Buckeyes Compete At Annual Michigan State Open
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s efforts at Sunday’s Michigan State Open were highlighted by a 141 pound title by freshman Ke-Shawn Hayes and semifinal appearances by Jose Rodriguez (133 lbs.), Seth Williams (165 lbs.), Myles Martin (174 lbs.), Kollin Moore (197 lbs.) and Thomas Haines (285 lbs.).
Like in past years, the Michigan State Open was divided into two divisions – the freshmen/sophomore bracket and the open bracket.
Hayes run to the 141 freshman/sophomore title was dominant, as he won five matches – four via bonus points. His closest match came in the first round, a 6-1 decision over Kyle Lukowich of Kent State. From there, Hayes had three straight tech falls to reach the finals. Once there, he rolled to a 13-3 major decision against Nicholas Gil of Navy. Hayes is now 10-0 on the year (all in open tournaments) with five tech falls.
Martin rolled to the semifinals of the 174 open bracket, getting a major decision and tech fall in his first two matches while scoring a total of 38 points. He lost a 4-3 decision in the semifinals, but came back to win the third place match by fall in 2:00 against Missouri’s Dylan Wisman. Martin is 9-1 on the season with six of those wins by either fall, major decision or tech fall.
Also on the freshman/sophomore side, Jose Rodriguez made the finals at 133 lbs. by winning three matches – one by major decision and two by decision. He dropped a hard-fought 5-3 decision to Ohio’s Cameron Kelly in the finals.
Seth Williams also placed, taking fourth, with a run to the semifinals that included three close wins – 6-2 over Tyler Grimsley of Olivert, 5-4 over Alonzo Turner of Findlay and 5-3 over Grayson Davis of Ohio. His semifinal loss came by a score of 5-1 against Michael Coleman of Navy.
Moore’s day started with a tech fall (22-5) over Rory Bonner of Bucknell and then a fall in just 1:10 over Tyler Radford of Appalachian State. He punched his ticket to the semifinals by taking out Luke Cramer of Ashland by decision, 5-4, but was defeated by Phil Wellington of Ohio in the next round and eventually finished fourth.
Mark Martin rebounded for a first round loss to win five matches and take fifth place at 197 lbs. Three of his wins were via bonus points – a fall, major decision and tech fall. He racked up 18 points in his fourth round consolation match over Luke Cramer of Ashland.
Haines, competing in the 285 open bracket, was the fourth place finisher, going 2-2 on the day. He won both his championship round matches by decision.
OHIO STATE HIGHLIGHTS
Champions: Hayes (141 lbs.)
Runner-Up: Rodriguez (133 lbs.)
Third Place: Myles Martin (174 lbs.)
Fourth Place: Williams (165 lbs.), Moore (197 lbs.), Haines (285 lbs.)