March 13, 2018
COLUMBUS Ohio – Approximately 140 miles from campus, the Ohio State University wrestling team will clash with the country’s best collegiate wrestlers all striving to be crowned 2018 NCAA national champions. Ohio State enters Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, slotted either No. 1 or No. 2 in all organization’s national rankings and looks to contend for its second team title in the last four years at the NCAA Wrestling Championships.
***Every bout on every mat throughout the NCAA Championships will be broadcast on WatchESPN and the ESPN app
Gates open one hour prior to the beginning of each session.
MATCH THE ATHLETES
Buckeye fans are encouraged to follow the color schemes listed below with their wardrobe and match the OSU wrestlers’ singlet colors each day:
Thursday – BLACK
Friday – WHITE
Saturday – SCARLET
PUNCHING TICKETS TO THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
All 10 Buckeyes earned automatic bids to the NCAA Championships, joined by Lehigh (nine automatic, one at-large) as the only two schools to bring a full roster to Cleveland. Seven additional institutions qualifed nine of 10 individuals: Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State, Penn State and Virginia Tech.
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.
BIG TEN CHAMPS ONCE AGAIN
Ohio State lifted the B1G Championship trophy for the third time in the last four seasons by accumulating the most team points (164.5) by any school at the conference tournament in 16 years (Minnesota – 174.0 in 2002), clearing the field by 16.5 tallies at the 2018 conference tournament. The 10-man lineup captured four individual titles, seven finals appearances and nine top-3 showings. Tom Ryan has named the B1G Coach of the Year for third time since 2015 as well.
It marked the fifth Big Ten Wrestling title in school history (1923, 1951, 2015, 2017, 2018).
Ohio State’s lineup owns a combined season record of 203-35 (.853). 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 .653 winning percentage (62-33) thus far in 2017-18.
Tomasello 7-1, Pletcher 6-2, McKenna 5-1, Hayes 10-5, M. Jordan 4-6, Campbell 2-9, B. Jordan 4-5, Martin 10-2, Moore 9-1, Snyder 5-1.
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. 17 Bo Jordan.