Three Champions Crowned at Findlay Open
Martin, already with an Eastern Michigan Open title on his resume this year, was dominant on his way to the 174 pound title, winning all five of his matches via bonus points. He started with back to back pins in the first two rounds and then finished with three straight technical falls, winning by a combined score of 52-6.
In the opening round, Martin needed 4:06 to win by fall over Mo Messai and then followed that up with a first-period fall (1:43) over Dustin Winkle of Penn State. A 16-1 tech fall over Ryan Patchin of Notre Dame followed in the quarterfinals before Martin won 17-1 against Nick Vandermeer of Lake Erie College in the semifinals and 19-4 over Tom McNulty of John Carroll in the finals. Martin is now 14-1 this season with four falls and five technical falls.
Hayes, coming off a Michigan State Open title last weekend at 141 lbs., picked up where he left off on Saturday, going 5-0 and notching two tech falls on his way to another championship. He opened up the tournament with a commanding 17-0 tech fall over Damon Outward of Wheeling Jesuit and then earned a 10-3 decision against Cobey Fehr of Notre Dame College to move into the quarterfinals.
Once in the quarters, Hayes racked up points early and often in a 16-1 tech fall against Lawrence Dudgeon of Ashland. In the semifinals, his opponent medically forfeited setting up a championship round match against Michael Labry, where Hayes earned a 5-2 decision. Hayes improved his overall record this year to 15-0 and earned his second open title of the young season. He also had a team-high six tech falls thus far.
Moore, at 197 lbs., won his first open title of the year after finishing second at Eastern Michigan and fourth at the Michigan State Open. Like Hayes and Martin, Moore was impressive on his way to the title, winning three of his five matches via bonus points. He pinned Tyler Mattison of Mercyhurst in the second round (2:01) and Dalton Ishmal of Findlay in the semifinals while also adding a 19-3 tech fall in the opening round against Trevor Beiter of Gannon in the opening round.
Moore capped off his title with a tight 3-2 decision over Joseph Brandit of Ashland in the finals. Moore moved to 12-2 on the season and has nine wins by major decision – four falls, three tech falls and two major decisions.
The Buckeyes’ other placewinner on Saturday was Jeremy Scott, who was eighth at 165 pounds. We won three matches on the day, including a 15-0 tech fall in the second round against Cody Eggers of Wheeling Jesuit.