November 17, 2019

Ethan Smith Earns Top-5 Victory in Ohio State Setback


*Photos by Sam Janicki

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Redshirt sophomore Ethan Smith’s 5-4 decision over fourth-ranked David McFadden, a fifth year senior, was the top Buckeye highlight during a 21-15 dual loss to No. 11 Virginia Tech (3-0). Kollin Moore, Luke Pletcher and Chase Singletary were also victorious for No. 3 Ohio State (2-1).


Dual Score Sheet

An ultra-aggressive Pletcher ripped through the 141-pound bout, recording a half dozen takedowns while surrendering just four escapes in a 13-4 major decision over No. 19 Mitch Moore. It represented his second major decision of the weekend and sixth bonus point garnering performance of his 8-0 start to the season.

Three bouts later it was Ethan Smith’s turn to electrify the Buckeye faithful. He struck first, leaping ahead 2-0 with an early takedown. Smith was then the beneficiary of two penalty points assessed to McFadden, one in each of the first two periods. McFadden tallied a takedown of his own in the second, however, to create a 4-4 tie entering period number three. Smith elected to start the third frame on bottom and would escape for the bout-winning point.

Moore was dominate in his contest, posting no less than three takedowns in any period and a whopping five in the third. He raced past Stan Smeltzer in a 24-9 tech fall, improving to 8-0 with four major decisions, two tech falls and a pin.

Singletary, coming off a top-10 road win in his season debut at Pitt on Friday, had to grind one out on Sunday. He walked off the mat bloodied and battered, but also triumphant after a hard-fought 4-2 winner.

No. 11 Virginia Tech 21, No. 3 Ohio State 15
133 lbs | No. 17 Collin Gerardi (VT) def. No. 18 Quinn Kinner (OSU) | D, 7-1; Team Score: 3-0
141 lbs | No. 1 Luke Pletcher (OSU) def. No. 19 Mitch Moore (VT) | MD, 13-5; TS: 3-4
149 lbs | No. 21 Brent Moore (VT) def. No. 6 Sammy Sasso (OSU) | PIN, 1:16; TS: 9-4
157 lbs | No. 13 B.C. LaPrade (VT) def. Elijah Cleary (OSU) | D, 3-1; TS: 12-4
165 lbs | No. 21 Ethan Smith (OSU) def. No. 4 David McFadden (VT) | D, 5-4; TS: 12-7
174 lbs | Cody Hughes (VT) def. Rocky Jordan (OSU) | D, 7-2; TS: 15-1
184 lbs | No. 9 Hunter Bolen (VT) def. Zach Steiner (OSU) | D, 8-1; TS: 18-7
197 lbs | No. 1 Kollin Moore (OSU) def. Stan Smeltzer (VT) | TF, 24-9; TS: 18-12
285 lbs | No. 11 Chase Singletary (OSU) def. John Borst (VT) | D, 4-2; TS: 18-15
125 lbs | Joey Prata (VT) def. No. 21 Malik Heinselman (OSU) | D, 5-2; TS: 21-15

Two weeks of training are up next for Ohio State before the Covelli Center plays host to another top-25 opponent when No. 18 Cornell come to town on Dec. 1 for a 2 p.m. ET match.