Wrestling: Buckeyes Finish As NCAA Runner-Up Behind Juggernaut Nittany Lions

By Curt Heinrichs on March 19, 2017 at 12:10a
Two-time NCAA Champion Kyle Snyder

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Ohio State earned a runner-up finish at the 2017 NCAA Championships, finishing behind an elite Penn State wrestling squad, which won its sixth national championship in the last seven years.

The Buckeyes were led by six All-Americans including two-time NCAA champion Kyle Snyder. Bo Jordan fell just short in his first NCAA Championship match but still scored crucial team points to help the team to a runner-up finish. 

Jose Rodriguez entered his first NCAA championships unseeded and went 1-2 in the tournament before being eliminated on Friday morning. 

Jose Rodriguez- 125 (1-2)
Round Opponent School Result
ROUND ONE #11 JOSH TERAO AMERICAN L, 13-4 (Major decision)
CONSOLATION ROUND 1 CHRISTIAN MOODY OKLAHOMA W, PIN 2:51
CONSOLATION ROUND 2 #5 TIM LAMBERT NEBRASKA L, 6-1

Nathan Tomasello entered the NCAA tournament undefeated but fell to eventual national champion Cory Clark of Iowa in the semifinals. Tomasello refused to give up and won two matches on Saturday morning to finish in third place at 133. 

NATHAN TOMASELLO- 3RD PLACE AT 133 (5-1)
Round Opponent School Result
ROUND ONE KORBIN MYERS EDINBORO W, 13-4 (Major Decision)
ROUND of 16 CAM SYKORA  NORTH DAKOTA STATE W, 21-7 (Major Decision)
QUARTERFINALS #8 ZANE RICHARDS ILLINOIS W, 3-1
SEMIFINALS #4 CORY CLARK IOWA L, 7-4
CONSOLATION SEMIFINAL #7 ERIC MONTOYA NEBRASKA W, 4-1
3RD PLACE MATCH #5 STEVAN MICIC MICHIGAN W, 5-2

Luke Pletcher entered the tournament seeded No. 12 at 141 but ran into a pair of tough conference opponents and bowed out of the tournament short of an All-American finish. 

Luke Pletcher- 141- DNP (2-2)
Round Opponent School Result
ROUND ONE SAL PROFACI MICHIGAN W, 8-5
ROUND of 16 #5 ANTHONY ASHNAULT RUTGERS L, 8-7
CONSOLATION ROUND 2 TOPHER CARTON IOWA W, 9-6
CONSOLATION ROUND 3 JIMMY GULIBON PENN STATE L, 11-4

Micah Jordan earned his first All-American finish as he finished in fourth place at 149. 

Micah Jordan- 149- 4th place (5-2)
Round Opponent School Result
ROUND ONE TROY HEILMANN NORTH CAROLINA W, 22-6 (Tech Fall)
ROUND of 16 #13 ALFRED BANNISTER MARYLAND W, 10-2 (Major Decision)
QUARTERFINALS #5 BRANDON SORENSEN IOWA L, 3-0
CONSOLATION ROUND 4 #10 LAIKE GARDENER LEHIGH W, 9-6
CONSOLATION ROUND 5 ALEX KOCER SOUTH DAKOTA STATE W, 19-4 (Tech Fall)
CONSOLATION SEMIFINAL MAX THOMSEN NORTHERN IOWA W, 13-5 (Major Decision)
3RD PLACE MATCH #5 BRANDON SORENSEN IOWA L, 4-0

Cody Burcher advanced at his first career NCAA tournament but made a quick exit after dropping his first two matches. 

Cody Burcher- 165- DNP (0-2)
Round Opponent School Result
ROUND ONE #7 ANTHONY VALENCIA ARIZONA STATE L, 11-0 (Major Decision)
CONSOLATION ROUND 1 YOANSE MEJIAS OKLAHOMA L, 2-1 

Bo Jordan entered the tournament looking to improve upon his previous two third place finishes but he fell short in the NCAA championship match to Penn State's Mark Hall. 

Bo Jordan - 174 - 2nd place (4-1)
Round Opponent School Result
ROUND ONE JOSEF JOHNSON HARVARD W, 10-1 (Major Decision)
ROUND of 16 #14 LELUND WEATHERSPOON IOWA STATE W, 10-4
QUARTERFINALS #11 ALEX MEYER IOWA W, 4-3
SEMIFINALS #2 BRIAN REALBUTO CORNELL W, 11-7
CHAMPIONSHIP #5 MARK HALL PENN STATE L, 5-2

Myles Martin fell short of repeating as NCAA champion but still managed an excellent tournament to finish in fifth place as a sophomore. 

Myles Martin - 184- 5th place (6-2)
Round Opponent School Result
ROUND ONE GARRETT HOFFMAN BUCKNELL W, 23-10 (Major Decision)
ROUND of 16 #11 EMERY PARKER ILLINOIS L, 14-9
CONSOLATION ROUND 2 JOE HEYOB PENN W, 18-3 (Tech Fall)
CONSOLATION ROUND 3 DAKOTA GEER EDINBORO W, 12-3 (Major Decision)
CONSOLATION ROUND 4 #8 JACK DECHOW OLD DOMINION W, TB-1 3-2
CONSOLATION ROUND 5 #12 DREW FOSTER NORTHERN IOWA W, 8-6
CONSOLATION SEMIFINAL #3 SAMMY BROOKS IOWA L, 6-2
5TH PLACE MATCH #4 NOLAN BOYD OKLAHOMA STATE W, 10-6

Kollin Moore capped off his outstanding freshman season with a third place finish at 197. 

kollin moore - 197- 3rd place (5-1)
Round Opponent School Result
ROUND ONE MALIK MCDONALD NC STATE W, 16-6 (Major Decision)
ROUND of 16 #14 COREY GRIEGO OREGON STATE W, 16-4 (Major Decision)
QUARTERFINALS #6 PRESTON WEIGEL OKLAHOMA STATE W, 13-5 (Major Decision)
SEMIFINALS #2 BRETT PFARR MINNESOTA L,13-9
CONSOLATION SEMIFINAL #7 AARON STUDEBAKER NEBRASKA W, 8-4
3RD PLACE MATCH #4 JARED HAUGHT VIRGINIA TECH W, Pin at 2:27

Kyle Snyder again took home the top prize in the heavyweight division as he won his second NCAA title on Saturday night. 

kyle snyder- hwt- 1st place (5-0)
Round Opponent School Result
ROUND ONE JAKE GUNNING BUFFALO W, 25–10 (Tech Fall)
ROUND of 16 #16 GARRETT RYAN COLUMBIA W, 24–7 (Tech Fall)
QUARTERFINALS #8 MICHAEL KROELLS MINNESOTA W, 13–7
SEMIFINALS #4 JAKE KASPER DUKE W, 19–6 (Major Decision)
CHAMPIONSHIP #2 CONNOR MEDBERY WISCONSIN W, 6–3

The Buckeyes finished second as a team to a Penn State squad that went on a ridiculous run in the finals, winning five straight bouts to end the tournament.

Penn State won their sixth NCAA championship in seven years with 146.5 points.

Ohio State finished second with 110, while Oklahoma State rounded out the top three with 103.0. 

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