For Ohio State wrestler Bo Jordan, the third time was the charm.
Jordan finished as a runner-up at the Big Ten Wrestling Championships in each of the last two seasons, both at 165 pounds. On Sunday, however, he got the job done on the biggest stage. Wrestling at 174 pounds, Jordan took down Penn State freshman Mark Hall with an overtime shot after the pair ended regulation tied 4-4.
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“I was just listening to my coaches,” Jordan said. “They said be the first one to shoot, so I tried to be the first one to shoot and get to that leg. It worked out, so that’s awesome.
“It’s awesome — not just to win but to wrestle the way I wanted to.”
The No. 1-seeded Jordan marched through the bracket to the finals with relative ease. He defeated Indiana’s Devin Skatzka in the quarterfinals, 10-8, and No. 4 Myles Amine of Michigan in the semifinals, 14-8.
He saved his best for last against Hall. The freshman at Penn State had initially planned to redshirt before the Nittany Lions realized he could help immediately. He surged forward as the season went on and earned the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten. Although he took an early lead against Jordan and controlled much of the match, he couldn’t finish it off.
Instead, it was the quick-acting Jordan who made his move in overtime. He hit Hall right away and was able to finish off the move to clinch the individual title.
The win was critical for Ohio State’s team championship hopes. Penn State had pulled to within a half point in the team standings when the brackets got to 174 pounds. However, Jordan’s win handed the Buckeyes 4 key points to help keep the Nittany Lions at bay.
Bo Jordan results
Quarterfinals: Jordan decision over Devin Skatzka (Indiana) 10-8
Semifinals: Jordan decision over No. 4 Myles Amine (Michigan) 14-8
Final: Jordan decision over No. 2 Mark Hall (Penn State), 6-4 (overtime)