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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Luke Pletcher, a highly-touted true freshmen from Latrobe, Pa., will make his varsity debut on Thursday night at 141 lbs. vs. Missouri. Pletcher replaces redshirt freshman Ke-Shawn Hayes in Ohio State’s lineup. Hayes recently suffered a injury and will miss the remainder of the 2016-17 season.
Pletcher is 8-0 this year with a co-championship at the Eastern Michigan Open and the 133 lb. title at the Michigan State Open on Nov. 20. He was a three-time Pennsylvania state champion for Greater Latrobe High School and was the No. 6-ranked overall recruit nationally by FloWrestling and No. 2 at 132 lbs. The top-ranked prospect in the talent-rich state of Pennsylvania, Pletcher was a two-time Super 32 champion and won 166 matches over his four-year career.
“I’m excited and eager to do my part to help this team,” Pletcher said. “I’ve trained extremely hard in our room with guys like Micah [Jordan], Logan [Stieber] and Nate [Tomasello] and they’ve prepared me for this opportunity. I know they’ve made me better in every way possible. I can’t wait to get out there and wrestle.”
Pletcher and the rest of his Buckeye teammates take on fifth-ranked Missouri in the home-opener on Thursday at 7 p.m. The match will also be broadcast live in BTN.