Case hosts big tour­na­ment, Ohio State

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Sports - By Mark Podol­ski mpodol­ski@news-her­ @mpodo on Twit­ter

A wrestling car­a­van will em­bark on Case Western Re­serve on Nov. 11 for the third Ohio In­ter­col­le­giate Open – in­clud­ing the na­tion’s No. 2-ranked team Ohio State.

Twenty col­leges from Ohio, New York, Michi­gan, Iowa, Penn­syl­va­nia and West Vir­ginia will com­pete at the event cre­ated by fourth-year Case coach Daniel Song. He did so three years ago with the hopes of land­ing every Ohio col­lege to the tour­na­ment. Lo­gis­tics have pre­vented that from hap­pen­ing, so Song reached out to other schools from the sur­round­ing states.

The list of teams that will com­pete in­clude Ash­land, Buf­falo, Cen­tral Michi­gan, Cleve­land State, Daven­port, Ed­in­boro, John Car­roll, Kent State, Mer­cy­hurst, Michi­gan State, Notre Dame Col­lege, Ohio Univer­sity, Ohio State, Ohio Wes­leyan, Ot­ter­bein, Pitt, Tif­fin, Ur­bana, West Lib­erty and West Vir­ginia.

Hav­ing Ohio State at the tour­na­ment was quite the catch for Song, who’s known Buck­eyes coach Tom Ryan since Ryan was Song’s coach as a youth wrestler.

“I’ve known Coach Ryan since I was in sec­ond grade,” said Song. “It’s awe­some (Ohio State) will be here.”

There will be two divi­sions at the tour­na­ment — one con­sist­ing of Divi­sion I teams, and the other com­prised of teams from lower divi­sions.

The tour­na­ment at Veale Field House be­gins at 9 a.m. with semi­fi­nal bouts at 2 p.m., and the cham­pi­onship round at 4:30 p.m.

Ad­mis­sion is $15 (18 and over) and $5 for col­lege or high school stu­dents with school IDs. Ages 5 and un­der are free.

The Buck­eyes will be the main draw. Ohio State was the NCAA run­ner-up to Penn State at last sea­son’s Divi­sion I tour­na­ment at Quicken Loans Arena. OSU starts this sea­son No. 2 in the NWCA Divi­son I Coaches Poll be­hind No. 1 Penn State. Five All-Amer­i­cans re­turn for the Buck­eyes, in­clud­ing Myles Martin, an NCAA cham­pion.

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