DAVIDSON, N.C. -- For the first time in program history, Davidson wrestling will host a Big 10 team when No. 5 Ohio State visits Belk Arena Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Wildcats are hoping 1000 or more fans attend and are welcoming several area high schools. Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan and 1997 World Champion and 1996 Olympian Les Gutches will speak to high school coaches before the match. Admission to the match is free.
The first 400 in attendance will have a chance to win an iPad Mini. There will be prizes given out throughout the match, including two pairs of Asics wrestling shoes ($160 value), five Asics bags ($40 value) and more.
Live stats and live video are available at DavidsonWildcats.com for those unable to attend the match.
Davidson enters the match undefeated at 3-0 for the first time since the start of the 2004-05 season, and is led by junior Scott Patrick at 184 pounds. Patrick is 9-1 this season after going 3-0 in the season-opening dual matches and posting a 6-1mark Sunday at the Wolfpack Open hosted by NC State. Sophomore 125-pounder Philip Elias is also off to a strong start this season, posting a 5-2 record. His twin brother Anthony Elias (2-0) is slated to face defending 133-pound national champion Logan Stieber, who is presently ranked No. 1 in the nation.
Including Stieber, the Buckeyes have nine wrestlers ranked in the Top 20 of their respective weight classes. This will be their first dual meet of the seasonafter they opened the season Nov. 4 at the UB Invitational, in which they claimed the team title. Logan Stieber (133 pounds), Hunter Stieber (141 pounds), Josh Demas (157 pounds), Nick Heflin (174 pounds) and Peter Capone(HWT pounds) collected titles at the event.