COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 2 Ohio State University wrestling team (7-1, 3-1 B1G) suffered its first dual defeat of the 2018-19 season, dropping a 19-17 rivalry match to No. 5 Michigan (9-0, 5-0 B1G). Redshirt junior Kollin Moore and the senior trio of Micah Jordan, Myles Martin and Joey McKenna were each victorious in their individual bouts with all three seniors garnering bonus points for a total of 14 team points.
Michigan opened the evening by taking the first two bouts, putting up seven team points heading into the 141-pound tilt. That’s when McKenna and Jordan combined to flip the script a bit and give Ohio State its first lead. McKenna’s 18-3 tech fall was encored by Jordan’s 17-4 major decision, pushing the Buckeyes ahead 9-7.
McKenna came out of the gates on a hot streak, turning the fifth-ranked Kanen Storr twice in the opening period and carrying a 13-2 edge after the first 180 seconds. He continued to pile it on and ultimately closed it out midway through the third frame when the white flag waved at 18-3. McKenna remains unbeaten during his senior campaign, running his record to 14-0.
Jordan rattled off seven takedowns and did not surrender an offensive point in dismantling Malik Amine, 17-4.
Neither 157-pounder mustered a point in the first period. Michigan’s Alec Pantaleo elected to start on bottom in the second and escaped for the bout’s first tally. He would then registered the meeting’s only takedown to go ahead 3-0. Hayes would get away for an escape and enter the third trailing 3-1 with his shot at hitting the deck to start. He was up and out quickly, cutting the deficit to a lone point at 3-2. Despite several Hayes shot attempts, Pantaleo was able to hold on for the 3-2 decision as Michigan regained the team lead.
Logan Massa and Myles Amine added to the Michigan advantage at 165 and 174 pounds, respectively. Redshirt freshman Ethan Smith gave two-time All-American Myles Amine a scare before dropping a tight 3-2 decision to the redshirt junior Wolverine.
Myles Martin came out of the tunnel next and sprinted threw the flames and fireworks on his way down the red carpet leading to the raised mat. Bonus points were pivotal with Ohio State behind 16-9, and Martin delivered as he often does. Martin put on a scoring clinic, striking early and often. Following his 24-9 tech fall, the Buckeye senior has now secured bonus points in 33 of 42 wins as an upperclassman with 15 tech falls, 11 major decisions and seven pins since the start of the 2017-18 season.
Kollin Moore extended the winning ways another bout, handing Jackson Striggow a 12-5 decision. Moore is now 11-0 on the year after taking down Striggow four times and lifting Ohio State on top, 17-16, entering the night’s final bout.
A battle of freshman big men came next with all the marbles on the line. Mason Parris, 23-3, avenged one of his three defeats. Chase Singletary topped him 15-9 at the Ohio Intercollegiate Open in November, but it was Parris earning both the individual and team win this go-around as a 6-3 victor.
BOUT RESULTS | Dual Score Sheet
No. 5 Michigan 19, No. 2 Ohio State 17
125 lbs | No. 13 Drew Mattin (UM) def. Malik Heinselman (OSU) | D, 12-6; Team Score: 3-0
133 lbs | No. 1 Stevan Micic (UM) def. No. 6 Luke Pletcher (OSU) | MD, 14-1; TS: 7-0
141 lbs | No. 2 Joey McKenna (OSU) def. No. 5 Kanen Storr (UM) | TF, 18-3; TS: 7-5
149 lbs | No. 3 Micah Jordan (OSU) def. Malik Amine (UM) | MD, 17-4; TS: 7-9
157 lbs | No. 11 Alec Pantaleo (UM) def. No. 7 Ke-Shawn Hayes (OSU) | D, 3-2; TS: 10-9
165 lbs | No. 7 Logan Massa (UM) def. Kaleb Romero (OSU) | D, 7-2; TS: 13-9
174 lbs | No. 3 Myles Amine (UM) def. No. 20 Ethan Smith (OSU) | D, 3-2; TS: 16-9
184 lbs | No. 1 Myles Martin (OSU) def. JT Correll (UM) | TF, 24-9; TS: 16-14
197 lbs | No. 2 Kollin Moore (OSU) def. Jackson Striggow (UM) | D, 12-5; TS: 16-17
285 lbs | No. 7 Mason Parris (UM) def. No. 17 Chase Singletary | D, 6-3; TS: 19-17