The 2017 Big Ten Wrestling Tournament gets under way at Assembly Hall in Bloomington in less than an hour.
Although Ohio State could have a number of champions and finalists, Penn State is the prohibitive favorite. Oddly enough, the Buckeyes will have a much better chance catching the Lions at the NCAA finals in 2 weeks in St. Louis.
Ohio State number 1 seeds include Nathan Tomasello at 133 (Nathan was a 125 pound National Champion in 2015), Bo Jordan at 174 (Bo has finished 3rd in the NCAA tournament each of the last 2 years), and Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder at 285.
Other Buckeyes with a reasonable shot at making the finals are 3rd seed Micah Jordan at 149, 4th seed and last year’s NCAA champion (at 174) Myles Martin at 184 and 2nd seeded freshman Kollin Moore at 197.
One of the eagerly awaited matches is a rematch of overpowering Bo Nickal of Penn State and Martin at 184. While Nickal pulled away from Martin in their only meeting this year, he lost to Martin in an explosively exciting match in last year’s NCAA title match at Madison Square Garden.
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