RIVERSIDE, Calif. – A crowd of 3,252 watched the visiting Buckeyes post a 42-0 shutout over California Baptist (1-1). Ohio State (2-0) won all 10 bouts and tacked on bonus points in six (two major decisions, two tech falls and two pins). This season represents the first for Cal Baptist at the D-I level.
Brakan Mead (125 lbs) took to the mat first and wasted little time building a 7-0 cushion after the opening period. Antonio Saldate didn’t go away quietly though, battling back to pull within four points. That margin was ultimately the final as Mead recorded an 8-4 decision to push Ohio State ahead for good.
Luke Pletcher was up next at 133 pounds, and took control immediately as well. He led 9-3 after the first and 16-6 four minutes in before putting an end to it, registering a fall at 4:28. It represents Pletcher’s fifth consecutive win to come with bonus points and second straight pin.
Joey McKenna kept it coming in the next bout, needing just 77 seconds to hear the referee’s slap of the mat. His pin extended Ohio State’s lead to 15-0 in the team score.
The evening’s most-anticipated tilt followed, pitting the 2018 D-II NCAA Champion, Daxton Gordon, versus Buckeye All-American and second-ranked Micah Jordan. Gordon stepped up to the challenge right away, notching the clash’s first takedown and an early 2-0 edge. That would be his one and only takedown, however, compared to five for Jordan. Two escapes and a riding time bonus added up to a 13-6 decision in favor of Jordan.
Ke-Shawn Hayes didn’t mess around in the 157-pound match. He earned a quick takedown and then turned his opponent four times for a total of 14 points to close out a 16-0 tech fall before the first period came to an end. Hayes now has three tech falls and a major decision during his 6-0 start to the 2018-19 season.
Elijah Cleary bumped up to 165 pounds and found himself in the night’s most tightly-contested bout. He and Bryce Buckley remained scoreless entering the second period where Cleary took a 1:24 ride. The Buckeye then got away in just six seconds to start the third period from the bottom position, maintaining a 1:18 riding time advantage that would ultimately be the deciding factor of his 2-1 win. Buckley got in deep on a single leg late in the match, but Cleary was able to fend it off and increase Ohio State’s upper hand to 26-0.
Te’Shan Campbell took Hayes’ first-period domination one step further. He, too, picked up a takedown in a flash before racking up the near-fall points. Campbell secured four swipes on four occasions to call it a night at 18-0 in just over two and a half minutes.
Ethan Smith stepped in for Myles Martin at 184 pounds. Martin is in Romania competing for Team USA in the U23 World Championships. Smith made his senior captain proud, posting a 12-4 major decision that included five takedowns.
Kevin Snyder improved to 4-1 on the year with a 7-1 decision at 197 pounds. He was able to get a turn as well while surrendering a lone tally.
Similar to Snyder in the prior bout, Singletary wiped away a scoreless first period by taking down and then turning his opponent in the second stanza for a large lead entering period number three. Singletary added another takedown and riding time point in the third for his 10-0 major decision.
Friday marked the first career starts for Cleary, Smith and Singletary.
No. 2 Ohio State 42, California Baptist 0
125 lbs | Brakan Mead (OSU) def. Antonio Saldate (CBU) | D, 8-4; Team Score: 3-0
133 lbs | No. 5 Luke Pletcher (OSU) def. Adam Velasquez (CBU) | PIN, 4:28; TS: 9-0
141 lbs | No. 2 Joey McKenna (OSU) def. Zander Silva (CBU) | PIN, 1:17; TS: 15-0
149 lbs | No. 2 Micah Jordan (OSU) def. Daxton Gordon (CBU) | D, 13-6; TS: 18-0
157 lbs | No. 5 Ke-Shawn Hayes (OSU) def. Cole Drescher (CBU) | TF, 16-0; TS: 23-0
165 lbs | Elijah Cleary (OSU) def. Bryce Buckley (CBU) | D, 2-1; TS: 26-0
174 lbs | No. 11 Te’Shan Campbell (OSU) def. Jacob Cooper (CBU) | TF, 18-0; TS: 31-0
184 lbs | Ethan Smith (OSU) def. Garrett Strang (CBU) | MD, 12-4; TS: 35-0
197 lbs | Kevin Snyder (OSU) def. Frank Wyshinkski (CBU) | D, 7-1; TS: 38-0
285 lbs | Chase Singletary (OSU) def. Zach Schrader (CBU)| MD, 10-0; TS: 42-0
Ohio State continues its westward swing with a Sunday (Nov. 18) dual at No. 10 Arizona State. The top-10 tilt is slated for a 2 p.m. ET start and will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.