COLUMBUS, Ohio – It wasn’t the finish he and Buckeye fans hoped for, but Ohio State senior wrestler Lance Palmer will wrap up his career as a four-time All-American. Following a runner-up finish at 149 pounds at the 2010 NCAA Championships Saturday, Palmer joins Tommy Rowlands (2001-04) as one of just two Buckeyes to collect four All-America laurels.
As a team, Ohio State finished the 2010 edition of the championships in eighth place with 62 points.
One minute and 29 seconds of riding time separated the Columbia Station, Ohio, native from the national title against Iowa’s Brent Metcalf in Omaha, Neb. An early takedown by Metcalf in the first period gave him a 2-0 lead, but back-to-back escapes by Palmer in the first and second periods evened the score, 2-2. However, Metcalf already had accrued enough riding time and it proved to be enough for the 3-2 win.
The 2010 Big Ten Champion and Most Outstanding Wrestler at the conference championships, Palmer finishes his career with a 121-33 overall record, including a 57-9 mark in dual matches and a 25-4 ledger in the Big Ten.
As one of the most prolific Buckeyes all-time, it has been quite the journey for Palmer. He became the first true-freshman since J.D. Bergman (2004-08) to place in the Top 8 at the NCAA championships in 2007 with a fourth-place finish. He then was eighth in 2008 before finishing fourth again a year ago. In the Big Ten, Palmer worked his way to the title this season after a pair of third-place finishes in 2007 and 2009. Palmer was unbeaten the past two years at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals with a combined 9-0 record. Impressive also was his 14-0 dual record and 6-0 conference ledger during the 2009 regular season.
Academically, the communication major has excelled. In 2009, Palmer was the recipient of the Academic Achievement Award. The honor is voted on by Ohio State faculty and staff and awards the student-athlete who demonstrates outstanding academic progress.
2010 NCAA Championships
Final Team Results
1. 134.5 Iowa
2. 90.0 Cornell
3. 75.0 Iowa State
4. 70.5 Wisconsin
5. 69.0 Oklahoma
6. 65.0 Oklahoma State
7. 63.0 Minnesota
8. 62.0 Ohio State
9. 49.0 Penn State
10. 48.0 Missouri
Lance Palmer (Ohio State) DEC Seth Morton (Ohio University) D 8-1
Lance Palmer (Ohio State) WBF Nicholas Bertucci (Purdue) F 1:23
Lance Palmer (Ohio State) WBF Jason Chamberlain (Boise State) F 1:14
Lance Palmer (Ohio State) DEC Frank Molinaro (Penn State) D 2-0
Brent Metcalf (Iowa) DEC Lance Palmer (Ohio State) D 3-2