Tom Ryan Discusses 2016-17 Lineup
The Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan appeared on Takedown Radio this past weekend and one of the topics that was hit on was the potential lineup for the upcoming season. Just over a year removed from winning his first team NCAA title, Ryan and the Buckeye will return three wrestlers who have won a NCAA titles in their career and despite graduating several seniors, this team looks to have plenty of potential impact coming into the lineup.
What we know for certain is that 2016 NCAA champions Kyle Snyder and Myles Martin, along with 2015 NCAA champion Nathan Tomasello, will be back for the Buckeyes, along with two-time All-American Bo Jordan. Ryan explained that the biggest questions for his team going into next season will depend on what Bo Jordan and Martin decide to do.
“I think the biggest question marks we have as a program is whether Bo Jordan goes 165 or 174 and whether Myles (Martin) stays at 174 or moves to 184. That’s probably the trickiest part of our lineup. Our heavyweight is set with Snyder, our 197 pounder with Kollin Moore, Nate (Tomasello) at 125, (Luke) Pletcher and (Jose) Rodriguez will challenge at 133. So we are pretty set it’s just figuring out 165-184.”
That also seemed to clear up any speculation whether or not Tomasello would be moving to the 133-pound weight class after taking third at 125 in 2016.
Ryan was however able to confirm that there would be some movement of weights in the Buckeye lineup, with redshirt freshman Ke-Shawn Hayes expected to enter the lineup this season.
“Ke-Shawn will be 141. He was 29-1 last year as a redshirt freshman. His only loss (to Princeton’s Matt Kolodzik) he also had a 12-2 win over Kolodzik in the finals at the Penn State open. I think we all know how good Kolodzik is. So Ke-Shawn is special. Super high test scores, super committed, and the right type of guy.”
When then asked if that means Micah Jordan, the Buckeye’s 141-pound wrestler this past season would be moving up Ryan responded, “Yes, Micah will go to 149 and Jake, my son will stay at 157 and he will obviously be challenged by a few other guys.”
Another key weight the Buckeyes will look to fill will come at 197 pounds, where it appears Junior World Team Trials champion Kollin Moore will be the front runner for the weight.
“I don’t know enough words in the dictionary the clearly define how I feel about this guy,” Ryan said on redshirt freshman Moore, “I just love this guy. The way he carries himself his family. He’s a small town kid from Norway, Ohio that had some big dreams.
“Were excited about him. He will be a tough 197 pounder for us. I just can’t say enough good things about him.”
Expected Ohio State lineup:
125: Nathan Tomasello
133: Luke Pletcher/Jose Rodriguez
141: Ke-Shawn Hayes
149: Micah Jordan
157: Jake Ryan
165: Bo Jordan/Justin Kresevic
174: Myles Martin/Bo Jordan
184: Jack Rozema/Myles Martin
197: Kollin Moore
285: Kyle Snyder
Listen to the full Ryan interview on our Takedown Radio archive and fast-forwarding to the 51:00 minute mark.