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Ohio State edges Michigan, Coon knocks off Snyder

Nathan Tomasselo opened with a technical fall over Drew Mattin (Photo/Sam Janicki, SJanickiPhoto.com)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Bonus points generated by Kollin Moore and Nathan Tomasello distanced No. 2 Ohio State (13-1, 8-1 B1G) by three points, 18-15, in a road dual at No. 4 Michigan (10-3, 7-2 B1G) which saw the 10 bouts split 5-5. Additional Buckeye victors included Ke-Shawn Hayes, Myles Martin and Joey McKenna.

The evening's festivities began with a traditional 125-pound start to the dual. Tomasello nabbed a lone takedown in the first period, carrying a slim 2-1 edge into the second period. He was able to stretch his lead to 11-2, however, turning Drew Mattin late in the second stanza. Tomasello continued to pour it on in the third, recording a 20-5 tech fall right before the clock struck 0:00.

At 133 pounds, it was the the first of four rematches from the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational earlier this season. In the initial go-around, Ohio State's Luke Pletcher had his hand raised; but this time it was Stevan Micic of Michigan earning the win to even the season series. Despite suffering his first loss of the year through 23 matches, Pletcher kept fighting for his team to the very end while thwarting a late push from Micic for a major decision. The Wolverine had to settle for an 11-4 decision and three team tallies.

McKenna, coming off arguably his biggest triumph of 2017-18 last week versus Penn State's Nick Lee, returned to the winners column in Ann Arbor. McKenna took down Sal Profaci twice in the opening frame and accumulated over a minute of riding time by period's end. He would go on to add an escape and maintain that riding time bonus for a 6-2 decision.

Hayes took a similar path to that of McKenna, garnering a pair of first-period takedowns and a healthy portion of riding time. Hayes logged over 90 seconds on top before electing to start the second period in the neutral position. He'd add another takedown from there and then again in the third period, ultimately settling in as a 9-2 winner. It marks his team-best sixth win over a Top-20 opponent this season.

Ohio State's 11-3 upper hand in the team score slowly disappeared over the next three bouts though, all going in favor of the Wolverines. The three consecutive wins received an exclamation point from Myles Amine at 174 pounds, beating the buzzer for a late takedown to defeat Bo Jordan, 6-5, and push Michigan ahead 12-11.

Myles Martin topped Domenic Abounader (Photo/Sam Janicki, SJanickiPhoto.com)

Martin then put the Buckeyes back on track in the 184-pound tilt, besting Domenic Abounader for the second time this year. It was no walk in the park for Martin, masterfully scrambling as the final seconds ticked away to secure a 5-3 decision. His 23rd win overall (23-1) lifted Ohio State on top for good.

As an audible "O-H, I-O" chant reverberated throughout the Crisler Center, clear for those watching on ESPN2 to hear, Moore executed a takedown parade in the subsequent bout. He pulled even with Te'Shan Campbell and Martin for the team lead on his sixth major decision of the year, topping Kevin Beazley by a final ledger of 17-6.

Second-ranked Adam Coon improved to 21-0 and avenged a loss in the 2016 Big Ten Championship finals by handing Kyle Snyder his first collegiate loss in nearly three years. The 280-pound Wolverine posted the heavyweight battle's lone takedown and earned a 3-1 win over the 225-pound Snyder.


Results:
125 lbs |No. 4 Nathan Tomasello (OSU) tech fall No. 9 Drew Mattin (UM), 20-5; Team Score: 5-0
133 lbs | No. 5 Stevan Micic (UM) dec. No. 2 Luke Pletcher (OSU), 11-4; TS: 5-3
141 lbs | No. 7 Joey McKenna (OSU) dec. Sal Profaci (UM), 6-2; TS: 8-3
149 lbs | No. 6 Ke-Shawn Hayes (OSU) dec. No. 18 Malik Amine (UM), 9-2; TS: 11-3
157 lbs | No. 7 Alec Pantaleo (UM) dec. No. 5 Micah Jordan (OSU), 12-7; TS: 11-6
165 lbs | No. 9 Logan Massa (UM) dec. No. 14 Te'Shan Campbell (OSU), 6-2; TS: 11-9
174 lbs | No. 6 Myles Amine (UM) dec. No. 3 Bo Jordan (OSU), 6-5; TS: 11-12
184 lbs | No. 2 Myles Martin (OSU) dec. No. 5 Domemic Abounader (UM), 5-3<; TS: 14-12
197 lbs | No. 1 Kollin Moore (OSU) maj. dec. No. 12 Kevin Beazley (UM), 17-6; TS: 18-12
HWT | No. 2 Adam Coon (UM) dec. No. 1 Kyle Snyder (OSU), 3-1; TS: 18-15

Ohio State concludes the regular season next Sunday (Feb. 18) by traveling to Raleigh, N.C., to face No. 6 North Carolina State at 4:30 p.m. ET.

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darthfloobious (2) a week and a half ago
not sure why the actual weight of each wrestler is stated. Kurt Angle weighed in the low 200's when he wrestled the monster from NC State, Sylvester Terkay. Hwy wrestlers know that there are weight differences, Give credit to the win by Coon, without mentioning the weight difference.
vietvet (1) a week and a half ago
Same old Michigan. McFarland must have pictures.
dbestsport (1) a week and a half ago
Another great night for NCAA wrestling. Unfortunately, no mention of the record setting attendance for the dual.
S_Widzinski (1) a week and a half ago
"Same old Michigan. McFarland must have pictures."

Um, what? I've seen practically every UMich dual over the past 10 years and have often been disappointed, but that's about as impressed as I've ever been by McFarland's Wolverines. Went toe-to-toe and split 5 matches a piece with a lineup that people were suggesting could be 'the greatest dual meet team of all time' just a few weeks ago. Pantaleo came millimeters away from a pin that would've sent the dual to tiebreaker criteria.

To be honest when Michigan got drubbed by Lehigh in November I didn't think they'd have a prayer against OSU. Coaches and wrestlers both deserve a lot of credit for the way they've turned things around. And I'm an MSU grad.
Brazil06 (1) a week and a half ago
Coons weight is mentioned because it is a factor. Just because there was one a match in the last whereas wrestler overcame it, does not make it a non issue in this match. Coon can get credit , and still win bc of his weight advantage at the same time me . It does not have to be one or the other .