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ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Ohio State continued its strong showing on the wrestleback side of the 2017 NCAA Championships brackets, winning six of eight matches in Session V to tighten its grip on second place in the team race.
THE SHORT STORY
Nathan Tomasello and Kollin Moore both went 2-0 on the day to lock up third place finishes while Micah Jordan and Myles Martin went 1-1 to take fourth and fifth place, respectively. Moore put an exclamation point on the session with his pin in 2:27 of the 197-pound third place match.
With those six wins, the Buckeyes are solidly in second place entering tonight's championship round with 106.0 points. Penn State has already clinched the team championship.
SCHOOL RECORD ALL-AMERICANS
The six All-Americans that the Buckeyes produced at this year's championships is a program record, topping the five that it had in 2004 and 2015.
TOMASELLO, MOORE TAKE THIRD
In the 133 lb. third place match, Tomasello met Michigan's Stephen Micic for the third time this season and led 3-2 in the third period before getting a decisive takedown to finish off the 5-2 victory. Tomasello finishes his season 24-1 and is now a three-time All-American, two-time third place finisher and the 2015 NCAA champion at 125 lbs. He's 84-6 in his three years as a starter.
Moore ended his redshirt freshman season in a big way, pinning Virginia Tech's Jared Haught in just 2:27 after for third place after beating Nebraska's Aaron Studebaker 8-4 in the consolation semifinals. Moore is the third freshman All-American for the Buckeyes in the last three years and finished the season 33-4 with 18 wins in his last 20 matches, including a Big Ten championship.
MARTIN MAKES MOST OF WRESTLEBACKS
Martin, who was upset in the second round of the championship bracket, finished 5-1 in the backside of the draw and outwrestled his No. 6 seed. He went 4-0 yesterday to sew up his second career All-America honor and then rebounded from a consolation semifinal loss to Sammy Brooks of Iowa to dominate Nolan Boyd of Oklahoma State in the fifth place match, 10-6. Martin opened it up with a 2TD and 4NF shortly after the first period whistle.
JORDAN TAKES FOURTH
M. Jordan, who earned his first career All-America honors last night by defeating Laike Gardner of Lehigh, had no trouble in the mornings first match against Max Thomsen of Northern Iowa, getting a 13-5 major decision. He then lost to Brandon Sorenson of Iowa in the third place match. Jordan was 33-5 this year and a Big Ten finalist.
HOW IT SETS UP TONIGHT
The final session of the 2017 NCAA Championships kick off tonight at 8 p.m. ET with 10 finals matches on ESPN.
• 285: Snyder vs. No. 2 Connor Medbery (Wisconsin)
• 174: B. Jordan vs. No. 5 Mark Hall (Penn State)
The finals will begin at 197 lbs., making Snyder's match the second and Jordan's the ninth. Both are re-matches of bouts that occurred in the Big Ten finals two weeks ago, both won by Ohio State. Snyder is looking to become the program's fifth two-time national champion.
OHIO STATE WRESTLING
2017 NCAA Championships | Scottrade Center | St. Louis, Mo. | Attendance: 18,953
Session V Results
TEAM SCORES (Top 10)
1. Penn State - 122.0
2. Ohio State - 106.0
3. Oklahoma State - 99.0
4. Iowa - 93.0
5. Missouri - 82.5
6. Virginia Tech - 63.5
7. Minnesota - 62.5
8. Cornell - 60.5
9. Nebraska - 59.5
10. Michigan - 47.5
Nathan Tomasello | 133 lbs. | 24-1
Consolation Semis: Tomasello decision over No. 7 Eric Montoya (Nebraska) 4-1
Third Place Match: Tomasello decision over No. 5 Steven Micic (Michigan) 5-2
Micah Jordan | 149 lbs. | 33-5
Consolation Semis: Jordan major decision over No. 7 Max Thomsen (NIU) 13-4
Third Place Match: No. 5 Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) decision over Jordan 4-0
Myles Martin | 184 lbs. | 32-9
Consolation Semis: No. 3 Sammy Brooks (Iowa) decision over Martin 6-2
Fifth Place Match: Martin decision over No. 4 Nolan Boyd (Oklahoma State) 10-6
Kollin Moore | 197 lbs. | 33-4
Consolation Semis: Moore decision over No. 7 Aaron Studebaker 8-4
Third Place Match: Moore fall over No. 4 Jared Haught (Virginia Tech) 2:27