First-Place Ohio State Has Three In Finals
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The Ohio State wrestling team will take three finalists and a 13.5-point lead into the NCAA Championships tomorrow at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The Buckeyes were bolstered on Friday evening by semifinal victories from Nathan Tomasello, Logan Stieber and Kyle Snyder.
In the overall team standings, Ohio State stands in first place with 86.5 points, 13.5 ahead of second place Iowa. Cornell is third with 66.5 with Edinboro had 64.5 points.
Tomasello set the tone for a successful evening session by defeating top-seeded and previously undefeated Alan Waters of Missouri, 4-2, on the strength of a takedown in the closing seconds of the third period. Tomasello, who improved to 32-4 on the year, hasn't lost a match since early January and will face unseeded Zeke Moisey of West Virginia in the finals.
Stieber continued his chase for a historical national title by earning a 12-2 major decision against NC State's Kevin Jack. He will now go against second-seeded Mitchell Port of Edinboro in the finals. Earlier this season, Stieber (28-0) defeated Port 6-3 in a dual meet.
Snyder was able to make it three finalists for Ohio State when he knocked off top-seeded and defending champion J'Den Cox of Missouri in the 197-pound semifinal. Snyder scored a first-period takedown and third-period escape while fending off several takedown attempts by Cox in the final minutes. Now 30-3 on the season, he will face third-seeded Kyven Gadson of Iowa State in the finals.
In the morning's quarterfinal session, Tomasello got things started for the Buckeyes in a big way, jumping out to an early 11-0 against Edinboro's Cory Mines before finishing his off in the second period for a 16-1 technical fall. It was his second bonus points victory over Mines in the last month, as he scored a 12-1 major decision against him during Ohio State's 30-7 victory over the Fighting Scots at the National Duals.
Stieber was up next against eighth-seeded Anthony Abidin, and like Tomasello, he left little doubt in a 16-1 technical fall that ended 2:31 into the second period. For Stieber, he ran his streak of NCAA Championships bonus points wins to eight of the last nine matches.
Jordan was able to pick up key additional points for the Buckeyes with his fall of Cooper Moore of Northern Iowa in the 167-pound quarterfinals. Moore and Jordan wrestled evenly for the first period, but 1:56 into the second Jordan ended things with his seventh fall of the year.
Shortly after Jordan's win, Courts became the fourth Ohio State semifinalist with a 7-5 sudden victory win over Penn State's Matthew McCutcheon that was capped by a takedown early into the overtime period. Courts, unseeded, upset two ranked wrestlers on his way to the semifinals and came from behind in the third to force overtime.
In a rematch of a closely contested regular season match, Snyder punched his ticket to the semifinals thanks to a 3-2 decision of fifth-seeded Scott Schiller of Minnesota. Snyder scored a takedown in the first period and escape in the second for his three points.
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2015 NCAA Championships - Day Two
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Team Scores (Top 10 only)
1. Ohio State - 86.5
2. Iowa - 73.0
3. Cornell - 66.5
4. Edinboro - 64.5
5. Missouri - 60.0
6. Penn St. - 58.0
7. Oklahoma St. - 55.5
8. Michigan - 51.0
9. Minnesota - 49.0
9. Nebraska - 49.0
11. Illinois - 42.5
Cons. Round 2 - Johnni DiJulius (OSU) won by major decision over Robert Deutsch (Rider) (MD 11-1)
Cons. Round 3 - Eric Montoya (Nebraska) won by decision over Johnni DiJulius (OSU) (Dec 7-4)
Quarterfinal - Logan Stieber (OSU) won by tech fall over Anthony Abidin (Nebraska) (TF-5:31, 16-1)
Semifinal - Logan Stieber (OSU) won by major decision over Kevin Jack (North Carolina St.) (MD 12-2)
Cons. Round 2 - Cody Pack (South Dakota St.) won by decision over Josh Demas (OSU) (Dec 8-3)
Cons. Round 2 - Cody Walters (Ohio) won by decision over Mark Martin (OSU) (Dec 10-4)
Quarterfinal - Kenny Courts (OSU) won in sudden victory - 1 over Matthew McCutcheon (PSU) (SV-1, 7-5)
Semifinals - Nathaniel Brown (Lehigh) won by decision over Kenny Courts (OSU) (Dec 4-0)
Post Match Quotes
"The biggest thing I wanted to go with was just non-stop attacks with him, and I wanted to stay on my feet as much as I could. It was good. It felt like by the third period I was starting to really open him up and finally started to get in on his legs and finished good."
"The last 30 seconds it was tied 2-all, and I could feel him getting tired. I think trusting in the training that I've been through with Coach Rosselli and Jaggers and Coach Ryan, and just the lifestyle I live, I felt like that's where I needed to even amp it up more and get that final takedown."
"It's just mind-blowing, this stage. And being here a couple years back when it was held at St. Louis and watching as a fan, and then being here on the big stage for the semifinals, it's just an experience that you'll never forget. It's one of the best moments of my life to be here and have that kind of match with Waters and just finish a takedown right at the closing seconds. It's amazing. It's tough to put in words."
"It was a tough match. The kids really play tall and that causes a little bit of problems with some of the techniques I use. But I just try to go out there and control the match and ride hard on top and score points when I can. That's what I did."
"It was hard for me to get to my wrist and get to my control on top. I think I ended up taking him down, that wasn't too big of a problem. But I feel like it doubled the length out there. It's hard for me to get to my control positions, but I got there when I needed to and got the bonus points."
On the hype surrounding his quest for a fourth national title
"I can flush it in and out. I see the cameras in my face every time I go to the bathroom or say hi to my mom, but it doesn't affect me. I just do what I'm here to do."