March 17, 2018

Not Done Yet, Buckeyes Clinging to Six-Point Edge Entering Finals

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Help from others will be needed, but the Ohio State wrestling team did enough in Session V to have a shot at hoisting the 2018 NCAA Championship trophy Saturday evening. Six Buckeye grapplers combined for seven wins in the morning session to lift Ohio State back on top in the team race, 130.5 to 124.5 over Penn State. The Nittany Lions own a 5-to-2 advantage in finalists, however, to make for a dramatic Saturday evening.


BUCKEYE BITS
? 37-15 overall record
? 2 finalists
? 8 All-Americans (program record)
? 8 major decisions
? 4 tech falls
? 2 pins (and an injury default and medical forfeit)
? 109.5 team points (second place)

The top four teams in the standings are Big Ten representatives entering Session V:
1st | Ohio State (130.5 team points)
2nd | Penn State (124.5)
3rd | Iowa (93.0)
4th | Michigan (80.0)
5th | North Carolina State (76.0)

Cleveland’s own Nathan Tomasello set the tone early, sticking Northwestern’s Sebastian Rivera in just 74 seconds for 5.5 team points and slicing the Buckeye deficit in half (Ohio State entered the day trailing Penn State by 11 points). Tomasello would go on to toss another team point on top of the heap by placing third on a sudden victory over Ethan Lizak (Minnesota).

Luke Pletcher kept it rolling at 133 pounds, also securing his spot in the third-place bout via a 12-7 decision over fourth-seeded Kaid Brock (Oklahoma State). McKenna piled on another 3.5 team points at 141 pounds, sending the No. 4 seed Kevin Jack (North Carolina State) into the fifth-place bout on a 4-3 decision. McKenna then bested the No. 2-seed, Jaydin Eierman (Missouri), to make a reservation for third place on the All-American stand.

Kollin Moore began the day in winning fashion as well, echoing McKenna with a win over the weight class’ No. 2 seed. Moore’s 7-4 decision over Cornell’s Ben Darmstadt, also a northeast Ohio native, pushed him into the third-place bout.

SO, WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN?
If Myles Martin and Kyle Snyder are both victorious in the finals, the four Penn State finalists not named Bo Nickal (he faces Martin) will need to accumulate 14.5 team points to surpass Ohio State. Each finals win is worth four team points with additional bonus points available: two for a pin, 1.5 for a tech fall with nearfall points and one point for a major decision.

The Final (Session VI) starts at 7 p.m. ET Saturday (March 17) evening, broadcast live on ESPN.

COMPLETE BOUT RESULTS
*Seeds listed

No. 2 Nathan Tomasello (125 lbs)
Round 1 | Tomasello def. Gabe Townsell (Stanford) | PIN, 2:19
Round 2 | Tomasello def. No. 15 Ryan Millhof (Arizona State) | INJ, 5:00
Quarterfinals | Tomasello def. No. 7 Taylor LaMont (Utah Valley) | MD, 12-4
Semifinals | No. 3 Spencer Lee (Iowa) def. Tomasello | PIN, 6:05
Conso Semfinals |Tomasello def. N. 10 Sebastian Rivera (Northwestern) | PIN, 1:14
3rd-Place Match | Tomasello def. No. 8 Ethan Lizak (Minnesota) | SV1, 8-6

No. 3 Luke Pletcher (133 lbs)
Round 1 | Pletcher def. Mason Pengilly (Stanford) | D, 4-2
Round 2 | Pletcher def. No. 14 Korbin Myers (Edinboro) | D, 4-3
Quarterfinals | Pletcher def. No. 6 Scott Parker (Lehigh) | D, 3-1
Semifinals | No. 2 Stevan Micic (Michigan) def. Pletcher | D, 8-4
Conso Semifinals | Pletcher def. No. 4 Kaid Brock (Oklahoma State) | D, 12-7
3rd-Place Match | Tariq Wilson (North Carolina State) def. Pletcher | MD, 17-8

No. 4 Joey McKenna (141 lbs)
Round 1 | McKenna def. Madrigal (Old Dominion) | TF, 16-1
Round 2 | McKenna def. No. 13 Luke Karam (Lehigh) | TF, 15-0
Quarterfinals | McKenna def. No. 12 Tyler Smith (Bucknell) | D, 8-3
Semifinals | No. 1 Bryce Meredith (Wyoming) def. McKenna | D, 1-0
Conso Semifinals | McKenna def. No. 5 Kevin Jack (North Carolina State) | D, 4-3
3rd-Place Match | McKenna def. No. 2 Jaydin Eierman (Missouri) | D, 7-2

No. 5 Ke-Shawn Hayes (149 lbs)
Round 1 | Hayes def. Malik Amine (Michigan) | TB1, 6-5
Round 2 | Hayes def. No. 12 Ryan Blees (Virginia Tech) | D, 12-6
Quarterfinals | No. 4 Troy Heilmann (North Carolina) def. Hayes | TB1, 2-1
Conso Round of 12 | No. 2 Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) def. Hayes | MD, 9-0

No. 7 Micah Jordan (157 lbs)
Round 1 | M. Jordan def. Luke Weiland (Army) | MD, 14-5
Round 2 | M. Jordan def. No. 10 Markus Scheidel (Columbia) | PIN, 3:10
Quarterfinals | M. Jordan def. No. 15 John Van Brill (Rutgers) | MD, 17-5
Semifinals | No. 3 Jason Nolf (Penn State) def. M. Jordan | TF, 16-0
Conso Semifinals | No. 8 Tyler Berger (Nebraska) def. M. Jordan | SV1, 4-2
5th-Place Match | No. 5 Alec Pantaleo (Michigan) def. M. Jordan | D, 6-3

No. 13 Te’Shan Campbell (165 lbs)
Round 1 | Campbell def. Dawaylon Barnes (Oklahoma) | D, 4-2
Round 2 | No. 4 Chad Clash (Rider) def. Campbell | MD, 8-0
Conso Rd 2 |Campbell def. Connor Flynn (Missouri) | D, 9-8
Conso Rd 3 | No. 12 Nicholas Wanzek (Minnesota) def. Campbell | D, 4-3

No. 6 Bo Jordan (174 lbs)
Round 1 | B. Jordan def. Brandon Womack (Cornell) | SV1, 4-2
Round 2 | B. Jordan def. No. 11 David Kocer (South Dakota State) | MD, 11-3
Quarterfinals | No. 3 Daniel Lewis (Missouri) def. B. Jordan | D, 3-1
Conso Round of 12 | B. Jordan def. Ben Harvey (Army) | D, 11-6
Conso Quarterfinals | B. Jordan def. No. 13 Jacobe Smith (Oklahoma State) | MD, 16-2
Conso Semifinals | No. 5 Myles Amine (Michigan) def. B. Jordan | D, 6-2
5th-Place Match | B. Jordan def. No. 4 Jordan Kutler (Lehigh) | MFOR

No. 2 Myles Martin (184 lbs)
Round 1 | Martin def. Bryce Gorman (Northern Illinois) | TF, 24-9
Round 2 | Martin def. Mitchell Bowman (Iowa) | MD, 17-5
Quarterfinals | Martin def. Chip Ness (North Carolina) | D, 10-6
Semifinals | Martin def. No. 6 Zachary Zavatsky (Virginia Tech) | D, 8-4

No. 1 Kollin Moore (197 lbs)
Round 1 | Moore def. Tanner Orndorff (Utah Valley) | D, 12-8
Round 2 | Moore def. Patrick Brucki (Princeton) | MD, 14-4
Quarterfinals | Kyle Conel (Kent State) def. Moore | PIN, 1:30
Conso Round of 12 | Moore def. No. 14 Cash Wilcke (Iowa) | D, 6-2
Conso Quarterfinals | Moore def. No. 5 Shakur Rasheed (Penn State) | D, 7-4
Conso Semifinals | Moore def. No. 2 Ben Darmstadt (Cornell) | D, 7-4
3rd-Place Match | Kyle Conel (Kent State) def. Moore | D, 5-3

No. 1 Kyle Snyder (HWT)
Round 1 | Snyder def. Ryan Soloman (Pittsburgh) | MD, 15-5
Round 2 | Snyder def. Jere Heino (Campbell) | TF, 23-8
Quarterfinals | Snyder def. No. 9 Derek White (Oklahoma State) | D, 6-3
Semifinals | Snyder def. No. 4 Jacob Kasper (Duke) | D, 10-5