March 13, 2017
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The newly-crowed Big Ten champions finish their March to the Arch this weekend at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, March 16-18 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
Thursday, March 16
First Session | Noon | Pigtails and First round
Second Session | 7 p.m. | Second round, Wrestlebacks Pigtails, Wrestleback first round and second round
Friday, March 17
Third Session | 11 a.m. | Quarterfinals and Wrestleback second and third rounds
Fourth Session | 8 p.m. | Semifinals and Wrestlebacks
Saturday, March 18
Fifth Session | 11 a.m. | Wrestleback semifinals and third, fifth and seventh-place rounds
Sixth Session | 8 p.m. | Championships finals
Unprecedented coverage of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships features three consecutive nights of prime-time coverage on ESPN for the first time beginning Thursday, March 16. Combined with ESPNU, all six sessions will be televised and ESPN will stream every mat, every match of the championship.
ESPN’s prime-time coverage begins with the second round Thursday, March 16, at 7 p.m. ET, the first time a session from the championships’ first day has been televised on ESPN (previously has aired on ESPNU). As in years past, the semifinals and finals will air on ESPN on Friday, March 17, and Saturday, March 18, respectively, beginning at 8 p.m. both nights.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
• Ohio State is sending nine wrestlers to this year’s championships – two of whom are top seeds.
• The defending NCAA champion at 285 pounds, Kyle Snyder is 12-0 on the year and recently added a second Big Ten title to his trophy case. He is the No. 1 seed.
• Nathan Tomasello, who became just the third three-time Big Ten champion when he edged Iowa’s Cory Clark 5-4 in the 133 lb. final, is also a top seed. He brings a 19-0 record to the championships.
• Three other wrestlers earned top five seeds – Big Ten champions Bo Jordan and Kollin Moore at 174 and 197 pounds, respectively – and redshirt sophomore Micah Jordan, a Big Ten finalist at 149. Moore and B. Jordan are No. 3 seeds while M. Jordan in the No. 4 seed.
• The sixth and seventh seeded Buckeye is defending 174 lb. champion Myles Martin, who is No. 6 this year at 184 lbs., and No. 12 Luke Pletcher, a true freshman at 141 lbs. Martin was a part of a school-record six Big Ten finalists for the Buckeyes two weeks ago in Bloomington.
• Head coach Tom Ryan, in his 11th season, is a two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (2015, 2017) and three-time national Coach of the Year (2008, 2009, 2015). In the NCAA championship team race, the Ryan-led Buckeyes have finished in the Top 10 in nine of the last 10 seasons, including the 2015 national title and back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2008 and 2009.
BUCKEYES AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
In the 96-year history of Ohio State wrestling, the Buckeyes boast 93 All-America selections and 20 individual national champions. Last year in New York, the team finished third overall and crowned tow new champions – Snyder and Martin – to go along with a total of four All-Americans.
NCAA FINISHES – LAST FIVE YEARS
2016: Third | Four All-Americans | Two Champions
2015: National Champions | Five All-Americans | Two Champions
2014: Sixth | Two All-Americans | One Champion
2013: Sixth | Three All-Americans | One Champion
2012: Fifth | Four All-Americans | One Champion
Overall, Ohio State has finished in the top 10 of the overall team standings at the NCAA Championship in nine of the last 10 seasons, including five times in the top five (four times in the top three).
Ohio State returns to the site of the program’s finest moment – its 2015 national championship that was won thanks to three finalists, two champions and five All-Americans.
WEIGHT CLASSES TO WATCH
Kollin Moore | 197 lbs. | No. 3 seed
At 28-3 on the year, Moore was able to avenge two of his earlier losses in the Big Ten final when he defeated Minnesota’s Brett Pfarr, who earned the No. 2 seed for the NCAA Championships. Moore only other loss is to top-ranked and top-seeded J’den Cox of Missouri. Earlier in the season, Moore took Cox to the limit in a dual at St. John Arena, losing a 6-4 decision. Since then, he’s won 13 of 14 matches.
Bo Jordan | 174 lbs. | No. 3 seed
Jordan added a title to his career resume two weeks ago with his 6-4 SV-1 victory over Mark Hall of Penn State. That win essentially sealed up the Buckeyes’ Big Ten team championship. Jordan was the top-ranked 174-pounder for much of the regular season until a 3-2 loss to second-seeded Brain Realbuto of Cornell in the dual finale. Jordan is a two-time All-American and NCAA semifinalist at 165 lbs.
Nathan Tomasello | 133 lbs. | No. 1 seed
Tomasello enters the 2017 NCAA Championships as battle tested as anyone with a 10-0 record against ranked opponents (and 19-0 overall). If seeds hold, he could have a rematch of the Big Ten final with Iowa’s Cory Clark in the semifinals. On his way to his third consecutive Big Ten title, Tomasello topped the nation’s No. 15, No. 6 and No. 4 ranked wrestlers. A national title this weekend would make him the fifth two-time NCAA champion in program history (his first came in 2015 at 125 lbs.).
NOTING Kyle Snyder
• In seven postseason matches last March, Snyder averaged 16.5 points and finished with four technical falls.
• Snyder is a semifinalist for the James E. Sullivan Award, given annually to the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States.
• In 12 matches this season, Snyder is scoring 15.7 points with 7.1 takedowns. Only twice have his matches been decided by seven points or fewer.
• Since competing last March at the Madison Square Garden, his travel schedule has taken him ot the following countries: Germany, Brazil, Russia, Iran and Ukraine.
• The six finalists and four champions that were crowned at the Big Ten Championships was a school record, as was the 139.5 total team points.
• Ryan has coached six different student-athletes to 10 national championships and 16 NCAA finals appearances.
• Ryan and his staff have produced 34 All-Americans in the last 10 seasons, including three freshman in the last five years (Logan Stieber, 2012; Tomasello and Snyder, 2015; Martin, 2016).
• Snyder, Tomasello and B. Jordan are three of just 11 wrestlers in the Big Ten who finished with a perfect record against conference opponents.