March 1, 2018

B1G Title Defense Begins Saturday for No. 2 Ohio State


March 1, 2018


“Season Two” has arrived as the regular season is put to rest and postseason action ignites with the 2018 Big Ten Wrestling Championships (March 3-4) in East Lansing, Mich., at the Breslin Center. Fourteen conference squads will converge on the campus of Michigan State University with 80 bids to the NCAA Championships up for grabs.

2018 Big Ten Wrestling Championships Brackets  Complete Match Notes  EVENT COVERAGE
TV/Online Stream:
Saturday, March 3 | Session I (10 a.m. ET) & Session II (6 p.m.) | BTN Plus
Sunday, March 4 | Session III (Noon) | BTN Plus
Sunday, March 4 | Session IV (3 p.m.) | Big Ten Network & BTN2Go
Live scoring: Trackwrestling
Twitter Updates: @wrestlingbucks BUCKEYE LINEUP

A total of 330 wrestlers will compete in the 2018 NCAA Championships, and 283 of those slots are awarded at conference championship tournaments across the county. NCAA qualifier allocation amounts were determined by current year data involving winning percentage, ratings percentage index (RPI) and coaches’ ranking. The remaining 47 at-large bids will be selected on March 7.

Big Ten’s Bids by Weight Class
125 lbs – 10 bids (Tomasello – No. 3 seed)
133 lbs – 7 bids (Pletcher – No. 2 seed)
141 lbs – 8 bids (McKenna – No. 1 seed)
149 lbs – 9 bids (Hayes – No. 5 seed)
157 lbs – 8 bids (M. Jordan – No. 4 seed)
165 lbs – 10 bids (Campbell – No. 9 seed)
174 lbs – 7 bids (B. Jordan – No. 2 seed)
184 lbs – 8 bids (Martin – No. 2 seed)
197 lbs – 6 bids (Moore – No. 1 seed)
HWT – 7 bids (Snyder – No. 2 seed)

Total Bids by Conference
Big Ten – 80 bids
EIVA – 47 bids
Big 12 – 45 bids
ACC – 34 bids
MAC – 25 bids
Pac-12 – 22 bids
EWL – 18 bids
SoCon – 12 bids

This year’s field at the Big Ten Championships contains nine former Big Ten champions compiling a total of 15 conference crowns. The contingent also owns 11 NCAA individual titles tallied by eight different wrestlers.

The Buckeye senior trio of Bo Jordan, Kyle Snyder and Nathan Tomasello have lifted Ohio State to Top-3 finishes at each of the last three Big Ten Championships, including titles in 2015 and 2017. In total, four conference crowns have come back to Columbus (1923, 1951, 2015, 2017). Individually, a Buckeye has occupied the top of the Big Ten podium 47 times. Ohio State has been represented by the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the B1G Championships on five occurences: Bill Miller (1952), David Camaione (1960), Roger Young (1968), Lance Palmer (2010) and Logan Stieber (2015).

Ohio State’s lineup owns a combined season record of 170-28 (.859). When going up against nationally-ranked opponents (Top-20 according to Intermat at the time of the bout), the same 10 Buckeyes have combined for a .623 winning percentage (43-26) thus far in 2017-18.

vs. Nationally-Ranked:
Tomasello 4-1, Pletcher 5-1, McKenna 3-1, Hayes 7-4, M. Jordan 2-5, Campbell 2-7, B. Jordan 3-4, Martin 8-1, Moore 7-1, Snyder 2-1.

Bo Jordan, Kyle Snyder and Nathan Tomasello have a chance to accomplish something no group has ever done in NCAA wrestling history. They could become the first teammate trifecta to all earn their fourth All-American status in the same year.

Ohio State’s roster is littered with All-Americans, totaling seven, yes, count `em, SEVEN returning All-Americans. In addition to the aforementioned three, Micah Jordan, Joey McKenna, Myles Martin and Kollin Moore have also found their way to the NCAA podium in past seasons.

Only one team in NCAA history, the 2001 Minnesota Golden Gophers, has had the entire 10-man lineup earn All-America status in the same season.

FloWrestling maintains a `pound-for-pound’ Top-20 and Ohio State represents 20-percent of the group. The Buckeyes included are No. 2 Kyle Snyder, No. 10 Myles Martin, No. 12 Nathan Tomasello and No. 14 Bo Jordan.