Big Ten Wrestling power rankings: Early season results and shuffling

STATE COLLEGE, PA - FEBRUARY 10: Vincenzo Joseph of the Penn State Nittany Lions is introduced before his match against Alex Marinelli of the Iowa Hawkeyes on February 10, 2018 at the Bryce Jordan Center on the campus of Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
STATE COLLEGE, PA - FEBRUARY 10: Vincenzo Joseph of the Penn State Nittany Lions is introduced before his match against Alex Marinelli of the Iowa Hawkeyes on February 10, 2018 at the Bryce Jordan Center on the campus of Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images) /
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Purdue’s Trey Kruse wrestles Ohio State’s Sammy Sasso during a 149 pound bout in a Big Ten Duals wrestling match, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021 at Holloway Gymnasium in West Lafayette.Purdue Wrestling Vs Ohio State /

812. . . Previous: 5th. Buckeyes . 4. team

Dual Rank: 8
Record: 3-0
Ranked Wrestlers: 7
125 No. 9 Malik Heinselman
149 No. 2 Sammy Sasso
165 No. 9 Carson Kharchla
174 No. 6 Ethan Smith
184 No. 20 Rocky Jordan
197 No. 23 Gavin Hoffman
285 No. 6 Tate Orndorff

Ohio State slides up a spot to No. 4 as they have looked impressive so far this season.

The Buckeyes first action on the year was a home dual against the Big Ten’s favorite ACC team, UNC, on November 7th. And Ohio State took care of business to earn the 23-12 victory in a dual which featured 12 ranked grapplers and three ranked matches.

Ohio State then took a trip down to Blacksburg to face a difficult Virginia Tech squad on November 19th. The dual was back and forth and going into the final two matches of the evening, Virginia Tech was clinging to a 13-11 lead. But the battle tested Buckeyes prevailed in the final two matches to snag two decisions and win the dual 17-13.

And based on who the Buckeyes have faced and defeated this season goes a long way as to why I bumped them up a slot. However, there’s also another factor.

If you follow the Buckeyes’ Wrestling Team, then you would have noticed Ethan Smith slid up to 174 this season. Which is the weight class standout Kaleb Romero normally occupies. The rumor is Romero has moved up to 184 this season, however he has yet to lace up his shoes for a dual meet.

So once you add him into the mix, Ohio State is going to be a difficult team to beat this season. As they usually are.

Ohio State then hooked horns with Notre Dame College on November 23rd, and the results were slightly one-sided. The Buckeyes scored bonus points in all 10 matches to obliterate the scoreboard and Notre Dame College on their way to a 51-0 victory.

Next up for Ohio State is a trip to the sin city to take part in the Cliff Kleen Las Vegas Invitational on December 3rd and 4th.