COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The No. 2 Ohio State University wrestling team (5-0) began the New Year by topping No. 4 North Carolina State (9-2), 26-10, in front of 3,732 fans assembled at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes have won 15-of-20 bouts during duals against the Wolfpack in 2018 and 2019.
The evening started with Joey McKenna garnering bonus points in the 141-pound match via a 10-2 major decision over Jamal Morris. McKenna posted four takedowns and surrendered just a pair of escapes to improve to 11-0 on the season.
In the subsequent tilt at 149 pounds, Micah Jordan delivered a memorable moment as he erupted the crowd by hitting the go-ahead takedown with only six seconds remaining. He trailed 5-4 as the clock struck single digits before earning the "twwwoooooo" and sending St. John Arena into a frenzy. Jordan, a 6-5 victor, handed fourth-ranked Justin Oliver his first loss of the season.
The next two bouts went in favor of North Carolina State, however, cutting the Buckeye edge to 7-6 through four matches. At 165 lbs, it was the Wolfpack's turn to notch an exciting finish. The bout spilled over into sudden victory where No. 18 Thomas Bullard won out in a scramble for the 4-2 triumph.
Te'Shan Campbell then got the Buckeyes back on track, sparking a five-bout winning streak. He came through as a 4-1 winner over Daniel Bullard.
A battle of unbeatens came next with No. 1 Myles Marin facing off against No. 3 Nick Reenan. Martin not only arose victorious, but did so in a decisive manner. He accumulated five takedowns en route to a 12-5 'W.' Martin moved to 8-0 while Reenan dropped to 10-1.
Kollin Moore kept in coming at 197 pounds, taking down his adversary in less than five seconds. He tacked on 13 more points and walked off the mat with a 15-6 major decision over No. 19 Malik McDonald in-hand.
North Carolina State true freshmen Colin Lawler pealed off his redshirt after posting a 13-4 record in 'unattached' competition. Chase Singletary gave Lawler a not-so-warm welcome in his varsity debut, throwing the Wolfpack member to his back twice and narrowly missing out on the fall. Singletary ultimately settled for a 10-4 decision, earning his 13th win of 2018-19.
Hunter Lucas made a debut of his own, the first competition as a Buckeye for the transfer from Maryland. Similar to Lawler, Lucas came up short in his first go-around. He fell victim to an 11-2 major decision for No. 10 Sean Fausz.
The final bout ended in an unfortunate anti-climatic manner. No. 5 Luke Pletcher and No. 7 Tariq Wilson, an Ohio native from Steubenville, were slate for a marquee rubber match after splitting a pair of clashes last season. Tied 2-2 early in the second period, Wilson was forced to take an injury default.
141 lbs | No. 2 Joey McKenna (Ohio State) def. Jamal Morris (North Carolina State) | MD, 10-2; Team Score: 4-0
149 lbs | No. 3 Micah Jordan (Ohio State) def. No. 4 Justin Oliver (North Carolina State) | D, 6-5; TS: 7-0
157 lbs | No. 5 Hayden Hidlay (North Carolina State) def. No. 8 Ke-Shawn Hayes (Ohio State) | D, 7-2; TS: 7-3
165 lbs | No. 18 Thomas Bullard (North Carolina State) def. Kaleb Romero (Ohio State) | SV1, 6-4; TS: 7-6
174 lbs | Te'Shan Campbell (Ohio State) def. Daniel Bullard (North Carolina State) | D, 4-1; TS: 10-6
184 lbs | No. 1 Myles Martin (Ohio State) def. No. 3 Nick Reenan (North Carolina State) | D, 12-5; TS: 13-6
197 lbs | No. 2 Kollin Moore (Ohio State) def. No. 19 Malik McDonald (North Carolina State) | MD, 15-6; TS: 17-6
285 lbs | No. 17 Chase Singletary (Ohio State) def. Colin Lawler (North Carolina State) | D, 10-4; TS: 20-6
125 lbs | No. 10 Sean Fausz (North Carolina State) def. Hunter Lucas (Ohio State) | MD, 11-2; TS: 20-10
133 lbs | No. 5 Luke Pletcher (Ohio State) def. No. 7 Tariq Wilson (North Carolina State) | INJ, 3:35; TS: 26-10