COLUMBUS, Ohio - The second-ranked Ohio State wrestling team closed out the 2017 calendar year with any strong all-around performance, winning nine of 10 matches in a 39-3 triumph over Chattanooga on Sunday afternoon The Cooler in Atlanta, Ga. The Buckeyes are 6-0 on the season with UTC falls to 2-3.
After dropping the opening bout of the afternoon, the Buckeyes rebounded by winning the next nine -- seven of which were via bonus points. In the two matches between ranked wrestlers, No. 2 Myles Martin (16-0) controlled the pace against No. 15 Bryce Carr at 184 lbs., winning 10-5. At 197 lbs., top-ranked Kollin Moore (12-0) scored 10 takedowns in a 20-8 major decision over No. 15 Scottie Boykin.
Redshirt junior Micah Jordan improved to 14-2 on the year, needing just 1:25 to pin Dylan Forzani at 157 pounds. Not to be outdone, Olympic and World champion Kyle Snyder wowed the capacity crowd with a pin in 3:17 to close out the dual at 285 pounds. It was Snyder's third fall in three matches this year and his 31st consecutive collegiate victory.
Other Buckeyes that remained perfect of the year included Luke Pletcher, who is 16-0 and Joey McKenna (4-0).
UTC's Alonzo Allen got the dual started by scoring three takedowns at 125 lbs. to top true freshman Brakan Mead, but Pletcher followed with a workman-like 12-4 major decision at 133 lbs. and McKenna broke open a close match late with a flurry of scoring for his 8-2 decision at 133. Hayes, who improved to 17-1 on the year, had three takedowns and two four-point nearfalls in his 15-0 tech fall before Jordan's quick pin of Dylan Forzani.
After B. Jordan upped his record to 14-2 with a 12-2 major decision at 174 lbs., the first bout between ranked wrestlers was controlled by Martin at 184 lbs. He led 5-2 after two periods and scored two third-period takedowns for the 10-5 decision. Moore then followed with a takedown clinic of his own, jumping out to a 8-3 first period lead and never looking back. Snyder led 18-7 when he completed the fall at 285 lbs.
The Buckeyes now have an extended break before the 2018 portion of their schedule open with a Big Ten road trip the first weekend in January. Ohio State travels to College Park, Md. on Friday, Jan. 5 to take on Maryland and then Piscataway, N.J. on Jan. 7 to tangle with No. 17 Rutgers.
Ohio State 39, Chattanooga 3
125 lbs | Alonzo Allen (UTC) def. Brakan Mead (OSU) | D, 6-3
133 lbs | No. 4 Luke Pletcher (OSU) def. Jake Huffine (UTC) | MD, 12-4
141 lbs | No. 6 Joey McKenna (OSU) def. Mike Pongracz (UTC) | D, 8-2
149 lbs | No. 5 Ke-Shawn Hayes (OSU) def. Chris Debien (UTC) | TF, 15-0
157 lbs | No. 6 Micah Jordan (OSU) def. Dylan Forzani (UTC) | PIN, 1:25
165 lbs | No. 11 Te'Shan Campbell (OSU) def. Chad Pyke (UTC) | MD, 9-1
174 lbs | No. 3 Bo Jordan (OSU) def. Justin Lampe (UTC) | MD, 12-2
184 lbs | No. 2 Myles Martin (OSU) def. No. 15 Bryce Carr (UTC) | D, 10-5
197 lbs | No. 1 Kollin Moore (OSU) def. No. 15 Scottie Boykin (UTC) | MD, 20-8
285 lbs | No. 1 Kyle Snyder (OSU) def. Ben Stacey (UTC) | PIN, 3:17