Second-Place Ohio State has Four NCAA Semifinalists
March 17, 2017

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A dominate performance from Kollin Moore in the 197-pound quarterfinals and a third period comeback by Bo Jordan at 174 lbs. highlighted Ohio State’s efforts on Friday morning in the third session of the 2017 NCAA Championships.

Four of the five Ohio State quarterfinalists advanced to Friday night’s semifinals, including Moore, a redshirt freshmen who earned a 13-5 major decision over Oklahoma State’s Preston Weigel, the tournament’s sixth seed. Other winners were B. Jordan – 4-3 over Iowa’s Alex Meyer – along with top-seeded Nathan Tomasello and Kyle Snyder.

In the team standings, Ohio State current sits in second place with 59.0 points, 15 behind first-place Penn State. Iowa is third with 58 points while Oklahoma State is fourth (47.5).

Moore, who had scored in double figures in each of his last eight matches, built a comfortable early lead against Weigel and never looked back, guaranteeing himself of All-American honors and in the process becoming the third straight Buckeye freshman to earn that distinction.

Trailing 3-2 late in the third period against Meyer, Jordan finished off a shot to score a takedown with 20 seconds left and then successfully rode him out for the rest of the period. The win punched his ticket to the NCAA semifinals for the third consecutive year.

Against the No. 8 seed Zane Richards of Illinois, Tomasello trailed 1-0 entering the third period but earned an escape and then the winning takedown with under 1:00 remaining. Like Jordan and Snyder, he’ll also be wrestling in his third consecutive NCAA semifinal later tonight.

Snyder scored 13 points in the first two periods on six takedowns, but couldn’t escape from Kroells in the third to score any more points. Even without scoring in the third, Snyder is averaging 20.0 points per match and 9.6 takedowns in his three matches.

Myles Martin showed no ill-effects from his upset loss in the second round last night and won twice by bonus points in the wrestlebacks. He needed 5:21 to earn a technical fall over Penn’s Joe Heyob (18-3) and then finished off a 12-3 major decision with a riding time point against Dakota Geer of Edinboro.

Luke Pletcher gave the Buckeyes valuable points in the first part of the morning session with his 9-6 decision against Iowa’s Topher Carton, but lost to Jimmy Guilbon of Penn State to end his run at the championships. A true freshman who was wrestling up a weight this year, he finished 25-9 on the season.

Another freshman, Jose Rodriguez, saw his season come to an end with a 6-1 loss to fifth-seeded Tim Lambert of Nebraska. He was 16-12 this year as a first-year starter.

Ohio State has four semifinal matchups when wrestling resumes at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN:
• 133: No. 1 Tomasello vs. No. 4 Cory Clark (Iowa)
• 174: No. 3 B. Jordan vs. No. 2 Brian Realbuto (Cornell)
• 197: No. 3 Moore vs. No. 2 Brett Pfarr (Minnesota)
• 285: No. 1 Snyder vs. No. 4 Jacob Casper (Duke)

Micah Jordan’s 3-0 loss to Brandon Sorensen moved him into the wrestlebacks against Laike Gardner of Lehigh, the No. 10 seed. Martin gets Jack Dechow of Old Dominion in the next round of consolations.

Three of the four Buckeye semifinal matches are re-matches of bouts that took place earlier this season – two of which occurred in the Big Ten finals. Tomasello’s last second escape beat Clark 5-4 while Moore topped Pfarr 15-11 in the 197 final. This will be the fourth bout this season between Moore and Pfarr. In the regular season dual finale, Realburo edged Jordan 3-2.

2017 NCAA Championships | Scottrade Center | St. Louis, Mo. | Attendance: 18,157
Session III Results

1. Penn State - 74.0
2. Ohio State - 59.0
3. Iowa - 58.0
4. Oklahoma State - 47.5
5. Cornell - 47.0
6. Missouri - 43.5
7. Minnesota - 39.0
8. Virginia Tech - 35.0
9. Wisconsin - 29.0
10. Nebraska - 27.0

Jose Rodriguez | 125 lbs. | 16-12
Consolation Rd. 2: No. 5 Tim Lambert (Nebraska) decision over Rodriguez 6-1

Nathan Tomasello | 133 lbs. | 22-0
Quarterfinals: No. 1 Tomasello decision over No. 8 Zane Richards (Illinois) 3-1

Luke Pletcher | 141 lbs. | 25-9
Consolation Rd. 2: Pletcher decision over Topher Carton (Iowa) 9-6
Consolation Rd. 3: Jimmy Gulibon (Penn State) decision over Pletcher 11-4

Micah Jordan | 149 lbs. | 30-4
Quarterfinals: No. 5 Brandon Sorensen decision over Jordan 3-0

Bo Jordan | 174 lbs. | 17-1
Quarterfinals: Jordan decision over No. 11 Alex Mayer 4-3

Myles Martin | 184 lbs. | 29-8
Consolation Rd. 2: Martin technical fall over Joe Heyob (Penn) 18-3
Consolation Rd. 3: Martin major decision over Dakota Geer (Edinboro) 12-3

Kollin Moore | 197 lbs. | 31-3
Quarterfinals: Moore major decision over Preston Weigel (Oklahoma State) 12-3

Kyle Snyder | 285 lbs. | 15-0
Quarterfinals: Snyder decision over Michael Kroells (Minnesota) 13-7