Dec. 6, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four unattached Buckeyes placed at Sunday’s Penn State Open, led by true freshman Ke-Shawn Hayes and redshirt freshman Thomas Haines, who was the 141 and 285-pound champions, respectively. For full results, click here.
KE-SHWN HAYES | 141 LBS.
Hayes, who entered the Nittany Lion Open with a perfect 15-0 record with titles at both the Eastern Michigan and Michigan State Open, had little trouble in his first three matches of the day, racking up a total of 36 points while rolling into the quarterfinals. His most dominant performance came in a 16-0 tech fall over Joe Ghione that occurred in 4:18.
In the quarters, Hayes won a tight 2-0 decision over Connor Price of Navy. Penn State’s James Gulibon, currently ranked sixth nationally, was set to face Hayes in the semifinals but was forced to medically forfeit. Hayes finished off his big day with a 10-2 major decision over Princeton’s Matthew Kolodzik.
Myles Martin | 174 LBS.
Like Hayes, Martin, a true freshman, had little trouble in his first two matches, pinning Baren Berg just 1:07 into the first period before an 18-3 tech fall over Cody Hughes. In the quarterfinals, he edged Brian Brill, 7-6, and then punched his ticket to the finals with a 6-3 decision over Casey Kent of Penn.
In the finals, Martin dropped a hard-fought 4-3 decision to top-seeded Bo Nickal of Penn State, ranked sixth nationally in last week’s InterMat poll.
Kollin Moore | 197 LBS.
A champion his last time out at the Findlay Open, Moore received an opening-round bye and then had back-to-back major decisions to move into the semifinals. He scored early and often in an 18-6 win over Army’s Robert Ng and followed that up with a 14-6 win against Nathan Now. In the semifinals, Moore ran in to Rocco Caywood of Army and lost 10-1, but came back to earn a 8-6 decision over Frank Mattiace of Penn in the consolation finals and then secured his third-place showing after his opponent, Owen Scott, medically forfeited.
Thomas Haines | 285 LBS.
Seeded third, Thomas Haines had one of the most impressive days on his young career. The redshirt freshman from New Providence, Pa., he scored 15 points in the first two rounds and secured a pair of decisions, and then routed Ethan Hayes of Virginia in the quarterfinals, 13-2. A forfeit by Douglas Vollaro put him in the finals against top-seeded Dawson Peck of Maryland, who also was forced to forfeit.
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