March 6, 2016

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – Two champions and two third-place finishers highlighted the Buckeyes’ day as the 2016 Big Ten Wrestling Championships concluded on Sunday afternoon at Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. In the team race, the Buckeyes (126.0 points) finished third behind Penn State (150.5) and Iowa (127.0), their fifth top-five finish over the last five years and the most points in school history at the championships.

Just like in their regular season dual, top-seeded Tomasello (22-0) and third-seeded Nico Megaludis battled nearly evenly for three periods and both were only able to score on escapes. In the sudden victory period, Tomasello finally took Megaludis down after a scramble for his second 3-1 decision over the redshirt senior this season.

With his second Big Ten title, Tomasello now joins a group of six other Buckeye wrestlers who won two conference championships. He also ran his winning streak to 40 consecutive matches, dating back to last season. In that time, he’s beaten 20 ranked wrestlers and won 27 matches via bonus points.

Reigning World champion and second-seeded Kyle Snyder scored takedowns in each period to earn a 7-4 decision over top-seeded Adam Coon of Michigan. Snyder scored the first takedown of the match, led 2-1 after the first period and then gave himself a 4-2 lead following Coon’s escape to start the second. His final takedown — this one in the third period — gave him all the cushion he’d need to be Ohio State’s second champion of the day.

For the third time in the last 12 months, Bo Jordan and Isaac Jordan of Wisconsin squared off, and unfortunately for the Buckeyes, Isaac once again came out as the winner. Bo and Isaac met in the 2015 Big Ten finals, in a regular season dual last month and today with the three matches decided by a combined four points. In today’s bout, a takedown by Isaac with less than 15 seconds left in the third period broke a 1-1 tie (he had over a minute of riding time accumulated).

In the day’s opening session, Micah Jordan and Myles Martin punched their tickets to third place matches by easily dispatching of opponents in the consolation semifinals.

Jordan rolled to a 19-4 technical fall of Purdue’s Danny Sabatello in which he scored 10 first-period points. In the third place match against second-seeded Tommy Thorn of Minnesota, he got behind 3-1 at the end of the second period but quickly battled back with an escape and takedown for a 4-3 lead in the third. Shortly after his takedown, Jordan put an end to the match by pinning Thorn.

Martin picked up his second fall of the championships — and team-leading seventh of the season — with a second-period pin against sixth-seeded Micah Barnes of Nebraska. He then finished off his third-place showing by defeating Indiana’s Nate Jackson for the fourth time this season and second time in the last 24 hours. This one was a 7-5 decision that was locked up with a takedown in both the first and second periods and over 1:00 of riding time.

At 133 pounds, Johnni DiJulius controlled fourth-seeded Geoff Alexander of Maryland and completed a two-period technical fall by winning 19-2. DiJulius went 3-2 in the championships and finished seventh, earning a NCAA at-large bid. It will be his fourth trip to the NCAA Championships. DiJulius’ teammate, Mark Martin, also won a seventh-place match when he edged Drake Stein of Purdue, 4-3, thanks to a late takedown.

Jake Ryan was pinned by Michigan’s Brian Murphy in the 157 pound consolation semifinals and then lost a 5-2 decision to Rutgers’ Richie Lewis in the fifth place match, finishing 2-3 overall at the championships while taking sixth place.

Ohio State finished with two champions, one runner-up, two third place finishers and one fifth place showing. Seven Buckeyes — Tomasello, DiJulius, M. Jordan, Ryan, B. Jordan, Myles Martin and Snyder — automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships, held March 17-19 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The 126 points scored were the most scored in school history at the Big Ten Championships.

2016 Big Ten Championships
Iowa City, Iowa | Carver Hawkeye Arena | Sessions III and IV

1. Penn State – 150.5
2. Iowa – 127.0
3. Ohio State – 126.0
4. Nebraska – 117.0
5. Rutgers – 106.5
6. Michigan  – 89.5
7. Illinois – 88.0
8. Wisconsin – 67.5
9. Minnesota – 51.5
10. Purdue – 34.0
11. Indiana – 30.5
12. Northwestern – 11.5
13. Michigan State – 10.5
14. Maryland – 7.5

125: No. 1 Nathan Tomasello (23-0)
Round One: Tomasello tech fall over Ben Thornton (Purdue) 20-2 (4:41)
Quarterfinals: Tomasello tech fall over Sean McCabe (Rutgers) 20-5 (6:45)
Semifinals: Tomasello decision over No. 4 Tim Lambert (Nebraska) 10-5
Finals: Tomasello decision over No. 3 Nico Megaludis (Penn State) 3-1 (SV-1)
Tomasello 125 lb. Big Ten champion; earns NCAA automatic qualifying bid

133: No. 7 Johnni DiJulius (17-7)
Round One: DiJulius decision over Anthony Giraldo (Rutgers) 5-1
Quarterfinals: No. 2 Cory Clark (Iowa) decision over DiJulius 7-3
Consolation Round Two: DiJulius major decision over No. 9 Dom Malone (Northwestern) 11-2
Consolation Round Three: No. 3 Jordan Conaway (Penn State) decision over DiJulius 8-2
Seventh Place Match: DiJulius tech fall over No. 4 Geoff Alexander (Maryland) 19-2 (6:18)
DiJulius finishes seventh; earns NCAA automatic qualifying bid 

141: No. 1 Micah Jordan (24-2)
Round One: Jordan decision over Brody Grothus (Iowa) 5-3
Quarterfinals: No. 8 Jimmy Guilbon (Penn State) decision over Jordan 3-2 (SV-2)
Consolation Round Two: Jordan major decision over Gabe Grahek (Wisconsin) 11-2
Consolation Round Three: Jordan major decision over George Fisher (Michigan) 10-0
Consolation Semifinal: Jordan tech fall over No. 7 Danny Sabatello (Purdue) 19-4 (7:00)
Third Place Match: Jordan won by fall over No. 2 Tommy Thorn (Minnesota) 5:41
Jordan finishes third; earns NCAA automatic qualifying bid

149: Cody Burcher (12-10)
Round One: Burcher decision over No. 7 Andrew Crone (Wisconsin) 3-1
Quarterfinals: No. 2 Brandon Sorenson major decision over Burcher 12-2
Consolation Round Two: Burcher won by fall over Kyle Langenderfer (Illinois) :58
Consolation Round Three: Tyson Dippery (Rutgers) major decision over Burcher 9-0
Seventh Place Match: No. 8 Jake Short (Minnesota) decision over Burcher 4-2
Burcher finishes eighth

157: No. 4 Jake Ryan (17-5)
Quarterfinals: No. 5 Edwin Cooper, Jr. decision over Ryan 2-1
Consolation Round Two: Ryan decision over Jake Danishek (Indiana) 8-5
Consolation Round Three: Ryan decision over TJ Ruschell (Wisconsin) 8-3
Consolation Semifinals: No. 6 Brian Murphy (Michigan) won by fall over Ryan 5:25
Fifth Place Match: No. 3 Richie Lewis (Rutgers) decision over Ryan 5-2
Ryan finishes sixth; earns NCAA automatic qualifying bid

165: No. 3 Bo Jordan (16-2)
Quarterfinals: Jordan decision over No. 7 Gino Morelli 3-2
Semifinals: Jordan major decision over No. 3 Steven Rodriguez (Illinois) 10-2
Finals: No. 1 Isaac Jordan (Wisconsin) decision over Jordan 3-1
Jordan finishes second; earns NCAA automatic qualifying bid

174: No. 4 Myles Martin (28-6)
Round One: Martin over Shane Shadaia (Michigan State) 1:55
Quarterfinals: Martin decision over Nate Jackson (Indiana) 8-2
Semifinals: No. 1 Bo Nickal (Penn State) won by fall over Martin 2:28
Consolation Semifinals: Martin won by fall over No. 6 Micah Barnes (Nebraska) 3:57
Third Place Match: Martin decision over Nate Jackson (Indiana) 7-5
Martin finishes third; earns NCAA automatic qualifying bid

184: No. 6 Kenny Courts (17-10)
Round One: No. 6 Courts major decision over Regis Durbin (Northwestern) 12-4
Quarterfinals: No. 3 Sammy Brooks (Iowa) decision over Courts 8-3
Consolation Round Two: Courts decision over Tanner Lynde (Purdue) 10-5
Consolation Round Three: Jeff Koepke (Illinois) decision over Courts 5-1
Seventh Place Match: No. 8 Ryan Christensen (Wisconsin) decision over Courts 10-4
Courts finishes eighth

197: No. 6 Mark Martin (18-7)
Quarterfinals: No. 3 Nathan Burak (Iowa) decision over Martin 6-2
Consolation Round Two: Martin decision over Garrett Wesneski (Maryland) 5-1
Consolation Round Two: Hayden Hrymack (Rutgers) decision over Martin 1-0
Seventh Place Match: Martin decision over Drake Stein (Purdue) 4-3
Martin finishes seventh

285: No. 2 Kyle Snyder (6-0)
Quarterfinals: Snyder tech fall over Brooks Black (Illinois) 26-11 (5:29)
Semifinals: Snyder tech fall over No. 6 Collin Jensen (Nebraska) 24-9 (6:00)
Finals: Snyder decision over No. 1 Adam Coon (Michigan) 7-4
Snyder 285 lb. Big Ten champion; earns NCAA automatic qualifying bid