COLUMBUS, Ohio – From preseason No. 1 to top dog entering postseason competition, Kollin Moore has gone wire-to-wire as the most targeted 197-pounder in the country. The senior captain has maintained an unblemished 24-0 record despite being a marked man and each of his opponent’s ‘super bowl’ as the top-ranked wrestler at the weight nationally.
Moore is not only raising his hand after all bouts, but doing so with bonus points in his grasp. He is ‘bonus’-ing at a 75% rate. His eight major decisions, six tech falls and four pins separate him from the majority of a 14-man group of undefeated wrestlers left in the country, putting him in legitimate contention for the 2020 Dan Hodge trophy (awarded annually to the nation’s beset collegiate wrestler). Moore pushes the pace and is averaging 15.2 points per ‘non-pin’ bout with a +198 combined point differential.
The domination remains when facing high tier competition as well. Moore is 11-0 vs. top-25 opponents, garnering a half dozen major decisions and a tech fall.
Moore has not been shy this season about acknowledging his previous stint as the favorite to win it all and ultimately coming up short in his sophomore campaign as the 2018 NCAA Championships’ top seed. He has repeatedly expressed confidence in his heightened mental preparation this time around. The NCAA finalist knocked on the door a year ago and is looking to kick through with a career-capping national title come March 21 in Minneapolis.
Amid the 100th season of Ohio State wrestling, Moore owns the eighth-best career winning percentage in program history at .906 (107-11). He is on the verge of becoming just the eighth Buckeye to depart Columbus as a four-time All-American.
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