Sept. 3, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Led by returning NCAA champion Nathan Tomasello and All-American Bo Jordan, the defending national champion Ohio State wrestling team is ranked No. 2 in the WIN Magazine 2015-16 Preseason Power Index. The Buckeyes have six wrestlers ranked in the top eight of their respective weight classes.
WIN’s individual preseason rankings do not include true freshmen or redshirt freshmen. They are based on weight classes that the wrestlers are expected to compete at but are also subject to change.
The Buckeyes totaled 70.5 points in the poll, second only to Oklahoma State (82.0). Other Big Ten teams in the Top 10 include Iowa (No. 3), Penn State (No. 4), Michigan (No. 7) and Illinois (No. 10).
Tomasello is ranked No. 1 at 125 pounds coming off of last year’s Big Ten and NCAA championships. The redshirt sophomore from Parma, Ohio ended the year in a 18-match winning streak on his way to a 33-4 overall mark. At the NCAA Championships, he knocked off top-seeded and previously unbeaten Alan Waters of Missouri in the semifinals, 3-2, and then topped Zeke Moisey of West Virginia in the finals. At the Big Ten Championships, his upset of two-time NCAA champion Jesse Delgado of Illinois propelled the Buckeyes to their first conference crown in 64 years.
At 165 pounds, Jordan is ranked No. 2 behind reigning national champion Alex Dieringer of Oklahoma State. Jordan, 22-2 last year, was a Big Ten finalist and finished third at the NCAA Championships. He won his first 17 matches of the season, was 11-0 in dual meets and 9-0 against Big Ten competition during the regular season. After falling to Dieringer in the NCAA semifinals, he came back to win two consolation matches, giving the Buckeyes critical bonus points with a pin in the third-place match against illinois’ Jackson Morse.
Kenny Courts, whose memorable run to a fifth-place showing at the NCAA Championships was key in Ohio State securing the team title, checks in at No. 5 at 184 lbs. Courts, an eighth place finisher at the Big Ten Championships, won two of his first three matches at NCAAs in overtime to reach the quarterfinals. He was 26-11 overall with four major decisions, one technical fall and three pins.
Other Ohio State wrestlers in the top eight are seniors Johnni DiJulius (No. 8, 133 lbs.), Hunter Stieber (No. 4, 149 lbs.) and Mark Martin (No. 8, 174 lbs.). Stieber, a Big Ten champion and All-American in 2013 who has 85 career victories, wrestled in just 10 matches last year due to injury but qualified for the NCAA Championships.
In addition to the return of four All-Americans, the Buckeyes also welcome on the nation’s most highly-touted recruiting classes. The group is led by Ke-Shawn Hayes (ranked No. 11 overall by Flowrestling and No. 2 at 138 lbs.), Myles Martin (Junior National Freestyle champion, No. 3 overall by Flowrestling and No. 1 at 182 lbs.) and Kollin Moore (Ohio state champion at 182 lbs., 204-11 at Norwayne High School). Redshirt freshmen expected to contribute this year are Micah Jordan (157 lbs., 31-3 in open tournament last year) and Jake Ryan (149 lbs., 19-3 in open tournaments last year).
Season tickets for new accounts are on sale now and can be secured with a deposit for as little as $15 for general admission seats and $25 for reserved seats. Fans interested in becoming a season ticket holder can contact the Ohio State Athletic Ticket Sales Department at 1-800-GOBUCKS (select option 2) or AthleticSales@osu.edu for pricing, details and information. Information on season ticket renewals and single-match tickets will be available later in the year on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.