COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The No. 2 Ohio State University wrestling team (9-0, 4-0 Big Ten) raced out to a 20-0 edge by intermission before tacking on 11 more team points in the evening's second half of matches to ultimately defeat No. 14 Minnesota (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) by a final tally of 31-7.
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Ohio State's first six wrestlers to take the mat Friday night entered with unblemished season records and five would walk off the mat with those perfect marks intact.
The evening's festivities got rolling at 184 pounds, an opening bout which saw Ohio State's Myles Martin take down his Gopher competitor four times in the first period. He would go on to add four more takedowns by the end of his 18-7 major decision. It marks the 17th time in 19 victories (19-0) in which Martin has earned bonus points.
Next up was Kollin Moore seizing win number 15 of the year, grinding out a 7-4 decision over Bobby Steveson at 197 pounds. Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder followed, racking up 11 takedowns en route to a 24-9 tech fall
The Buckeye wins kept coming as action rolled over to the lightweights. Fifth-year senior Nathan Tomasello, the top-ranked 125-pounder in the country, was pitted against No. 4 Ethan Lizak in the event's marquee match-up. Tomasello showed no signs off rust after making his season debut only seven days ago following three months of injury rehab. Not only was he victorious in the Top-5 clash, but he dominated with an 18-3 tech fall. A slow start resulted in a slim 2-0 edge entering the second period. Tomasello turned it up a notch in the second, however, electing to start in the neutral position and backing it up with three takedowns and a four-point nearfall. Tomasello kept the pedal to the metal in the final frame, closing it out before the clock hit 0:00 with a pair of takedowns to trigger the tech fall.
Luke Pletcher picked up his 19th consecutive win, moving his sophomore season record to 19-0. He built a 6-2 upper hand through two periods before holding on for the 9-6 winner after all three periods expired. Pletcher's latest victory sent the Buckeyes into intermission on top 20-0.
Following a Gopher upset at 141 lbs in the first post-intermission bout, Ke-Shawn Hayes righted the ship. He wasted little time rebounding from just his second loss of the season suffered last week at Rutgers, turning his Minnesota foe twice in the first period. Hayes put Ben Brancale on his back one more time in the third frame, preceded by two additional takedowns and leading to a 14-2 major decision.
It took Micah Jordan a bit to get unhitched, but once he did, look out. The OSU 157-pounder managed only a pair of escapes entering the third period, tied up 2-2. He shifted gears quickly though, blasting nationally-ranked Jake Short for a couple of takedowns and flipping him to his back for a four-point nearfall. Jordan earned a riding time point as well, coming up a lone tally shy of bonus points as an 11-4 victor.
Ohio State's second defeat of the night was immediately avenged once again. No. 9 Nick Wanzek (MINN) topped No. 13 Te'Shan Campbell (OSU) at 165 pounds before Bo Jordan clapped back with a major decision in the subsequent bout. Much like his little brother Micah, Bo brushed off a lackluster score through two stanzas, and excelled in the third. He outscored Chris Pfarr 10-3 over the final 120 seconds, including a buzzer-beating takedown to register a major decision at 12-4.
Ohio State 31, Minnesota 7
184 lbs | No. 2 Myles Martin (OSU) def. Dylan Anderson (MINN) | MD, 18-7; Team Score: 4-0
197 lbs | No. 1 Kollin Moore (OSU) def. Bobby Steveson (MINN) | D, 7-4; TS: 7-0
HWT | No. 1 Kyle Snyder (OSU) def. Rylee Streifel (MINN) | TF, 24-9; TS: 12-0
125 lbs | No. 1 Nathan Tomasello (OSU) def. No. 4 Ethan Lizak (MINN) | TF, 18-3; TS: 17-0
133 lbs | No. 2 Luke Pletcher (OSU) def. Steve Polakowski (MINN) | D, 9-6; TS: 20-0
141 lbs | No. 11 Tommy Thorn (MINN) def. No. 6 Joey McKenna (OSU) | MD, 13-3; TS: 20-4
149 lbs | No. 6 Ke-Shawn Hayes (OSU) def. Ben Brancale (MINN) | MD, 14-2; TS: 24-4
157 lbs | No. 6 Micah Jordan (OSU) def. No. 18 Jake Short (MINN) | D, 11-4; TS: 27-4
165 lbs | No. 9 Nick Wanzek (MINN) def. No. 13 Te'Shan Campbell (OSU) | D, 8-5; TS: 27-7
174 lbs | No. 3 Bo Jordan (OSU) def. Chris Pfarr (MINN) | MD, 12-4; TS: 31-7
The final match in Columbus this season awaits next Sunday (Jan. 21). An elite senior class will take the mat for the final time in the state's capital, taking on Iowa inside Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center.
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*Because of inclement weather last night, any unused ticket for the Minnesota match can be redeemed for a ticket to the Iowa match on January 21.
To redeem, bring unused ticket to the Ticket Office on match day.
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