December 6, 2019

Five Semifinalists Push Ohio State into CKLV Title Contention

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 LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Powered by five Buckeyes advancing to the championship semifinals, Ohio State is in second place after Day One of the 2019 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. A lone point separates Nebraska (69 points) and the Buckeyes (68) atop the team standings.

Dylan Koontz (133 lbs), Luke Pletcher (141 lbs), Sammy Sasso (149 lbs), Ethan Smith (165 lbs) and Kollin Moore (197 lbs) are all into the semifinals while Malik Heinselman (125 lbs) and Kaleb Romero (174 lbs) remain in contention for real estate on the podium competing in the wrestleoffs.

There are two Buckeye vs. Husker semifinal showdowns. Pletcher faces Chad Red while Smith takes on Isaiah White.

BUCKEYE BITS
🌰 Five semifinalists tied for most in the field
🌰 23-6 overall record (three pins, three tech falls, a major decision)
🌰 Kollin Moore and Luke Pletcher both improve to 12-0 on the season
🌰 Ethan Smith stretches current winning streak to five bouts

BOUT-BY-BOUT RESULTS
125 lbs | Malik Heinselman
Rd. 1 | No. 2 Jack Mueller (Virginia) def. Heinselman | PIN, 1:42
WB Rd. 1 | bye
WB Rd. 2 | Heinselman def. Kyle Randall (Sacred Heart) | D, 10-3
WB Rd. 3 | Heinselman def. No. 18 Jace Koelzer (Northern Colorado) | INJ, 3:00
WB Rd. 4 | vs. Jack Medley (Michigan)

133 lbs | Dylan Koontz
Rd. 1 | Koontz def. No. 12 Josh Kramer (Arizona State) | SV-1, 8-6
Rd. 2 | Koontz def. Anthony Petrillo (Sacred Heart) | MD, 12-1
Quarterfinals | Koontz def. Jarrett Trombley (North Carolina State) | D, 5-4
Semifinals | vs. No. 6 Chas Tucker (Cornell)

141 lbs | No. 1 Luke Pletcher
Rd. 1 | Pletcher def. Lukus Stricker (Harvard) | D, 9-5
Rd. 2 | Pletcher def. Noah Baughman (Cornell) | D, 9-2
Quarterfinals | Pletcher def. No. 23 Cole Mattin (Michigan) | TF, 26-11
Semifinals | vs. No. 6 Chad Red (Nebraska)

149 lbs | No. 10 Sammy Sasso
Rd. 1 | Sasso def. Brigg Hoopes (Utah Valley) | TF, 19-4
Rd. 2 | Sasso def. No. 19 Brent Moore (Virginia Tech) | D, 8-1
Quarterfinals | Sasso def. No. 7 Griffin Parriott (Purdue) | PIN, 4:49
Semifinals | vs. No. 6 Jarrett Degen (Iowa State)

157 lbs | Jaden Mattox
Rd. 1 | Mattox def. Colton Carlson (South Dakota State) | PIN, 2:46
Rd. 2 | No. 19 Justin Thomas (Oklahoma) def. Mattox | D, 7-0
WB Rd. 2 | Mattox def. No. 11 Will Lewan (Michigan) | MFF
WB Rd. 3 | Carson Brolsma (Minnesota) def. Mattox | D, 5-1

165 lbs | No. 12 Ethan Smith
Rd. 1 | Smith def. Bernie Truax (Cal Poly) | D, 9-5
Rd. 2 | Smith def. Shayne Oster (Northwestern) | D, 12-6
Quarterfinals | Smith def. No. 16 Tommy Bullard (North Carolina State) | D, 4-3
Semifinals | vs. No. 4 Isaiah White (Nebraska)

174 lbs | No. 11 Kaleb Romero
Rd. 1 | bye
Rd. 2 | Romero def. No. 10 Hayden Hastings (Wyoming) | D, 5-2
Quarterfinals | No. 5 Mikey Labriola (Nebraska) def. Romero | D, 2-1
WB Rd. 4 | vs. No. 9 Devin Skatzka (Minnesota)

184 lbs | Gavin Hoffman
Rd. 1 | Hoffman def. Tyler Bates (Kent State) | D, 2-1
Rd. 2 | No. 5 Taylor Lujan (Northern Iowa) def. Hoffman | MD, 10-1
WB Rd. 2 | Hoffman def. Dominic Kincaid (Fresno State) | D, 6-2
WB Rd. 3 | Zach Carlson (South Dakota State) def. Hoffman | D, 6-3

197 lbs | No. 1 Kollin Moore
Rd. 1 | Moore def. Ricardo Rodriguez (Grand Canyon) | PIN, 0:34
Rd. 2 | Moore def. Stan Smeltzer (Virginia Tech) | TF, 19-4
Quarterfinals | Moore def. No. 20 Kordell Norfleet (Arizona State) | D, 5-3
Semifinals | vs. No. 10 Thomas Lane (Cal Poly)

HWT | No. 8 Chase Singletary
Rd. 1 | Singletary def. Dalton Robertson (Northern Colorado) | D, 2-1
*Singletary withdrew from the tournament with a medical forfeit