February 15, 2019

Ohio State Derails Boilermakers in West Laffy


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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Ohio State Wrestling rattled off six consecutive bout victories to begin the weekend, dashing ahead of Purdue 24-zip before 12th-ranked Dylan Lydy lit the scoreboard for the Boilermakers (6-9, 2-6 B1G) at 174 pounds. The No. 2 Buckeyes (9-2, 6-2 B1G) would then snag the final three matches for a 34-3 Big Ten triumph.

Ohio State represents just the second team in 15 duals to limit Purdue to a lone bout victory. Missouri pulled off the same feat back on Dec. 30.

Malik Heinselman extended his current winning streak to seven straight matches, earning an Edinboro Open and two conference dual victories during that stretch. His most recent outing resulted in a 16-5 major decision over Purdue’s Marshall Craig V in Friday’s opening scuffle at 125 pounds.

Luke Pletcher took to the mat next for Ohio State, surviving a 2-1 decision to improve to 19-3 on the season, 6-2 in B1G duals and 4-3 against nationally-ranked opponents. He was the beneficiary of a ‘hands to the face’ violation in the third frame, proving to be the difference over No. 16 Ben Thornton.

A regulation collegiate wrestling match is seven minutes long. Joey McKenna was in the top position for five minutes and five seconds of the 141-pound bout vs. Nate Limmex. McKenna bought a ticket at the station and rode the Boilermaker for nearly the entire 12-1 major decision.

Micah Jordan made quick work of Parker Filius in the subsequent bout, locking in an early cradle and finishing the fall in under two minutes. It marks the 26th career pin for Jordan, moving him to within two falls of the all-time Ohio State top-10.

The 157-pound clash pitted No. 8 Ke-Shawn Hayes vs. No. 11 Griffin Parriott. A scramble in the first resulted in a stalemate, but the next scramble coming in Period 2 went in favor of Hayes for a takedown. He added another takedown late in the third and posted a 5-1 decision for his fifth win over a top-20 opponent this season. Ten of Hayes’ last 12 bouts have come against top-20 foes.

Kaleb Romero got the nod at 165 pounds and delivered a bonus-point worthy performance. He was aggressive throughout, accumulating five takedowns by bout’s end. Romero’s 2:23 riding time advantage gave him the 12-4 major decision over Cole Wysocki.

Following Purdue’s lone ‘W’ at 174 pounds, a hard-fought 5-3 decision for No. 12 Dylan Lydy over No. 18 Ethan Smith, Ohio State’s Myles Martin put the Buckeyes back on track. He punished Max Lyon to the tune of nine takedowns in garnering his sixth major decision of 2018-19, 20-7.

Kollin Moore kept the Buckeye vibe intact, handing No. 9 Christian Brunner at 12-5 defeat. Moore is now 4-1 against top-20 opponents, including 2-0 versus Brunner. Four takedowns and a pair of nearfall points highlighted the Moore outing.

Chase Singletary put a bow on it, getting past Jacob Aven 11-5. The Buckeye heavyweight led wire-to-wire for his 16th win of the year.

BOUT RESULTS | Play-by-Play
No. 2 Ohio State 34, Purdue 3
125 lbs | Malik Heinselman (OSU) def. Marshall Craig V (PU) | MD, 16-5; Team Score:  4-0
133 lbs | No. 6 Luke Pletcher (OSU) def. No. 16 Ben Thornton (PU) | D, 2-1; TS:  7-0
141 lbs | No. 3 Joey McKenna (OSU) def. Nate Limmex (PU) | MD, 12-1; TS:  11-0
149 lbs | No. 3 Micah Jordan (OSU) def. Parker Filius (PU) | PIN, 1:51; TS:  17-0
157 lbs | No. 8 Ke-Shawn Hayes (OSU) def. No. 11 Griffin Parriott (PU) | D, 5-1; TS:  20-0
165 lbs | Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. Cole Wysocki (PU) | MD, 12-4; TS:  24-0
174 lbs | No. 12 Dylan Lydy (PU) def. No. 18 Ethan Smith (OSU) | D, 5-3; TS:  24-3
184 lbs | No. 1 Myles Martin (OSU) def. Max Lyon (PU) | MD, 20-7; TS:  28-3
197 lbs | No. 2 Kollin Moore (OSU) def. No. 9 Christian Brunner (PU) | D, 12-5; TS:  31-3
285 lbs | No. 18 Chase Singletary (OSU) def. Jacob Aven (PU) | D, 11-5; TS:  34-3

The 2018-19 home slate comes to end on Sunday (Feb. 17) when the 6th-ranked Huskers of Nebraska come to town for a 2 p.m. ET dual inside St. John Arena.

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