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LINCOLN, Neb. – In a battle of Big Ten heavyweights, No. 4 Ohio State won seven of 10 bouts – including four over top-10 ranked opponents – to come away with a 24-13 victory over No. 6 Nebraska on Friday evening at the Devaney Center in Lincoln, Neb. The Buckeyes improved to 10-2 overall and 6-2 in the Big Ten while Nebraska is now 12-2, 6-2.
THE SHORT STORY
Key victories in the upper weights – most notably Myles Martin’s 11-5 decision over third-ranked TJ Dudley at 184 lbs. – were complimented by Nathan Tomasello’s dual-clinching decision at 133 pounds to punctuate Ohio State’s efforts against the Cornhuskers. 197-pounder Kollin Moore also scored a momentum shifting win, along with key bonus points from No. 1-ranked Kyle Snyder and Bo Jordan.
JORDAN GETS THINGS STARTED
The dual began at 149 pounds with a 12-4 major decision by Micah Jordan (23-2) that gave him his 23rd win of the year and 16th via bonus points. Jordan scored two first-period takedowns and one in the second while accumulating well over a minute of riding time to defeat Collin Purinton.
BO ALSO GETS BONUS POINTS
After a pair of Nebraska wins at 157 and 165 pounds, respectively, gave the Huskers a 9-4 lead in the dual, B. Jordan (10-0) shifted the fortunes back in favor of the Scarlet and Gray when he turned up the heat in the third period to rack up an 11-1 major decision. Jordan led 6-0 entering the final two minutes but secured two takedowns and the riding time bonus point. He’s won nine of his 10 matches this year via bonus points.
MARTIN WITH A SIGNATURE WIN
Martin (22-5), facing third-ranked TJ Dudley at 184 pounds, scored his signature win to this point of the season, topping the 2016 NCAA finalist 11-5 thanks to a takedown and two back points in the third period that turned a 5-2 lead into a 9-3 advantage. Prior that that, Martin built his lead on the strength of two takedowns and an escape over the first five minutes of action. The win was Martin’s fourth over a ranked opponent but first inside of the top 10.
MOORE, SNYDER EXTEND THE LEAD
In another battle of highly-ranked wrestlers, Moore (23-2) edged sixth-ranked Aaron Studebaker 3-2 with the decisive point being scored on a third-period escape. Studebaker was working for the winning points in the final seconds but was called out of bounds at the edge of the mat. Moore converted the only takedown of the match midway through the second period.
Snyder (9-0) scored five third-period takedown against No. 14 Collin Jensen and won by major decision at heavyweight, giving Ohio State an 18-9 lead heading into the final three bouts. Snyder scored three times in the first period, but was ridden out in the second period. He began the third period on his feet and put together a takedown clinic, rolling to the ninth bonus point win in as many matches this year.
TOMASELLO CLINCHES THE DUAL
In one of the feature bouts of the night, Tomasello (14-0) took out fifth-ranked Eric Montoya at 133 pounds with a 5-2 decision that was clinched with a takedown at the 1:00 mark of the third period off a single leg attack. He then rode Montoya out for the remainder of the period to lock up the riding time bonus point.
PLETCHER GETS WIN NO. 22
True freshman Luke Pletcher closed out the dual with a 4-1 decision at 141 pounds over 10th-ranked Colton McCrystal which improved his record this year to 22-4. It’s the highest-ranked foe that Pletcher has beaten and puts a high mark on his season that has already seen wins over the nation’s No. 14 and 15-ranked opponents in conference action.
• Ohio State won in Lincoln for the first time in program history. Coming into the night, Nebraska led the all-time series 8-3 with all of the Buckeyes’ wins coming either in Columbus or at neutral sites. Coupled with last year’s 21-17 win, Ohio State has two straight victories in the series.
• Top-10 ranked Buckeye wrestlers own 16 wins this year over top-10 ranked opponents.
• Only three of Snyder’s nine matches this season has lasted the entire seven minute length of regulation.
• Captains Snyder, Tomasello and Jordan have a combined record of 33-0.
Ohio State has a quick turnaround, heading to No. 13 Minnesota for a dual on Sunday beginning at 2 p.m. ET. The match will be aired live on BTN Plus (subscription required).
OHIO STATE WRESTLING
No. 4 Ohio State 24, No. 6 Nebraska 13 | Devaney Center | Lincoln, Neb.
Records: Ohio State 10-2, 6-2; Nebraska: 12-2, 6-2
149: #5 Micah Jordan (OSU) major decision over Collin Purinton (NEB) 12-4 | OSU 4, NEB 0
157: #3 Tyler Berger (NEB) fall over Anthony DeCarlo (OSU) 5:48 | NEB 6, OSU 4
165: Dustin Williams (NEB) decision over Cody Burcher (OSU) 7-6 SV-2 | NEB 9, OSU 4
174: #1 Bo Jordan (OSU) major decision over Micah Barnes (NEB) 11-1 | NEB 9, OSU 8
184: #10 Myles Martin (OSU) decision over #3 TJ Dudley (NEB) 11-5 | OSU 11, NEB 9
197: #4 Kollin Moore (OSU) decision over #6 Aaron Studebaker (NEB) 3-2 | OSU 14, NEB 9
HWT: #1 Kyle Snyder (OSU) major decision over #14 Collin Jensen (NEB) 16-6 | OSU 18, NEB 9
125: #5 Tim Lambert (NEB) major decision over #18 Jose Rodriguez (OSU) 8-0 | OSU 18, NEB 13
133: #1 Nathan Tomasello (OSU) decision over #5 Eric Montoya (NEB) 5-2 | OSU 21, NEB 13
141: #15 Luke Pletcher (OSU) decision over #10 Colton McCrystal (NEB) 4-1 | OSU 24, NEB 13