College Wrestling Preview: Ohio State at Kent State

By Allen Moff | Staff Writer Published:

Records: No. 9 Ohio State (4-1) vs. Kent State (5-3).

When/Where: Tonight, 7 p.m./M.A.C. Center, Kent.

Series: Ohio State leads 16-8, including a 27-10 win in Columbus last year.

Projected Lineups

125 -- No. 14 Nick Roberts (18-5) vs. Del Vinas (12-7) or Alfredo Gray (8-11)

133 -- No. 8 Johnni DiJulius (15-1) vs. No. 23 Mack McGuire (11-3)

141 -- No. 2 Logan Stieber (9-1) vs. No. 17 Tyler Small (8-5)

149 -- No. 18 Ian Paddock (16-6) vs. No. 26 Mike DePalma (14-6)

157 -- Randy Languis (11-7) vs. No. 8 Ian Miller (12-1)

165 -- Joe Grandominico (7-8) vs. Tyler Buckwalter (2-0)

174 -- No. 18 Mark Martin (16-7) vs. No. 22 Caleb Marsh (5-2)

184 -- No. 12 Kenny Courts (17-3) vs. No. 16 Sam Wheeler (12-1)

197 -- No. 4 Nick Heflin (9-0) vs. Cole Baxter (13-5, 7-1)

285 -- Nick Tavanello (15-8) vs. Mimmo Lytle (8-8, 3-5)

Match Notes

Four of Kent State's five dual wins are by 18 points or more. The other victory came against Michigan (17-16), which is No. 19 in this week's coaches poll. ... The Flashes do not have a senior in the starting lineup. ... Ohio State returns six NCAA qualifiers from last season, including two-time national champion Logan Stieber. The Buckeyes won each of their first four duals by 15 or more points before falling to No. 1 Penn State on Sunday. ... The last time the Flashes and Buckeyes met in Kent, nearly 3,000 fans attended in December of 2011.

Kilgore Returns

At the dual's midway point, former Kent State star Dustin Kilgore will be presented with a national championship ring. Kilgore won KSU's first national title in 2011. The two-time NCAA finalist and four-time MAC champion is Kent State's only three-time All-American.

-- ALLEN MOFF

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