Nathan Tomasello wrestling Iowa's Cory Clark in the NCAA semifinals (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Nathan Tomasello, 2015 NCAA champ and three-time Big Ten titlewinner for Ohio State, will be out approximately three months with what is being described as a "lower body injury."
The fifth-year senior told ElevenWarriors.com on Tuesday that he will be out of the lineup "until the beginning of January" but "I'll be back and ready to go then."
"Nathan Tomasello is one of the most determined young men I've ever met," Tom Ryan, head coach, said in a statement issued by Ohio State athletics. "There is no doubt he will do everything he can to return to the mat as soon as possible."
Tomasello appears to have sustained the injury this past weekend at the U23 (Under-23) World Team Trials in Rochester, Minn., a qualifying event for the U23 World Championships later this year.
Ohio State did not provide any specifics on the injury. ElevenWarriors.com reported that Tomasello was undergoing tests throughout the day Monday, and was not available during the Buckeyes' media day Tuesday, meeting with medical personnel during the event.
Tomasello had been planning to drop from 133 pounds and return to 125 pounds for the 2017-18 season.
The Buckeyes have four wrestlers listed on their roster in the 125-pound weight class, including freshmen Brady Koontz, Dylan Koontz and Brakan Mead, along with redshirt freshman Hunter Lucas.
A native of Parma, Ohio in suburban Cleveland, Tomasello wrestled at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy before coming to Ohio State. He is a three-time Big Ten conference champion (2015-17) and three-time NCAA All-American, winning the national championship in 2015 at 125 pounds.