Ohio State Will Defend NCAA Title in New York City

 

March 15, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Eight members of the Ohio State wrestling team will travel to New York City for the 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Madison Square Garden. The event will begin Thursday at noon ET starting with preliminary action and will conclude at 8 p.m. ET Saturday with the finals. Representing the Buckeye contingent at the 2016 edition of the championships are Nathan Tomasello (125 pounds), Johnni DiJulius (133 pounds), Micah Jordan (141 pounds), Jake Ryan (157 pounds), Bo Jordan (165 pounds), Myles Martin (174 pounds), Kenny Courts (184 pounds) and Kyle Snyder (HWT).

For a look at each of Ohio State's qualifiers, click here.

2016 NCAA DIVISION I WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Thursday, March 17
First Session -- Noon
Pigtails & First Round
Second Session - 7 p.m.
Wrestlebacks Pigtails, Wrestleback First Round & Second Round

Friday, March 18
Third Session - 11 a.m.
Quarterfinals & Wrestleback Second and Third Rounds
Fourth Session - 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 19
Fifth Session - 11 a.m.
Wrestleback Semifinals & Third, Fifth and Seventh-Place Rounds
Sixth Session - 8 p.m.
Championships Finals

CHAMPIONSHIP COVERAGE
ESPN will televise the semifinals (March 18) and finals (March 19) in prime time and ESPNU will televise the first and  second rounds (March 17), quarterfinals (March 18) and medal round (March 19).

ESPN3 will carry individual mat feeds throughout the entire tournament allowing fans to choose which wrestlers and/or schools to follow at any time. Eight mats will be used for the first, second and quarterfinals, before the competition is reduced to six mats for the semifinals, three mats for the medal round and one mat for the finals.

Additionally, for computer users, ESPN3 will once again offer multi-mat, simultaneous viewing which allows fans to watch up to four different mats at one time.  Also for the third consecutive year, Off the Mat -- a special presentation of the Championships finals -- will be seen on ESPN3.

SEEDING
Ohio State boasts three wrestlers who earned top-five seeds in Nathan Tomasello, Bo Jordan and Kyle Snyder. Tomasello, a 125-pounder from Parma, Ohio, earned the No. 1 seed after securing his second Big Ten title on March 6. The defending national champion, Tomasello is 22-0 on the season and has won 40 straight matches. Jordan, a redshirt sophomore, was a Big Ten finalist on March 6 and is 16-2 on the season. Snyder captured his first-ever Big Ten title when he topped No. 1 seed Adam Coon of Michigan in the 285-pound final. He is 6-0 on the year. Overall, six Buckeyes are seeded in their respective weight classes.

BUCKEYES AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
In the 95-year history of Ohio State wrestling, the Buckeyes boast 89 All-America selections and 18 individual national champions. Last year in St. Louis, the program reached its pinnacle by capturing its first-ever national championship behind the performances of five All-Americans -- Logan Stieber, Tomasello, Snyder, B. Jordan and Kenny Courts.

NCAA FINISHES -- LAST FOUR YEARS
2015: National Champions | Five All-Americans | Two Champions
2014: Sixth | Two All-Americans | One Champion
2013: Sixth | Three All-Americans | One Champion
2012: Fifth | Four All-Americans | One Champion

Overall, Ohio State has finished in the top 10 of the overall team standings at the NCAA Championship in seven of the last nine seasons, including four times in the top five.

BACK POINTS
• The combination of Tomasello, M. Jordan, B. Jordan and Snyder have combined to go 26-3 this year vs. ranked opponents (Tomasello 11-0; M. Jordan 7-1, B. Jordan 4-2, Snyder 3-0).

• In the last five years, Tom Ryan and the Buckeyes have produced: A four-time NCAA champion, just the fourth in history; two freshmen national champs - Logan Stieber (2012) and Tomasello (2015) and three freshmen All-Americans in one year (2015): Tomasello, B. Jordan, Snyder.

• In his 10th season, Ryan-coached wrestlers have earned eight individual national championships, the most for a head coach in school history. Additionally, Ryan is the only coach to earn InterMat National Coach of the Year three times in his career (2008, 2009, 2015).