Ohio State had a school-record six All-Americans while finishing second to Penn State in the team standings at this year’s NCAA tournament championships .
Buckeyes Kyle Snyder (first, 285), Bo Jordan (second, 174), Nathan Tomasello (third, 133), Kollin Moore (third, 197), Micah Jordan (fourth, 149) and Myles Martin (fifth, 184) all achieved All-American Status.
“Every year, we want Buckeye Nation to look at our team and say ‘they have a chance to win it all,’” said head coach Tom Ryan. “This team confirms those expectations.”
Ohio State’s second-place showing is its third in the last 11 years and the fifth time it’s finished inside of the top three in that time span. Ohio State earned the national team title last year but an incredible showing by Penn State vaulted the Lions to this year's championship.
Snyder's NCAA championship was his second in as many years. He defeated Wisconsin's Connor Medbery in the final match in the weight class to claim the title. Snyder and Medbery, the nation’s top-ranked heavyweights for the entirety of the 2016-17 season, met for the second time in two weeks – this time with the NCAA biggest prize at stake. Snyder scored the matches first two points when he lifted Medbery, who outweighs Snyder by approximately 40 pounds, and finished on a takedown. Snyder was awarded an additional point on a Medbery penalty near the end of the period.
In the second period, Snyder finished off his second takedown of the match to extend his lead, and after the Medbery escape he was ahead 5-1. That cushion proved to be more than enough in a 6-3 decision that capped off a seven-month period that saw him win an Olympic gold medal and then return to Ohio State to win both Big Ten and NCAA titles. He also helped the Buckeyes claim their second conference championship in the last three years.
“I’m just happy I could wrestle well and represent Ohio State well,” said Snyder. “I’m excited about the future of improvement, just becoming a better wrestler, but that was a pretty awesome environment. Very grateful that I could compete in front of all those people.”
At 174 pounds OSU's Bo Jordan also reached the championship match but fell to Penn State's Mark Hall by a score of 5-2. The match was marred by two controversial officiating decisions, one depriving Jordan of a take down and the other a no-call on Hall for obvious stalling as the match wound down. The score at the time of the no-call was 3-2 and would have sent the match into overtime. Hall scored a last-second takedown when Jordan threw caution to the wind trying for the win late in the match to make the final score 5-3. Jordan had defeated Hall in this year's Big Ten tournament just two weeks ago.
All six of OSU's All-Americans are underclassmen and will return next year.
Despite OSU's outstanding showing the Buckeyes finished second due to a near-historic effort by Penn State.
The Nittany Lions had five wrestlers reach the finals and all five won to earn a national championship in their respective weight class.
Penn State has won six of the last seven national championships with OSU's win last year the only interruption in their reign of dominance. A sixth Nittany Lion earned All-American Status with a fifth-place finish.
A total of 36 Big Ten wrestlers were named All-American. Seven were crowned national champions including Snyder, the five from Penn State and a wrestler from Iowa.
The NCAA competes in a total of 10 weight classes, with the Big Ten taking the individual championship in seven of them.
Six Big Ten teams finished in the top-10 of the team scoring.
FINAL TEAM SCORES (Top 10)
1. Penn State - 146.5
2. Ohio State - 110.0
3. Oklahoma State - 103.0
4. Iowa - 97.0
5. Missouri - 86.5
6. Virginia Tech - 63.5
7. Minnesota - 62.5
8. Cornell - 60.5
9. Nebraska - 59.5
10. Michigan - 47.5