Ohio State qualified all 10 wrestlers for the 2018 NCAA championships, a three-day event that begins on Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
The Buckeyes are one of two favorites to win the NCAA title, along with two-time defending champion Penn State, which has claimed six of the last seven titles. Below, find live updates as well as information for time, TV channel and what’s at stake for each Ohio State wrestler.
2018 NCAA Wrestling Championships updates
NCAA championships: Time
The tournament kicks off two sessions on Thursday and includes two more on Friday and Saturday.
Time: First-round on Thursday, noon. Session II on Thursday, 7 p.m. Quarterfinals and consolations on Friday, 11 a.m. Semifinals on Friday, 8 p.m. Medal round on Saturday, 11 a.m. Finals on Saturday, 8 p.m.
Date: March 15-17
Location: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
NCAA wrestling: TV channel
EPSNU will air the first-round on Thursday, the quarterfinals on Friday and the medal round on Saturday. ESPN will air the second-round on Thursday and the semifinals on Friday night. ESPN2 will show the finals on Saturday.
NCAA wrestling: Watch online
WatchESPN will carry the entire tournament and you can access it by clicking here.
Ohio State participants
A preview for every Ohio State wrestler at nationals is included below. Also, check back up for updates throughout the tournament on how the Buckeyes are doing.
125: No. 2 Nathan Tomasello (11-1)
A three-time All-American, Nate Tomasello is looking to end his Ohio State career with a second national championship. He won his first as a freshman in 2015. In each of the past two years he’s lost in the semifinal and finished third. Getting to the final will be a test, as Iowa’s star freshman Spencer Lee is the No. 3 seed and could be waiting as a semifinal opponent. Lee beat Tomasello in the regular season, but Tomasello returned the favor with a win in the Big Ten Championships en route to his fourth conference title.
133: No. 3 Luke Pletcher (26-2)
One year after advancing to the Round of 16 at 141 pounds as a freshman, Luke Pletcher has his eye on much bigger goals. A sterling 26-2 record helped him earn the No. 3 seed, and he could join Tomasello in seeing a familiar face in the semifinals. Michigan’s Stevan Micic is the No. 2 seed and knocked off Pletcher in the Big Ten Championships. However, Pletcher got the best of Micic earlier this season, winning 7-5 at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. The No. 1 seed is South Dakota State’s Seth Gross, who was dismissed from Iowa in 2015.
141: No. 4 Joey McKenna (16-1)
With just one loss this season and several quality wins, Joey McKenna has the misfortune of being in a loaded bracket where three other wrestlers also have one loss. He already holds wins over two wrestlers he could potentially face down the line — No. 5 Kevin Jack of North Carolina State and No. 8 Nick Lee of Penn State. No. 1 seed Bryce Meredith is on his side of the bracket, but the news isn’t all bad as two-time defending champion Dean Heil is on the opposite side of the bracket as the No. 6 seed.
149: No. 5 Ke-Shawn Hayes (27-5)
Ke-Shawn Hayes has wrestled a whopping 15 matches against ranked opponents, going 10-5 this season. A finals appearance may be unlikely, given that he lost twice by big margins to No. 1 Zain Retherford of Penn State, but Hayes has shown plenty of times this season that he can wrestle with the best of them, including a narrow loss to No. 2 Brandon Sorensen of Iowa. His resume also includes wins against No. 9 seed Max Thomsen and No. 11 seed Matthew Kolodzik.
157: No. 7 Micah Jordan (22-6)
Of Ohio State’s wrestlers, Micah Jordan is certainly one who has the potential to outperform his seeding. Three of his losses are to Michigan’s Alec Pantaleo, who is on the opposite side of the bracket as the No. 5 seed. In the Big Ten semifinals, Jordan pinned Iowa’s Michael Kemerer, who is the No. 6 seed. He closed out the regular season with a loss to the No. 1 seed Hayden Hidlay of North Carolina State, but he owns a win against No. 4 Joshua Shields of Arizona State.
165: No. 13 Te’Shan Campbell (17-10)
Although he started his season with 10 consecutive wins, Campbell hasn’t had as much success against Big Ten opponents. He enters the NCAA Championships having lost eight of 11 matches, although he did well enough in the conference meet to earn an automatic bid and a seed. Campbell went 1-7 against top-10 foes during the season, so he’ll have to find a way to fix that if he wants to rack up points for Ohio State.
174: No. 6 Bo Jordan (23-5)
If Bo Jordan is to win his elusive national championship in his last shot, the two-time third-place finisher and last year’s runner-up will have to find a way to beat some wrestlers who have given him trouble this season. Of Jordan’s five losses, two are to No. 1 Zahid Valencia (Arizona State), two are to No. 5 Myles Amine (Michigan) and the other came against No. 2 Mark Hall (Penn State). He’ll likely have to defeat two of those wrestlers to win a national championship.
184: No. 2 Myles Martin (27-2)
Can the third time be the charm for Myles Martin? His only two losses this season came at the hands of No. 1 Bo Nickal, the unbeaten defending national champion from Penn State. Martin has otherwise been flawless, including going a combined 4-0 against No. 4 Pete Renda of North Carolina State and No. 5 Dominic Abounader of Michigan. He’s beaten Nickal on the big stage before, too. In 2016, Martin took down Nickal in the NCAA final to become the 15th true freshman to win a wrestling title and the first ever at Ohio State.
197: No. 1 Kollin Moore (22-2)
Kollin Moore could get a chance for revenge in his semifinal, where he’d potentially face No. 4 Michael Macchiavello of North Carolina State. Macchiavello beat Moore in the final regular season dual meet, dealing him just his second loss of the season. Moore has some big wins to his name, though, including a pin against No. 3 Jared Haught of Virginia Tech and a decision over No. 5 seed Shakur Rasheed that won him the Big Ten title.
285: No. 1 Kyle Snyder (12-1)
A man who needs no introduction, Kyle Snyder will be trying to win his third consecutive NCAA title at 285 pounds. If he’s successful, he’ll be the first three-time NCAA heavyweight champion since Carlton Haselrig in 1987-89. Doing so won’t be easy, though. Because Snyder stays around his international weight class of 214 pounds, he’ll be going up against wrestlers who could weigh dozens of pounds more than him. That includes Michigan’s Adam Coon, the No. 2 seed who handed Snyder his only loss of the season. Snyder bounced back to defeat Coon in the Big Ten final, and a third meeting seems inevitable.
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