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ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Juniors Bo Jordan and Kyle Snyder will compete on college wrestling's biggest stage tomorrow night. Both won semifinal bouts on Friday night to advance to NCAA title matches at 174 and 285 pounds, respectively.
THE SHORT STORY
Jordan and Snyder's wins have Ohio State currently standing in second place with 89.5 points, behind frontrunner Penn State (121.0) Oklahoma State is third with 86 points while fourth-place Missouri has 81.5 points. A total of six wrestlers are still alive - two finalists and four consolation semifinalists.
A SEMIFINAL TO REMEMBER
Jordan not only ran through the door that had stopped his previous two NCAA Championships runs, he broke it down. Trailing 7-3 entering the third period, Jordan scored a quick escape point and then Realbuto got hit with a stalling penalty, making it 7-5. Then, Jordan scored a takedown and put Realbuto on his back for a six-point move that gave him an 11-7 lead with just 30 seconds left.
"I scouted him a couple times and knew he was going to go mixer when I came to my feet, so I was kind of expecting it," said Jordan. "For whatever reason, I just landed on top, which was nice, and I was able to get back points out of it. Again, I just tried to keep giving my best effort, and it worked out this time."
MORE FROM JORDAN
On what wrestling for a national title means to him
"It means a lot. As much as we talked about effort and doing the right thing, it's also nice to win them, too. It's nice to be in the finals this year, just not to go in the morning and then wrestle back. So it'll be exciting. I've got Mark Hall. He's really good. He was all over my legs last time, too. I'm sure he was working to get better, and I've been, too, so it'll be really fun to compete against him tomorrow and get after it, so I'm sure he's looking forward to it, as well."
On being more aggressive
"I just tried to be just going after the guy constantly. A lot of times the guy takes me down, I go into careful mode, and that kind of makes me want to stand in the middle of the mat, not do anything, and kind of wait for the guy to come to me, and I get tired that way. I got tired today, too, but at least I was able to put him through some stress, too."
SNYDER MAKES FINAL #2
Snyder showed no ill-effects from a difficult semifinal match in his 19-6 decision over fourth-seeded Jacob Casper of Duke. Snyder scored four takedown in the first two period and then broke the match open with a TD and 4NF to open a 14-4 lead.
"I felt good in the match," said Snyder. "He was a good opponent. He wrestled well this year. He beat a lot of guys, so I was happy to wrestle him. I was excited to wrestle him because I heard about some of the stuff he said, seemed a little arrogant to me, and I was hoping he would back it up. But not too much."
On finals matchup tomorrow night with Wisconsin's Connor Medbery
"He looks really strong, and he is strong. He doesn't just look it. He's got big legs, really big neck. He's hard to hand fight with, and his legs are heavy. But Connor is a great guy, great wrestler. We've trained a lot together. He's a good friend of mine. I know it'll be a good match. I just want to try my best to shoot a lot and score points, and we'll see what happens with the wrestling when we get there tomorrow night."
TOMASELLO FALLS IN 133 SEMIS
In their second meeting in the last two weeks, Nathan Tomasello carried a 3-1 lead into the third period against fourth-seeded Cory Clark but gave up two takedowns, the second of which came inside of 1:00 remaining and Clark tacked on an extra riding time point. Despite the loss, Tomasello is now a three-time All-American and three-time NCAA semifinalist.
MICAH BREAKS THROUGH
After falling just one win short of All-American honors last year as a redshirt freshman, M. Jordan finally broke though and finished the deal this year. He rebounded from a tough semifinal loss to defeat 10th-seeded Laike Gardner of Leigh with a clinching takedown in the third period for a 9-6 decision. He then punched his ticket in tomorrow morning's consolation semifinals with a 19-4 technical fall over Alex Kocer of South Dakota State.
MARTIN MAKES SIX ALL-AMERICAS
In his fourth round consolation match, Myles Martin became the program-record sixth Buckeye All-American at this year's championships when he rode Old Dominion's Jack Dechow out for 30 seconds in the TB-1 and won 3-2. Martin scored his points on an escape, stalling call against Dechow and an escape in the first TB-1 period.
MOORE DROPS SEMIFINAL TO PFARR
In a back-and-forth match, Kollin Moore and second-seeded Brett Pfarr were tied 6-6 headed to the third period, but Moore gave up an escape and two takedowns before falling 13-9. Moore had beaten Pfarr 15-11 two weeks ago in the Big Ten finals and was 16-1 in his last 17 matches entering the night.
HOW IT SETS UP TOMORROW
NCAA Championship Matches (7 p.m.; ESPN)
174 lbs.: Jordan vs. No. 5 Mark Hall (Penn State)
285 lbs.: Snyder vs. No. 2 Connor Medbery (Wisconsin)
Both the Jordan/Hall and Snyder/Medbery matches are re-match of Big Ten finals. Both were won by Ohio State, with Jordan topping Hall 6-4 in SV-1 and Snyder winning 8-5.
Consolation Semifinals (11 a.m.; ESPNU)
133: Tomasello vs. Eric Montoya (Nebraska)
149: M. Jordan vs. Max Thomsen (UNI)
184: Martin vs. Sammy Brooks (Iowa)
197: Moore vs. Aaron Studebaker (Nebraska)
Jordan, Martin and Moore are all wrestling for a chance to compete in the third place match, which also takes place in the morning session.
OHIO STATE WRESTLING
2017 NCAA Championships | Scottrade Center | St. Louis, Mo. | Attendance: 18,344
Session IV Results
TEAM SCORES (Top 10)
1. Penn State - 121.0
2. Ohio State - 89.5
3. Oklahoma State - 86.0
4. Missouri - 81.5
5. Iowa - 74.0
6. Minnesota - 60.0
7. Cornell - 57.5
8. Virginia Tech - 53.5
9. Nebraska - 50.0
10. Illinois - 41.5
Nathan Tomasello | 133 lbs. | 22-1
Semifinals: No. 4 Cory Clark (Iowa) decision over Tomasello 7-4
Micah Jordan | 149 lbs. | 32-4
Consolation Rd. 4: Jordan decision over No. 10 Laike Gardner (Lehigh) 9-6
Consolation Rd. 5: Jordan technical fall over Alex Kocer (SDSU) 19-4
Bo Jordan | 174 lbs. | 18-1
Semifinals: Jordan decision over No. 2 Brian Realbuto (Cornell) 11-7
Myles Martin | 184 lbs. | 31-8
Consolation Rd. 4: Martin decision over Jack Dechow (Old Dominion) 3-2 TB-1
Consolation Rd. 5: Martin decision over Drew Foster (N. Iowa) 8-6
Kollin Moore | 197 lbs. | 31-4
Semifinals: No. 2 Brett Pfarr decision over Moore 13-9
Kyle Snyder | 285 lbs. | 16-0
Semifinals: Snyder major decision over David Casper (Duke) 19-6