Wrestling: Buckeyes Trail Penn State After Session V

By Curt Heinrichs on March 18, 2017 at 2:52 pm
Two-time NCAA All-American Myles Martin

Ohio State quickly realized it wasn't going to win its second national title in program history, but the Buckeyes got back to work on Saturday morning in the medal rounds in an effort to close the gap on first place Penn State. 

Nathan Tomasello bounced back from a disappointing semifinal loss on Friday night and picked up a pair of wins on Saturday morning to take third place at 133. Tomasello was able to pick up another win over Nebraska's Eric Montoya 4-1 and defeated Michigan's Stevan Micic 5-2 in the third place bout. Tomasello finishes his junior career with a record of 24-1 and his third career All-American finish. 

Micah Jordan responded after a tough quarterfinal loss on Friday morning and won three consolation matches to have a rematch with Iowa's Brandon Sorensen in the third place match. Micah used a decision, tech fall, and major decision to advance to the consolation finals. Jordan was defeated for the third time this season by Sorensen, falling 4-0 in the third place match. Jordan ends his sophomore season with a record of 33-5, but earned his first All-American finish with a fourth place at 149. 

Myles Martin battled back through the consolation bracket and finished in fifth place at 184 to cap off his sophomore season. Martin lost his first match on Saturday to Iowa's Sammy Brooks 6-2, but scored big team points for the team with a 10-6 decision over Nolan Boyd of Oklahoma State for fifth place. Though it wasn't a repeat championship like he'd probably hoped for, Martin earned his second All-American honors in just his sophomore season and finished the year with a 32-9 record. 

Kollin Moore dropped a tough loss in the championship semifinals, but won two tough matches to finish in third place at 197. Moore won yet another tough match against Nebraska's Aaron Studebaker to advance to the third place match against Virginia Tech's Jared Haught. In the third place match, Moore pinned Haught late in the first period to cap off an outstanding freshman campaign. Moore ended the season with a record of 33-4 and his first All-American finish. 

With just the championship finals remaining, Penn State locked up their sixth national championship in seven years with 122.0 points. Ohio State currently sits in second place with 106.0 and two finalists, while Oklahoma State is in third with 99.0 points. Iowa can improve upon their fourth place position with 93.0 points with a pair of finalists. 

The NCAA Championship Finals will air live tonight at 8:00 p.m. EDT on ESPN. 

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