Sunday, November 3, 2013

Fast start for Notre Dame College star, heralded Ohio State duo

Three days into November, and we have our first set of wrestling brackets to dissect.

The Clarion Open contested Sunday featured some big-name champions for those who follow Ohio wrestling.

Notre Dame College sophomore Joey Davis, who went 33-0  and won a NCAA Division II title at 165 pounds last season, captured the 174-pound title with an 8-6 victory over Pitt's Tyler Wilps. Wilps was a NCAA Division I national qualifier last season.

Four Ohio State wrestlers, including heralded freshmen Nathan Tomasello and Bo Jordan, captured titles.

Tomasello and Jordan, a pair of four-time Ohio state champions, earned titles in their respective college debuts. Tomasello defeated Campbell's Tyler Walker, 11-7, in the 125-pound final. Jordan defeated Pitt freshman Cody Wiercioch by technical fall, 20-4, in the 165-pound final. Jordan's victory is impressive because Wiercioch arrived at Pitt as one of the nation's top recruits.

Tomasello and Jordan will perform all of their work in open tournaments this season. Ohio State coach Tom Ryan has decided to redshirt the duo, a move that should bolster the Buckeyes' national title hopes from 2015-18. Ohio State's Hunter Stieber (149) and Nick Heflin (197) also won titles Sunday.

Notre Dame College heavyweight Orlando Scales finished fourth. Davis and Scales were the only non-Division I wrestlers to place at the open.

Clarion open results

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy


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