Nine Buckeyes Headed to St. Louis for NCAA Championships

March 8, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Nine members of the Big Ten champion Ohio State wrestling team are headed to the 2017 NCAA Championships to help the Buckeyes chase their second national title in the last three years. The seeds and brackets were officially released by the NCAA this evening.

Coming off its second conference title in the last three years, Ohio State has a pair of No. 1-seeded wrestlers: Nathan Tomasello and 133 lbs. and Kyle Snyder at 285 lbs. Both Snyder and Tomasello are unbeaten this year and added Big Ten titles to their resume last weekend.

Three other wrestlers earned top-five seeds: No. 3 Kollin Moore (197 lbs.), No. 3 Bo Jordan (174 lbs.) and No. 4 Micah Jordan (149 lbs.). Moore and Jordan won their first career conference championships last Sunday while M. Jordan was a Big Ten finalist.

The 2017 NCAA Championships take place March 16-18 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. Ohio State has finished in the top five of the team standings in nine of the last 10 years, culminating in 2015 with the program's first-ever national championship.

ESPN will provide extensive coverage of this year's championships. Both sessions on Thursday will be carried live on ESPNU along with the opening session on Friday. The semifinals and finals will be on ESPN. Additionally, the medal round matches on Saturday morning will also air on ESPNU.

Jose Rodriguez | 125 lbs. | Rs.-Fr. | Massillon, Ohio
• Record: 15-10
• Finished seventh at the Big Ten Championships
• Runner-up at the CKLV Invitational, falling in the finals to No. Joey Dance of Virginia Tech, 4-3
• Defeated No. 5 Ethan Lizak of Minnesota during the regular season
• Won 11 of his first 13 matches

Nathan Tomasello | 133 lbs. | Rs.-Jr. | Parma, Ohio | No. 1 seed
• Record: 19-0
• Big Ten champion
• 79-5 over the last three seasons
• Has won 64 of his last 65 matches during back to January of 2015
• Only the third three-time Big Ten champion in school history
• 9-0 vs. ranked opponents
• Two-time All-American and 2015 NCAA champion at 125 lbs.

Luke Pletcher | 141 lbs. | Fr. | Latrobe, Pa. | No. 12 seed
• Record: 26-6
• Finished fourth at Big Ten Championships
• Started the season at 133 lbs. before making debut at 141 versus Missouri (12/8)
• Has won six matches against ranked opponents
• 18-6 as a 141-pounder
• 8-3 in duals

Micah Jordan | 149 lbs. | Rs.-So. | Urbana, Ohio | No. 4 seed
• Record: 28-3
• Finished second at the Big Ten Championships
• Won his first 21 matches on the season
• 6-3 versus ranked opponents
• 11-2 in duals
• Led the team with eight technical falls

Cody Burcher | 165 lbs. | Rs.-So. | Gnadenhutten, Ohio
• Record: 16-16
• Has 40 career wins
• Started the season by winning 12 of his first 15 matches
• Placed at the CKLV Invitational
• Defeated fifth-seeded Joseph Gunther of Iowa in the Big Ten Championships wrestlebacks

Bo Jordan | 174 lbs. | Rs.-Jr. | Urbana, Ohio | No. 3 seed
• Record: 14-1
• Big Ten champion
• Defeated No. 5 Mark Hall of Penn State in the Big Ten finals, 6-4, in sudden victory
• Two-time All-American and third place finisher at the NCAA Championships at 165 lbs.
• Averaged 10.6 points/match and 4.4 takedowns/match this season
• 10 of his 14 wins were via bonus points

Myles Martin | 184 lbs. | So. | Penns Grove, N.J. | No. 6 seed
• Record: 26-7
• Finished second at the Big Ten Championships
• Upset top-seeded and No. 2-ranked Bo Nickal in the Big Ten semifinals, 6-4
• 2016 All-American and NCAA champion at 174 lbs.
• Leads the team with nine major decisions
• 11-3 in duals and 7-2 against Big Ten opponents

Kollin Moore | 197 lbs. | Rs.-Fr. | Burbank, Ohio | No. 3 seed
• Record: 28-3
• Big Ten champion
• Big Ten Freshman of the Year
• Defeated No. 1-seeded Brett Pfarr of Minnesota in the Big Ten finals, 15-11
• 6-3 against ranked opponents
• 13-1 in his last 14 matches

Kyle Snyder | 285 lbs. | Jr. | Woodbine, Md. | No. 1 seed
• Record: 12-0
• Big Ten champion
• Defeated No. 2-ranked Connor Medbery in the Big Ten finals, 8-5
• Has won 23 consecutive collegiate matches
• Averaging 7.1 takedowns and 15.7 points/match
• Outscored ranked opponents by an aggregate score of 77-35
• Youngest World and Olympic champion in U.S. wrestling history