COLUMBUS, Ohio – Luke Pletcher is 2-for-2 in capturing tournament titles this season, defeating five top-25 opponents in becoming the Michigan State Open and Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational champion at 141 pounds. Postseason action brings two more opportunities for Pletcher to climb the podium.
Pletcher assumed the top spot after knocking off preseason No. 1 Dom Demas (Oklahoma) in the MSU Open finals. He maintained that lofty position for more than 100 days before the lone blemish on his 23-1overall record occurred in the season finale. Pletcher defended his status as the best 141-pounder 10 times against nationally-ranked foes, garnering bonus points in six of those premier match-ups. In his 13 total top-25 tilts, he went 12-1 with a +88 combined point differential. He nearly averaged a major decision (+7.7 points/bout) in the 12 victories. Whoa.
Bonus rate has skyrocketed for Pletcher’s senior campaign. He’s racked up 10 major decisions, three pins and two tech falls, earning extra team tallies at a 63% clip.
‘SEVEN MINUTES’ WITH LUKE PLETCHER (via Trackwrestling.com)
The team captain and ‘black shirt’ recipient is slotted 14th in the latest ‘pound-for-pound’ rankings released by FloWrestling.
Stay tuned to OhioStateBuckeyes.com for more ‘Postseason Profiles’ as the Big Ten Championships quickly approach (March 7-8).