February 26, 2018

Pre-Seeds Released for Big Ten Championships

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Feb. 26, 2018

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The 2018 Big Ten Wrestling Championships (March 3-4) pre-seeds were announced by the conference office on Monday (Feb. 26). Nine of 10 Buckeyes are included in the Top-5 of their respective weight classes with a pair earning top billing as the No. 1 seed (Joey McKenna at 141 lbs and Kollin Moore at 197 lbs).

Ohio State and Penn State will bring a seeded wrestler in each of the 10 weight classes, while Michigan boasts a seeded grappler in nine classes.

Complete List of Pre-Seeds  BUCKEYE PRE-SEEDS
No. 3 Nathan Tomasello (125 lbs) | 10 NCAA Championships qualifier bids available at Big Ten Championships
No. 2 Luke Pletcher (133 lbs) | 7
No. 1 Joey McKenna (141 lbs) | 8
No. 5 Ke-Shawn Hayes (149 lbs) | 9
No. 4 Micah Jordan (157 lbs) | 8
No. 9 Te’Shan Campbell (165 lbs) | 10
No. 2 Bo Jordan (174 lbs) | 7
No. 2 Myles Martin (184 lbs) | 8
No. 1 Kollin Moore (197 lbs) | 6
No. 2 Kyle Snyder (HWT) | 7 The pre-seeds are voted on by the conference’s coaches, ranking the top-eight wrestlers in seven weight classes, along with all 14 starters in the other three weight classes due to the Big Ten receiving nine or more NCAA Championships qualifier allocations in those classes.

This year’s expected field at the Big Ten Championships includes 15 B1G individual titles captured by nine different wrestlers and a total of 11 NCAA crowns claimed by eight different individuals.

In addition, Nathan Tomasello (as well as Illinois’ Isaiah Martinez) are looking to become just the 15th and 16th wrestlers in conference history to win four individual B1G championships.