Six Buckeyes In FloWrestling Preseason Rankings
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Six Buckeyes – including reigning NCAA champion Nathan Tomasello – appear in FloWrestling’s 2015-16 preseason rankings. Tomasello, who checks in at No. 1 at 125 pounds, and Bo Jordan, ranked No. 2 at 165 pounds, lead the way for the defending national champions.
In the team rankings, Ohio State is No. 6. It is one of five Big Ten schools in the Top 10 along with Penn State (No. 1), Iowa (No. 3), Michigan (No. 4) and Nebraska (No. 10).
Tomasello and Jordan also appear in FloWrestling’s Pound for Pound rankings – Tomasello at No. 9 and Jordan at No. 20.
Tomasello, a redshirt sophomore from Parma, Ohio, ended the year in a 18-match winning streak on his way to a 33-4 overall mark. At the NCAA Championships, he knocked off top-seeded and previously unbeaten Alan Waters of Missouri in the semifinals, 3-2, and then topped Zeke Moisey of West Virginia in the finals. At the Big Ten Championships, his upset of two-time NCAA champion Jesse Delgado of Illinois propelled the Buckeyes to their first conference crown in 64 years.
Jordan is ranked No. 2 behind reigning national champion Alex Dieringer of Oklahoma State. Jordan, 22-2 last year, was a Big Ten finalist and finished third at the NCAA Championships. He won his first 17 matches of the season, was 11-0 in dual meets and 9-0 against Big Ten competition during the regular season. After falling to Dieringer in the NCAA semifinals, he came back to win two consolation matches, giving the Buckeyes critical bonus points with a pin in the third-place match against illinois’ Jackson Morse.
Other Buckeyes ranked in the Top 10 of their respective weight classes include redshirt seniors Johnni DiJulius (No. 7, 133 lbs.), Kenny Courts (No. 7, 184 lbs.) and Hunter Stieber (No. 10, 149 lbs.). Courts’ memorable run to a fifth place finish at last year’s NCAA Championships springboarded the Buckeyes their first team title while Stieber, when healthy, has already proven to be one of the top wrestlers in the nation at 149 lbs., evidenced by his third-place showing at the NCAA Championships in 2013. DiJulius is a three-time NCAA qualifier with 97 career victories to his credit.
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