IOWA CITY, Iowa - Three Buckeyes find themselves in the finals of their respective weight classes at the 2016 Big Ten Championships, being held this weekend at Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. Sophomores Nathan Tomasello, Bo Jordan and Kyle Snyder all advanced to championship matches while seven other Buckeyes remain alive in consolation brackets.
In the team standings, Penn State leads the way with 133 points, followed by the host Hawkeyes (106.0) and Ohio State (100.0). Nebraska (97.5) and Rutgers (90.5) round out the top five. The Buckeyes won 21 of 32 matches with two falls, four tech falls and five major decisions.
Snyder was his usual dominant self in two matches on Saturday, combining to outscore his opponents 50-20 (26 points in his first match, 24 in his second). A 24-9 semifinal tech fall over Nebraska's Colin Jensen in which he scored 12 takedowns in less than two periods sets up a showdown against top-seeded Adam Coon of Michigan in the finals tomorrow afternoon.
Tomasello punched his ticket to the 125 lb. finals -- and a date with Penn State's Nico Megaludis -- via a 10-5 decision over fourth-seeded Tim Lambert of Nebraska. Tomasello was offensive from the start, finishing three first-period takedowns to grab a 6-3 lead and was never seriously threatened from there. Tomorrow's final will be a rematch of a tightly-contested regular season dual in which Tomasello edged Megaludis 3-1 on a takedown as time expired in the third period.
Jordan set up a 2015 Big Ten finals rematch with top-seeded Isaac Jordan of Wisconsin by virtue of a 10-2 major decision of Illinois' Steven Rodriguez in the semifinals. It will be the third match-up between the Jordan's in the last 12 months. Bo led 4-1 after the opening three minutes and then got two more second-period takedowns while racking up over three minutes of riding time.
In the first session of the day, the Buckeyes started things off with a perfect six-for-six performance in the opening round, highlighted by a fall from Martin and technical fall by Tomasello. Cody Burcher also scored a mild upset for Wisconsin's Andrew Crone, the seventh seed. Unseeded, Burcher got a takedown and held on for a 3-1 victory over Crone. His impressive day continued in the second round of consolations as he needed just 58 seconds to pin Illinois Kyle Langenderfer.
Other opening round winners were Courts (major decision), M. Jordan (decision) and DiJulius (decision). In quarterfinal action, Tomasello was his usual efficient self, scoring early and often against Rutgers' Sean McCabe to secure a 20-5 technical fall. In all, Tomasello outscored his first two opponents by an aggregate score of 40-7.
Jordan was the first No. 1 seed to be knocked out of the championship round when he lost a 3-2 sudden victory decision to Penn State's Jimmy Guilbon, the eighth seed. Neither wrestler scored a takedown in regulation or the first one minute sudden victory period. In the second SV period, Jordan failed to escape in the first 30 seconds and gave an automatic escape to Guilbon but could not score the winning takedown. Jordan had defeated Guilbon a regular season dual 6-3. He rebounded to win both of his consolation matches in Session II by major decision.
At 165 lbs., B. Jordan received a first-round bye and then gutted out a tight 3-2 decision over seventh-seeded Geno Morelli of Penn State, the same score that he won by in the team's regular season dual.
In losses at 133 and 197 pounds, both Buckeyes (DiJulius, Mark Martin) took early 2-0 first-period leads but couldn't hold them. Jake Ryan, wrestling in his first Big Ten Championships, took a 2-1 loss to fifth-seeded Edwin Cooper, Jr. of Iowa in the quarterfinals on the riding time bonus point.
Myles Martin's ticket to the semifinals was punched with his third win this year of Indiana's Nate Jackson, this one an 8-3 decision in which he scored four takedowns. The previous two Martin-Jackson matches had been decided by a total of three points. His run in the championship bracket came to an end when he lost by fall (2:28) to top-seeded Bo Nickal of Penn State in the semifinals.
Snyder made his 2016 championships debut against Illinois' Brooks Black and didn't disappoint, cruising to a 26-11 technical fall that ended in the second period.
After a break between Sessions I and II, Buckeye wrestlers went 6-0 in the second round of consolation bouts, getting three wins via bonus points -- Burcher's pin along with major decisions by DiJulius and M. Jordan.
OHIO STATE WRESTLIING
2016 Big Ten Championships
Iowa City, Iowa | Carver Hawkeye Arena | Sessions I and II
1. Penn State - 133.0
2. Iowa - 106.0
3. Ohio State - 100.0
4. Nebraska - 97.5
5. Rutgers - 90.5
6. Illinois - 78.5
7. Michigan - 70.0
8. Wisconsin - 53.0
9. Minnesota - 38.0
10. Purdue - 30.0
11. Indiana - 26.0
12. Michigan State - 10.5
13. Northwestern - 8.0
14. Maryland - 7.5
125: No. 1 Nathan Tomasello (21-0)
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
133: No. 7 Johnni DiJulius (16-7)
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
141: No. 1 Micah Jordan (23-2)
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
149: Cody Burcher (12-9)
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
157: No. 4 Jake Ryan (17-3)
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
165: No. 3 Bo Jordan (16-1)
Quarterfinals: Jordan decision over No. 7 Gino Morelli 3-2
Semifinals: Jordan major decision over No. 3 Steven Rodriguez (Illinois) 10-2
174: No. 4 Myles Martin (26-6)
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
184: No. 6 Kenny Courts (17-9)
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
197: No. 6 Mark Martin (17-7)
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
285: No. 2 Kyle Snyder (5-0)
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)