NEW YORK, N.Y. - Four All-American. Four semifinalists. The Ohio State wrestling team heads into Friday night's session with five wrestlers still alive and solidly in second place with 54 team points. The evening session at Madison Square Garden gets underway at 8 p.m. and can be seen live on ESPN.
Nathan Tomasello began the morning session with a showdown against ninth-seeded Dylan Peters at 125 lbs. and came out aggressive, getting two first-period takedowns and racking up riding time to take control. His 10-4 victory set up a date with Iowa's Thomas Gilman in the semifinals. Tomasello and Gilman met in last year's Big Ten final with Tomasello picking up a 3-2 decision.
Micah Jordan, facing 14th-seeded Bryce Meredith of Wyoming in his quarterfinal match at 141, trailed 1-0 entering the third period but got a late takedown to go ahead 2-1. Meredith, however, countered a reversal as time expired to spring his third upset in as many matches. With the loss, Jordan moves into the consolation round and will wrestle No. 16 Randy Cruz of Lehigh in Friday evening's session.
Prior to Jordan's match, Johnni DiJulius lost a 13-8 decision to Air Force's Josh Martinez at 133 that ended the redshirt senior's career. DiJulius finishes his run in the Scarlet and Gray with a record of 115-47 and four trips to the NCAA Championships.
Bo Jordan set up a semifinal showdown at 165 with his cousin Isaac Jordan of Wisconsin with his third win this season over Illinois' Steven Rodrigues, the sixth seed. Ahead just 2-1 entering the final period, Jordan started on bottom, escaped and then had a four-near fall to break the match open. He tacked on a riding time point for the 10-2 major decision. In the last 12 months, Bo and Isaac have met in the 2015 Big Ten finals, a regular season dual, the 2016 Big Ten finals and now the 2016 NCAA semifinals.
Myles Martin (174 lbs.) made it three semifinalists with an impressive showing against Oklahoma's Matt Reed, who had two upsets to his credit yesterday in the opening rounds. Scoreless through the first period, Martin rode out Reed for the entire second period, racking up well over a minute of riding time. He then escaped to start the third to secure his 2-0 decision. He'll face unseeded Lelund Weatherspoon of Iowa State for a trip to the finals.
Like he had in two matches yesterday, Kyle Snyder racked up points quickly against his quarterfinal opponent, seventh-seeded Amarveer Dhesi of Oregon State. Snyder led 7-2 midway through the second and didn't relent, racking over 3:00 of riding time for his final 16-5 major decision. In two full matches this weekend, Snyder is averaging 21.0 points/match with a pinfall in the other. His 51 total match points are the second most among all competitors at the championships. Snyder meets Virginia Tech's Ty Walz, the third seed, in the semifinals.
Tomasello, B. Jordan, Martin and Snyder have all assured themselves of All-America status while M. Jordan needs to win one match in wrestlebacks on Friday evening to reach the podium.
OHIO STATE WRESTLING
2016 NCAA Championships | Session III
Madison Square Garden | New York, N.Y. | Attendance: 17,899
1. Penn State - 68.5
2. Ohio State - 54.0
3. Iowa - 48.5
4. Oklahoma State - 46.0
5. Missouri - 42.5
6. Nebraska - 35.5
7. NC State - 32.5
8. Michigan - 32.0
9. Virginia Tech - 30.5
10. Cornell - 28.5
125: No. 1 Nathan Tomasello (25-0)
Quarterfinals: Tomasello decision over No. 9 Dylan Peters (UNI) 10-4
133: No. 10 Johnni DiJulius (18-9)
Consolation Rd. Two: Josh Martinez (Air Force) decision over DiJulius 13-8
141: No. 6 Micah Jordan (27-3)
Quarterfinals: No. 14 Bryce Meredith (Wyoming) decision over Jordan 5-2
165: No. 3 Bo Jordan (19-2)
Quarterfinals: Jordan major decision over No. 6 Steven Rodrigues (Illinois) 10-2
174: No. 11 Myles Martin (30-6)
Quarterfinals: Martin decision over Matt Reed (Oklahoma) 2-0
285: No. 2 Kyle Snyder (9-0)
Quarterfinals: Snyder major decision over No. 7 Amarveer Dhesi (Oregon State) 16-5