Myles Amine (left) and Kaleb Romero(photos courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
One of the best things about collegiate athletics is the rivalries. Now there's a difference between a school in your conference, that you compete against regularly, or one in your neighboring state, and an actual rivalry. Ohio State and Michigan. It's one of the best rivalries in intercollegiate athletics. There's such dislike between the two Big Ten powers that they refuse to acknowledge each other by name.
Rivalries are great in and of themselves, but what's even more fun for the general public is when both teams are good. Not only is there natural disdain between the two institutions, but there are also great athletes on the field/court/mat and actual stakes involved.
Tonight, live on the Big Ten Network, Ohio State will host their hated rivals to the north, Michigan. Both teams come in unbeaten and ranked in the top ten. Michigan is loading up for a potential national championship and comes in at #3, while Ohio State has a team that could be looking at an NCAA trophy, too. They are currently ranked #7. This dual is jam-packed full of ranked wrestlers and enticing matchups, with national implications.
Below is the probable lineup for both teams, along with some notes about the teams and competitors.
125: #1 Nick Suriano (Michigan) vs. #18 Malik Heinselman (Ohio State)
133: #8 Dylan Ragusin (Michigan) vs. Will Betancourt (Ohio State)
141: #4 Stevan Micic (Michigan) vs. #21 Dylan D'Emilio (Ohio State)
149: Cole Mattin (Michigan) vs. #2 Sammy Sasso (Ohio State)
157: #15 Will Lewan (Michigan) vs. Jashon Hubbard (Ohio State)
165: #10 Cameron Amine (Michigan) vs. #7 Carson Kharchla (Ohio State)
174: #6 Logan Massa (Michigan) vs. #7 Ethan Smith (Ohio State)
184: #2 Myles Amine (Michigan) vs. #7 Kaleb Romero (Ohio State)
197: #8 Patrick Brucki (Michigan) vs. #20 Gavin Hoffman (Ohio State)
285: #2 Mason Parris (Michigan) vs. #12 Tate Orndorff (Ohio State)