Ohio Week 1 College Preview
by, 11-05-2010 at 10:27 PM (592 Views)
For opening weekend in Division I sports, you typically have muted expectations for how much you'll be entertained. If it's football, you know the Buckeyes are going to be pounding on some FCS teams for the first month. In basketball, there's typically a team or two I've never heard of (though I don't follow basketball at all). This weekend, the Buckeye wrestling team will be following similar form by sending most of the team tothe Buffalo Open in Buffalo, New York. There is no participant or school list available, but Buffalo, Notre Dame College, and part of Maryland's team will be present. In any event, it's safe to say the Buckeyes will be placing plenty of wrestlers. I don't think the weak competition is necessarily a bad thing; the Buckeyes will have a lot of wrestlers getting their first taste of college wrestling. Besides, I like seeing them pound on backups and smaller division schools just fine--it gets me thinking that they might just tech their way through the entire season. And there might be a ranked opponent at some of the weights. Action in Buffalo kicks off at 9 a.m. Sunday morning.
While the Buckeyes are using this weekend to grind off some rust and get some mat time, Kent State and Ohio will be jumping right into the fray. Sunday at 9 a.m. both the Flashes and the Bobcats will be competing in Virginia Tech's Hokie Open, which hosts an impressive field and presents many quality match-ups. Teams like Iowa State, Virginia Tech (obviously), Old Dominion, and Tennessee-Chattanooga will be there. Ohio State's Josh Demas will be competing there unattached, as well.
Kent's excitement actually begins the day before when they dual Tennessee-Chattanooga at 2 p.m. Saturday and Iowa State at 4 p.m. Their dual with the Cyclones will be broadcast live on Flowrestling.org, so don't miss out on an opportunity to watch some great wrestling! Cleveland State will be heading up to Yipsilanti, Michigan, for the Eastern Michigan University Open, which starts Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
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