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COLUMBUS, Ohio - On the eve of officially starting practice for the 2016-17 season, the Ohio State wrestling team is well represented in Flowrestling's Pound for Pound rankings. Four Buckeyes - all of whom have earned All-America recognition and three that already won NCAA titles in their careers - are in the top 15, led by the No. 1 overall wrestler, junior Kyle Snyder.
In the team rankings, the Buckeyes are second only to Oklahoma State. Ohio State has eight projected starters slotted in the top 16 of their respective weight classes, including five in the top eight. Snyder (285 lbs.) and Bo Jordan (174 lbs.) take the No. 1 spots while reigning NCAA champion Myles Martin, who won the title at 174 lbs. last year, is No. 2 at 184 lbs. Nathan Tomasello, also up a weight class this season, starts No. 2 at 133 lbs. Redshirt sophomore Micah Jordan, who narrowly missed All-America honors last season, is No. 6 at 149 while a pair of redshirt freshmen - Ke-Shawn Hayes (No. 14, 141 lbs.) and Kollin Moore (No. 16, 197 lbs.) round out the list.
Snyder (No. 1), Tomasello (No. 7), B. Jordan (No. 14) and Martin (No. 15) all represent the Buckeyes in the pound for pound rankings. The four ranked wrestlers are the most of any school on the list.
Snyder, who is 41-4 over his first two years, became the youngest wrestler to win gold this past August at the Summer Olympics in Rio. His Buckeye resume includes a Big Ten and NCAA title last year, the latter of which came in an epic overtime match against the two-time defending champion Nick Gwiazdowski of NC State.
Tomasello won a national title in 2015 as a redshirt freshman at 125 lbs. and was third last year, finishing 27-1 overall. A two-time All-American, he is 60-5 over the last two years while in the starting lineup.
Jordan began last season at 174 lbs. before moving down to 165 lbs. in January. He, like Tomasello and Snyder, is a two-time All-American with 43 wins to his credit over the past two years.
Martin was one of the biggest surprises of the NCAA Championships last March, winning the 174 lb. title as a No. 11 seed and knocking off top-seeded Bo Nickal of Penn State in the finals. Only the 15th true freshmen national champion in NCAA history, Martin will start the 2016-17 season at the NWCA All-Star Classic in Cleveland against two-time defending 184 lb. champion Gabe Dean of Cornell.
FLOWRESTLING TEAM RANKINGS (Top 10)
1. Oklahoma State
2. Ohio State
4. Virginia Tech
6. Penn State