WRESTLING: No. 2 Ohio State Blows Past Spartans In Less Than 90 Minutes

Buckeyes improve to 11-0 overall and 6-0 in B1G action —

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Ohio State (11-0, 6-0 Big Ten) nearly averaged a point per minute of real time through the first four bouts at Michigan State (5-7, 1-5), needing just 25 minutes to secure 23 team points on three pins and a tech fall. By night’s end, the Buckeyes would own a half dozen “falls” (three pins and three tech falls).

The dual began at 133 pounds where Luke Pletcher extended his undefeated season mark to 21-0. He recorded six takedowns before turning Nathan Ellis midway through the second stanza and ultimately hearing the referee’s slap of the mat with a pin at the 4:35 mark.

Joey McKenna didn’t mess around, converting his early takedown into a first-period pin. He spent only 83 seconds on the mat.

Ke-Shawn Hayes kept the fireworks coming at 149 pounds, sandwiching a pair of four-point nearfalls with takedowns to go ahead 12-1. He would then place Jwan Britton on his back for another four-count and earn the necessary four points to garner a 16-1 tech fall when the first period clock struck 0:00.

In the 157-pound bout, Micah Jordan made his foe pay for electing to start the second period in the bottom position. Jordan swiftly flipped Jake Tucker and tallied his eighth pin of the season (tied for the team lead).

Following back-to-back Spartan triumphs, Myles Martin put the bonus point bonanza back on track at 184 pounds. The owner of a 21-0 record, Martin, cruised to a 16-1 tech fall less than 30 seconds into period number two. It represented his ninth tech fall of 2017-18, among the highest totals in the country.

It was much the same for Kollin Moore in the subsequent match, sprinting to a 20-2 tech fall. Moore maintains an unblemished season ledger as well, improving to 17-0.

Two bouts later, Nathan Tomasello would put the cherry of top of Ohio State’s 35-12 victory by defeating Rayvon Foley via a 7-3 decision.

133 lbs | No. 2 Luke Pletcher (OSU) def. Nathan Ellis (MSU) | PIN, 4:35; Team Score: 6-0
141 lbs | No. 11 Joey McKenna (OSU) def. Kole Krauss (MSU) | PIN, 1:23; TS: 12-0
149 lbs | No. Ke-Shawn Hayes (OSU) def. Jwan Britton (MSU) | TF, 16-1; TS: 17-0
157 lbs | No. 5 Micah Jordan (OSU) def. Jake Tucker (MSU) | PIN, 3:36; TS: 23-0
165 lbs | Austin Hiles (MSU) def. No. 13 Te’Shan Campbell (OSU) | DQ; TS: 23-6
*Ohio State deducted a team point for bench penalty
174 lbs | Logan Ritchie (MSU) def. Fritz Schierl (OSU) | D, 9-6; TS: 22-9
184 lbs | No. 2 Myles Martin (OSU) def. Shawn Shadaia (MSU) | TF, 16-1; TS: 27-9
197 lbs | No. 1 Kollin Moore (OSU) def. Nick May (MSU) | TF, 20-2; TS: 32-9
285 lbs | Christian Rebotarro (MSU) def. Kevin Snyder (OSU) | D, 4-2; TS: 32-12
125 lbs | No. 4 Nathan Tomasello (OSU) def. Rayvon Foley (MSU) | D, 7-3; TS: 35-12

The final `home’ match of the season comes Sunday (Jan. 28) when Ohio State hosts Purdue at Graham High School in St. Paris, Ohio, alma mater of Bo and Micah Jordan. The Big Ten dual is scheduled for a 1 p.m. ET start and will be streamed for free on the Ohio State Wrestling Facebook page.