February 3, 2019

Buckeyes Topple Top-10 Wildcats in Evanston


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EVANSTON, Ill. – The No. 2 Ohio State University wrestling team (9-1, 5-1 B1G) won six of 10 bouts for the second time in as many conference duals this weekend, posting a 27-15 win at No. 9 Northwestern 3-8, 1-5 B1G). The Buckeyes trailed 11-9 at intermission before emerging from the locker room with four consecutive wins to seal the deal.

Five Buckeyes swept the weekend, triumphant at both Illinois (Friday, Feb. 1) and Northwestern. Luke Pletcher (18-2), Micah Jordan (18-1), Ethan Smith (14-5), Kollin Moore (13-0) and Myles Martin (13-0) all added two tallies to their season wins column. Jordan and Moore garnered the most team points, each accumulating 11 with a pin and tech fall.

Top-ranked Sebastian Rivera opened the dual by gaining four points for the Wildcats at a 125 pounds, improving to 19-0 on the year.

Pletcher recouped three of those team points in the subsequent bout. He hit three takedowns in the first period and was on the fast track to bonus points. However his opponent Colin Valdivez had other ideas and not only rode out Pletcher for the entire third period but also turned him for two nearfall. Pletcher’s seven-point cushion entering the third was too much to overcome though as the Buckeye redshirt junior walked off the mat as a 9-4 victor.

Sandwiched between Northwestern wins at 141 and 157 pounds, Jordan posted a half dozen team points by pinning the 25th opponent of his career. With wins in three of five bouts, the Wildcats carried an 11-9 edge into intermission.

As mentioned above, Ohio State rolled to four straight following the break in action. Te’Shan Campbell, making his first appearance at 165 pounds since the 2018 NCAA Championships, ignited the Buckeye hot streak. He blanked Tyler Morland, 6-0, to lift Ohio State into the lead for good.

Smith notched his third top-20 win of the year, majoring No. 16 Johnny Sebastian. Smith recorded four unanswered takedowns to conclude his bonus-worthy performance which is certain to give a boost to his No. 18 slot in the FloWrestling national rankings.

Unbeaten Buckeyes Myles Martin and Kollin Moore continued their dominance. Martin made quick work Brendan Devine via a 42-second pin while Moore turned it on in the third period to secure a 19-4 tech fall.

BOUT RESULTS | Dual Score Sheet
No. 2 Ohio State 27, No. 9 Northwestern 15
125 lbs | No. 1 Sebastian Rivera (NU) def. Hunter Lucas (OSU) | MD, 12-3; Team Score:  0-4
133 lbs | No. 6 Luke Pletcher (OSU) def. Colin Valdiviez (NU) | D, 9-4; TS:  3-4
141 lbs | Alec McKenna (NU) def. Clay Ragon (OSU) | D, 8-3; TS:  3-7
149 lbs | No. 3 Micah Jordan (OSU) def. Shayne Oster (NU) | PIN, 1:47; TS:  9-7
157 lbs | No. 3 Ryan Deakin (NU) def. No. 7 Ke-Shawn Hayes (OSU) | MD, 8-0; TS:  9-11
165 lbs | Te’Shan Campbell (OSU) def. Tyler Morland (NU) | D, 6-0; TS:  12-11
174 lbs | No. 18 Ethan Smith (OSU) def. No. 16 Johnny Sebastian (NU) | MD, 11-3; TS:  16-11
184 lbs | No. 1 Myles Martin (OSU) def. Brendan Devine (NU) | PIN, 0:42; TS:  22-11
197 lbs | No. 2 Kollin Moore (OSU) def. Zack Chakonis (NU) | TF, 19-4; TS:  27-11
285 lbs | No. 15 Conan Jennings (NU) def. Gary Traub (OSU) | MD, 11-0; TS:  27-15

It is now officially ‘Penn State Week’ as the No. 1 Nittany Lions come to Columbus on Friday, Feb. 8. Purchase your tickets for the huge dual at St. John Arena NOW.

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