No. 4 Ohio State Rolls Past Kent State, 38-3
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fourth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team opened its dual meet season in dominating fashion, defeating Kent State, 38-3, on Thursday night in front of 2,681 fans at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes won nine of 10 matches and recorded bonus points in five matches.
In the opening match of the night (125 lbs.), redshirt freshman Nathan Tomasello got Ohio State off to a fast start, recording a 20-5 technical fall of Kent State’s Del Vinas. Tomasello scored points early and often in the match, including two take downs and a near fall in the first period alone.
Johnni DiJulius, coming off a title at last weekend’s Mercyhurst Open, eked out a tight 2-1 decision over Mack McGuire in the night’s next match (133 lbs.). Redshirt senior Logan Stieber, a three-time national champion making his 2014-15 season debut, gave the crowd plenty to cheer about at 141 lbs., easily dispatching of Kyle Bauer, 15-0.
Kent State picked up four points in the next match of the night, 149 lbs., when Nate Valentine defeated Blake Riley-Hawkins, 12-0. At 157 lbs., a pair of top-10 ranked wrestlers – Josh Demas of Ohio State (seventh) and Ian Miller of Kent State (second) matched up. Miller took an early 2-0 lead in the first period, but Demas came back with a takedown that resulted in a Miller injury, forcing him to medically forfeit. Kent State was also penalized a point for a personal misconduct, giving the Buckeyes a 19-3 advantage.
In easily the most exciting match of the night, Ohio State’s Justin Kresevic, a redshirt sophomore, pinned Tyler Buckwalter with just 14 seconds remaining in the third period to break a 2-2 tie. Mark Martin, ranked eighth nationally, followed that with a 3-1 win at 174 pounds against 16th-ranked Caleb Marsh. At 184 pounds, Kenny Courts had no problem disposing of Cory Campbell, 17-5.
True freshman Kyle Snyder, making his St. John Arena debut, picked up an 11-6 win over Cole Baxter at 197 lbs. and the match was rounded out with Nick Tavanello’s overtime decision on criteria over Mimmo Lytle at 285 lbs.
Ohio State is back in action on Saturday when it travels to Clifton Park, N.Y. to take part in the Journeymen Tussle on Saturday. Ohio State faces Army at 2 p.m. and Arizona State at 3:45. The Buckeyes do not return to St. John Arena until a showdown with sixth-ranked Missouri on December 14.
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No. 4 Ohio State 38, Kent State 3
Records: Ohio State (1-0) Kent State (0-1)
125 lbs.: Tomasello (OSU) tech. fall over Vinas (KSU) 20-5
133 lbs.: DiJulius (OSU) dec. over McGuire (KSU) 2-1
141 lbs.: Stieber (OSU) tech fall over Bauer (KSU) 15-0
149 lbs.: Valentine (KSU) maj. dec. over Riley Hawkins (KSU) 12-0
157 lbs.: Demas (OSU) medical default over Miller (KSU)
165 lbs.: Kresevic (OSU) won by fall over Buckwalter (KSU) 6:44
174 lbs.: Martin (OSU) def. Marsh (KSU) 3-1
184 lbs.: Courts (OSU) maj. dec. over Campbell (KSU) 17-5
197 lbs.: Snyder (OSU) dec. over Baxter (KSU) 11-6
285 lbs.: Tavanello (OSU) dec. over Lytle (KSU) tie breaker on criteria