NEW YORK, N.Y. - Five Buckeyes remained alive in the championship bracket while one other is in contention on the consolation side after Session II of the 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships, taking place this weekend at Madison Square Garden in New York.
In the team race, Penn State leads the way with 27.5 points, following by a tie between Ohio State and Oklahoma State for second (24 points) and Nebraska in fourth (20 points). Overall, Buckeye wrestlers went 11-5 on the day with eight bonus point wins -- four pins, two tech falls and two major decisions.
The Fab Five of Ohio State quarterfinalists are Nathan Tomasello, Bo Jordan, Micah Jordan, Myles Martin and Kyle Snyder. Additionally, Johnni DiJulius will start his day tomorrow on the consolation side of the bracket at 133 after a second round loss to Nebraska's Eric Montoya.
Defending champion, top-seeded and unbeaten Tomasello looked the past on Friday evening in his quarterfinal match with Indiana's Elijah Oliver, picking up a workman like 10-2 major decision over the Hoosier freshman on the strength of four takedowns. He moves onto the ninth-seeded Dylan Peters of UNI tomorrow morning.
In a rematch of the third place match at the Big Ten Championships, M. Jordan was once again able to top another redshirt freshman -- Tommy Thorn of Minnesota. Two weeks ago in Iowa City, Jordan pinned Thorn, but this match wasn't decided until the third period. Leading 3-1, Jordan got a clinching takedown and then rode Thorn out as the clock expired.
At 165, B. Jordan took on true freshman David McFadden of Virginia Tech. The two went toe-to-toe for much of the match before Jordan pulled away late, eventually picking up a 8-3 decision that put him into the quarterfinals for the second straight year.
A mild upset at 174 gave Ohio State its fourth quarterfinalist. Martin, seeded No. 11, defeated Cal State Bakerfield's Bryce Hammond, the sixth seed, on the strength of a third-period reversal and riding time point. In Martin's bracket, the No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 8 seeds all lost in the opening round. He will now see Oklahoma's Matt Reed in the quarters. Reed defeated the No. 3 and No. 14 seeds on Friday. Martin and M. Jordan are the fourth and fifth frehmen to reach the NCAA quarterfinals in the last two seasons for Ohio State.
Like he has all season, Snyder racked up points early and often in his 26-10 technical fall over 15th-seeded Tanner Harms of Wyoming. It was the sixth time in eight matches that Snyder scored 20-plus points (in one other match he had a fall). His quarterfinal opponent will be seventh-seeded Amarveer Dhesi of Oregon State.
Action gets underway tomorrow at 11 a.m. with Session III, which can be seen live on ESPNU.
OHIO STATE WRESTLING
2016 NCAA Championships | Session II
Madison Square Garden | New York, N.Y. | Attendance: 17,805
TEAM STANDINGS (TOP 10)
1. Penn State -- 27.5
2. Ohio State -- 24.0
2. Oklahoma State -- 24.0
4. Nebraska -- 20
5. Iowa -- 17.5
5. Missouri -- 17.5
5. Virginia Tech -- 17.5
8. Michigan -- 15.0
9. NC State -- 13.0
9. Oklahoma -- 13.0
125: No. 1 Nathan Tomasello (24-0)
Round Two: Tomasello won by major decision over Elijah Oliver (Indiana) 11-2
133: No. 10 Johnni DiJulius (18-8)
Round Two: Eric Montoya (Nebraska) decision over DiJulius 2-0
141: No. 6 Micah Jordan (27-2)
Round Two: Jordan decision over Tommy Thorn (Minnesota) 5-1
157: Jake Ryan (17-7)
Consolation Rd. One: Luke Smith (Central Michigan) decision over Ryan 2-0
165: No. 3 Bo Jordan (18-2)
Round Two: Jordan decision over David McFadden (Virginia Tech) 8-3
174: No. 11 Myles Martin (30-6)
Round Two: Martin decision over Bryce Hammond (Bakersfield) 5-3
184: Kenny Courts (17-12)
Consolation Rd. One: Jakob `Bubba` Scheffel (West Virginia) decision over Courts 6-4
285: No. 2 Kyle Snyder (8-0)
Round Two: Snyder technical fall over Tanner Harms (Wyoming) 26-10 (6:59)