COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 3 Ohio State University wrestling team (9-2, 5-1 B1G) amassed bonus points aplenty in a 43-3 triumph over Maryland (2-12, 0-6 B1G). Ohio State totaled 53 takedowns on the night while surrendering a lone Terrapin takedown. The Buckeyes won nine of 10 bouts, including four tech falls, two major decisions and two pins.
After splitting the first two bouts to start the evening, Ohio State rattled off eight consecutive bonus point garnering performances. Luke Pletcher’s first period pin sparked the scoring streak with Gary Traub placing the cherry on top in the form of a 24-9 tech fall at heavyweight.
The all-time series is now 5-0 in favor of the Scarlet & Gray with a combined team score of 183-30.
Prior to the bonus bonanza, Malik Heinselman placed himself in the win column with a 7-2 decision over Brandon Cray in the 125-pound bout.
Pletcher executed a short ‘catch and release’ stint nabbing four takedowns before turning and sticking Hunter Baxter at the 1:57 mark.
The recently-minted No. 2 149-pounder in the country, Sammy Sasso, looked every bit the part. He blitzed Ryan Garlitz for 10 takedowns and an eventual 23-8 tech fall.
Quinn Kinner, bumping up to 157 pounds for the first time at the Covelli Center, flashed his turning prowess. He garnered four near-fall points three different times in short succession, leading to a second straight OSU tech fall. Kinner finished off his opponent in just two minutes, 34 seconds.
Ethan Smith and Kaleb Romero kept it coming at 165 and 174 pounds, respectively, with major decisions. Romero faced a nationally-ranked foe in Philip Spadafora (#24) and was unfazed as a 13-4 victor.
The rout rolled along as Rocky Jordan, Kollin Moore and Traub closed it out with two more tech falls and a Moore pin. Traub’s effort included a team-high 11 takedowns.
No. 3 Ohio State 43, Maryland 3
125 lbs | Malik Heinselman (OSU) def. Brandon Cray (UMD) | D, 7-2; Team Score: 3-0
133 lbs | King Sandoval (UMD) def. No. 21 Jordan Decatur (OSU) | D, 10-8; TS: 3-3
141 lbs | No. 1 Luke Pletcher (OSU) def. Hunter Baxter (UMD) | PIN, 1:57; TS: 9-3
149 lbs | No. 2 Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. Ryan Garllitz (UMD) | TF, 23-8 (6:29); TS: 14-3
157 lbs | Quinn Kinner (OSU) def. Lucas Cordio (UMD) | TF, 16-1 (2:34); TS: 19-3
165 lbs | No. 13 Ethan Smith (OSU) def. Kyle Cochran (UMD) | MD, 20-7; TS: 23-3
174 lbs | No. 7 Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. No. 24 Philip Spadafora (UMD) | MD, 13-4; TS: 27-3
184 lbs | No. 24 Rocky Jordan (OSU) def. Kyle Jasenski (UMD) | TF, 18-2; TS: 32-3
197 lbs | No. 1 Kollin Moore (OSU) def. Niko Cappello (UMD) | PIN, 2:36; TS: 38-3
285 lbs | No. 23 Gary Traub (OSU) def. Parker Robinson (UMD) | TF, 24-9; TS: 43-3
The Buckeyes turn around and hop on a plane Saturday morning destined for Lincoln, Neb., and a 1 p.m. ET Sunday showdown with the 6th-ranked Nebraska Huskers.