The fourth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team completed a sweep of Michigan schools over the weekend, defeating the Michigan State Spartans and the Michigan Wolverines.
OSU’s (7-3, 3-1) 25-15 victory over 16th-ranked Michigan (3-3, 1-2) on Sunday gave the Buckeyes their third-straight win and some extra momentum heading into their match against Indiana this coming Friday in Norwalk, Ohio.
The Buckeyes jumped out to an early 15-0 lead after the first three matches.
Seventh-ranked OSU redshirt-freshman Nathan Tomasello scored a major decision victory over redshirt-sophomore Conor Youtsey, 17-6, in the 125-pound weight class. At 133 pounds, OSU’s redshirt-junior Johnni DiJulius, ranked No. 8, won, 17-2, by technical fall over redshirt-senior Zebulon Hilyard and the Buckeyes’ defending three-time national champion redshirt-senior Logan Stieber got his second fall of the weekend at 141 pounds after pinning Michigan’s redshirt-freshman George Fisher in just 1:31.
The next two matches didn’t go in favor of the Buckeyes as the Wolverines were able to get back into it with wins at 149 pounds from 11th-ranked freshman Alec Pantaleo, who earned an 8-2 decision over OSU redshirt-senior Randy Languis, and at 157 pounds as sophomore Wolverine Brian Murphy ground out a 5-2 decision that included a late third period takedown.
With the score at 15-6, the undefeated redshirt-freshman Bo Jordan got OSU back to its winning ways with a 2-0 decision over 10th-ranked redshirt-sophomore Taylor Massa at 165 pounds. Jordan used an escape in the beginning of the third period and over a minute and a half of riding time to secure the three points for the Buckeyes.
Junior Buckeye Mark Martin returned to his spot at 174 pounds after missing the two previous dual meets and he didn’t show any signs of rust. He racked up seven points in the second period on his way to a 11-2 major decision over redshirt-senior Jeff Holm, giving the Buckeyes a 22-6 lead in the match.
OSU redshirt-junior Kenny Courts dropped a 6-2 decision to 10th-ranked sophomore Domenic Abounader at 184 pounds, but freshman Kyle Snyder, ranked fifth nationally, got the Buckeyes back on track with a 5-2 decision over eighth-ranked redshirt-senior Max Huntley. The win gave OSU its final points of the match and a 25-9 lead.
Michigan sophomore Adam Coon ended the match with a fall over OSU senior Ray Gordon.
On Friday, the Buckeyes topped the Spartans, 25-13, after winning six out of 10 matches in East Lansing, Mich.
OSU’s upcoming match against Indiana is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Norwalk High School.