Seven Ohio State wrestlers advanced to the finals and the Buckeyes led the team standings after the first day of the Big Ten championships on Saturday in East Lansing, Michigan.
The Buckeyes went 23-4 in matches and scored 137.5 points. Penn State (124 points) stands second and Michigan (100) is in third.
The meet will conclude Sunday with consolation matches at noon and title matches starting at 3 p.m.
Defending heavyweight world champion Kyle Snyder is going after his third straight conference title. He faces Adam Coon of Michigan in the final and looks to avenge his only defeat this season. Snyder defeated Nick Nevills of Penn State 14-5 in a semifinal.
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Two finals matches pit Buckeyes against Nittany Lions and figure to be pivotal in determining the team champion. Kollin Moore (197 pounds) of Ohio State will face Penn State's Shakur Rasheed. The Buckeyes' Myles Martin (184 pounds) will wrestle Bo Nickal.
Ohio State 157-pounder Micah Jordan will go against Alec Pantaleo of Michigan.
The Buckeyes' Luke Pletcher will wrestle Michigan's Stevan Milicic at 133 pounds.
Ohio State's Nathan Tomasello defeated Spencer Lee of Iowa 2-1 in a tense semifinal at 125 pounds and will take on Ethan Lizak of Minnesota in the final.
Also for Ohio State, Joey McKenna (141 pounds) will be in action in a final against Michael Carr of Illinois. McKenna shut out Nate Limmex of Purdue 6-0 in a semifinal.
The Buckeyes are aiming for their second straight Big Ten crown and fifth league championship overall.