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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Four Ohio State wrestlers advanced to tomorrow's final round of the Big Ten Championships, taking place this weekend at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes' finalists are redshirt senior Logan Stieber (141 lbs.), redshirt freshman Nathan Tomasello (125 lbs.), redshirt freshman Bo Jordan (165 lbs.) and true freshman Kyle Snyder (197 lbs.).
In the team standings, Ohio State currently stands in first place 102.5 points, 1.5 points ahead of second-place Iowa. The Buckeyes are seeking their first conference title since 1951.
Stieber's road to tomorrow's final included a 9-0 major decision over Nick Lawrence in the quarterfinals and a 5-1 triumph over Rutgers' Anthony Ashnault. He will face Josh Dziewa of Iowa in tomorrow's final. Earlier in the year, Stieber (24-0) defeated Dziewa by technical fall, 15-0.
Logan's brother, Hunter, had the crowd on its feet during his quarterfinal match, as he defeated Penn State's Zack Beitz, 5-4, on a last second reversal in the third period. With the win, Stieber assured himself of a trip to the NCAA Championships in St Louis March 19-21. In the semifinals, Stieber medically defaulted to Northwestern's Jason Tsirtsis.
The Buckeye crowed also had plenty to cheer about in the 125 pound semifinals, as Tomasello scored a takedown and escape in the third period and then held on for a 3-2 decision over No. 2 seed and two-time NCAA champion Jesse Delgado of Illinois. Tomasello now has a team-high 28 wins on the year and will face off against Thomas Gilman of Iowa, the top seed, in the finals.
At 165 pounds, the much-anticipated Jordan-Jordan final will take place tomorrow, as Bo Jordan remained undefeated on the year and advanced to face his cousin Issac of Wisconsin thanks to an 8-1 decision over Pierce Harger of Northwestern. Jordan, who received a first round bye, edged Austin Wilson of Nebraska in the quarterfinals, 4-1.
Snyder was able to avenge one of his losses this season by edging Nathan Burak 3-2, setting up a finals date with Morgan McIntosh of Penn State. Snyder defeated McIntosh earlier this year, 6-2, clinching a dual meet victory over the Nittany Lions.
Ohio State was particularly successful in the consolation round of Saturday night, going 7-1 in matches that included a victory by Johnni DiJulius over Rossi Bruno of Michigan, Josh Demas over Anthony Perotti of Rutgers and a pair of wins from Mark Martin at 174 lbs. (over Josh Snook of Maryland Frank Cousins of Wisconsin).
Action gets underway tomorrow with the third and fifth place matches at 1 p.m. and the finals at approximately 3 p.m.
Full Ohio State Results
Big Ten Wrestling Championships - Day One
St. John Arena | Columbus, Ohio
125 - Nathan Tomasello
Round 1 - Nathan Tomasello won by decision over John Jimenez (Wisconsin) 5-9 (Dec 7-2)
Quarterfinal - Nathan Tomasello won by decision over Conor Youtsey (Michigan) 21-11 (Dec 5-2)
Semifinal - Nathan Tomasello won by decision over Jesse Delgado (Illinois) 8-2 (Dec 3-2)
133 - Johnni DiJulius
Round 1 - Johnni DiJulius won by fall over Garth Yenter (Michigan State) 8-13 (Fall 1:25)
Quarterfinal - Cory Clark (Iowa) won by decision over Johnni DiJulius (Dec 2-0)
Cons. Round 2 - Johnni DiJulius won by major decision over Dom Malone (Northwestern) 20-16 (MD 8-0)
Cons. Round 3 - Johnni DiJulius won by decision over Rossi Bruno (Michigan) 18-8 (Dec 3-1)
141 - Logan Stieber
Champ. Round 1 - Logan Stieber received a bye
Quarterfinal - Logan Stieber won by major decision over Nick Lawrence (Purdue) 22-14 (MD 9-0)
Semifinal - Logan Stieber won by decision over Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers) 25-5 (Dec 5-1)
149 - Hunter Stieber
Round 1 - Hunter Stieber won by decision over Brandon Nelsen (Purdue) (Dec 10-7)
Quarterfinal - Hunter Stieber won by decision over Zack Beitz (Penn State) 17-8 (Dec 5-4)
Semifinal - Jason Tsirtsis won by injury default over Hunter Stieber (Ohio State)
157 - Josh Demas\
Round 1 - Josh Demas won by decision over Luke Blanton (Indiana) 16-16 (Dec 9-3)
Quarterfinal - James Green (Nebraska) won by decision over Josh Demas (Dec 8-2)
Cons. Round 2 - Josh Demas won by decision over TJ Ruschell (Wisconsin) (Dec 11-7)
Cons. Round 3 - Josh Demas won in tie breaker - 1 over Anthony Perrotti (Rutgers) (TB-1 2-1)
165 - Bo Jordan
Round 1 - Bo Jordan (Ohio State) 17-0 received a bye
Quarterfinal - Bo Jordan won by decision over Austin Wilson (Nebraska) (Dec 4-1)
Semifinal - Bo Jordan won by decision over Pierce Harger (Northwestern) (Dec 8-1)
174 - Mark Martin
Round 1 - Mark Martin won by decision over Phil Bakuckas (Rutgers) (Dec 6-2)
Quarterfinal - Mike Evans (Iowa) won by decision over Mark Martin 17-9 (Dec 2-0)
Cons. Round 2 - Mark Martin won by major decision over Josh Snook (Maryland) (MD 13-1)
Cons. Round 3 - Mark Martin won by decision over Frank Cousins (Wisconsin) (Dec 3-0)
184 - Kenny Courts
Champ. Round 1 - Kenny Courts won by major decision over Mitch Sliga (Northwestern) (MD 11-2)
Quarterfinal - Brett Pfarr (Minnesota) won by decision over Kenny Courts (Dec 7-2)
Cons. Round 2 - Kenny Courts won by decision over Anthony Pafumi (Rutgers) (Dec 8-3)
Cons. Round 3 - Sam Brooks (Iowa) won by decision over Kenny Courts (Dec 4-1)
197 - Kyle Snyder
Champ. Round 1 - Kyle Snyder (Ohio State) 26-2 received a bye
Quarterfinal - Kyle Snyder won by decision over Timmy McCall (Wisconsin) (Dec 6-2)
Semifinal - Kyle Snyderwon by decision over Nathan Burak (Iowa) (Dec 3-2)
285 - Nick Tavanello
Champ. Round 1 - Billy Smith (Rutgers) won by decision over Nick Tavanello (Dec 8-1)
Cons. Round 1 - Nick Tavanello received a bye
Cons. Round 2 - Brooks Black (Illinois) won by decision over Nick Tavanello (Dec 5-4)
6. Penn State78.5
12. Michigan State12.5