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OLNEY, Md. – A 1-2-3 punch at the upper weights propelled No. 4 Ohio State to a 30-12 victory over Maryland on Sunday afternoon in front of a standing-room only crowd at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Md. The Buckeyes (8-0, 4-0 B1G) remain one of just three unbeaten teams in the nation.
THE STORT STORY
Kyle Snyder, who wrestled for Good Counsel from 2010-13 and went 179-0, didn’t disappoint in his homecoming, piling up nine takedown and a four-point near fall to defeat Maryland’s Youssif Hemida by technical fall, 22-7. Not to be outdone, sophomore Myles Martin redshirt junior Nathan Tomasello and redshirt freshman Kollin Moore also provided key bonus points as Ohio State won eight of nine matches.
“[This was a] pretty cool opportunity that not a lot of college athletes get to have," Snyder told the crowd of over 1,200 afterwards. "So thank you, guys, very much. I see a lot of faces that I know that I haven't seen in a while. You guys look good. Thank you. I appreciate it.”
TOMASELLO, PLETCHER GET IT STARTED
Ohio State forfeited at 125 pounds, but Tomasello, who this week took over the No. 1 spot nationally at 133 lbs., stayed perfect on the year at 10-0 with a 15-5 major decision of Billy Rappo. It was Tomasello’s sixth bonus point victory and fourth by major decision. True freshman Luke Pletcher (20-2) then gave Ohio State a 8-6 lead in the dual as he easily dispatched Jhared Simmons at 141 by major decision, 16-7. Pletcher turned up the heat on Simmons in the third period, taking him down three times while also accumulating well over 1:00 of riding time to secure the major decision bonus point.
RYAN, BURCHER, KRESEVIC EARN CLOSE WINS
Maryland took it final lead of the dual with a pin at 149 lbs., but Jake Ryan (10-7) seized the momentum back with a 3-2 decision at 157 lbs. over Justin Alexander. Ryan scored the only takedown of the match at the 2:15 mark of the opening period. An escape by Alexander at the beginning of the second period tied it at 2-2, but Ryan countered with an escape to open the third and successfully fended off Alexander’s attacks as time expired.
At 165, Cody Burcher (14-7) scored a workman-like 5-2 decision over Patrick Gerish on the strength of two first-period takedowns and an escape to begin the second period. His win gave Ohio State a 14-12 lead in the dual, an advantage it would not relinquish.
Redshirt senior Justin Kresevic (8-3) picked up his second dual win of the season by scoring a takedown against Josh Ugalde at 174 lbs. with just 1:15 remaining in the third period to break a 1-1 tie. That win pushed the Buckeyes lead to 17-12.
MARTIN, MOORE, SNYDER SCORE BONUS POINTS
Martin, wrestling less than an hour from his high school (McDonogh School in Owing Mills, Md.) won his 20th match of the year by taking down Sam Rowell seven times in a 16-6 major decision. For Martin, it was his team-leading seventh major decision and 15th bonus point victory. Moore (19-2) followed with a major decision of his own, topping David-Brian Whisler 17-7. Moore had three first-period takedowns to build a quick 6-2 advantage.
In the main event of the afternoon, Snyder (6-0) took Yousiff down seven times in the first two periods and twice more in the third before tilting him on his back to get four near-fall point that clinched the technical fall. Snyder has won all six of his bouts this year by bonus points (four fall, one major decision, one technical fall).
Ohio State is back in action on Friday, Jan. 27 when it travels to Carver-Hawkeye Arena to tangle with No. 2 Iowa (7-2) live on BTN. The dual will begin at 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET). That match begins a stretch of five straight against ranked opponents.
• Buckeye wrestlers registered 38 takedowns on the afternoon while being taken down themselves just three times. They are now 82-7 this year against unranked opponents.
• In eight wins on the afternoon, Ohio State averaged 10.7 points/match and five scoring 15 or more points.
• With five more bonus point victories, Ohio State has now has 37 in its eight duals this year. The Buckeyes are averaging 33.7 points per dual.
• Sunday’s matchup was just the third all-time between Ohio State and Maryland. The Buckeyes lead the series 3-0 and have won all three by at least 18 points.
OHIO STATE WRESTLING
No. 4 Ohio State 30, Maryland 12 | Our Lady of Good Counsel High School | Olney, Md.
Ohio State: 8-0, 4-0; Maryland 2-11, 0-4
125: Michael Beck (UMD) won by forfeit | UMD 6, OSU 0
133: #1 Nathan Tomasello (OSU) major decision over Billy Rappo (UMD) 16-7 | UMD 6, OSU 4
141: #14 Luke Pletcher (OSU) major decision over Jhared Simmons (UMD) | OSU 8, UMD 6
149: Adam Whitesell (UMD) fall over Blake Riley-Hawkins (OSU) 4:29 | UMD 12, OSU 8
157: Jake Ryan (OSU) decision over Justin Alexander (UMD) 3-2 | UMD 12, OSU 11
165: Cody Burcher (OSU) decision over Patrick Gerish (UMD) 5-2 | OSU 14, UMD 12
174: Justin Kresevic (OSU) decision over Josh Ugalde (UMD) 3-2 | OSU 17, UMD 12
184: #10 Myles Martin (OSU) major decision over Sam Rowell (UMD) 16-6 | OSU 21, UMD 12
197: #5 Kollin Moore (OSU) major decision over David-Brian Whisler (UMD) | OSU 25, UMD 12
HWT: #1 Kyle Snyder (OSU) technical fall over Youssif Hemida (UMD) 22-7 | OSU 30, UMD 12