The No. 2 Ohio State University wrestling team gave 3,500+ Buckeye fans plenty to cheer about in the home opener versus No. 11 Arizona State, topping the Sun Devils in seven of 10 bouts to secure a 31-12 team victory.
Ke-Shawn Hayes and Te'Shan Campbell both notched triumphs over nationally-ranked foes while heavyweight Kyle Snyder closed out the afternoon by pinning Austyn Harris in the third period following a dozen takedowns. Myles Martin contributed six points to the team as well with a pin of his own while Campbell's bonus-point donation came via a 14-0 major decision.
Snyder's 12 takedowns were 50 percent more than the entire ASU team total of eight takedowns. Overall, Ohio State racked up three times (24) as many takedowns as the Sun Devils.
Following a Sun Devil fall in the opening bout, Luke Pletcher lit the scoreboard for Ohio State with a 7-5 sudden victory. Pletcher's third takedown of the tilt clinched his fifth win of the season (5-0).
Next up was Joey McKenna making his Buckeye debut. The 141-pounder built a 4-1 edge in the first frame before riding out Cory Crooks for the entire second stanza. He then added an escape in the third and added a sizable riding time advantage to notch a 6-1 decision, evening the team ledger at 6-6.
Hayes faced his second consecutive nationally-ranked foe after defeating then-No. 12 Alfred Bannister (Maryland) in the Princeton Open finals last week. And just like in that highly-touted contest, Hayes came away with victory in hand. He surrendered no offensive points in topping No. 13 Josh Maruca, 6-3, to give Ohio State its first team lead of the day and improve individually to 6-0.
The Buckeye upper hand was short-lived, however, when No. 12 Joshua Shields (7-0) handed No. 5 Micah Jordan his first defeat on the season. Shields knotted the match score at 9-9, owner of a 7-4 decision.
Te'Shan Campbell quickly reasserted Ohio State on top in the subsequent bout, dominating a Top-10 showdown. Campbell, ranked seventh by Intermat, faced off against the sixth-ranked 165-pounder, Anthony Valencia. The Buckeye wasted little time erasing doubt of his ill-advised lower Intermat standing, executing an immediate takedown accompanied with six near-fall points in period number one. He'd tack on a four-point near-fall in the second, building up to an eventual 14-0 major decision and pushing the Bucks ahead for good at 13-9.
The day's most anticipated clash featuring No. 3 Bo Jordan and No. 1 Zahid Valencia ended in favor of the Sun Devil, a 9-4 decision.
With Ohio State's advantage down to a lone tally at 13-12, Myles Martin (ranked No. 2) jump-started a Scarlet-clad flurry to conclude the match. His pin of Kordell Norfleet marked the first of three consecutive bouts ending in six points for the Buckeyes. Kollin Moore next received the night off, accepting a forfeit at 197 pounds. Snyder's takedown clinic served as the cherry on top, a Sunday sundae treat capped by a retweet from ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell:
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COMPLETE RESULTS | (match scoresheet)
125 lbs | No. 7 Ryan Millhof (ASU) def. Brakan Mead (OSU) | PIN, 5:16; Team Score: 0-6
133 lbs | No. 10 Luke Pletcher (OSU) def. Ali Naser (ASU) | SV1, 7-5; TS: 3-6
141 lbs | No. 6 Joey McKenna (OSU) def. Cory Crooks (ASU) | D, 6-1; TS: 6-6
149 lbs | No. 11 Ke-Shawn Hayes (OSU) def. No. 13 Josh Maruca (ASU) | D, 6-3; TS: 9-6
157 lbs | No. 12 Josh Shields (ASU) def. No. 5 Micah Jordan (OSU) | D, 7-6; TS: 9-9
165 lbs | No. 7 Te'Shan Campbell (OSU) def. No. 6 Anthony Valencia (ASU) | MD, 14-0; TS: 13-9
174 lbs | No. 1 Zahid Valencia (ASU) def. No. 3 Bo Jordan (OSU) | D, 9-4; TS: 13-12
184 lbs | No. 2 Myles Martin (OSU) def. Kordell Norfleet (ASU) | PIN, 4:31; TS: 19-12
197 lbs | No. 1 Kollin Moore (OSU) wins by forfeit; TS: 25-12
285 lbs | No. 1 Kyle Snyder (OSU) def. Austyn Harris (ASU) | PIN, 6:18; TS: 31-12