Ohio State Wins 2015 National Championship
March 22, 2015

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The 94-year wait is over. Ohio State, on the strength individual national titles by Logan Stieber and Nathan Tomasello, clinched its first-ever team title on Saturday. The Buckeyes (102 points) topped second-place Iowa by 18 points, third-place Edinboro (75.5 points) and fourth-place Missouri (73.5 points).

Stieber officially took his place in wrestling history with his 11-5 championship-round victory over second-seeded Mitchell Port of Edinboro in the final match of the night. He now joins Cael Sanderson (Iowa State, 1998-2002), Kyle Dake (Cornell, 2010-13) and Pat Smith (Oklahoma State, 1990-1992, 1994) in the elite group of wrestlers to win four NCAA titles. A native of Monroeville, Stieber finished his season 29-0, 119-3 in his career and also earned two major awards - the NCAA Most Dominate Wrestler and the NWCA Most Outstanding Wrestler. His championship match was consistent with most of his victories this season, as he jumped out to a quick lead in the first period thanks to two takedowns and was in control the rest of the way.

Tomasello took a 4-2 lead into the third period of his 125-pound final and quickly scored an escape to make the score 5-2, but Zeke Moisey got Tomasello briefly on his back, cutting the lead to 5-4. The redshirt freshman was able to get up and escape and then score another takedown for an 8-4. Tomasello earned the riding time bonus point, finishing his season as both a Big Ten and NCAA champion. He will also carry an 18-match winning streak into next year.

True freshman Kyle Snyder, seeded fifth at 197, was the first championship-round Buckeye to compete on Saturday night, facing third-seeded Kyven Gadson of Iowa State. The match started with a scoreless first period, and a Snyder escape to start the second gave him a 1-0 lead. He then attempt to come in for a takedown, but Gadson was able to get Snyder on his back and win by fall in 4:24. A native of Woodbine, Maryland, Snyder finishes his season 30-4 overall with a team-high 15 major decisions.

The Buckeyes, which held a 13.5 point lead headed into the session, won three of four matches Saturday morning. Bo Jordan started things off with a 6-2 decision over fourth-seeded Nicholas Sulzer of Virginia, getting key points after Iowa had pulled to within eight in the team race. In Ohio State's next match, Courts dropped a hard-fought 6-2 decision to Blake Stauffer of Arizona State. That disappointment was short-lived, however, as Jordan came back and pinned Jackson Morse of Illinois in just 1:00 in the third-place match.

Courts, unseeded and a semifinalist at 184 pounds, clinched the team title for Ohio State when he got a third-period takedown to secure a 4-3 decision of Hayden Zilmer of North Dakota State. Courts went 4-2 at the NCAA Championships, including a first round upset of Zilmer and 7-5 sudden victory in the quarterfinals against Matthew McCutcheon of Penn State.

Wrestling began as a varsity sport at Ohio State in 1921. The program has three Big Ten team titles - 1923, 1951, 2015 - and now a national championship. With five All-Americans this year, the program's total now improves to 87. It also marks the ninth straight year a Big Ten school has won the national championship.

Final Team Standings (Top 10 only)
1. Ohio State - 102.0
2. Iowa - 84.0
3. Edinboro - 75.5
4. Missouri - 73.5
5. Cornell - 71.5
6. Penn State - 67.5
7. Oklahoma State - 65.0
8. Minnesota - 59.5
9. Nebraska - 59.0
10. Virginia Tech - 56.0

Full Ohio State NCAA Championships Results
125 - Nathan Tomasello (33-4) - National Champion
Champ. Round 1 - Nathan Tomasello won by fall over Joe DeAngelo (NC State) 16-13 (Fall 2:25)
Champ. Round 2 - Nathan Tomasello won by major decision over Ben Willeford (CSU) (MD 11-3)
Quarterfinal - Nathan Tomasello won by tech fall over Kory Mines (Edinboro) (TF-5:25, 16-1)
Semifinal - Nathan Tomasello won by decision over Alan Waters (Missouri) (Dec 4-2)
1st Place Match - Nathan Tomasello won by decision over Zeke Moisey (West Virginia) (Dec 9-5)

133 - Johnni DiJulius (30-8)
Champ. Round 1 - Johnni DiJulius won by decision over Ian Nickell (CSU Bakersfield) (Dec 4-2)
Champ. Round 2 - Cody Brewer (Oklahoma) won by major decision over Johnni DiJulius (MD 9-1)
Cons. Round 2 - Johnni DiJulius won by major decision over Robert Deutsch (Rider) (MD 11-1)
Cons. Round 3 - Eric Montoya (Nebraska) won by decision over Johnni DiJulius (Dec 7-4)

141 - Logan Stieber (29-0) - National Champion
Champ. Round 1 - Logan Stieber won by tech fall over Jordan Laster (Princeton) (TF-3:33, 18-1)
Champ. Round 2 - Logan Stieber won by fall over Mike Morales (West Virginia) (Fall 2:10)
Quarterfinal - Logan Stieber won by tech fall over Anthony Abidin (Nebraska) (TF-5:31, 16-1)
Semifinal - Logan Stieber won by major decision over Kevin Jack (North Carolina St.) (MD 12-2)
1st Place Match - Logan Stieber won by decision over Mitchell Port (Edinboro) (Dec 11-5)

149 - Hunter Stieber (3-6)
Champ. Round 1 - Cody Ruggirello (Hofstra) won by decision over Hunter Stieber (Dec 9-7)
Cons. Round 1 - Clayton Ream (North Dakota St.) won by injury default over Hunter Stieber (Inj. 3:39)

157 - Josh Demas (17-9)
Champ. Round 1 - Josh Demas won by decision over Mike Kelly (Iowa) (Dec 7-3)
Champ. Round 2 - Brian Murphy (Michigan) won by decision over Josh Demas (Dec 4-3)
Cons. Round 2 - Cody Pack (South Dakota St.) won by decision over Josh Demas (Dec 8-3)

165 - Bo Jordan (22-2) - 3rd place | All-American
Champ. Round 1 - Bo Jordan won by fall over Garrett Sutton (Michigan) (Fall 4:03)
Champ. Round 2 - Bo Jordan won by decision over Dylan Palacio (Dec 7-2)
Quarterfinal - Bo Jordan won by fall over Cooper Moore (Northern Iowa) (Fall 3:56)
Semifinal - Alex Dieringer (Oklahoma St.) won by decision over Bo Jordan (Dec 6-1)
Cons. Semi - Bo Jordan won by decision over Nicholas Sulzer (Virginia (Dec 6-2)
3rd Place Match - Bo Jordan won by fall over Jackson Morse (Illinois) (Fall 1:00)

174 - Mark Martin (19-12)
Champ. Round 1 - Kurtis Julson (North Dakota St.) won in tie breaker - 2 over Mark Martin (TB-2 5-3)
Cons. Round 1 - Mark Martin won by decision over Sean Mappes (Chattanooga) (Dec 6-3)
Cons. Round 2 - Cody Walters (Ohio) won by decision over Mark Martin (Dec 10-4)

184 - Kenny Courts (26-11) - 5th Place | All-American
Champ. Round 1 - Kenny Courts won in sudden victory - 1 over Hayden Zillmer (N. Dakota St.) (SV-1 6-4)
Champ. Round 2 - Kenny Courts won by decision over Scott Patrick (Davidson) (Dec 12-8)
Quarterfinal - Kenny Courts won in sudden victory - 1 over Matthew McCutcheon (Penn St.) (SV-1 7-5)
Semifinal - Nathaniel Brown (Lehigh) won by decision over Kenny Courts (Dec 4-0)
Cons. Semi - Blake Stauffer (Arizona St.) won by decision over Kenny Courts (Dec 6-2)
5th Place Match - Kenny Courts won by decision over Hayden Zillmer (North Dakota St.) (Dec 4-3)

197 - Kyle Snyder (30-4) - 2nd Place | All-American
Champ. Round 1 - Kyle Snyder won by major decision over Braden Atwood (Purdue) (MD 12-4)
Champ. Round 2 - Kyle Snyder won by major decision over Shane Woods (Wyoming) (MD 14-5)
Quarterfinal - Kyle Snyder won by decision over Scott Schiller (Minnesota) (Dec 3-2)
Semifinal - Kyle Snyder won by decision over J`Den Cox (Missouri) (Dec 3-2)
1st Place Match - Kyven Gadson (Iowa St.) won by fall over Kyle Snyder (Fall 4:24)

285 - Nick Tavanello (13-13)
Champ. Round 1 - Ty Walz (Virginia Tech) won by decision over Nick Tavanello (Dec 5-3)
Cons. Round 1 - Brooks Black (Illinois) won by decision over Nick Tavanello (Dec 6-5)