ST. LOUIS – Ohio State clinched second place in the NCAA wrestling championship wrestling team competition with a strong performance in today’s consolation session.

Nathan Tomasello at 133 pounds and Kollin Moore at 197 finished third with two victories this morning.

Micah Jordan at 149 finished fourth and Myles Martin at 184 finished fifth.

Heavyweight Kyle Snyder and Bo Jordan at 174 will wrestle for national titles tonight at the Scottrade Center.

Penn State had all but clinched the team title early Friday while the Buckeyes were locked in a battle with Iowa and Oklahoma State for second place. Winning six of the eight matches in the consolation bracket today clinched runner-up status.

“Every year we want to have a team that Buckeye Nation wakes up and thinks, we have a shot,” Ohio State coach Tom Ryan said. “This team confirms that way of thinking.”

Tomasello won by a 5-2 decision over Michigan’s Stevan Micic in his final match. Tomasello won the 2015 national title at 125 pounds and finished third last year at 133. He underwent rotator-cuff surgery last summer and was undefeated and top-seeded entering NCAAs.

A loss to Cory Clark in the semifinals Friday night ended his championship hopes. But he bounced back today.
“It’s all about heart,” Tomasello said. “No one wants to be here (this morning). Everyone wants to be wrestling in the finals on the big stage. But it’s about being tough and finishing the way you want to finish, with the highest place you can get.”

Moore, a redshirt freshman, got the Buckeyes’ only pin of the NCAAs when he needed only 33 seconds to defeat Jared Haught of Virginia Tech.

“I told myself I had to come back energized today, which is hard to do,” Moore said. “The hardest thing you’ll do in your life is to go through NCAA tournament. It’s very satisfying (to finish third).”