COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 6 Ohio State set the tone quick, winning the first four matches, and would roll to a 24-9 win over No. 25 Michigan State on Friday evening inside the Covelli Center.
The win improves the Buckeyes to 3-1 on the young season and they will look for a fourth consecutive victory on Sunday when they head to Maryland.
Malik Heinselman opened the dual with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over No. 10 Rayvon Foley. That was a revenge win for Heinselman and it gave the Buckeyes early life.
Jordan Decatur followed with a 5-0 win over No. 28 Jordan Hamdan to push the lead to 6-0. Freshman Anthony Echemendia made his Covelli Center debut and he continued to impress. He was solid in a 6-3 win over Jake Spiess.
Sammy Sasso had to work a little harder than normal as No. 31 Peyton Omania jumped out to a 2-0 lead and held a 4-2 lead midway through the second period. But the savvy Sasso scored a late takedown in the second and another in the third to come away with a 7-6 win.
Michigan State closed the first half of the dual with a win at 157 to cut the lead to 12-3.
Any thoughts of a comeback were quickly erased as Ethan Smith and Kaleb Romero both were dominant in major decisions. Smith had one of his more impressive performances in a 17-6 win over No. 18 Jake Tucker and Romero was his usually self in a 13-3 win over No. 17 Drew Hughes.
Two of the better matches of the evening came at 184 and 197. Rocky Jordan fell 4-2 to No. 13 Layne Malczewski in the 184-pound bout and then Gavin Hoffman nearly pulled a late reversal in the third period of the 197-pound match but fell just short 3-2.
In the heavyweight bout, Tate Orndorff capped a good even for the Buckeyes with a 12-1 victory. After a scoreless first period, he recorded a takedown and nearly had a pin, notching four near-fall points, to take control of the match.
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There were also eight extra matches on Friday evening, five before the team dual and three after. The Spartans won four of the first five extra bouts with Chase Singletary scoring a quick pin, just 2:07 into the first period against Austen Malczewski.
In the later matches, freshman Bryce Hepner made his Buckeye debut a memorable one. He pinned Nathan Atienza at 2:50 in the first period, much to the delight of his parents who were two of the 86 invited guests at the match. Jordan Decatur then put the finishing touches on the evening with his second win of the night, scoring a 3-2 decision against Tristan Lujan.
Sunday’s match at Maryland will begin at 2 p.m. and it will be the Buckeyes’ first match on BTN this season.
No. 6 Ohio State 24, No. 25 Michigan State 9
125 — No. 12 Malik Heinselman def. No. 10 Rayvon Foley (MSU) | D, 5-4; Team Score 3-0
133 — No. 24 Jordan Decatur def. No. 28 Jordan Hamdan (MSU) | D, 5-0; TS 6-0
141 — Anthony Echemendia def. Jake Spiess (MSU) | D, 6-3; TS 9-0
149 — No. 2 Sammy Sasso def. No. 31 Peyton Omania (MSU) | D, 7-6; TS 12-0
157 — No. 23 Elijah Cleary def. No. 29 Chase Saldate (MSU) | D, 4-0; TS 12-3
165 — No. 6 Ethan Smith def. No. 18 Jake Tucker (MSU) | MD, 17-6; TS 16-3
174 — No. 4 Kaleb Romero def. No. 17 Drew Hughes (MSU) | MD, 13-3; TS 20-3
184 — No. 13 Layne Malczewski (MSU) def. No. 16 Rocky Jordan | D, 4-2; TS 20-6
197 — No. 6 Cameron Caffey (MSU) def. No. 25 Gavin Hoffman | D, 3-2; TS 20-9
HWT — No. 8 Tate Orndorff def. Christian Rebottaro (MSU) | MD, 12-1; TS 24-9
125 — Tristan Lujan (MSU) def. Brady Koontz | D, 5-3
141 — Matt Santos (MSU) def. Dylan D’Emilio | D, 3-2
157 — Nathan Atienza (MSU) def. Isaac Wilcox | D, 11-4
165 — Caleb Fish (MSU) def. Kevon Freeman | D, 4-0
197 — Chase Singletary def. Austen Malczewski (MSU) | PIN 2:07
157 — Bryce Hepner def. Nathan Atienza (MSU) | PIN 2:50
133 — (#28) Jordan Hamdan (MSU) def. Brady Koontz | D, 4-2
133 — Jordan Decatur def. Tristan Lujan (MSU) | D, 3-2