CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio - Ohio State Wrestling opened its Big Ten slate by winning seven of 10 bouts over Indiana (6-2, 0-1 B1G) in front of a packed house at the Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, alma mater of Nathan Tomasello. The No. 2 Buckeyes (4-0, 1-0) took the match by a final score of 26-9 on the strength of four bonus-point-earning individual performances.
Ke-Shawn Hayes donated five points to the team tally with a blistering 16-0 tech fall failing to get out of the first period. Hayes racked up 14 near-fall points and just missed out on a pin in his disposal of Davey Tunon in 2:58. Micah Jordan, Myles Martin and Kollin Moore each posted major decisions while Luke Pletcher, Joey McKenna and Cody Burcher all came out on the positive side of decisions.
The afternoon began with the 125-bout resulting in Elijah Oliver's 13th win of the season for Indiana, recording a hard-fought 9-5 decision. Brakan Mead, a true freshman continuing to fill-in for CVCA product and injured Tomasello, notched a match-tying takedown in the second period to make it 3-3. He then re-evened the ledger at 5-5 with an early escape in the third before Oliver was able to go ahead for good on a pair of subsequent takedowns.
Luke Pletcher took the mat next for Ohio State, surviving a 4-3 slugfest and improving to 14-0 on the season. After two takedowns in the opening frame, he grinded out the slim decision.
Joey McKenna took down his foe twice in period number one as well, adding two near-fall points to carry a 6-1 edge entering the second stanza. Both grapplers would escape from the bottom in the second and third periods, combining with a McKenna riding time point to formulate a final line of 8-2 in favor of the Buckeye.
Hayes' aforementioned domination marked another OSU triumph, pushing the lead to 11-3. Micah Jordan kept in coming at 157 pounds, racking up a half dozen takedowns of previously unbeaten Jake Danishek who had entered the day at 6-0. Jordan lit the scoreboard for 14 points in total, closing out the bout as a 14-4 victor. Cody Burcher tacked on three more points to the Ohio State advantage as the Scarlet & Gray stretched its lead to 18-3. Burcher, making his 2017-18 debut, utilized a riding time advantage point to secure his 3-2 decision over Bryce Martin.
Indiana got back on the board at 174 pounds when Devin Skatzka held on for a 9-5 decision over Fritz Schierl. Skatza owned a 7-1 upper hand after two periods complete before Schierl made a run at it with a reversal and takedown to claw back to 8-5. The comeback attempt was stinted from there, however.
Martin pulled alongside Pletcher at 14-0 this season following his 14-5 major decision over Norman Conley in the 184-pound bout. It marks the 13th bonus-point-worthy effort of the year for `MyMar.' His lone decision came last week in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational finals versus the fifth-ranked wrestler in the country. Martin accumulated seven takedowns by bout's end on Sunday for his fourth major decision (seven tach falls, two pins).
Kollin Moore maintained his flawless season mark as well, picking up his 10th win in as many matches. His 14-5 major decision inflated Ohio State's team lead to 26-6. Later, a 1-1 heavyweight stalemate was finally decided late in the final frame when Fletcher Miller posted the bout's only takedown -- good for a 3-1 final score over Kevin Snyder.
OHIO STATE 26, INDIANA 9
125 lbs | Elijah Oliver (Indiana) def. Brakan Mead (Ohio State) | D, 9-5; Team Score: 0-3
133 lbs | No. 4 Luke Pletcher (Ohio State) def. Garrett Pepple (Indiana) | D, 4-3; TS: 3-3
141 lbs | No. 6 Joey McKenna (Ohio State) def. No. 13 Cole Weaver (Indiana) | D, 8-2; TS: 6-3
149 lbs | No. 6 Ke-Shawn Hayes (Ohio State) def. Davey Tunon (Indiana) | TF, 16-0 (2:58); TS: 11-3
157 lbs | No. 5 Micah Jordan (Ohio State) def. Jake Danishek (Indiana) | MD, 14-4; TS: 15-3
165 lbs | Cody Burcher (Oho State) def. Bryce Martin (Indiana) | D, 3-2; TS: 18-3
174 lbs | Devin Skatzka (Indiana) def. Fritz Schierl (Ohio State) | D, 9-5; TS: 18-6
184 lbs | No. 2 Myles Martin (Ohio State) def. Norman Conley (Indiana) | MD, 16-5; TS: 22-6
197 lbs | No. 1 Kollin Moore (Ohio State) def. Spencer Irick (Indiana) | MD, 14-5; TS: 26-6
285 lbs | Fletcher Miller (Indiana) def. Kevin Snyder (Ohio State) | D, 3-1; TS: 26-9
Ohio State is on the road for the foreseeable future, starting in Newark, Del., for a match vs. Princeton on Dec. 15. Two days later, the Buckeyes will venture to Atlanta, Ga., meeting up with Chattanooga on Dec. 17.
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