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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Big Ten Conference announced its pre-seeds for the 2017 Wrestling Championships and three Buckeyes were No. 1 spots – 133-pounder Nathan Tomasello, 174-pounder Bo Jordan and heavyweight Kyle Snyder.
Tomasello, Jordan and Snyder have been ranked No. 1 in their respective weight classes for the majority of the season. Snyder, the wire to wire No. 1 at heavyweight, is 9-0 this year and has beaten the nation’s No. 4 and No. 3 ranked wrestlers by a combined score of 39-18. His 9-0 record includes four falls, two technical falls and three major decision. In matches that haven’t ended in pins, he’s averaging 20.2 points/match. Snyder is the defending NCAA and Big Ten champion at 285 lbs.
Jordan is 11-1 with 10 of those victories coming via bonus points. He began the 2016-17 season as the nation’s No. 1-ranked 174 pounder and stayed there for the entire season before a 3-2 loss last Sunday to No. 3 Brian Realbuto of Cornell. Jordan has twice been the Big Ten runner-up at 165 pounds.
Tomasello took over the nation’s No. 1 spot at 133 lbs. following his win over Zane Richards of Illinois and hasn’t relinquished it. He’s 16-0 this year and 7-0 against ranked opponents, including wins over Eric Montoya of Nebraska (No. 2 pre-seed), Richards (No. 4 pre-seed) and Stevan Micic of Michigan (No. 5 pre-seed). A two-time Big Ten champion at 125 lbs., Tomasello is looking to become just the third three-time conference champion in program history.
Other Buckeyes who earned pre-seeds include: Kollin Moore (No. 2, 197 lbs.), Micah Jordan (No. 3, 149 lbs.), Myles Martin (No. 4, 184 lbs.) Luke Pletcher (No. 5, 141 lbs.), Jose Rodriguez (No. 8, 125 lbs.) and Jake Ryan (No. 11, 157 lbs.). Ohio State and Penn State are the only two schools with multiple No. 1 pre-seeds.
The Big Ten Championships take place this weekend, March 4-5, at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind. Coverage starts on Saturday with all four mats of Session I and II streamed live on BTN Plus. It continues on Sunday with all three mats of Session III also streamed live on BTN Plus. The finals will be televised live on BTN.
OHIO STATE WRESTLING
2017 Big Ten Championships Pre-Seeds | March 4-5 | Assembly Hall | Bloomington, Ind.
125 lbs.: No. 8 Jose Rodriguez (12-8)
133 lbs.: No. 1 Nathan Tomasello (16-0)
141 lbs.: No. 5 Luke Pletcher (23-4)
149 lbs.: No. 3 Micah Jordan (25-2)
157 lbs.: No. 11 Jake Ryan (10-8)
165: lbs.: Unseeded Cody Burcher (15-12)
174 lbs.: No. 1 Bo Jordan (11-1)
184 lbs.: No. 4 Myles Martin (23-6)
197 lbs.: No. 2 Kollin Moore (24-3)
HWT: No. 1 Kyle Snyder (9-0)