Thanks to a pin from Bo Jordan for 3rd place at 165 and a win from unseeded Kenny Courts for 5th place at 184, Ohio State has clinched the program's first ever national championship in wrestling, regardless of what happens tonight when the Buckeyes have three wrestlers going for individual titles.
The Buckeyes have come close to winning the national championship in wrestling in recent years. In both 2008 and 2009, the Buckeyes finished second in the tournament to traditional power, Iowa. Ohio State finally has its day, securing its first NCAA championship in the sport.
This team championship win will be celebrated by Ohio State wrestling fans for some time. It comes after Ohio State tied for the Big Ten championship with traditional power Iowa and nouveau-riche Penn State, which had won the last four national championships until recently. Further, this makes Ohio State one of two programs to secure a national championship in football and wrestling in the same season. Oklahoma last did that in 1974. Only Ohio State can lay an undisputed claim to that.
Tune into ESPN at 8 p.m. tonight for more action in the finals. Logan Stieber, Nathan Tomasello, and Kyle Snyder will wrestle in the finals.