March 16, 2017

Five Buckeyes Punch Tickets to NCAA Quarterfinals


March 16, 2017

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Five Buckeyes remain alive in the championship brackets after two sessions of the 2017 NCAA Wrestling Championships, and all five advanced on Thursday night in dominant fashion.

Bonus point wins by Nathan Tomasello, Micah Jordan, Kollin Moore and Kyle Snyder along with a 10-4 victory from Bo Jordan set up a big Friday morning quarterfinal session tomorrow. Those five winners totaled three major decisions and a technical fall as the Buckeyes currently stand in second place overall with 26.0 points, 4.5 behind leader Penn State. Oklahoma State is third with 25.5 points.

Luke Pletcher and Myles Martin dropped their second round matches but have the opportunity to rebound in the wrestleback rounds tomorrow.

Tomasello, the top seed at 133 lbs., won by major decision for the second time on the day as he controlled the pace against Cam Sykora of North Dakota State and rolled to a 21-7 victory. Ohio State’s active career leader in winning percentage, Tomasello also won his 100th career match on Thursday. He’s 21-0 this year, 101-5 in his career and has won 64 of his last 65 matches.

Pletcher met sixth-seeded Anthony Ashnault of Rutgers for the third time this season and nearly pulled off an upset, leading 7-5 in the third period before giving up a takedown and eventually being ridden out to give Ashnault the riding time bonus point.

Micah and Bo Jordan combined to defeat their second round opponent by an aggregate score of 20-6 as both moved on to Friday morning’s quarterfinals. Moments before B. Jordan locked up his win, Martin was upset by 11th-seed Emery Parker of Illinois, 14-9. Tied at 2-2 in the second period, Parker pulled off a six-point move (2TD, 4NF) and, despite scoring late, Martin wasn’t able to recover.

Six takedowns and a four-point near fall for Moore guided him to a 16-4 major decision at 197 lbs. A six-point swing for him in the first period turned a 4-2 lead into an 8-2 advantage. Snyder, meanwhile, took Garrett Ryan of Columbia down 11 times and scored his second technical fall of the day, 22-7. He scored 47 points and had 23 takedowns in his first two matches.

125-pounder Jose Rodriguez pinned Oklahoma’s Christian Moody in 2:51 in the first round of the consolation wrestlebacks, earning 2.5 points in the team race. It’s the second time in the last two weeks he’s picked up a pin in the consolation round after a fall against Ben Thornton of Purdue is the seventh place match at the Big Ten Championships.

Cody Burcher wasn’t as fortunate, dropping a 3-0 decision to Oklahoma’s Yoanse Mejias in the opening round of wrestlebacks at 165 pounds, 2-1. Burcher was taken down in the closing seconds of the first period those proved to be the decisive points.

When Session III begins tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. ET, five Buckeyes will compete in the quarterfinals:

• 133: No. 1 Tomasello vs. No. 8 Zane Richard (Illinois)
• 149: No. 4 Jordan vs. No. 5 Brandon Sorensen (Iowa)
• 174: No. 3 Jordan vs. No. 11 Alex Meyer (Iowa)
• 197: No. 3 Moore vs. No. 6 Preston Weigel (Oklahoma State)
• 285: No. 1 Snyder vs. Michael Kroells (Minnesota)

The Tomasello-Richards match-ups is a rematch of a bout earlier this year at St. John Arena in the Buckeye/Illini dual. Tomasello won that match by major decision, 12-4. Jordan defeated Meyer in a dual at Iowa City in January, 3-1, and Snyder knocked off Kroells in the Big Ten semifinals, 14-7. Jordan and Sorensen are meeting for the third time this year; most recently, Jordan defeated Sorensen in the Big Ten semifinals, 2-1.

Rodriguez meets Tim Lambert, the No. 5 seed, in the next round of consolations wrestlebacks.

Session III can be seen tomorrow live on ESPNU.

2017 NCAA Championships | Scottrade Center | St. Louis, Mo. | Attendance: 18,157
Session II Results

1. Penn State – 30.5
2. Ohio State – 26.0
3. Oklahoma State – 25.5
4. Iowa – 24.5
5. Missouri – 20.0
6. Cornell – 19.0
7. Minnesota – 18.5
8. Virginia Tech – 18.0
9. Central Michigan – 14.5
10. Arizona State – 13.5

Jose Rodriguez | 125 lbs. | 16-11
Consolation Rd. 1: Rodriguez won by fall over Christian Moody (Oklahoma) 2:51

Nathan Tomasello | 133 lbs. | 21-0
Second Round: No. 1 Tomasello major decision over Cam Sykora (NDSU) 21-7

Luke Pletcher | 141 lbs. | 23-8
Second Round: No. 6 Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers) decision over No. 12 Pletcher 8-7

Micah Jordan | 149 lbs. | 30-3
Second Round: No. 4 Jordan major decision over No. 13 Alfred Bannister (Maryland) 10-2

Cody Burcher | 165 lbs. | 16-18
Consolation Rd. 1: Yoanse Mejias (Oklahoma) decision over Burcher 2-1

Bo Jordan | 174 lbs. | 16-1
Second Round: No. 3 Jordan decision over No. 14 Lelund Weatherspoon (Iowa State) 10-4

Myles Martin | 184 lbs. | 27-8
Second Round: No. 11 Emery Parker (Illinois) decision over Martin 14-9

Kollin Moore | 197 lbs. | 30-3
Second Round: No. 3 Moore major decision over No. 14 Corey Griego (Oregon State) 16-4

Kyle Snyder | 285 lbs. | 14-0
Second Round: No. 1 Snyder technical fall over Garrett Ryan (Columbia) 22-7