1951. It's a number that every single member of the Ohio State wrestling team knows. It's the code that each one of them inputs before entering the Steelwood practice facility. Or at least it was. The number, which represented the year of Ohio State's last Big Ten wrestling championship, is going to be changed because 64 years later the Buckeyes are Big Ten champions once again.
It didn't go exactly as planned, the Buckeyes are sharing the championship with Iowa as both teams ended the tournament with 120.0 points, but it's a victory that Coach Ryan and his team will cherish nonetheless. After reaching the first of its goals for the season, only one remains there for the talking; the national championship. The quest for that final trophy will begin in two short weeks.
Day Two notes
- Hunter Stieber wasn't even supposed to wrestle today, but he did. He was sitting in the locker room when he heard the crowd roar for Johnni DiJulius' consolation semifinal victory. Right then Stieber decided that instead of resting his serious injury for nationals, he was going to compete. He lost the match, but that isn't the point. He didn't have to compete. He probably shouldn't have competed, but his team needed him and he answered the bell.
- Logan Stieber won his fourth Big Ten championship via 16-1 technical fall. The match itself took 3:07. I'll say that one more time. He won the championship ...16-1 ... in just over three minutes.
- Nathan Tomasello joined Stieber as a Big Ten champion, avenging an earlier loss to Thomas Gilman of Iowa by way of a 3-2 final.
- Bo Jordan and Kyle Snyder fell just short of becoming Big Ten champions. Bo lost 3-2 to his cousin Isaac Jordan of Wisconsin and Snyder dropped a 4-1 decision to Morgan McIntosh of Penn State.
- Also placing for Ohio State were Johnni DiJulius (4th, 133), Josh Demas (4th, 157) Mark Martin (5th, 174), and Kenny Courts (8th, 184).