Ohio State Takes Day One Lead at NCAA Championships


From an Ohio State press release.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Ohio State University wrestling team sits atop the team standings after Day One of the 2018 NCAA Championships. Nine of 10 Buckeyes went 2-0 to secure a slot in the quarterfinals and the squad posted a 19-1 overall mark. Ohio State accumulated 36.0 team points for a 7.5-point edge over second-place Penn State (28.5).


? 19-1 overall record
? 9 quarterfinalists
? 5 major decisions
? 4 tech falls
? 2 pins (and an injury default)
? 36.0 team points

With five major decisions, four tech falls, teo pins and an injury default; the Buckeyes notched bonus points in 63% of their 19 wins at the NCAA Championships on Day 1.

The top four teams in the standings are Big Ten representatives with Penn State, Iowa and Michigan coming in behind the Buckeyes entering Day Two:

1st | Ohio State 36.0 team points
2nd | Penn State 28.5
3rd | Iowa 27.0
4th | Michigan 23.0
5th | North Carolina State 20.0

Seven of the nine OSU quarterfinalists will be favored in their Session III bouts, starting with second-seeded Nathan Tomasello facing off against No. 7 Taylor LaMont (Utah Valley). Tomasello has maximized his team point potential by posting a pin and injury default on Thursday.

Luke Pletcher did what Luke Pletcher does, pulling off a Houdini act twice with a pair of one-point victories. Over half (14 of 27) of his wins this season have come by two points or less, flashing a knack to grab the tight triumphs.

Joey McKenna continued his postseason tear. After blanking the competition at the Big Ten Championships, he surrendered a lone tally Thursday in back-to-back tech falls which totaled a 31-1 points advantage.

Ke-Shawn Hayes survived an opening round scare versus Michgan’s Malik Amine in a tiebreaker. It was a bit easier of a ride in the second bout, getting past 12th-seeded Ryan Blees (Virginia Tech) with a 12-6 decision.

Micah Jordan electrified the Scarlet-clad fan section located near Mat 7 when he stuck Columbia’s Markus Scheidel just 10 seconds into period number two to launch himself into the quarterfinals with his second bonus point producing win of the day (began with a 14-5 major decision over Army’s Luke Weiland).

Te’Shan Campbell split a pair of bouts, starting with a 4-2 decision before falling to No. 4-seed Chad Walsh (Rider) in the round of 16. He’ll get the wrestlebacks going Friday morning against Missouri’s Connor Flynn (25-9).

Bo Jordan joined his lil brother in the quarterfinals shaking off a threatening sudden victory in Round One. He controlled the action in an 11-3 major decision over 11th-seeded David Kocer (South Dakota State) during his second go-around.

Several hundred feet from the downtown casino in Cleveland, Myles Martin doubled down on the bonus points. Martin racked up 41 bout tallies en route to a 24-9 tech fall and 17-5 major decision.

Kollin Moore was sent into the quarterfinals merely seconds later, wrestling simultaneously with Martin on a nearby mat. Moore disposed of two unseeded foes Thursday and after an upset by Kent State’s Kyle Conel in the round of 16, he’ll face the unseeded Golden Flash to start Session III.

Kyle Snyder ripped through two adversaries, corralling 38 bout points. Following a major decision-tech fall spurt on Day One, he’ll do battle in an `all-OSU’ affair against Oklahoma State’s Derek White (26-2 and seeded ninth) in Session III.

Session III starts at 11 a.m. ET Friday (March 16), broadcast live on ESPNU (all bouts on all bouts streamed on ESPN3 and the ESPN app).

*Seeds listed

No. 2 Nathan Tomasello (125 lbs)
Round 1 | Tomasello def. Gabe Townsell (Stanford) | PIN, 2:19
Round 2 | Tomasello def. No. 15 Ryan Millhof (Arizona State) | INJ, 5:00

No. 3 Luke Pletcher (133 lbs)
Round 1 | Pletcher def. Mason Pengilly (Stanford) | D, 4-2
Round 2 | Pletcher def. No. 14 Korbin Myers (Edinboro) | D, 4-3

No. 4 Joey McKenna (141 lbs)
Round 1 | McKenna def. Madrigal (Old Dominion) | TF, 16-1
Round 2 | McKenna def. No. 13 Luke Karam (Lehigh) | TF, 15-0

No. 5 Ke-Shawn Hayes (149 lbs)
Round 1 | Hayes def. Malik Amine (Michigan) | TB1, 6-5
Round 2 | Hayes def. No. 12 Ryan Blees (Virginia Tech) | D, 12-6

No. 7 Micah Jordan (157 lbs)
Round 1 | M. Jordan def. Luke Weiland (Army) | MD, 14-5
Round 2 | M. Jordan def. No. 10 Markus Scheidel (Columbia) | PIN, 3:10

No. 13 Te’Shan Campbell (165 lbs)
Round 1 | Campbell def. Dawaylon Barnes (Oklahoma) | D, 4-2
Round 2 | No. 4 Chad Clash (Rider) def. Campbell | MD, 8-0

No. 6 Bo Jordan (174 lbs)
Round 1 | B. Jordan def. Brandon Womack (Cornell) | SV1, 4-2
Round 2 | B. Jordan def. No. 11 David Kocer (South Dakota State) | MD, 11-3

No. 2 Myles Martin (184 lbs)
Round 1 | Martin def. Bryce Gorman (Northern Illinois) | TF, 24-9
Round 2 | Martin def. Mitchell Bowman (Iowa) | MD, 17-5

No. 1 Kollin Moore (197 lbs)
Round 1 | Moore def. Tanner Orndorff (Utah Valley) | D, 12-8
Round 2 | Moore def. Patrick Brucki (Princeton) | MD, 14-4

No. 1 Kyle Snyder (HWT)
Round 1 | Snyder def. Ryan Soloman (Pittsburgh) | MD, 15-5
Round 2 | Snyder def. Jere Heino (Campbell) | TF, 23-8

4 Responses

  1. great job Buckeyes! kick some butt in the quarter and semi-finals today and show penn st . and everyone else who is boss and that Ohio St. is the premier –and classiest–team in the country!

  2. So much respect for what the Buckeye Wrestling Team has been able to accomplish. Only a dozen or so schools have ever won an NCAA Championship, and Ohio State is one of them. Here’s to a good run… GO BUCKS!

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