COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 4 Ohio State University wrestling team (7-1, 3-0 B1G) erased an early deficit and ultimately tore through Illinois (4-3, 1-2 B1G), 28-6. The Buckeyes won the final eight bouts of the afternoon, including five victories over nationally-ranked Fighting Illini.
🌰 Luke Pletcher recorded the 100th win of his career
🌰 Pletcher improves to 10-0 vs. top-25 opponents with a +76 point differential
🌰 Kaleb Romero avenged an overtime loss to Joey Gunther last February
🌰 Romero moves to 7-0 in duals while Pletcher and Kollin Moore sit at 8-0
🌰 Pletcher and Moore both own 18-0 season marks
🌰 Moore registered the first Buckeye pin in Covelli Center history
The highest-ranked win came from the unranked (for now) Rocky Jordan in the 184-pound tilt. Jordan picked up his 22nd win of the season, an impressive one over No. 11 Zac Braunagel. Ethan Smith handed an ‘L’ to the Braunagel name as well, getting past Danny Braunagel in a tightly-contested 3-1 decision. Check out his bout-winning takedown:
Additional top-25 triumphs for Ohio State came from Luke Pletcher (def. No. 12 Dylan Duncan), Elijah Cleary (def. No. 22 Eric Barone) and Kaleb Romero (def. No. 16 Joey Gunther).
Sammy Sasso and Kollin Moore were not pitted against top-25 guys, and it showed as both threw bonus points on to the scoreboard. Sasso majored Mousa Jodeh, 13-3, while Moore recorded the first Buckeye pin in Covelli Center history.
⛽ Gas Tank Gary Traub revved his engine early and often in this one. No need for the dramatics this time around as the Buckeye heavyweight improved to 17-3 overall with an 11-4 decision.
No. 4 Ohio State 28, Illinois 6
125 lbs | No. 24 Justin Cardani (ILL) def. Malik Heinselman (OSU) | SV-1, 8-6; Team Score: 0-3
133 lbs | No. 8 Travis Piotrowski (ILL) def. No. 20 Jordan Decatur (OSU) | D, 6-2; TS: 0-6
141 lbs | No. 1 Luke Pletcher (OSU) def. No. 12 Dylan Duncan (ILL) | D, 12-5; TS: 3-6
149 lbs | No. 6 Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. Mousa Jodeh (ILL) | MD, 13-3; TS: 7-6
157 lbs | Elijah Cleary (OSU) def. No. 22 Eric Barone (ILL) | TB-1, 4-3; TS: 10-6
165 lbs | No. 12 Ethan Smith (OSU) def. No. 14 Danny Braunagel (ILL) | D, 3-1; TS: 13-6
174 lbs | No. 8 Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. No. 16 Joey Gunther (ILL) | D, 6-3; TS: 16-6
184 lbs | Rocky Jordan (OSU) def. No. 11 Zac Braunagel (ILL) | D, 6-4; TS: 19-6
197 lbs | No. 1 Kollin Moore (OSU) def. Matt Wroblewski (ILL) | PIN, 4:35; TS: 25-6
285 lbs | Gary Traub (OSU) def. Luke Luffman (ILL) | D, 11-4; TS: 28-6
While the dual was happening at the Covelli Center, a dozen Buckeyes were competing in the Purple Raider Open. Four were crowned champions of their weight class: Quinn Kinner (157 lbs), Jashon Hubbard (165 lbs), Carson Kharchla (174 lbs) and Gavin Hoffman (HWT).
Next up for the Scarlet & Gray is a clash with the top-ranked Hawkeyes of Iowa on Friday, Jan. 24.