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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Nineteen Buckeye wrestlers entered the Ohio Intercollegiate Open’s Gold (top) Division. Nine walked away as champions after 13 reached the finals, setting up an Ohio State vs. Ohio State championship bout in four of 10 weight classes. Those coming back to Columbus with first-place accolades include: Luke Pletcher (133 lbs), Quinn Kinner (141 lbs), Micah Jordan (149 lbs), Ke-Shawn Hayes (157 lbs), Kaleb Romero (165 lbs), Ethan Smith (174 lbs), Gavin Hoffman (184 lbs), Kevin Snyder (197 lbs) and Chase Singletary (HWT). In addition, Brady Koontz (125 lbs) and Alex Felix (141 lbs) were crowned champions in their White Division weight classes.
🌰 Ohio State won nine of 10 weight classes in the Gold (top) Division
🌰 13 Buckeyes reached the Gold Division finals
🌰 Ohio State posted an overall record of 61-15 (.803) in the Gold Division
🌰 Ohio State racked up 12 tech falls, 10 pins and seven major decisions in the Gold Division
🌰 Four of 10 Gold Division weight classes were capped with an “all-Buckeye” finals featuring two Ohio State wrestlers
🌰 Four Buckeyes reached the White Division finals, including an “all-Koontz twins” finals at 125 pounds
Pletcher garnered bonus points in all four victories en route to the 133-pound title, posting two tech falls, a major decision and pin in the finals.
Quinn Kinner, a true freshman wrestling unattached, took a less flashy trek to the title at 141 pounds. He rattled off five straight decisions to earn the trophy.
Micah Jordan stuck his first two opponents and kept it going with a tech fall in the semifinals. He then squared off against true freshman teammate, Sammy Sasso, in the championship bout. The young Buck challenged Jordan to the tune of a tight 9-7 triumph for the elder Buckeye. Sasso notched a pair of tech falls prior to facing Jordan.
Ke-Shawn Hayes took on Elijah Cleary at 157 pounds for another Scarlet-clad title bout. A lone tally separated the Buckeye pair, washing out as a 6-5 Hayes decision. Hayes delivered bonus points in the three previous matches while Cleary grinded his way to the finals with a pair of ‘extra time’ wins.
A wrestle-off rematch came at 165 pounds, pitting Kaleb Romero versus Fritz Schierl. Another tightly-contest tilt ensured, ultimately going in favor of Romero, 8-6.
The fourth consecutive finals to feature Buckeye on Buckeye action occurred at 174 pounds with a second wrestle-off rematch. Third time was the charm for Ethan Smith as a he earned an 8-5 win over Te’Shan Campbell following a pair of Campbell triumphs during the best-of-3 wrestle-off series.
Gavin Hoffman became the second true freshman to seize a Gold Division trophy. He registered four wins, including a pin and major decision to improve his unattached season record to 8-0 with a pair of tournament wins.
Kevin Snyder kicked off his day by majoring his first two opponents and finished off his title run with a wild 16-12 decision in the 197-pound finals.
Chase Singletary joined Hoffman as a two-time tournament champion in as many weeks, leaving the Veale Center as the Ohio Intercollegiate Open’s top heavyweight. The redshirt freshman nailed a sudden victory takedown to seal the deal in the finals. He is now 7-0 on the season.
As mentioned above, additional champions included Brady Koontz (125 lbs) and Alex Felix (141 lbs) in the White Division.