COLUMBUS, Ohio - The first preseason poll of the 2016-17 wrestling season is out. And, it's well represented with Scarlet and Gray.
Ohio State boasts five wrestlers ranked in the top eight of their respective weight classes and checks in at No. 4 overall in the Wrestling Insiders Newsletter (WIN) Preseason Tournament Power Index. The Buckeyes are one of six Big Ten schools in the Top 10, joined by Iowa (No. 3), Michigan (No. 6), Penn State (No. 7), Nebraska (No. 9) and Illinois (No. 10).
Reigning Olympic champion Kyle Snyder is the highest-ranked Buckeye, as he debuts at No. 1 at 285 pounds. Michigan's Adam Coon, whom Snyder defeated in the Big Ten final last March, is No. 2. Snyder, who is 41-4 over his first two years with a Big Ten and NCAA championship on his resume, became the youngest wrestler to win gold this past August at the Summer Olympics in Rio.
Two-time All-American Bo Jordan is the next highest-ranked Buckeye, checking in at No. 2 at 174 pounds. Jordan wrestled his first two seasons at 165 lbs., finishing third both times with a pair of Big Ten finals appearances. He is 43-5 during his two seasons in the starting lineup.
A pair of returning national champions - Nathan Tomasello and Myles Martin - are ranked No. 3 in their respective weight classes. Tomasello, who will move up from 125 to 133 lbs., won a national title in 2015 and was third last year, finishing 27-1 overall. Martin became just the 15th true freshman to win a national title last March when he took the 174 lb. championship as the No. 11 seed. He will wrestle this season at 184 lbs.
Micah Jordan, a redshirt sophomore who was just one match away from All-America status last year at 141 lbs., is ranked No. 8 at 149 lbs. He was 27-4 in his first year as a starter and earned the No. 1 seed at the Big Ten Championships.
The sixth Buckeye who finds himself ranked is redshirt sophomore Jake Ryan (No. 13, 157 lbs.), who was a NCAA qualifier last season. Redshirt freshmen who are expected in Ohio State's lineup are Ke-Shawn Hayes (141 lbs.), Kollin Moore (197 lbs.) and Jose Rodriguez (125 lbs.). Hayes went 29-1 in open tournaments last year and was a consensus Top 10 ranked recruit out of high school. Moore had a breakout summer that included a sport on the Junior World Team. Rodriguez was 13-4 last winter in open tournaments.
|WEIGHT CLASS||RANK||NAME||2015-16 RECORD||POSTSEASON|
|133 lbs.||No. 3||Nathan Tomasello||27-1||3rd NCAAs/1st Big Ten|
|149 lbs.||No. 8||Micah Jordan||27-4||3rd Big Ten/NCAA qualifier|
|157 lbs.||No. 13||Jake Ryan||17-7||6th Big Ten/NCAA qualifier|
|174 lbs.||No. 2||Bo Jordan||21-3||3rd NCAAs/2nd Big Ten|
|184 lbs.||No. 3||Myles Martin||33-6||1st NCAAs (174)/3rd Big Ten|
|285 lbs.||No. 1||Kyle Snyder||11-0||1st NCAAs/1st Big Ten|