COLUMBUS, Ohio — Fans returned to the Covelli Center Thursday to witness the wrestle-off finals to determine the lineup for the 2021-22 Ohio State Wrestling Team. The squad was divided into Team Black and Team White and after nine bouts, Team White prevailed, 24-15.
Malik Heinselman got the night started with a win by technical fall (17-2) in the 125-pound match. Next up at 133, Andre Gonzales scored three points for Team Black with a 3-2 decision over Dylan Koontz.
The 141-pound match went to overtime tied 6-6 after regulation. Jordan Decator won 8-6 with a sudden victory takedown.
Team White tied the match at 11-all after Carson Kharchla (165) won by technical fall (19-4) over Cade Hepner.
Ethan Smith put Team Black back in the lead (15-11) with a major decision victory (16-7) over Fritz Schierl. Rocky Jordan then tied the match at 15-all with a 16-4 major decision win over Gavin Bell at 184.
Gavin Hoffman broke the tie and put Team White back on top, scoring five team points with a 19-4 win by technical fall over Tyler Stein at 197.
In the final bout of the night, Tate Orndorff secured the win (24-15) for Team White with a 20-6 major decision win over Mike Misita.
The first regular-season match of the season will be against North Carolina Nov. 7 (1 p.m.).
Wt. Team Black vs. Team White
125 lbs. | Malik Heinselman def. Ajabu Crews | TF, 17-2, 3:05 5-0
133 lbs. | Andre Gonzales def. Dylan Koontz | D, 3-2 8-0
141 lbs. | Jordan Decatur def. Dylan D’Emilio | D, 8-6 (OT) 11-0
149 lbs. | Klay Reeves lost to Sammy Sasso | Fall, 3:43 11-6
165 lbs. | Cade Hepner lost to Carson Kharchla | TF, 19-4 5:00 11-11
174 lbs. | Ethan Smith def. Fritz Schierl | MD, 16-7 15-11
184 lbs. | Gavin Bell lost to Rocky Jordan | MD, 16-4 15-15
197 lbs. | Tyler Stein vs.lost Gavin Hoffman | TF, 19-4, 7:00 15-20
285 lbs. | Mike Misita lost to Tate Orndorff | MD, 20-6 15-24
Preliminary Bout Results (Oct. 26)
133 lbs. | Phillip Kue def. Chase Liardi | D, 4-0
133 lbs. | Dylan Koontz def. Phillip Kue | Fall, 4:43
133 lbs. | Andre Gonzales def. Alex Flerlage | MD, 13-4
141 lbs. | Jordan Decatur def. Anthony Echemendia| D, 7-3
157 lbs. | Jashon Hubbard def. Kevon Freeman | D, 9-4
157 lbs. | Jashon Hubbard def. Isaac Wilcox | D, 4-3
174 lbs. | Fritz Schierl def. Bryer Hall | TF 22-2, 4:52
285 lbs. | Mike Misita def. Hogan Swenski | D, 2-0