COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 3 Ohio State University wrestling team (2-0) seized a 23-12 road victory at No. 15 Pittsburgh (1-1) Friday afternoon. Chase Singletary impressed in his season debut, earning a decisive 8-3 win over ninth-ranked Demetrius Thomas in the heavyweight bout.
Ohio State registered bonus points in three bouts, highlighted by Sammy Sasso’s third-period fall at 149 pounds. Team captains Kollin Moore and Luke Pletcher each garnered major decisions.
Additional Buckeye victors included Malik Heinselman (125 lbs) and Kaleb Romero (174 lbs).
No. 3 Ohio State 23, No. 15 Pittsburgh 12
197 lbs | No. 1 Kollin Moore (OSU) def. No. 23 Kellan Stout (PITT) | MD, 12-3; Team Score: 4-0
285 lbs | No. 11 Chase Singletary (OSU) def. No. 9 Demetrius Thomas (PITT) | D, 8-3; TS: 7-0
125 lbs | No. 21 Malik Heinselman (OSU) def. Louis Newell (PITT) | D, 12-7; TS: 10-0
133 lbs | No. 4 Micky Phillippi (PITT) def. No. 18 Quinn Kinner (OSU) | D, 4-2; TS: 10-3
141 lbs | No. 1 Luke Pletcher (OSU) def. No. 17 Cole Matthews (PITT) | MD, 23-9; TS: 14-3
149 lbs | No. 6 Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. Luke Kemerer (PITT) | PIN, 5:26; TS: 20-3
157 lbs | No. 10 Taleb Rahmani (PITT) def. Elijah Cleary (OSU) | D, 6-1; TS: 20-6
165 lbs | No. 15 Jake Wentzel (PITT) def. No. 20 Ethan Smith (OSU) | D, 3-2; TS: 20-9
174 lbs | No. 20 Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. Gregg Harvey (PITT) | D 7-2; TS: 23-9
184 lbs | No. 11 Nino Bonaccorsi (PITT) def. Gavin Hoffman (OSU) | D, 10-5; TS: 23-12
The match began at 197 pounds where Moore rattled off three first-period takedowns to put it out of reach before cruising to a 12-3 major decision.
The next four bouts shared a common oddity — the wrestler to record the first takedown went on to lose the bout. Ohio State was victorious in three of those four tussles, including the top-10 triumph for Singletary. He scored eight of the final nine points. Pletcher gathered bonus points for the fifth time in seven trips to the mat while Sasso stuck his fourth opponent of the young season.
After back-to-back Panther triumphs at 157 and 165 pounds, Romero got Ohio State back on track. He faced a familiar foe in Gregg Harvey, handing him a 4-3 loss at the Michigan State Open two weeks ago. Romero widened the gap on Friday, stretching the difference to 7-2.
Ohio State returns to the Covelli Center on Sunday (Nov. 17), playing host to No. 11 Virginia Tech (2-0) at noon ET.