March 4, 2018

Buckeyes Bring Home Big Ten Title

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March 4, 2018

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It won it in 2017.

And it wins it in 2018.

Congrats to @wrestlingbucks on defending its @B1GWrestling championships 👑. pic.twitter.com/HSQoSHcJEN

— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) March 4, 2018

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Ohio State grasped the 2018 Big Ten Wrestling title by accumulating the most team points (164.5) at the conference championships in 16 years (Minnesota, 174.0 in 2002). The 10-man lineup captured four individual titles, seven finals appearances and nine top-3 showings. All 10 Buckeyes also earned automatic bids to the 2018 NCAA Championships (March 15-17) in Cleveland.

TOP-5 TEAMS
1st | Ohio State 164.5 points
2nd | Penn State 148.0
3rd | Michigan 118.0
4th | Iowa 90.5
5th | Nebraska 72.5

#B1G 🏆 x 2⃣!@wrestlingbucks defend its @B1Gwrestling championships title. pic.twitter.com/MVN2i2ueW4

— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) March 4, 2018

INDIVIDUAL BUCKEYE CHAMPIONS
Nathan Tomasello | 125 lbs
• One of just 16 wrestlers in the 106-year history of the Big Ten Championships to become a four-time champion)
• Avenged his lone loss of the season, defeating Iowa’s Spencer Lee in the Semifinals
• NCAA Championships to be hosted at Quicken Loans in Cleveland, Ohio; less than 10 miles from the house he grew up in)

Joey McKenna | 141 lbs
• Third straight conference title after back-to-back Pac-12 trophies at Stanford in 2016 and 2017
• Did not surrender a single point during the entire tournament
• Closed it out with a 13-0 major decision in the Finals

Kollin Moore | 197 lbs
• Second consecutive Big Ten title, yet to lose a match in his career at the B1G Championships

Kyle Snyder | HWT
• Third straight Big Ten title
• Avenged his only collegiate loss in the last three years by topping Adam Coon in sudden victory period number two
• Weighed in 59 pounds less than Coon Sunday morning (283.6 lbs to 224.6 lbs)

BUCKEYES BITS
• Ohio State registered an overall record of 33-7 for the weekend
• Bonus points came in 14 bouts for Ohio State (four pins, three tech falls and six major decisions)
• This marks Ohio State’s fifth Big Ten Wrestling title in school history (1923, 1951, 2015, 2017, 2018).
Tom Ryan was named the 2018 Big Ten Coach of the Year

Final Team Standings & Brackets 

In total, 70 percent of the Buckeye lineup advanced to the finals with Luke Pletcher, Micah Jordan and Myles Martin earning runner-up honors. Add in Ke-Shawn Hayes and Bo Jordan as third-place finishers to make it nine of 10 Buckeyes in the Top-3 of their respective weight classes.

The 10 scarlet-clad men destined for Cleveland will carry a combined season mark of 203-35 (.853). When going up against nationally-ranked opponents (Top-20 according to Intermat at the time of the bout), the group has registered a .653 winning percentage (62-33).

BUCKEYE BOUT RESULTS
*Intermat rankings listed

No. 4 Nathan Tomasello
Round 1 | Tomasello def. Carson Kuhn (Penn State); TF, 21-6
Quarterfinals | Tomasello def. No. 18 Luke Welch (Purdue); MD, 14-3
Semifinals | Tomasello def. No. 3 Spencer Lee (Iowa); D, 2-1
Finals | Tomasello def. No. 6 Ethan Lizak (Minnesota); D, 10-7

No. 3 Luke Pletcher
Round 1 | Pletcher def. Garrett Pepple (Indiana); D, 5-4
Quarterfinals | Pletcher def. Dylan Duncan (Illinois); D, 4-3
Semifinals | Pletcher def. No. 13 Mitch McKee (Minnesota); SV-1, 6-4
Finals | No. 2 Steven Micic (Michigan) def. Pletcher; D, 7-4

No. 4 Joey McKenna
Round 1 | McKenna def. Javier Gasca III (Michigan State); PIN, 2:12
Quarterfinals | McKenna def. Vince Turk (Iowa); D, 4-0
Semifinals | McKenna def. No. 14 Nate Limex (Purdue); D, 6-0
Finals | McKenna def. No. 11 Michael Carr (Illinois); MD, 13-0

No. 6 Ke-Shawn Hayes
Round 1 | Hayes def. Eric Barone (Illinois); MD, 12-1
Quarterfinals | Hayes def. No. 9 Colton McCrystal (Nebraska); D, 7-6
Semifinals | No. 1 Zain Retherford (Penn State) def. Hayes; MD, 10-0
Conso Semifinals | Hayes def. No. 18 Alfred Bannister (Maryland); MD, 9-1
3rd-place Match | Hayes def. No. 9 Colton McCrystal (Nebraska); D, 7-5

No. 6 Micah Jordan
Round 1 | bye
Quarterfinals | Jordan def. No. 11 Tyler Berger (Nebraska); D, 4-3
Semifinals | Jordan def. No. 2 Michael Kemerer (Iowa); PIN, 5:48
Finals | No. 8 Alec Pantaleo (Michigan) def. Jordan; D, 3-1

No. 14 Te’Shan Campbell
Round 1 | No. 10 Isaiah White (Nebraska) def. Campbell; D, 6-1
Conso Rd 1 | bye
Conso Rd 2 | No. 2 Alex Marinelli (Iowa) def. Campbell; D, 9-3
9th-place Semifinals | Campbell def. Brendan Burnham (Maryland); MD, 9-0
9th-place Match | Campbell def. Bryce Martin (Indiana); INJ

No. 6 Bo Jordan
Round 1 | Jordan def. Josh Ugalde (Maryland); PIN, 1:37
Quarterfinals | Jordan def. Joey Gunther (Iowa); D, 8-3
Semifinals | No. 5 Myles Amine (Michigan) def. Jordan; PIN, 5:30
Conso Semifinals | Jordan def. No. 12 Dylan Lydy (Purdue); D, 6-2
3rd-place Match | Jordan def. Johnny Sebastian (Northwestern); D, 9-5

No. 2 Myles Martin
Round 1 | Martin def. Max Lyon (Purdue); PIN, 2:36
Quarterfinals | Martin def. No. 10 Ricky Robertson (Wisconsin); TF, 23-8
Semifinals | Martin def. No. 4 Domenic Abounader (Michigan); D, 7-3
Finals | No. 1 Bo Nickal (Penn State) def. Martin; D, 7-4

No. 4 Kollin Moore
Round 1 | bye
Quarterfinals | Moore def. Eric Schultz (Nebraska); D, 10-4
Semifinals | Moore def. 17 Kevin Beazley (Michigan); D, 5-3
Finals | Moore def. No. 6 Shakur Rasheed (Penn State); D, 8-4

No. 2 Kyle Snyder
Round 1 | Snyder def. Fletcher Miller (Indiana); TF, 24-9
Quarterfinals | Snyder def. No. 17 Shawn Streck (Purdue); MD, 17-6
Semifinals | Snyder def. No. 4 Nick Nevills (Penn State); MD, 14-5
Finals | Snyder def. No. 1 Adam Coon (Michigan); D, 4-2

The 2017-18 season culminates March 15-17 in Cleveland, Ohio, at Quicken Loans Arena for the NCAA Championships.