Ohio State returns six starters, three national champs
Defeats 2012 Olympic gold medalist Jake Varner twice in 97kg finals
Tomasello, Jordan brothers, Martin, Snyder alive for titles
Ohio State will defend NCAA title at Madison Square Garden next week
Buckeyes finish third in the team standings
2015-16 Season: Won his second straight Big Ten championships … third place at the NCAA Championships and earned All-American honors for the second consecutive year … finished 27-1 with 18 wins via bonus points (eight major decisions, seven tech falls, three falls) … beat Penn State’s Nico Megaludis 3-1 (SV-1) in the Big Ten finals … won his first 25 matches of the season and 44 in the row dating back to the 2014-15 season … Big Ten Wrestler of the Week on Nov. 3 after defeating Zeke Moisey of West Virginia at the NWCA All-Star Classic … OSU Scholar-Athlete, Academic All-Big Ten and NWCA Academic All-America … Rowlands MVP/Outstanding Wrestler and Highest Team GPA award recipient.
2014-15 Season: NCAA and Big Ten champion at 125 lbs. … finished season with an overall record of 33-4, including 8-1 against Big Ten competition during the regular season … eight major decisions, six technical falls and four pins … finished the season by winning 18 straight matches … at the NCAA championships, defeated the top seeded and previously unbeaten Alan Waters of Missouri in the semifinals and then topped Zeke Moisey of West Virginia in the finals … scored bonus points in three of his five NCAA matches … at the Big Ten championships, upset two-time NCAA champion Jesse Delgado is the semifinals and edged Iowa’s Thomas Gilman in the finals, 3-2, avenging an earlier loss to Gilman during the regular season … first in the team in wins (33) … champion at the Michigan State Open and third place at CKLV Invite … Amateur Wrestling News All-Rookie team … Academic All-Big Ten, OSU Scholar-Athlete and NWCA All-Academic.
2013-14 Season: In redshirt season, posted four open tournament championships at 125 pounds - Clarion Open (Nov. 3), Michigan State Open (Nov. 9) ... Greyhound Open (Feb. 1), Edinboro Open (Feb. 8) ... posted 18-0 record in open tournaments, which included nine major decisions, two technical falls, and three falls ... Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Prior to Ohio State: Four-time Ohio High School Athletic Association champion ... four-time PAC League champion ... three-time Fargo National champion ... FILA Cadet national champion ... Beast of the East champion ... three-time Iron Man champion ... two-time high school First Team All-American ... three-time Medina Invitational champion ... three-time Top Gun champion ... noted MVP at Iron Man championships ... two-time MVP at Medina Invitational .... two-time MVP at Top Gun event ... amassed a 178-5 high school record; 37-5 as a freshman, 42-0 as a sophomore, 47-0 as a junior and 52-0 as a senior ... owns Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy school records for Most Career Victories, Most Victories in a Season, and winning more than 160 consecutive matches ... garnered Summit County, and Cleveland Plain Dealer Wrestler of the Year; PAC League Wrestler of the Year; PAC League Student-Athlete of the Year ... Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy was two-time state runner-up ... also lettered in soccer.
Personal: Son of Sue and Tom; has one brother, Troy and one sister, Rachel ... likes to box as a form of conditioning for wrestling ... aspires to wrestle in the Olympics ... enjoys golfing, spending time with family and swimming ... greatest sports thrill was winning Fargo national championships for the third time in July of 2013.
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