ST. LOUIS — Ohio State wrestler Bo Jordan’s quest for an NCAA title came up short Saturday night.

The junior lost to Penn State freshman Mark Hall 5-2 in the 174-pound finals at the Scottrade Center.

“I thought my effort was good,” Jordan said. “I wrestled hard. At the end, I just didn’t get it.”

A couple of officials’ decisions weighed heavily. Jordan trailed 1-0 when he went for a takedown that Ohio State coach Tom Ryan and Buckeyes fans thought he got. But the refs didn’t credit Jordan for it, and Hall got a reversal off the move for a 3-0 lead.

Ryan challenged the call, and after a lengthy deliberation, the original call was confirmed.

“We thought it should have been 2 for Bo,” Ryan said.

He was torn about making the challenge because the strategy against Hall was to have Jordan wear him down.

“That break helped (Hall), but we had to question the call,” Ryan said. “It was a longer break than we thought and then we just didn’t score when we needed to.”

Ryan also wanted a stalling call on Hall late when Jordan trailed 3-2, but none was forthcoming.

“He could have called stalling for the bad call he made earlier, yeah,” Ryan said.

With Jordan desperate for a takedown, Hall got one instead in the final seconds for the final points.

“That was heart-breaking to see,” Ryan said. “He wrestled the way he needed to beat him. It just didn’t happen tonight.”

As disappointed as he was, Jordan was pleased with his overall performance in the NCAAs.

“The tournament as a whole was good,” he said. “I made a ton of mistakes but my effort was good in at least four of the matches. I did my best.”