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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio State University wrestling team was victorious in six of 10 bouts versus Iowa and garnered a 4-0 bonus point advantage to stifle the Hawkeyes, 22-12, in the Top-5 matchup. Ohio State remains unbeaten (10-0, 5-0 Big Ten) after handing Iowa (9-1, 4-1) its first defeat of the season.
Buckeye bonus tallies came courtesy of major decisions by Joey McKenna and Myles Martin, and Kyle Snyder's dominating tech fall to wrap up the day's festivities. Additional OSU victors included Luke Pletcher, Bo Jordan and Kollin Moore each posting fruitful decision.
Ohio State racked up 33 takedowns compared to just eight for the Hawkeyes. Iowa failed to record a single nearfall tally while the Buckeyes garnered 10 back points.
The afternoon began with an absolute grind of a match. Following a scoreless first period between Nathan Tomasello and Spencer Lee, Tomasello elected to start the second period on bottom where he remained for the entire two minutes. Lee then made the same decision to hit the referee's position, but was able to escape for the bout's first point. Tomasello would later notch the only takedown of the showdown to pull ahead 2-1. Lee would wiggle away again for the escape, however, to even the ledger at 2-all. Add on Lee's riding time advantage bonus point and the Hawkeyes jumped ahead 3-0.
Pletcher got after it swiftly, notching a pair of takedowns in the opening frame. He would go on to add another takedown, escape and riding time point to run his season record to 20-0 by topping Paul Glynn, 8-2.
At 141 pounds, McKenna rebound from his lone loss of the season last week with a resounding 13-3 performance. He compiled five takedowns, a two-point nearfall and riding time edge in putting Ohio State ahead 7-3.
The next three bouts all went in favor of the Hawkeyes, winning three in a row by a combined nine points. Iowa's spurt resulted in a 12-7 upper hand heading to the 174-pound bout.
The Buck stop stopped there (pun intended) when fifth-year senior Bo Jordan, competing for the final time in Columbus, bested Kaleb Young to spark an OSU victorious stretch which spanned the remainder of the match. "Bo-Jo" took down Young three times in the first period and never looked back en route to a 10-5 winner. It marked the start of a 15-0 Buckeye run to concluded the match.
Myles Martin took it up a notch at 184 pounds, recording his 20th win overall (20-0) and 18th bonus point-worthy effort of the year (eight tech falls, six major decisions and four pins). Despite facing a nationally-ranked opponent in No. 20 Mitch Bowman, Martin continued his point-scoring rampage and built a 12-1 gap before the start of the second stanza. Martin turned Bowman twice for four-point nearfalls and narrowly missed out on potential pinfall opportunities late in the scuffle.
The day's second of two Top-5 meetings pitted No. 1 Kollin Moore vs. No. 5 Cash Wilcke. The Buckeye redshirt sophomore would extend his unblemished season mark to 16-0 while delivering Wilcke just his second setback (13-1).
Snyder was a technician at heavyweight, administering seven takedowns in the opening 180 seconds after third-ranked Sam Stoll remained on the sidelines in favor of Steven Holloway. Snyder continued to pour it on, disposing of the heavyweight fill-in, 24-9, by the second period's conclusion.
125 lbs | No. 6 Spencer Lee (Iowa) def. No. 1 Nathan Tomasello (OSU) | D, 3-2; Team Score: 0-3
133 lbs | No. 2 Luke Pletcher (OSU) def. Paul Glynn (Iowa) | D, 8-2; TS: 3-3
141 lbs | No. 11 Joey McKenna (OSU) def. Carter Happel (Iowa) | MD, 13-2; TS: 7-4
149 lbs | No. 2 Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) def. No. 6 Ke-Shawn Hayes (OSU) | D, 4-2; TS: 7-6
157 lbs | No. 2 Michael Kemerer (Iowa) def. No. 6 Micah Jordan (OSU) | D, 8-4; TS: 7-9
165 lbs | No. 8 Alex Marinelli (Iowa) def. No. 13 Te'Shan Campbell (OSU) | D, 4-1; TS: 7-12
174 lbs | No. 3 Bo Jordan (OSU) def. Kaleb Young (Iowa) | D, 10-6; TS: 10-12
184 lbs | No. 2 Myles Martin (OSU) def. No. 20 Mitch Bowman (Iowa) | MD, 17-8; TS: 14-12
197 lbs | No. 1 Kollin Moore (OSU) def. No. 5 Cash Wilcke (Iowa) | D, 6-3; TS: 17-12
HWT | No. 1 Kyle Snyder (OSU) def. Steven Holloway (Iowa) | TF, 24-9; TS: 22-12
Ohio State hosts its final `home' match of the season next Sunday (Jan. 28), holding a dual vs. Purdue at St. Paris Graham High School.