSU teammate Te'Shan Campbell. Ethan Smith (unattached) was a third-place finisher at 184 pounds while Brakan Mead (125 lbs) rounded out the Buckeye podium-goers with a fourth-place showing.
FloWrestling maintains a `pound-for-pound' Top-20 and Ohio State represents 25-percent of the group. The Buckeyes included are No. 1 Kyle Snyder, No. 8 Nathan Tomasello, No. 14 Bo Jordan, No. 16 Myles Martin and No. 20 Kollin Moore.
The Buckeye senior trio of Bo Jordan, Kyle Snyder and Nathan Tomasello have a chance to accomplish something no group has ever done in NCAA wrestling history. They could become the first teammate trifecta to all earn their fourth All-American status in the same year.
Ohio State's roster is littered with All-Americans, totaling seven, yes, count `em, SEVEN returning All-Americans. In addition to the aforementioned three, Micah Jordan, Joey McKenna, Myles Martin and Kollin Moore have also found their way to the NCAA podium in past seasons.
TAKING SHOTS INSIDE THE SCHOTT
The crowd of 15,338 people for a dual vs. Penn State hosted inside Value City Arena at the Schottenstein Center on Feb. 3, 2017 more than doubled Ohio State's previous single-match attendance record and is one of the top-five crowds ever to witness a collegiate dual. Buckeye Nation has not one, but two opportunities to catch wrestling action inside `The Schott' in 2018. Ohio State is hosting a pair of Big Ten tilts in the large arena, squaring off with Minnesota on Jan. 12 and Iowa on Jan. 21.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS COMING TO `THE LAND'
The entire D-I collegiate wrestling world will turn its attention to Cleveland, Ohio, in mid-March when Quicken Loans Arena serves as the 2018 NCAA Championships stage. Competition will begin on Thursday, March 15, and run through Sunday, March 17. The ESPN family of networks is slated to provide complete coverage.
NEW DIGS COMING SOON
Ohio State Wrestling will be moving to the `Athletics District' in the near future, calling the Jennings Wrestling Facility home. The eventual Buckeye Wrestling hub will feature five full-size practice mat, workout equipment, coaches' offices and a student-athlete lounge. Ohio State Wrestling is also set to benefit greatly from the connected Covelli Center, a state-of-the-art arena supporting wrestling, volleyball, gymnastics, fencing and other OSU Athletics-hosted events.