PREVIEW: 2017 Big Ten Championships
March 1, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Postseason wrestling kicks off this weekend in a big way, as Ohio State heads west to Bloomington, Ind. for the 2017 Big Ten Championships, held inside IU's Assembly Hall.

FOLLOWING ALONG
Each mat during Session I, II and III of the championships will be streamed live on BTN Plus. The finals will air live on BTN. Twitter updates will also be available at the team's official account, @wrestlingbucks. TrackWrestling will also provide live scoring.

THE SCHEDULE
Saturday, March 4: Session I (10 a.m.) | Session II (6 p.m.) | Small Video Graphic Watch Live
Sunday, March 5: Session III (Noon) | Session IV (3 p.m.) | Small Video Graphic Watch Live

BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
• Ohio State finished its dual meet season with an 11-3 record against a schedule that included 10 matches against ranked opponents.
• The Buckeyes were No. 6 in the final USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll. It is the sixth straight year they've finished the regular season with a top-10 ranking
• Leading the contingent as this year's Big Ten Championships are three wrestlers who earned No. 1 pre-seeds: Nathan Tomasello (133 lbs.), Bo Jordan (174 lbs.) and Kyle Snyder (HWT). The trio has a combined record of 36-1 this year with 29 bonus point wins.
Micah Jordan and Myles Martin each earned top-four pre-seeds at 149 lbs. and 184 lbs., respectively. Each were third at last year's Big Ten Championships in Iowa City, Iowa.
• Redshirt freshman Kollin Moore in the No. 2 pre-seed at 197 lbs. and takes a 24-3 record into the championships.
• Of the 10 wrestlers Ohio State will take to Bloomington, none are seniors and seven are sophomores our younger.

BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY
• The Buckeyes have finished fourth or better at the Big Ten Championships in each of the last four years, culminating in 2015 with the program's first conference title since 1951.
• Last year in Iowa City, Ohio State set a program record with 126.0 points on the strength of titles from Tomasello and Snyder, a runner-up showing from B. Jordan and third place finishes from Martin and M. Jordan.
• In the Tom Ryan era, the Buckeyes have finished fourth or higher five times and in the top five seven times.
• For the first time in program history, the Buckeyes have scored over 100 points in back to back championships (2015 and 2016).
• Since 1921, Ohio State boasts three Big Ten team titles (1923, 1951, 2015) and 43 individual Big Ten champions.

NOTING Nathan Tomasello
• Already a two-time Big Ten champion at 125 lbs., Tomasello will be seeking his first title at 133 lbs. this weekend. He is 16-0 this year and 7-0 against ranked opponents.
• If Tomasello is victorious, he will be just the third three-time conference champion in program history. The most recent was Logan Stieber, who went on to become the school's only four-time winner (2012-15).
• Dating back to January 2015 (his redshirt freshman season), Tomasello has won 61 of his last 62 matches.
• He needs four victories to become the 21st member of the school's 100-win club. Tomasello is Ohio State's active career wins leader (96-5, .950).

NOTING Kyle Snyder
• Snyder became the first American Olympic gold medalist to return to compete collegiately this year and averaged a team-best 15.6 points/match in his nine victories during the dual meet season.
• In matches against the nation's No. 3 and No. 4-ranked heavyweights this season, Snyder won by a combined score of 39-18 without allowing a takedown.
• In five matches that haven't ended in pins, Snyder averaged 20.2 points.
• On the international scene, Snyder competed this season in the World Freestyle Wrestling Clubs Cup, Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix (gold medalist) and Freestyle World Cup.

WEIGHT CLASSES TO WATCH
Micah Jordan | 149 lbs. | No. 3 pre-seed
Jordan led the team this year during the regular season with 25 wins and eight technical falls. His only two losses were to the No. 1 and No. 2-seeded wrestlers at 149 -- Penn State's Zain Retherford and Iowa Brandon Sorensen. As a redshirt freshman last season, Jordan was the No. 1 seed at 141 but lost a quarterfinal match before wrestling back to take third place.

Myles Martin | 184 lbs. | No. 4 pre-seed
The defending NCAA champion at 174 lbs. is 23-6 this year in a loaded weight class. Like Jordan, he also took third place last year at Big Ten's but does own a signature win over the top seed at 184, Penn State's Bo Nickal (2016 NCAA finals).

Kollin Moore | 197 lbs. | No. 2 pre-seed
Moore is 24-3 this year with two of those setbacks coming against the brackets top pre-seed, Minnesota Brett Pfarr. In their dual less than a month ago, Moore lost a tight 7-5 decision. Against the brackets No. 3, No. 4, No. 5, No. 6 and No. 7 seeds, Moore went 5-0 with three bonus point wins.

IN THE COACHES' EYE
Seven Ohio State wrestlers are ranked in the top 15 of their respective weight class in the NCAA Division I Coaches' Rankings released Feb. 23 by the NCAA. Tomasello and Snyder are ranked first at 133 and HWT, respectively, followed by Bo. Jordan at No. 3 (174), Moore at No. 4 (197), M. Jordan at No. 5 (149), Martin at No. 8 (184) and Luke Pletcher at No. 13 (141). The coaches' rankings are among the criteria used by the NCAA when selecting at-large participants for the 2017 NCAA Wrestling Championships.

AUTOMATIC QUALIFIERS
The Big Ten Championships is one of eight qualifying tournaments across the country. The NCAA has awarded the conference 77 of the 281 automatic qualifying bids for the national championship in St. Louis on March 16-18. The Big Ten was allotted more bids than any other conference. Nine Big Ten wrestlers receive automatic bids at 133, 141, 157, 174 and 184 pounds; seven get bids at 125, 165 and 197 pounds; six get bids at 149 pounds and the top five get bids at 285 pounds.

STATISCALLY SPEAKING
• The Buckeyes finished with at least 11 dual meet wins for the sixth consecutive season.
• Tom Ryan-coached student athletes have win 11 Big Ten titles in his 10 full seasons as head coach.
• Snyder, Tomasello and B. Jordan are three of just 11 wrestlers in the Big Ten who finished with a perfect record against conference opponents.
• In 14 dual matches this year, Ohio State wrestlers scored 185 first-period takedowns while being taken down themselves just 35 times.
• Ohio State has had at least two Big Ten champions in each of the last four years, the longest stretch with multiple conference champions in school history.