The No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team (11-0, 6-0 Big Ten) won against Michigan State (5-7, 1-5 Big Ten) 35-12 in East Lansing, Michigan, Friday night.
No. 2 sophomore Luke Pletcher started the Buckeyes off with a pin to beat redshirt freshman Nathan Ellis at 133 pounds. Juniors No. 11 Joey McKenna and No. 5 Micah Jordan also won via pins at 141 and 157 pounds respectively.
Pletcher and McKenna’s pins gave Ohio State a 12-0 lead, which they extended, eventually winning seven matches.
Ohio State No. 6 sophomore Ke-Shawn Hayes won 16-1 with a technical fall, bouncing back from a loss last meet against Iowa’s No. 2 Brandon Sorensen. Ohio State’s No. 1 sophomore Kollin Moore and No. 2 junior Myles Martin also won with technical falls.
No. 13 junior Te’Shan Campbell lost his match to Michigan State’s Austin Hiles after he was disqualified for accumulating five stalling calls. This was Campbell’s fourth loss in a row. Ohio State freshman heavyweight Kevin Snyder lost to Christian Rebottaro. He wrestled in place of his brother, Kyle, who is competing in Russia at the Yarygin Grand Prix this weekend.
No. 1 senior Nathan Tomasello bounced back from his first loss of the year with a 7-3 win against Michigan State 125-pound freshman Rayvon Foley. Redshirt freshman Fritz Schierl made an appearance in place of senior Bo Jordan at 174 pounds for the Buckeyes. He lost 9-6 to Michigan State’s Logan Ritchie.
This meet was the first of two for the Buckeyes this weekend. They face off against Purdue on Sunday at Graham High School in St. Paris, Ohio. Following the Purdue meet Sunday, Ohio State has a highly anticipated matchup against No. 1 Penn State on Feb. 3.