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Ohio State wrestling captures 2nd place at NCAA Championships

The Buckeyes get runner-up, while Penn State wins the team championship again.

NCAA Wrestling: Wrestling Championships Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Ohio State wrestling team captured national runner-up accolades at the NCAA Championships in Pittsburgh on Saturday, finishing behind only conference rivals Penn State.

Totaling 96.5 points, OSU had strong performances from Myles Martin (who ended with third place honors in the 184-pound division), Micah Jordan, Joey McKenna, Luke Pletcher and Kollin Moore. Those five Buckeyes were all crowned All-Americans.

For Martin, it caps off a career that featured four such honors. In the Ohio State history books, he becomes only the seventh four-time All-American. Just a season ago, the trio of Bo Jordan, Nathan Tomasello and Kyle Snyder finished their careers with the four-time honor. Reaching All-America status isn’t easy, as only the top eight wrestlers in their division can achieve it.

At the championships, the Bucks went 30-16. While their total point amount put them in solid position for second, Penn State was the runaway champions — earning 137.5 points. For the Nittany Lions, a dynasty has been built as they’ve now won the last four team championships.

Oklahoma State finished in third with 84.0 points, and Big Ten squads Iowa and Michigan rounded out the top-5, respectively.

Coach Tom Ryan has brought major success to the OSU wrestling program. In the last five seasons, the Buckeyes have won the title (2015), placed third overall (2016), and were named runner-up (2017-19).

Congrats to the Buckeyes on their performance!