“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of 100 battles.” – The Art of War- Sun Tzu
In the 1st leg of their weekend trip north and west, the wrestling Buckeyes (currently ranked #7 as a team) will take on Wisconsin in Madison on Friday evening.
Head Coach: Barry Davis
A past NWCA Coach of the Year winner, Davis is in his 20th season at the helm of the Badgers. In addition to a successful career of his own on the mat (3 NCAA titles and a 7th place finish at the NCAA, followed by an Olympic silver medal), Coach Davis has been in the corner while 3 of his wrestlers have claimed NCAA titles. Davis is part of the legendary Dan Gable’s coaching tree, having wrestled for Gable at Iowa and coaching under him for several years at his alma mater. Davis was on Iowa’s coaching staff when Buckeye coach Tom Ryan competed for the Hawkeyes. A number of Davis’ former wrestlers assist him, including Kyle Ruschell and Trevor Brandvold.
Tyler Graff- 133 lbs- Graff is a 3 time All-American, finishing 3rd in last year’s championships. An experienced wrestler and a tough rider, Graff is a formidable foe for any collegiate wrestler.
Jesse Thielke 141 lbs- Thielke was a coveted recruit out of high school, but has yet to separate himself from the field thus far in his collegiate career.
Isaac Jordan- 157- More on Jordan later
Jackson Hein – 184
Connor Medbery- Hvy
Ohioans on the roster:
Isaac Jordan and Ryan Taylor both hail from Graham High School. Jordan was a key “get” for Davis and Wisconsin as his father Jim, was a 2 time NCAA champ and currently holds the career win record for Wisconsin. Isaac’s brother Ben wrestled for the Badgers and earned All-American honors as a senior. Jordan won 3 state titles for Graham.
Taylor was Jordan’s teammate at Graham, which may have had something to do with his recruitment. Like Jordan, Taylor also won 3 state titles and helped his team win 4 team titles in Division II in Ohio. As is one of the trademarks of Graham lightweights, Taylor is relentless on the feet, attacking from all angles. He can score in a hurry and is an active rider from the top position.
Matches to Watch:
Ryan Taylor vs Nick Roberts- 125- A pair of quick 125 lbers that can score in a hurry.
Johnni DiJulius vs Tyler Graff – 133- DiJulius is ranked #5 (Intermat rankings used as usual). Graff is #6. Need I say more?
Logan Stieber vs Jesse Thielke- 141- Stieber and Thielke have each represented the USA internationally and will likely be mainstays on the international wrestling scene for years to come.
Randy Languis vs Isaac Jordan -157- I like the Jordan style of attack, attack, attack.
Nick Tavanello vs Connor Medbery- HVY- A win over Medbery would be a huge swing in momentum for Tavanello heading into the Big Ten season.