Two Buckeyes Claim Titles At Penn State Open
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four unattached Buckeyes placed at Sunday’s Penn State Open, led by true freshman Ke-Shawn Hayes and redshirt freshman Thomas Haines, who was the 141 and 285-pound champions, respectively. For full results, click here.
KE-SHWN HAYES | 141 LBS.
Hayes, who entered the Nittany Lion Open with a perfect 15-0 record with titles at both the Eastern Michigan and Michigan State Open, had little trouble in his first three matches of the day, racking up a total of 36 points while rolling into the quarterfinals. His most dominant performance came in a 16-0 tech fall over Joe Ghione that occurred in 4:18.
In the quarters, Hayes won a tight 2-0 decision over Connor Price of Navy. Penn State’s James Gulibon, currently ranked sixth nationally, was set to face Hayes in the semifinals but was forced to medically forfeit. Hayes finished off his big day with a 10-2 major decision over Princeton’s Matthew Kolodzik.
- Hayes currently has 13 bonus point wins on the year (eight TF, five MD), tied for the most on the team.
- Seven of those 12 bonus point wins have been technical falls.
- The combined score of Hayes’ first three matches as 36-3.
- Hayes was seeded fifth overall at 141.
- Hayes’ 2015-16 resume now includes a perfect 20-0 record and open titles at Findlay, Michigan State and Penn State. He is the first Buckeye to reach the 20-win mark this year.
Myles Martin | 174 LBS.
Like Hayes, Martin, a true freshman, had little trouble in his first two matches, pinning Baren Berg just 1:07 into the first period before an 18-3 tech fall over Cody Hughes. In the quarterfinals, he edged Brian Brill, 7-6, and then punched his ticket to the finals with a 6-3 decision over Casey Kent of Penn.
In the finals, Martin dropped a hard-fought 4-3 decision to top-seeded Bo Nickal of Penn State, ranked sixth nationally in last week’s InterMat poll.
- Myles improved his season record to 18-2 with 13 wins via bonus points.
- Myles’ pin of Berg in the opening round (1:07) was his fastest this season.
- Myles’ match in the finals against Penn State’s Bo Nickal was his first this year against a ranked wrestler.
- Myles’ 2015-16 resume now includes titles at Michigan State, Findlay and a runner-up showing at Penn State.
Kollin Moore | 197 LBS.
A champion his last time out at the Findlay Open, Moore received an opening-round bye and then had back-to-back major decisions to move into the semifinals. He scored early and often in an 18-6 win over Army’s Robert Ng and followed that up with a 14-6 win against Nathan Now. In the semifinals, Moore ran in to Rocco Caywood of Army and lost 10-1, but came back to earn a 8-6 decision over Frank Mattiace of Penn in the consolation finals and then secured his third-place showing after his opponent, Owen Scott, medically forfeited.
- A true freshman from Burbank, Ohio, Moore is 16-3 this year.
- Moore finished second at the Eastern Michigan Open, fourth at the Michigan State Open and now third at the Nittany Lion Open.
- With two more major decisions, Moore now has four MDs on the year.
Thomas Haines | 285 LBS.
Seeded third, Thomas Haines had one of the most impressive days on his young career. The redshirt freshman from New Providence, Pa., he scored 15 points in the first two rounds and secured a pair of decisions, and then routed Ethan Hayes of Virginia in the quarterfinals, 13-2. A forfeit by Douglas Vollaro put him in the finals against top-seeded Dawson Peck of Maryland, who also was forced to forfeit.
- Haines improved to 11-2 on the year with two falls and one major decision.
- His first place showing on Sunday was the first title of his Buckeye career.
- Sunday marked the first time Haines wrested in his home state on Pennsylvania since winning his fourth state title in 2014 at Solanco High School.
JUST THE HEADLINES
- Two Buckeyes – Hayes and Haines – crowed PSU Open champs
- Four Buckeyes in the top four – Hayes (first), Haines (first), Martin (second) and Moore (third)
- Ohio State quarterfinalists were Haines, Hayes, Martin, Moore, Dominic Prezzia and Jack Rozema.
- Hayes remains unbeaten in his young Ohio State career