COLUMBUS, Ohio – All-Americans on the mat, and now All-Americans in the classroom.
Four of the cornerstones of Ohio State’s national runner-up wrestling team also have stellar years as students, evidenced today when the National Wrestling Coaches Association announced Kyle Snyder, Bo Jordan, Micah Jordan and Nathan Tomasello as Academic All-Americans. The Buckeyes also finished No. 14 overall with a 3.30 team grade-point average. The team GPA was determined using a system that includes 12 student-athletes from each program. A total of 10 of these came from the wrestlers that were entries in the NCAA tournament conference qualifier.
Snyder, a sport industry major, juggled schoolwork along with a competition schedule that included 17 matches for the Scarlet and Gray and international trips to – among other places – Iran and Russia as part of his USA Wrestling schedule. He finished the season 17-0 earned a place atop the podium at both the Big Ten and NCAA Championships. Snyder is just the fifth two-time NCAA champion in program history.
Tomasello, also a sport industry major, is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and Distinguished Scholar. On the mat, he added his name to the Ohio State records books at the Big Ten Championships by becoming just the third three-time conference champion in school history. Also a three-time All-American, he was 24-1 this season and is 84-6 in his three years as a starter.
A first-time All-American on the mat, M. Jordan is a sport industry major who was the Big Ten runner-up and fourth place finisher at this year’s NCAA Championships. He started the season unbeaten in his first 22 matches and was 33-5 overall, tying for the team lead in wins. Jordan has twice been named a OSU Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten.
Micah’s brother, Bo, is an athletic training major who this year earned All-American honors for the third season. He also was the Big Ten champion at 174 pounds for the first time in his career, helping the Scarlet and Gray secure the overall team championship for the second time in the past three seasons. Jordan was also an NCAA finalist for the first time in his career and went 18-2 overall.