National Champ! Tomasello Wins It

After Ohio State captured the first team national championship in wrestling earlier today, 125-pound redshirt freshman Nathan Tomasello won the individual crown Saturday evening

Nathan Tomasello entered the postseason as a talented but untested wrestler.

The Ohio State redshirt freshman leaves it as a champion.

After a thrilling run to the Big Ten championship two weeks ago, Tomasello won the NCAA title Saturday night at 125 pounds, continuing a charmed weekend for a Buckeye team that has won the first national championship in school history.

The fourth-seeded Tomasello beat unseeded Zeke Moisey of West Virginia to win the crown by a 9-5 score.

LINK: Buckeyes Clinch Team Title

The Parma, Ohio, native improved to 33-4 on the season with the win over Moisey. Tomasello opened the scoring by grasping Moisey's left leg and taking him down with 45 seconds left in the first. Moisey earned an escape later in the first and got one in the second to tie the match at 2 after starting on bottom, but Tomasello took him down late in the period to pull away.

Tomasello started the third on bottom up 4-2 and with the riding time advantage, and he took a three-point lead with an escape early in the third. Things nearly took a turn for the worse when Moisey put Tomasello on his back in the third for two nearfall points, but Tomasello escaped and then got a takedown to clinch the match.

Main attraction Logan Stieber, who will cap the night at 141 going for his history-making fourth NCAA crown, is still to wrestle for Ohio State. True freshman 197-pounder Kyle Snyder was pinned in the second period of his match by Iowa State's Kyven Gadson.


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