Winning a single Ohio High School State title puts a wrestler in elite company. With each successive title, the wrestler finds himself (or herself) in even rarer air than the year before. This past Saturday, Buckeye wrestling commits Nathan Tomasello and Bo Jordan each joined the elite when they both won their 4th state title.
A senior at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, Tomasello won his title by way of a tech fall, a pair of pins, and a major decision (14-5) over Carrolton's Joey Miller in the finals at 120 lbs. With his 4th title coming at 120 lbs, Tomasello will likely compete for the Buckeyes at 125 lbs, a spot currently occupied by RS-Sr Nikko Triggas. Tomasello isn't the first CVCA wrestler to win 4 state titles, joining fellow Royals wrestler Harry (now known as Justin) Lester, who won 4 crowns between 1998 and 2001.
Following in what has become a family tradition, Bo Jordan won his 4th state title as well on Saturday. Before him, Bo's uncle Jim and father Jeff each won 4 titles for St. Paris Graham High School. Winning state titles is a bit of a birth-right for the Jordans as Isaac, Ben, and now Micah Jordan have all each won 3 titles apiece (though Micah is only a junior and stands to win his 4th next season). Bo won his title with a pair of tech falls and a pin, earning his berth in the finals. In the finals, Jordan used a spladle to pin Wauseon junior Aaron Schuette in just 40 seconds. Jordan projects at either 157 lbs or 165 next year for the Buckeyes, and should be right in the mix the minute he steps on campus. Bo is bucking family tradition as Jim, Jeff, Ben, and now Isaac Jordan have all attended and wrestled for Big Ten rival Wisconsin.
Also joining Tomasello and Jordan on campus next year will be incoming freshman Jake Ryan. Ryan fell short in his quest for a state title, as he fell to Wyatt Music in the Division 1 145 lb finals. Ryan is the son of current Buckeye head coach Tom Ryan, so his signing with the Buckeyes can't be considered a surprise.
It is interesting to note that though Tomasello and Jordan may be the 23rd and 25th 4 time state champions in Ohio wrestling history (St. Edward senior Dean Heil won his 4th title between Tomasello and Jordan, but is choosing to wrestle for the Oklahoma State Cowboys upon graduation), they are far from the first 4 time champs to wrestle for the Buckeyes. Tomasello and Jordan will join fellow 4 time champs Ken Ramsey, J Jaggers, Lance Palmer, Tony Jameson, Colin Palmer, Logan Stieber, Hunter Stieber and Cam Tessari when they wrestle for the Buckeyes.
Be sure to check back to Eleven Warriors in the future for more coverage of the wrestling Buckeyes, including potential interviews with incoming freshman down the road and previews of the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments.