**Photo above by Eldon Lindsay/Cornell Athletics
Ithaca, N.Y. – The No. 2 Ohio State University wrestling team (12-2) raced out to a 25-0 lead by taking the first seven bouts of the evening in a 25-9 victory over No. 7 Cornell (13-3) in the regular season finale.
Victories came from Micah Jordan (22-1), Ke-Shawn Hayes (18-7), Te’Shan Campbell (10-5), Ethan Smith (15-8), Myles Martin (17-0), Kollin Moore (16-1) and Chase Singletary (18-5). Bonus points were earned by Jordan and his tech fall, giving the Buckeyes a 5-0 lead to start off the match. Hayes and Moore added four team points for the Buckeyes with major decisions while Martin maintained his undefeated record heading to the Big Ten Championships.
Cornell’s Will Koll lit the scoreboard first to open the night’s festivities, taking down Jordan. The good vibes were short live for the Big Red though as Jordan quickly erased the two-point deficit and ultimately tech’d his opposition, 23-8. In the last nine duals, Jordan is averaging 4.889 team points with three pins, three tech falls and two major decisions.
Hayes kept in coming at 157 pounds, registering a 14-5 major decision over Adam Santoro. Hayes turned it on in the third to secure the extra team point via his sixth major this season.
Campbell found himself in a 2-0 hole heading to the third period. It was his choice for position start, and he elected to go bottom. After a quick escape to slice his deficit in half, Campbell left no doubt and gathered seven more points to secure an 8-2 decision.
Smith picked up his fourth triumph over a top-20. He did so on the strength on a impressive defensive effort in the third period. Leading 5-2, Smith withstood a valiant effort from No. 14 Brandon Womack and emerged victorious as a 5-4 winner.
Martin did what Martin does in the 184-pound tilt, putting on a takedown clinic. He notched three in the first and added a few more by bout’s end, a 13-6 decision over No. 6 Max Dean.
Moore put the Buckeyes back into a bonus mood, not only topping eighth-ranked Ben Honis but dropping 14 points en route to a fifth major decision this season.
Singletary extended Ohio State’s winning streak to seven straight in the heavyweight scuffle. Like fellow redshirt freshman Ethan Smith, Singletary also posted his fourth win over a top-20 foe. The Buckeye big fella gave up the bout’s first takedown before battled back to come out on top 6-5.
Cornell broke up the OSU party at 125 pounds in a clash of talented true freshmen. No. 8 Vito Arujau improved to 22-1 after defeating Malik Heinselman 6-0.
Next up was a battle of All-America candidates in Luke Pletcher and Chas Tucker. Neither side could muster an offensive onslaught as actin poured into a tiebreaker. Pletcher hit the deck first and Tucker successfully rode him out for 30 seconds. It was then Pletcher’s turn to start on top and he was unable to keep Tucker under wraps. The Cornell grappler escaped and walked away a 2-1 victor.
The night’s marquee tilt followed when top-ranked Yianni Diakomihalis faced No. 3 Joey McKenna. Despite a flurry of action from McKenna, the defending national champion kept his flawless mark (20-0) intact with a 7-4 decision.
No. 2 Ohio State 25, No. 7 Cornell 9
149 lbs | No. 3 Micah Jordan (OSU) def. Will Koll (Cornell) | TF, 23-8; Team Score: 5-0
157 lbs | No. 8 Ke-Shawn Hayes (OSU) def. Adam Santoro (Cornell) | MD, 14-5; TS: 9-0
165 lbs | Te’Shan Campbell (OSU) def. Andrew Berreyesa (Cornell) | D, 8-2; TS: 12-0
174 lbs | No. 17 Ethan Smith (OSU) def. No. 14 Brandon Womack (Cornell) | D, 5-4; TS: 15-0
184 lbs | No. 1 Myles Martin (OSU) def. No. 6 Max Dean (Cornell) | D, 13-6; TS: 18-0
197 lbs | No. 2 Kollin Moore (OSU) def. No. 8 Ben Honis (Cornell) | MD, 14-4; TS: 22-0
285 lbs | No. 11 Chase Singletary (OSU) def. No. 18 Jeremy Sweany (Cornell) | D, 6-5; TS: 25-0
125 lbs | No. 8 Vito Arujau (Cornell) def. Malik Heinselman (OSU) | D, 6-0; TS: 25-3
133 lbs | No. 11 Chas Tucker (Cornell) def. No. 6 Luke Pletcher (OSU) | TB2, 2-1; TS: 25-6
141 lbs | No. 1 Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) def. No. 3 Joey McKenna (OSU) | D, 7-5; TS: 25-9