Ohio State's freshman class did not disappoint on Sunday at the Michigan State Open. Nathan Tomasello, Bo Jordan, and Kyle Snyder all won tournament titles in impressive fashion. Ohio State also had a 4th champion with Josh Demas at 157 to cap the start of what looks to be a magical season for the Buckeyes.
- While more attention is on Snyder & Jordan, Tomasello could be the highest finisher of the three heralded freshman come March. He has yet to lose in college and dominated his way to another title. He defeated Zeke Moisey (West Virginia) 19-6, and Stevan Micic (Northwestern) 11-2 to cap the very impressive day.
- Sunday's biggest matchup was settled when Bo Jordan (Ohio State) defeated Taylor Massa (Michigan) 4-1. Jordan appeared much more ready to wrestle than Massa and handled the match to remain undefeated in his college career. It was the only match Jordan did not have at least a major.
- Snyder made his much anticipated debut and had to beat two ranked guys to win the crown at 197. Max Huntley (Michigan) had the lead midway through the match, but Snyder took over eventually winning 10-5. In the finals, Snyder once again gave up the first takedown, but ended up cruising to an 11-4 victory. While Snyder appeared human, let's remember that beating a couple ranked guys is a hell of a way to start your college career as a true freshman.
- At 157, a pair of top ranked guys faced off with Josh Demas (Ohio State) defeating Brian Murphy (Michigan) 2-1. It wasn't without controversy as Murphy was hit for an unsportsmanlike point in the 1st period. The two went out of bounds when Demas shoved Murphy towards the corner. The two exchanged shoves and the ref dinged Murphy to the surprise of the crowd since Murphy was the one being shoved in to the crowd. What was also interesting was it appeared that the assistant ref talked to the mat official for near a minute, but it did not change the call. The two traded escapes and Demas won a battle we will probably see a few more times this season.
- At 184, Joey Davis, undefeated 2-time D2 National Champion, moved up a weight and wrestled unattached from (Notre Dame Ohio). He cruised to victory despite a nearly swollen shut left eye in the finals. However, it would have been nice to see him have to face Abounader (Michigan) or Courts (Ohio State) whom neither competed at the open.
- Tywan Claxton (Ohio) put on a show at 149 winning the tournament in dominant fashion.
- Adam Coon (Michigan) was expected to face Nick Tavanello (Ohio State) in the finals of a rematch when Tavanello pulled off the upset in the Big Ten tournament last year. Tavanello was upset in the 2nd round when Garrett Grey (Tiffin) dominated him to a 7-1 lead before getting the pin at 4:58. Coon pinned Grey in the finals at 3:45 to cap off a dominant day.
Overall it was a great day of wrestling. We will discuss a lot of the officiating on the podcast when it comes to new rules.