CSU Set for Thanksgiving Throwdown with Kent, Ohio State

CSU Set for Thanksgiving Throwdown with Kent, Ohio State

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland State University wrestling team will return to dual action, albeit in a unique format, this Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 7:00 p.m.

CSU will face both host Kent State and nationally ranked Ohio State in a continuous tri-dual format. There will be three rounds, as action takes place on two mats simultaneously. A full schedule for the evening can be viewed by clicking here. Live video of the event will be available by clicking here.

This will be CSU's first dual action since opening the season with a 31-9 win over John Carroll. The Vikings are likely to see tougher opposition this time around, particularly against the Buckeyes, who are ranked among the top five in nearly every national poll.

Redshirt junior Nick Corba is off to a 6-0 start at 184, including claiming the title at the Ohio Intercollegiate Open November 13. He moved into the top 20 in his weight class in Trackwrestling's weekly rankings last week.

A trio of true freshmen that are projected to wrestle Tuesday are off to hot starts for the Vikings.

Spencer Dusi owns a 4-1 mark on the season at 125 while Terrell Grant (133) and Devon Pingel (174) both have 4-0 records entering Tuesday's Throwdown.

Cleveland State is 13-22-2 all-time against Ohio State. This will be the second straight season the programs have met after they did not meet over the previous five seasons. The Vikings hung tough against a nationally ranked Ohio State squad last year, dropping a 26-18 decision. CSU is 8-18-1 all-time against the Golden Flashes. The teams have met in 17 of the past 20 years, but the three seasons they did not face off against one other in that stretch are the three most recent campaigns.

This will be Kent State's first dual of the season, as they have competed in three tournament-style events so far. The Golden Flashes took third place of 12 teams at the Navy Classic this past weekend, led by a title at 133 by sophomore Anthony Tutolo. Tutlo also won the Clarion Open title as did Jairod James for the Flashes at 174.

Ohio State traveled to No. 19 Arizona State this past weekend and emerged with a 27-15 victory on the strength of five bonus-point victories. The Buckeyes return six NCAA qualifiers from last season, including Kyle Snyder, who recently became the first American Olympic champion to compete in a collegiate match. Eight Buckeyes are ranked at their weight class with Bo Jordan (174) and Snyder (285) earning the top spot in various rankings.

CSU Projected Lineup
125 – Spencer Dusi
133 – Terrell Grant
141 – Evan Cheek
149 – Nick Montgomery
157 – Grant Turnmire
165 – John Vaughn
174 – Devon Pingel
184 – Nick Corba
197 – Collin Kelly
285 – Michael Furbee