January 31, 2021

Buckeyes Dominate Maryland 41-0


COLLEGE PARK, Md. – No. 6 Ohio State capped an undefeated weekend with a dominating 41-0 win at Maryland on Sunday afternoon inside the Comcast Center.

The Buckeyes are now 4-1 on the season and will have a week to prepare for a huge Sunday in West Lafayette, Ind., where they will take on No. 1 Iowa and No. 18 Purdue.

Sunday was the best performance of the season so far for the Buckeyes who notched three falls and two major decisions on the afternoon. This is just the fourth time in program history Ohio State has blanked a Big Ten opponent and the first since 1979.

Malik Heinselman opened the day with his first pin of season, touching Zach Spence’s shoulders to the mat a minute into the second period. Jordan Decatur and freshman Anthony Echemendia each followed with wins to push the team lead to 12-0.

Sammy Sasso notched his second pin fall of the season in the 149-pound match, pinning Hunter Baxter at 5:31. Sasso stays undefeated on the year at 4-0.

Elijah Cleary got back in the win column as he outlasted Michael Doetsch 4-3 in the 157-pound match. Ethan Smith and Kaleb Romero than both claimed major decisions to give the Buckeyes a 29-0 lead.

Rocky Jordan provided the dramatics in the 184-pound match. With the score tied 2-2 late in the third period, Jordan made a nice roll and got a two-point reversal with just :03 seconds left to steal a 4-2 victory over Maryland captain Kyle Cochran.

The 197-pound match was another good one between Chase Singletary and Maryland’s Jaron Smith. Neither wrestler scored in the first two periods, but Singletary picked up two minutes of riding time in the second period. Smith then scored two near-fall points midway through the third period to take a 2-0 lead. Singletary was able to escape with less than :20 seconds remaining to even the match and send it to overtime. In the first sudden victory session, Singletary was able to score the lone takedown of the bout to win the match 4-2.

The heavyweight match wasn’t as dramatic as Tate Orndorff continued his good run as of late, pinning Garrett Kappes in the second period.

In the extra matches, Dylan D’Emilio continued the Buckeye dominance with a tech fall, 19-1, over Nathan Porter. Freshman Bryce Hepner won his second consecutive match via fall, pinning Garrett Fisk in just 33 seconds. Gavin Hoffman claimed a major decision over Kevin Makosy 22-9 and freshman Gavin Bell, who was making his Buckeye debut, was pinned by Maryland captain and starter Kyle Cochran.

No. 6 Ohio State 41, Maryland 0

125 — (#12) Malik Heinselman def. Zach Spence (MD) | PIN 3:55

133 — (#24) Jordan Decatur def. Jackson Cockrell (MD) | D, 15-9

141 — Anthony Echemendia def. Danny Bertoni (MD) | D, 8-6

149 — (#2) Sammy Sasso def. Hunter Baxter (MD) | PIN 5:31

157 — (#23) Elijah Cleary def. Michael Doetsch (MD) | D, 4-3

165 — (#6) Ethan Smith def. Jonathan Spadafora (MD) | MD, 24-11

174 — (#4) Kaleb Romero def. Philip Spadafora (MD) | MD, 19-8

184 — (#16) Rocky Jordan def. Kyle Cochran (MD) | D, 4-2

197 — Chase Singletary def. Jaron Smith (MD) | SV1, 4-2

HWT — (#8) Tate Orndorff def. Garrett Kappes (MD) | PIN 4:08

Extra Matches

141 — Dylan D’Emilio def. Nathan Porter (MD) | TF, 19-1 (4:21)

157 — Bryce Hepner def. Garrett Fisk (MD) | PIN 0:33

197 — (#25) Gavin Hoffman def. Kevin Makosy (MD) | MD, 22-9

184 — Kyle Cochran (MD) def. Gavin Bell | PIN 5:57