For Ohio State wrestler Nathan Tomasello the wins just keep on coming.
At the 2017 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, No. 1 Tomasello defeated No. 3 Cory Clark of Iowa with a last-second escape to win his third straight Big Ten title.
Tomasello’s previous two titles came at 125 pounds, but he moved up to 133 pounds this season. Clark was the defending Big Ten champion at 133.
Ohio State wrestled Iowa in a dual meet this season but Clark didn’t wrestle, so this was the first meeting between two of the top wrestlers in this weight class.
The first period finished scoreless as Clark did a good job fighting off shots from Tomasello. Clark picked up a point in the second period with an escape, but Tomasello was awarded a point early in the third and also picked up an escape. The wrestlers traded takedowns, and Clark’s with 15 seconds left tied it at 4.
However, Tomasello picked up an escape point as time expired to get the 5-4 win for Ohio State.
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“Just all the hard work that goes into it,” Tomasello said about what was most gratifying. “Just having the coaches behind you and your teammates behind you and putting it all together when it matters most.”
Tomasello took a 6-4 decision in the quarterfinals against Rutgers’ Scott DelVecchio. He followed that up in the semifinals by beating No. 5 Sevan Micic of Michigan, 6-5.
He will head into the NCAA Championships undefeated and will likely be the No. 1 seed. He will be searching for his second NCAA title. He won it all as a redshirt freshman in 2015 but lost in the semifinals last year en route to a third-place finish.
Ohio State entered the final day of the Big Ten Tournament in first place. The Buckeyes have five other wrestlers set to take part in Sunday’s finals. Ohio State tied with Iowa for the Big Ten team title in 2015 but is still looking for an outright team win.
Nathan Tomasello results
Quarterfinals: Tomasello decision over Scott DelVecchio (Rutgers) 6-4
Semifinals: Tomasello decision over No. 5 Sevan Micic (Michigan) 6-5
Final: Tomasello decision over No. 3 Cory Clark (Iowa) 5-4