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tBBC Ohio State releases 2016-17 Wrestling Schedule

Discussion in 'News' started by Joe Dexter, Jul 3, 2016.

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    Ohio State releases 2016-17 Wrestling Schedule
    Joe Dexter
    via our good friends at Buckeye Battle Cry
    Visit their fantastic blog and read the full article (and so much more) here

    Head Coach Tom Ryan and his grappling Buckeyes have embraced the challenge of being a contender in the most grueling conference in any collegiate sport.

    That wont change next season, as the Buckeyes prepare for another high-level season in the Big Ten Conference and against familiar non-conference foes.

    Ryan announced the complete schedule on Thursday.

    The Buckeyes feature six starters, four NCAA All-Americans and three NCAA Champions returning for the 2016-17 campaign. They’ll need that firepower for a dual schedule that includes five teams that finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships.

    After wrestle-offs on October 20, the exhibition NWCA All-Star Classic that is bound to feature a couple Buckeyes in Cleveland on November 5.

    From there, Ohio State will feature some it’s young and unattached wrestlers at the Eastern Michigan Open the following day. Ypsilanti continues to be a strong proven ground for incoming freshman who could contend later in the NCAA Tournament.

    Last season, Ohio State had seven champions and 12 total placers — including Myles Martin, Micah Jordan, Jake Ryan and Cody Burcher.

    Then freshman Ke-Shawn Hayes finished second at the open. He is projected to start for Ohio State in 2016.

    The following weekend, The Buckeyes will open up the team dual season at the Journeyman/ASICS Northeast Duals in Troy, New York.

    An event that features 20 teams from across the country. Each team will compete in three duals. Team pairings will be announced at a later date.

    The team schedule continues throughout November with a trip to Tempe to take on Zeke Jones and the Arizona State Sun Devils on the 18th.

    They’ll also compete in a tri-meet against Kent State and Cleveland State in Kent on the 22nd.

    From there, they’ll open up the second month of the season at the most prestigious individual tournament of the year — The Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational December 2-3. Lightweights Micah Jordan and Nate Tomasello will look to defend their championships from a year ago.

    The Buckeyes will open their home slate on December 9 against the defending MAC champion Missouri Tigers — who boast four NCAA All-Americans of their own from a year ago. The Tigers defeated Ohio State 26-17 a year ago and holds a 10-5 series advantage in the all-time series.

    On the Big Ten slate is nine duals, including two home match ups on the road.

    The Bucks will open up the conference slate in Cleveland against Northwestern and the new leadership head coach Matt Storniolo — who served as the interim head coach later in the season.

    The meet will take place at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy on December 16. The prep home of Nathan Tomasello, who took home four Ohio High School Athletic Association state championships during his time there.

    After heading on the road to face Wisconsin on January 6, The Buckeyes will host three straight matches in January. Rutgers and Illinois will make their way to Columbus on the 8th and 15th.

    Kyle Snyder will then witness his team host Maryland on January 22 in his home state at Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland.

    The prep program that witnessed Snyder go 179-0 during his three seasons of high school wrestling.

    The Buckeyes will wrap up January with one of the prime matches of Big Ten competition in 2016 — a trip to Iowa City to face the Hawkeyes on either the 27th or 29th.

    They’ll then need to turnaround a week later and host Penn State, who is considered by many to yet again be the title favorite in 2016-17.

    The last time Penn State made their way to St. John Arena, Ohio State picked up their biggest upset win in program history, defeating the Nittany Lions 22-15.

    The Big Ten regular season wraps ups with Ohio State hosting Nebraska on February 10 and a trip to Minnesota two days later.

    Here is a look at the full schedule:
    Thurs. Oct. 20: Wrestle-Offs | Columbus, Ohio | Time: TBA
    Sat. Nov. 5: NWCA All-Star Classic | Cleveland, Ohio | Time: TBA
    Sun. Nov. 6: at Eastern Michigan Open | Ypsilanti, Mich. | Time: All day
    Sat. Nov. 12: at Journeyman/ASICS Northeast Duals | Troy, NY | Time: TBA
    Fri. Nov. 18: at Arizona State | Tempe, Ariz. | Time: TBA
    Tues. Nov. 22: at Kent State/Cleveland State | Kent, Ohio | Time: 7 p.m.
    Fri.-Sat. Dec. 2-3 | at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational | Las Vegas, Nev. | Time: All day
    Fri. Dec. 9: vs. Missouri | Columbus, Ohio | Time: 7 p.m.
    Fri. Dec. 16: vs. Northwestern | Cleveland, Ohio (Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) | Time: 7 p.m.
    Fri. Jan. 6: at Wisconsin | Madison, Wisc. | Time: 7 p.m.
    Sun. Jan. 8: vs. Rutgers | Columbus, Ohio | Time: 2 p.m.
    Sun. Jan. 15: vs. Illinois | Columbus, Ohio | Time: 2 p.m.
    Sun. Jan. 22: vs. Maryland | Olney, Md. (Good Counsel High School) | Time: TBA

    Fri. Jan. 27 or Sunday, Jan. 29: at Iowa | Iowa City, Iowa | Time: TBA
    Fri. Feb. 3 or Sunday Feb. 5: vs. Penn State | Columbus, Ohio | Time: TBA
    Fri. Feb. 10: at Nebraska | Lincoln, Neb. | Time: 7 p.m.
    Sun. Feb. 12: at Minnesota | Minneapolis, Minn. | Time: TBA
    Sat. Feb. 18 or Sun. Feb. 19: NWCA National Dual Series | Site: TBA | Time: TBA
    Sat. March 4-Sun. March 5 | Big Ten Championships | Bloomington, Ind. | Time: All day
    Thurs. March 16-Sat. March 18 | NCAA Championships | St. Louis, Mo. | Time: All day

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