“Dubbed as the `Dual of the Millennium’ and the `Super Bowl of College Wrestling’ by some, No. 2 Ohio State (12-0, 7-0 B1G) faces No. 1 Penn State (11-0, 7-0 B1G) Saturday (Feb. 3) evening at 8 p.m. ET inside Rec Hall on the PSU campus.”
Saturday’s Big Ten wrestling matchup between Ohio State and Penn State is one of the most anticipated meets of the year. It’s such a big deal that the bout will even be broadcast nationally on the Big Ten Network, with the victor at least claiming a share of the 2018 Big Ten regular season title.
The match will feature 18 nationally-ranked wrestlers, eight NCAA Champions (for 10 total national titles) and 13 All-Americans. That’s a pretty loaded lineup from just two programs.
Buckeye icon Kyle Snyder missed Ohio State’s last two matches, as he was busy competing in -- and winning — the 2018 Golden Grand Prix Yarygin in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Capturing his second Yarygin title, Snyder became the first American male to ever win more than once, and earned Most Outstanding Foreign Wrestler honors for his efforts.
Heading into the back-stretch of the season, Snyder’s time as a Buckeye is quickly drawing to a close. His last collegiate loss was in March 2015, over 34 months (~1,050 days) ago. Snyder being undefeated is only part of Ohio State’s dominance of late. Several other Buckeyes are undefeated heading into Saturday’s matchup, including: Myles Martin (22-0), Luke Pletcher (21-0), Kollin Moore (18-0), and Cody Burcher (6-0).
It isn’t just the Buckeyes who have been on a win-streak either. Penn State is riding a 42-match win streak, having not lost a dual (as a team) since Feb. 2015 -- including 23 straight Big Ten wins.
“Stephanie Mavunga has been named one of 10 finalists for the Katrina Mcclain Award as announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association on Thursday.”
The Ohio State women’s basketball team was surrounded by accolades and buzz even before the first tipoff of the season. Widely expected to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament, Kelsey Mitchell decided to return to finish things with her squad, and her teammates have kept them in the national conversation.
Mavunga has claimed a team-best 11 double-doubles this season, and is averaging 15.6 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. The Buckeye leads the group of 10 finalists for the awards in rebounds per game and efficiency, and claims a top-three spot in almost every other category considered.
In March, the group of 10 will be narrowed down to five finalists, who will then be voted on by the Ms. McClain-Pittman and the Hall of Fame selection committees. Fans will also get a chance to VOTE.
The winner of the 2018 Katrina McClain Power Forward Award will be announced during ESPN2’s telecast of the national semifinal games in the 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, March 30.
Per source, Greg Schiano is expected to interview for the Patriot’s defensive coordinator position when Patricia goes to Detroit.— Gary Tanguay (@Gary_Tanguay) February 2, 2018
It seems like we’ve been talking about Greg Schiano leaving the Ohio State football coaching staff for months now, and yet there hasn’t been any movement. Initially pegged for the head coaching gig at Tennessee, a verbose fanbase threw that deal in the trash, and despite rumors connecting him to other positions, nothing gained any sort of traction.
First, Buckeye fans had to deal with rumors of Ryan Day joining Mike Vrabel’s staff with the Tennessee Titans — only to see Kerry Coombs make the move to the NFL instead (and Day landing a bigger role among the Ohio State coaching staff). By now, it was largely expected that Schiano would firmly be in Columbus for the 2018 season, but now things are once again cloudy heading deeper into the offseason.
Schiano was the head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two years before a three-year hiatus eventually led him to Buckeye Nation in 2016. He should have no problem adjusting back to the professional side of things.
All Ohio State Teams’ Weekend Schedule
|Women's Track & Field||@ Notre Dame Invite||Friday, All Day|
|Men's Track & Field||@ Notre Dame Invite||Friday, All Day|
|Rifle||@ PRC Championships||Friday, All Day|
|Women's Hockey||Wisconsin||Friday, 6:07 pm|
|Men's Hockey||Michigan State||Friday, 7 pm|
|Men's Volleyball||@ Charleston (WV)||Friday, 7 pm|
|Women's Track & Field||@ Notre Dame Invite||Saturday, All Day|
|Men's Track & Field||@ Notre Dame Invite||Saturday, All Day|
|Rifle||@ PRC Championships||Saturday, All Day|
|Fencing||@ Northwestern Duals||Saturday, All Day|
|Men's Gymnastics||@ Michigan||Saturday, 1 pm|
|Women's Basketball||@ Wisconsin||Saturday, 1 pm|
|Men's Tennis||Texas||Saturday, 1 pm|
|Synchronized Swimming||Jessica Beck Memorial Competition (Columbus)||Saturday, 2 pm|
|Women's Hockey||Wisconsin||Saturday, 3:07 pm|
|Men's Lacrosse||@ Cleveland State||Saturday, 6 pm|
|Men's Volleyball||@ George Mason||Saturday, 7 pm|
|Men's Hockey||Michigan State||Saturday, 7 pm|
|Wrestling||@ Penn State||Saturday, 8 pm|
|Fencing||@ Northwestern Duals||Sunday, All Day|
|Men's Basketball||Illinois||Sunday, Noon|
|Women's Tennis||Notre Dame||Sunday, Noon|