NEW YORK, N.Y. - The duo of Nathan Tomasello (125 lbs.) and Bo Jordan (165 lbs.) went 4-0 in Session V of the 2016 NCAA Championships to lock up third-place finishes as action continued on Saturday morning at Madison Square Garden.
Tomasello rebounded from his semifinal loss -- his first setback since January of 2015 -- with a dominant 10-1 major decision over Michigan's Connor Youtsey in the consolation semifinal. Tomasello scored early on a takedown and then added four near-fall points to take a 6-0 first-period lead. A third period escape, takedown and over 3:00 of riding time gave him and the Buckeyes bonus points in the team standings.
In the third place match, Tomasello edged American's David Terao in one of the most entertaining bouts of the championships. Tomasello scored early on a takedown and was up 3-1 before Tomasello was able to get out of a scramble that had the crowd on its feet. Leading 3-2 early in the third, Tomasello converted on what proved to be the deciding takedown. He finished his season with a 27-1 record, Big Ten title and third-place showing at the NCAA Championships.
Bo Jordan also didn't appear to have any lingering aftereffects from his semifinal loss when he topped Virginia Tech's David McFadden for the second time in the championships, this time by a count of 8-2. The two wrestlers were even for much of the first two period, but Jordan scored a late takedown in the second, escaped to start the third and took McFadden down again before the final buzzer sounded.
Jordan secured his second third-place finish in as many years with a entertaining 9-7 decision over fourth-seeded Danial Lewis of Missouri. Tied at 6-6 entering the third, Jordan locked up the riding time point and the wrestlers started neutral. The redshirt sophomore from Urbana then was able to take Lewis down, essentially closing out the bout by putting himself ahead by three. In his first two years wearing the Scarlet and Gray, Jordan is 43-5 with two Big Ten finals trips, two All-America honors and a pair of third-place showings.
Action concludes tonight with the championship finals beginning at 8 p.m. on ESPN. The Buckeyes have two wrestlers vying for titles -- Myles Martin (174 lbs.) and Kyle Snyder (285 lbs.). Martin's match will be the seventh of the night while Snyder's be the 10th and final.
OHIO STATE WRESTLING
2016 NCAA Championships | Session V
Madison Square Garden | New York, N.Y. | Attendance: 19,147
TEAM SCORES (Top 10)
1. Penn State - 114.0
2. Oklahoma St. - 89.5
3. Virginia Tech - 82.0
4. Iowa - 81.0
5. Ohio St. - 78.0
6. Missouri - 70.5
7. Cornell - 59.0
8. Nebraska - 58.0
9. Michigan - 50.5
10. NC State - 49.0
125: No. 1 Nathan Tomasello (27-1)
Consolation Semifinals: Tomasello major decision over Connor Youtsey (Michigan) 10-1
Third Place Match: Tomasello decision over David Terao (American) 5-3
165: No. 3 Bo Jordan (21-3)
Consolation Semifinals: Jordan decision over David McFadden (Virginia Tech) 8-2
Third Place Match: Jordan decision over Daniel Lewis (Missouri) 9-7