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Ohio State opens season with victory over Navy

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Myles Martin put on a show in front of the 'home' crowd with a 21-6 technical fall during an Ohio State-hosted dual vs. Navy at his alma mater, McDonogh School. Martin was one of eight Buckeyes to arise victorious in the second-ranked Buckeyes' 28-9 triumph.

Martin wasn't the only Scarlet-clad grappler to register a dominating tech fall. Fellow senior captain Micah Jordan shined in the evening's lone nationally-ranked showdown with a 16-1 besting of No. 19 Jared Prince.

In the opening bout, Ke-Shawn Hayes found himself trailing 3-1 entering the third period and electing to start in the bottom position. After a quick escape, he lifted an ankle and tagged Connor Prince with a trip for two. Hayes would tack on another takedown and the riding time tally for a 7-5 final score at 157 pounds.

Kaleb Romero, making his Ohio State varsity debut, performed third-period magic as well. He nailed a blast double for the bout-winning takedown with eight seconds left on the clock. His 3-2 decision represented his first career win and pushed the Buckeyes ahead 6-0.

Kevin Snyder was in the attack in the first, firing shot after shot. The 197-pound Buckeye was able to finish off a takedown but did force a 'hands to the face' penalty point on Joshua Roetman. The 1-0 edge remained going to the second before Roetman caught Snyder in a cradle and capped off the fall at 3:39 for Navy's first bout win.

The heavyweights grinded to a 1-1 stalemate though the first six minutes and 20 seconds. Then, Ohio State's Gary Traub notched a takedown and seized the 3-1 'W.'

As the match flipped over to 125 pounds, the Midshipmen returned the favor with a late-match win of their own. Jacob Allen popped out of a long scramble and ended up on top with 20 seconds remaining to hand Brakan Mead a 5-4 defeat.

Picking up where he left off during the 2017-18 season, Luke Pletcher grinded out a 7-4 decision over Casey Cobb at 133 pounds. Eighteen of his 30 wins a year ago came by three points or less.

Less than 24 hours after handing No. 4 Kaid Brock (Oklahoma State) an 11-4 loss in the NWCA All-Star Classic two time zones away in Denver, Joey McKenna battled for a 3-2 win over Nicholas Gil. The tilt sat tied at 2-2 entering the third period before McKenna rode him out for the entire two minutes to activate the riding time point and the 3-2 edge.

The cherry on top came in the form of a top-20 showdown between No. 2 Micah Jordan and No. 19 Jared Prince at 149 pounds. It was complete domination as Jordan produced a 16-1 tech fall.

Results:
157 lbs | No. 6 Ke-Shawn Hayes (Ohio State) def. Connor Prince (Navy) | D, 7-5; Team Score: 3-0
165 lbs | Kaleb Romero (Ohio State) def. Tanner Skidgel (Navy) | D, 3-2; TS: 6-0
174 lbs | No. 13 Te'Shan Campbell (Ohio State) def. Spencer Carey (Navy) | D, 8-5; TS: 9-0
184 lbs | No. 1 Myles Martin (Ohio State) def. Anthony Cable (Navy) | TF, 21-6; TS: 14-0
197 lbs | Joshua Roetman (Navy) def. Kevin Snyder (Ohio State) | PIN, 3:39; TS: 14-6
285 lbs | Gary Traub (Ohio State) def. Andrew Piehl (Navy) | D, 3-1; TS: 17-6
125 lbs | Jacob Allen (Navy) def. Brakan Mead (Ohio State) | D, 5-4; TS: 17-9
133 lbs | No. 4 Luke Pletcher (Ohio State) def. Casey Cobb (Navy) | D, 7-4; TS: 20-9
141 lbs | No. 2 Joey McKenna (Ohio State) def. Nicholas Gil (Navy) | D, 3-2; TS: 23-9
149 lbs | No. 2 Micah Jordan (Ohio State) def. No. 19 Jared Prince (Navy) | TF, 16-1; TS: 28-9

Ohio State returns to action next weekend (Nov. 11) at the Ohio Intercollegiate Open in Cleveland, Ohio.

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