Four Buckeyes Claim Titles at Michigan State Open
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four members of the second-ranked Ohio State wrestling team – Nathan Tomasello, Josh Demas, Bo Jordan and Kyle Snyder – claimed titles at the 2014-15 season-opening Michigan State Open on Sunday in East Lansing, Mich. For a full recap of all the Buckeyes’ individual performances, click here.
Tomasello was dominant on his way to the 125-pound title, going 4-0 with a technical fall and three major decisions. In the finals, he defeated Stevan Micic of Northwestern, 11-2. Tomassello started things off in the first round with a 16-0 win over Robert Elliott of West Virginia, and followed that up with major decision wins of 18-5 in the quarterfinals and 19-6 in the semifinals.
Demas won four closes matches on his way to the 157-pound championship and capped it off with a 2-1 win over Brian Murphy of Michigan in the finals. Demas was able to pick up the deciding point with an escape early in the third period.
Jordan was the next Buckeye to claim a title, topping Michigan’s Taylor Massa 4-1 in the finals. Jordan was impressive leading up to the final, getting pins in the first two rounds, a technical fall in the quarterfinals and a major decision in the semifinals.
Martin was forced to forfeit the 174-pound final, but Snyder, making his Buckeye debut, got Ohio State’s fourth title of the night with an 11-4 win over Phillip Wellington of Ohio. Snyder pulled away in the third period thanks to a pair of takedowns and an escape. Snyder cruised to the finals, winning by major decision in the second round (21-7) and decision in the quarterfinals and finals.
Other highlights for the Buckeyes included true freshman Micah Jordan, who won the 157-pound title in the freshman/sophomore bracket. Jordan went 5-0 on the day, including three major decisions. In the finals, he defeated Drew Daniels of Navy, 6-1, on the strength of an escape and two takedowns in the final two periods.
Also in the freshman/sophomore brackets, true freshman Ryan Harris was fourth at 174 pounds. He was 3-2 on the day and pinned Iam Silette of Findlay in his first collegiate match. True freshman Cody Burcher also won fourth matches to finished sixth at 157 pounds.
Ohio State returns to action on Thursday, Nov. 13 when it hosts Kent State in its dual-meet opener at St. John Arena.