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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Ohio State opened competition at the 2017 NCAA Championships by winning seven of nine first-round matches, including six by bonus points to rack up critical points in the team race. The Buckeyes are currently third with 14 points, just one behind second-place Oklahoma State and two behind leader Penn State.
The first W put on the board for Ohio State came from the nation’s top seed at 133 pounds, redshirt junior Nathan Tomasello. Tomasello fell behind 2-0 early, but then got rolling to improve his record this season to 20-0.
Competing in his first NCAA Championships, true freshman and 12th-seeded Luke Pletcher scored a decisive third period takedown to defeat Michigan’s Salvator Profaci by decision, 8-5. Moments later, fourth-seeded Micah Jordan scored the first of two Ohio State technical falls in the opening round with a 21-6 win over unseeded Troy Heilmann of North Carolina.
In the upper weights, third-seeded Bo Jordan took Josef Johnson down four times and won by major decision in his opening match, 10-1. Myles Martin and Kollin Moore also followed with major decisions and Kyle Snyder capped the first session with a 25-10 technical fall over Buffalo’s Jake Gunning.
In Ohio State’s seven wins, Buckeye wrestlers averaged 17.1 points and reached the 20-point mark four times. Snyder scored 12 takedowns in his match and has 98 of the year in just 13 matches (7.5 per match).
HOW IT SETS UP
This evening, the seven winners will compete in the second round and look to punch a ticket to Friday morning’s quarterfinals. The match-ups are as follows
• 133: Tomasello vs. Cam Sykora (North Dakota State)
• 141: Pletcher vs. No. 5 Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers)
• 149: Jordan vs. No. 13 Alfred Bannister (Maryland)
• 174: Jordan vs. No. 14 Lelund Weatherspoon (Iowa State)
• 184: Martin vs. No. 11 Emery Parker (Illinois)
• 197: Moore vs. No. 14 Corey Griego (Oregon State)
• 285: Snyder vs. No. 16 Garrett Ryan (Columbia)
The two unseeded Buckeyes that did not advance in the championship bracket – Jose Rodriguez and Cody Burcher – will compete in the first round of wrestlebacks this evening in session II. Rodriguez faces Christian Moody of Oklahoma while Burcher tangles with Yoanse Mejias of Ohio.
Session II gets underway at 7 p.m. ET and can be seen live on ESPN.
OHIO STATE WRESTLING
2017 NCAA Championships | Scottrade Center | St. Louis, Mo. | Attendance: 18,157
Session I Results
TEAM SCORES (Top 10)
1. Penn State - 16.0
2. Oklahoma State - 15.0
3. Ohio State - 14.0
4. Iowa - 12.0
4. Lehigh - 12.0
4. Missouri - 12.0
7. Minnesota - 11.0
8. Cornell - 10.5
9. Virginia Tech - 10.0
10. Nebraska - 9.5
Jose Rodriguez | 125 lbs. | 15-11
No. 11 Josh Terao (American) major decision over Rodriguez 13-4
Nathan Tomasello | 133 lbs. | 20-0
No. 1 Tomasello major decision over Korbin Myers (Edinboro) 13-4
Luke Pletcher | 141 lbs. | 23-7
No. 12 Pletcher decision over Salvator Profaci (Michigan) 8-5
Micah Jordan | 149 lbs. | 29-3
No. 4 Jordan technical fall over Troy Heilmann (UNC) 21-6
Cody Burcher | 165 lbs. | 16-17
No. 7 Anthony Valencia (ASU) major decision over Burcher 11-0
Bo Jordan | 174 lbs. | 15-1
No. 3 Jordan major decision over Josef Johnson (Harvard) 10-1
Myles Martin | 184 lbs. | 27-7
No. 6 Martin major decision over Garrett Hoffman (Bucknell) 23-10
Kollin Moore | 197 lbs. | 29-3
No. 3 Moore major decision over Malik McDonald (NC State) 20-10
Kyle Snyder | 285 lbs. | 13-0
No. 1 Snyder technical fall over Jake Gunning (Buffalo) 25-10