• Brandon Dodson

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Coach Ryan and the Wrestling Bucks Chop Down the Trees


The Buckeyes opened their inaugural season in the Covelli Center to a packed house on Sunday, November 10th. They celebrated their first home duel by giving all fans in attendance a free shirt with a picture of the Covelli Center on the front. The @wrestlingbucks came out victorious for their first duel win of the season against Stanford 29-6. Please read below for match to match details.


The match started out at 133 pounds with Ohio State’s Quinn Kinner, a redshirt freshman who is currently the 20th ranked 133 pound wrestler in the country. Kinner came into the match with a season record of 3-2. Kinner’s opponent, Brandon Kier, is a senior that has a 5-1 record this season. Kinner scored first with a fireman carry switch to a double then transitioned to a go behind for a takedown making it 2-0. Kinner went into a power half with the boots in for 2 near fall points making it 4-0. At the start of the second period, Kier went neutral meaning he started on his feet. Kinner added another takedown in the second period to increase his lead to 6-0. Kinner chose down to start the third period but was unable to escape with Kier on top. Despite Kier riding Kinner the entire period, Kinner was able to maintain his riding time point making it a 7-0 decision. Kinner’s 7-0 decision made the team score 3-0 Ohio State.


At 141 pounds; Ohio State’s Luke Pletcher, a senior who is currently the #1 ranked 141 pounder came into the match with a 5-0 record. Pletcher’s opponent, Real Woods is a redshirt freshman that is ranked 15th, came into the match with a 4-0 record. There was minimal activity in the first period ending 0-0. Pletcher deferred to start the second period and Woods chose to go down. Woods escaped quickly making it 1-0 Woods. The second period ended with Woods leading 1-0. Pletcher chose to go down to start the third period and was able to get the escape point tying the match at 1-1. The third period ended with the score 1-1. The match went to sudden victory where Woods was able to quickly get on Pletcher’s leg. Pletcher was able to utilize his superior defense to fend off the takedown. Pletcher then got a takedown on the edge of the mat ending the match. Stanford’s coach quickly challenged the decision but the takedown was upheld. Pletcher won by a 3-1 decision making the team score 6-0 Ohio State.


At 149 pounds; Ohio State’s Sammy Sasso, a redshirt freshman and the 5th ranked 149 pound wrestler in the country, came into the match with a 5-0 record. Sasso’s opponent, Requir van der Merwe is a redshirt junior and the 19th ranked 149 pound wrestler in the country, came into the match with a 3-1 record. Sasso was able to get a takedown in the first period making it 2-0. Sasso rode his opponent out to end the first period. Van der Merwe deferred to start the second period and Sasso chose to go down. Sasso was able to escape increasing his lead to 3-0. The second period ended with a 3-0 score. Van der Merwe chose to go down to start the third period. Van der Merwe was able to escape cutting Sasso’s lead to 3-1. Sasso was able to fend off Van der Merwe’s attacks ending the match with a 3-1 decision. Sasso’s decision made the team score 9-0 Ohio State.


At 157 pounds; Ohio State’s Elijah Cleary, a redshirt junior came into the match with a 1-2 record on the season. Cleary’s opponent, Tyler Eischens, a redshirt freshman came into the match with a 3-1 record. Eischens was able to get a quick takedown and was able to accrue over 2.5 minutes of riding time ending the first period 2-0 Eischens. Cleary chose to go down to start the second period. Cleary was able to get a reversal making it 2-2. Eischens was able to escape then get a quick takedown making the score 5-2 Eischens to end the second period. At the start of the third period Cleary was able to get 3 consecutive takedowns making the score 8-7 Cleary. Eischens had riding time locked so the third period ended tied 8-8. The match went to sudden victory where Cleary was able to get a takedown winning the match by a 10-8 decision. Cleary left the mat to the loudest cheers of the night due to his incredible comeback in the third period. Cleary’s 10-8 decision made the team score 12-0 Ohio State.


At 165 pounds; Ohio State’s Ethan Smith, a redshirt sophomore and the 20th ranked 165 pound wrestler in the country, came into the match with a 5-1 record. Smith’s opponent, Shane Griffith is a redshirt freshman and the 8th ranked 165 pound wrestler in the country, came into the match with a 4-0 record. Griffith started the first period with a takedown making the score 2-0. Smith was able to get an escape making the score 2-1 to end the first period. Griffith deferred to start the second period and Smith chose to go down. Griffith racked up over 2 minutes of riding time before officials called an illegal hold on Griffith and awarded a point to Smith making the score 2-2 to end the second period. To start the third period Griffith chose to go down. Griffith escaped making the score 3-2 Griffith. Griffith was able to get a takedown then turned Smith for the pin ending the match and making the team score 12-6 Ohio State.


At 174 pounds; Ohio State’s Kaleb Romero, a redshirt sophomore and the 21st ranked 174 pound wrestler in the country, came into the match with a 5-0 record. Romero’s opponent, Foster Karmon, a redshirt sophomore came into the match with a 3-1 record. Romero was able to get a quick takedown making the score 2-0. Karmon escaped then got a takedown making the score 3-2 Karmon. Romero was able to get an escape then get another takedown making the score 5-3 Romero. Romero was able to rack up over 1 minute of riding time to end the first period. Romero chose down to start the second period and quickly escaped. Romero then went on the offensive getting another takedown making the score 8-3 Romero. Karmon escaped cutting Romero’s lead to 8-4. Romero got another takedown at the end of the period but Karmon was able to escape making the score 10-5. Karmon chose down to start the third period and Romero chose an optional start which means he allowed Karmon to escape making the score 10-6 Romero. Romero got another takedown and immediately cut (allowed opponent to escape without resistance) Karmon making the score 12-7 Romero. Karmon was then called for his second stalling giving Romero a point making the score 13-7. Romero got one last takedown to end the match. Romero racked up over 1 minute of riding time making the final score a 16-7 major decision for Romero. Romero’s major decision made the team score 16-6 Ohio State.


At 184 pounds; Ohio State’s Zach Steiner, a redshirt sophomore, came into the match with a 0-0 record on the season. Steiner’s opponent, Nick Addison is a true freshman with a 0-0 record. Steiner came out firing with 3 takedowns in the first period ending the period with a score of 6-2 racking up over 1 minute of riding time. To start the second period Addison deferred and Steiner chose neutral. There was minimal offense in the second period maintaining Steiner’s 6-2 lead. Addison chose down to start the third period and Steiner chose an optional start making the score 6-3. Steiner was able to get one more takedown but Addison was able to escape making the score 8-4 Steiner. Addison got a takedown at the end of the period cutting Steiner’s lead to 8-6 to end the third period. Due to riding time, Steiner won the match by a 9-6 decision. Steiner’s decision increased Ohio State’s lead to 19-6.


At 197 pounds; Ohio State’s Kollin Moore, a redshirt senior and the #1 ranked 197 pound wrestler in the country, came into the match with a 5-0 record. Moore’s opponent, Nathan Traxler is a redshirt junior and the 12th ranked 197 pound wrestler in the country, came into the match with a 3-0 record. Moore started the match with 4 takedowns ending the first period with an 8-3 lead and racking up over 2 minutes of riding time. Moore started the second period on the bottom and was able to escape quickly making the score 9-3. Moore got two more takedowns to end the second period making the score 13-5. Traxler chose down to start the third period and quickly escaped making the score 13-6. Moore got one more takedown making the score 17-7. Traxler then got his second stalling call of the match increasing Moore’s lead to 18-7 Moore to end the third period. Due to riding time, Moore won the match by a 19-8 major decision. Moore’s major decision increased Ohio State’s lead to 23-6.


At HWT; Ohio State’s Gary Traub, a redshirt junior, came into the match with a 5-2 record. Traub’s opponent, David Showuni is a redshirt senior, came into the match with a 5-1 record. Showuni got a quick takedown to start the first period but Traub was able to escape making the score 2-1 to end the period. Traub chose down to start the second period and was able to quickly escape tying the match at 2-2. The second period ended with a 2-2 tie. Showuni chose down to start the third period and was able to escape making the score 3-2 Showuni. At this point in the match, Traub’s conditioning paid off because Showuni was gassed. Traub was able to get a takedown at the end of the period winning by a 4-3 decision. Traub’s win increased Ohio State’s score to 26-6.


At 125 pounds; Ohio State’s Malik Heiselman, a sophomore and the 21st ranked 125 pound wrestler in the country, came into the match with a 3-3 record. Heinselman’s opponent, Jackson Disario is a freshman, came into the match with a 3-1 record. Heinselman was able to get one takedown in the first period making the score 2-1. Heinselman deferred to start the second period and Disario chose down. Disario was able to quickly escape tying the match at 2-2. Heinselman was able to get one more takedown but was unable to prevent the escape making the score 4-3 Heinselman at the end of the second period. Heinselman chose down to start the third period and was able to escape increasing his lead to 5-3. Disario was unable to break through Heinselman’s defense and the match ended with a 5-3 decision. Heinselman’s decision increased Ohio State’s lead to 29-6.


Ohio State looked impressive at times on Sunday night but I do not think this will be the lineup at the end of the season. Chase Singleterry was available at HWT if the match was close but Coach Ryan chose to rest Singleterry due to him recently returning from U23 worlds. There are a lot of question marks in this lineup. For example, what is the plan for Jordan Decatur, Carson Kharchla, Ke-Shawn Hayes, and Rocky Jordan? What is the plan going forward at heavy weight now that Kerkvliet is transferring?


Written by Brandon Dodson

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