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COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 7 Ohio State returned to the mat after a 27-day layoff and started out its Big Ten Conference season with a 27-14 victory over Michigan State on Saturday afternoon at Jenison Field House in East Lansing.
The Buckeyes won six of 10 bouts, highlighted by four bonus point wins. Sammy Sasso pinned Jaden Enriquez in 5:39 for his 25th consecutive dual match win. Other key bonus point came from Carson Kharchla at 165, who earned a 14-6 major decision, Ethan Smith at 174, a 24-9 tech fall winner, and Kaleb Romero, who won by fall in 3:24.
The Buckeyes have now won 16 of the last 17 duals with Michigan State including a streak of wins in the last 12 contests.
How it Happened
125: No. 14 Mailk Heinselman vs. Tristan Lujan
Heinselman struck first with a takedown with under a minute in the first period. After a Lujan escape, Heinselman led 2-1 heading into the second. Lujan tied it at 2-all with an early escape in the second before Heinselman added another takedown to lead 4-2 after two. Heinselman recorded an escape to start the third and with riding time won by decision 6-2.
133: Will Betancourt vs. No. 11 Rayvon Foley
Foley led 6-0 after the first period and increased it to 9-0 in the second with an escape and takedown and finished the bout winning by technical fall, 16-0.
141: Klay Reeves vs. Matt Santos or Jordan Hamdan
Hamdan scored a first-period takedown to lead 2-1 heading into the second. Reeves tied it at 2-all with an escape to start the second but Hamdan recorded a takedown to go up 4-2. After an escape to start the third, Hamdan earned the win by decision, 5-3.
149: No. 2 Sammy Sasso vs. Eddie Homrock
Sasso got on the board quickly with a takedown and added two more to go to the second period leading 6-1. After two, Sasso led 8-4 and then pinned Homrock in the third (5:39) to put the Buckeyes in the team lead, 9-8. The win gave Sasso his 25th-consecutive win in dual competitions, including 19-consecutive dual victories vs. Big Ten foes.
157: Jashon Hubbard (r-Jr.) vs. No. 20 Chase Saldate
Hubbard scored first with a takedown in the first. Saldate tied it in the second with one of his own and added another in the third to win by decision, 4-2.
165: No. 7 Carson Kharchla vs. Caleb Fish
Kharchla took a 4-2 lead into the second and increased the advantage to 8-3 heading into the third where he finished the bout with a win by major decision, 14-6. The win put the Buckeyes back on top in the team score, 13-11.
174: No. 7 Ethan Smith vs. Nathan Jimenez
Smith quickly built a 6-2 lead before ending the first period leading 10-4. The lead increased to 17-6 after two before Smith claimed the win by technical fall, 24-9.
184: No. 7 Kaleb Romero vs. Marty Larkin
Romero jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first and finished the period leading 10-3 before earning the win by fall at 3:24.
197: Rocky Jordan vs. No. 19 Cameron Caffrey
Caffrey took the early lead 2-1 heading into the second period. The MSU advantaged increased to 4-1 heading into the final two minutes before Caffrey finished off the win by decision, 7-2.
285: No. 20 Gavin Hoffman vs. Brad Wilton
Hoffman finished off Ohio State’s dual win by jumping out to a 7-2 lead in the second period and eventually earning a 10-3 win over Wilton.
Ohio State 27, Michigan State 14
Jan. 8, 2022; Jenison Field House, East Lansing, Mich.
Records: Ohio State 5-0, 1-0; Michigan State: 5-1, 0-1
125 | No. 14 Mailk Heinselman (OSU) def. Tristan Lujan (MSU) | D, 6-2 / OSU leads 3-0
133 | No. 11 Rayvon Foley (MSU) def. Will Betancourt (OSU) | TF, 16-0 / MSU leads 5-3
141 | Jordan Hamdan (MSU) def. Klay Reeves (OSU)| D, 5-3 / MSU leads 8-3
149 | No. 2 Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. Eddie Homrock (MSU) | Fall, 5:39 / OSU leads 9-8
157 | No. 20 Chase Saldate (MSU) def. Jashon Hubbard (OSU) | D, 4-2 / MSU leads 11-9
165 | No. 7 Carson Kharchla (OSU) def. Caleb Fish (MSU) | MD, 14-6 / OSU leads 13-11
174 | No. 7 Ethan Smith (OSU) def. Nathan Jimenez (MSU) | TF, 24-9 / OSU leads 18-11
184 | No. 7 Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. Marty Larkin (MSU) | Fall, 3:22 / OSU leads 24-11
197 | No. 19 Cameron Caffrey (MSU) def. Rocky Jordan (OSU) | D, 7-2 / OSU leads 24-14
285 | No. 20 Gavin Hoffman (OSU) def. Brad Wilton (MSU) | D, 10-3 / OSU leads 27-14
No. 4 Michigan travels to Columbus for a bout with the Buckeyes on Jan. 14 at the Covelli Center. The match will start at 7 p.m. and will be televised by the Big Ten Network.
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