Ohio State freshman Jesse Mendez, the No. 9 wrestler at 133 pounds, was named co-Big Ten Wrestler of the Week on Tuesday following his performances against Michigan and Michigan State over the weekend.
In the dual with the Wolverines, Mendez defeated No. 12 Dylan Ragusin with a 3-1 score in sudden victory by using a powerful slam to secure a takedown and two points for the Buckeyes. His victory in the bout put his team up 6-0 in what would eventually be a 23-15 win for Ohio State over their rivals from Ann Arbor.
Two days later, Mendez and the Buckeyes cruised to a home win over the Spartans, as the Crown Point, Indiana, native earned a 10-2 major decision over No. 18 Rayvon Foley and Ohio State defeated Michigan State 36-3 in Columbus. Mendez's victory was his fifth win against a ranked opponent this season and has him trending in the right direction for a bout later this week against Penn State.
The No. 5 Buckeyes are home Friday vs. No. 1 Penn State in the sold-out Covelli Center. Match time is set for 7 p.m., with the Big Ten Network providing the television coverage.