“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of 100 battles.” – The Art of War- Sun Tzu
Rage Against The Machine had a similar sentiment (not exactly, but I grew up in the 90’s and remain a strong supporter of RATM) on their song “Know Your Enemy.”
While the SEC may lay claim to the powerhouse conference of the college football world, the Big Ten has a stronghold on the NCAA Wrestling Championship with a Big Ten team winning 15 of the last 20 titles. Even more impressive is that a Big Ten school has earned the runner-up spot 11 of those 20 years and Big Ten schools have earned both of the top spots in 6 of the last 20 years. In the toughest conference in collegiate wrestling, it’s important to follow the advice of Sun Tzu (and Zach De La Rocha), and “know your enemy.”
Davidson Duals- Davidson, North Carolina- November 24
The Buckeyes will take on a pair of opponents from south of the Mason-Dixon Line at the Davidson Duals. The Bucks will take on Davidson first and then George Mason on Sunday afternoon.
Anthony Elias (2013 NCAA Qualifier)
Ohioans on the Roster:
Matchups to Watch
Anthony Elias vs Johnni DiJulius (133)- A matchup between a pair of former NCAA Tournament Qualifiers, this ought to be one of the few marquee matchups throughout the 10 matches in the dual. JDJ should be a heavy favorite in this match as Elias has a 3-2 record coming into the match against lesser competition. Expect Johnni, who is on a roll of late, to score bonus points in this match.
James McCord or Alex Palinski vs Logan Stieber (141)- Lamb, meet slaughter.
Kevin Birmingham vs Ian Paddock (149)- Paddock has won this season, but not entirely convincingly so. In his last go-round as a Buckeye, Paddock needs a few wins to hang his hat on. Birmingham earned a runnerup spot at the NC State Wolfpack Open earlier this season and has a 6-1 record thus far.
Scott Patrick vs Kenny Courts (184)- Patrick is 6-1 on the year and Courts is fond of scoring points in bunches.
George Mason Patriots
Vince Rodriguez 133 lbs (2012 NCAA Qualifier), Sahid Kargbo 141 lbs, Blake Roulo 149 lbs (2013 NCAA Qualifier), Jake Kettler 285 lbs (2013 NCAA Qualifier)
Ohioans on the Roster
Matt Meadows (Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy)- Meadows was a 3 time state placer for CVCA, including a state championship as a senior.
Matchups to Watch
Vince Rodriguez vs Johnni DiJulius (133)- JDJ is going to have by far the toughest competition of the day, taking on his 2nd NCAA qualifier in 2 matches. Rodriguez hasn’t wrestled in any official matches this season, and DiJulius is not exactly a warm-up match.
Sahid Kargbo vs Logan Stieber (141)- Kargbo represented the home team of George Mason in the NWCA All-Star Classic a few weeks back and earned a victory. Stieber competed in the same exhibition, defeating Kendric Maple in the main event. Expect Logan to score bonus points.
Blake Roulo vs Ian Paddock (149)- Paddock has qualified for the NCAA tournament in each of his 3 years in the lineup. Roulo qualified last season. A win here would help Paddock’s confidence at a new weight class.
Jake Kettler vs Nick Tavanello (285)- A win over a former NCAA qualifier would help Tavanello to prep for the gauntlet that is the heavyweight division in the Big Ten. Tavanello will likely see Mike McMullan (Northwestern’s NCAA runner up), Jimmy Lawson (Penn State), Mike McClure (MSU), and Adam Coon (Michigan) throughout the regular season.