NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Buckeyes officially began defense of last year's NCAA title with a bang the opening session, winning six of eight matches - all via bonus points. The wins were led by Johnni DiJulius, Micah Jordan, Bo Jordan and Kyle Snyder, who all secured pins - and critical points in the team race.
Defending champion and top-seeded Nathan Tomasello steamrolled through unseeded Kyle Larson of Iowa State in the first match of the morning, winning by technical fall 18-0. Shortly after, DiJulius made quick work of Rider's Robert Deutsch when he got him on his back and finished with a first-period pin.
At 141, M. Jordan, a redshirt freshman, made his NCAA debut one to remember, pinning Ian Nickall of Cal State Bakersfield a minute and a half into the second period. Micah's brother, Bo, joined the pinfall parade with one of his own at 165 - taking down Kent State's Tyler Buckwalter at the 5:59 mark. He was leading the match 7-3 at the time of his pin.
Also making his NCAA debut, Martin secured critical bonus points when he scored late in the third period to push a 10-4 decision to a 12-4 major. Seeded 11th, Martin moves into the round of 16 at 174 pounds in a bracket that saw the No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 8 seeds all get upset in the first round.
Snyder then did something that he's never done before on the collegiate level - he pinned first round opponent Antonio Pelusi of Franklin and Marshall just 34 second into the second period to punch his ticket to the second round.
The only Buckeyes to drop opening-round matches did so in heartbreaking fashion, as unseeded Jake Ryan nearly upset sixth-seeded Joseph Smith of Oklahoma State, falling 11-9 in sudden victory. Ryan led 9-8 with less than 30 second left in the third period but was called for stalling to knot it at 9-9. Additionally, Kenny Courts gave up a late takedown to sixth-seeded Blake Stauffer of Arizona State to fall behind 3-1 as time was running out in the third period, but escaped and nearly finished off a shot attempt to win the match but couldn't beat the clock.
Action gets back underway tonight at 7 p.m. with Session II, which will include the second round of the championship brackets and opening round of consolations. Action of all eight mats can be seen on ESPNU.
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2016 NCAA Championships | Session One
Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | Attendance: 17,761
1. Ohio State - 16.5
2. Penn State - 16.0
3. Nebraska - 13.0
4. Iowa - 11.0
5. Michigan - 10.0
5. Missouri - 10.0
5. Oklahoma St. - 10.0
8. NC State - 9.0
8. Virginia Tech - 9.0
10. Illinois - 6.5
10. Rutgers - 6.5
12. Iowa State - 6.0
12. Lehigh - 6.0
12. Oklahoma - 6.0
15. Kent State - 5.0
15. Northern Iowa - 5.0
15. Stanford - 5.0
125: No. 1 Nathan Tomasello (23-0)
First Round: Tomasello technical fall over Kyle Larson (Iowa State) 18-0 (5:00)
133: No. 10 Johnni DiJulius (18-7)
First Round: DiJulius won by fall over Robert Deutsch (Rider) 2:06
141: No. 6 Micah Jordan (26-2)
First Round: Jordan won by fall over Ian Nickall (Cal State Bakersfield) 4:14
157: Jake Ryan (17-6)
First Round: No. 6 Joseph Smith (Oklahoma State) decision over Ryan 11-9 (SV-1)
165: No. 3 Bo Jordan (17-2)
First Round: Jordan won by fall over Tyler Buckwalter (Kent State) 5:59
174: No. 11 Myles Martin (29-6)
First Round: Martin major decision over Nicholas Wanzek (Minnesota) 12-4
184: Kenny Courts (17-11)
First Round: No. 6 Blake Stauffer (Arizona State) decision over Courts 3-2
285: No. 2 Kyle Snyder (7-0)
First Round: Snyder won by fall over Antonio Pelusi (Franklin & Marshall) 3:34