NCAA champs Snyder, Martin lead Ohio State to win over ASU

TEMPE, Ariz. -- A string on three straight bonus point wins in the final three bouts lifted No. 4 Ohio State to a 27-15 victory over No. 19 Arizona State on Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz.

Trailing 15-12 after back to back ASU wins at 165 and 174 pounds, Ohio State got a technical fall, fall and major decision to win its dual opener in front of nearly 2,000 fans. The wins came from second-ranked Myles Martin (184), redshirt freshman Kollin Moore (197) and returning Olympic champion Kyle Snyder (HWT), who made his 2016-17 debut. In all, Ohio State won six of 10 matches - five via bonus points.

Making his dual match debut, redshirt freshman Jose Rodriguez picked up key bonus points with a 13-0 major decision over Josh Kramer at 125 lbs. Rodriguez jumped out to a 6-0 lead on a takedown and four-point near fall. He then rode Kramer the entire second period, turned him on his back for two more points, and then finished it off with two more takedowns and well over 3:00 of riding time.

True freshman Brendan Fitzgerald dropped a hard-fought 5-2 decision at 133 lbs., but Ke-Shawn Hayes, who like Rodriguez was making his dual debut, made quick work of ASU's Tyler Sage at 141, getting a 15-0 second period technical fall. Hayes piled up eight first period points, escaped the start the second, scored a takedown and four-point near fall for the final.

Seventh-ranked Micah Jordan moved to a team-best 9-0 on the season while racking up 15 points and scoring five first-period takedowns. He scored two more takedowns in the third period and piled up well over 1:00 of riding time.

ASU WINS AT 157, 165, 174
In one of the more entertaining matches of the night, redshirt sophomore Jake Ryan led 9-6 early in the third period against Josh Shields but eventually dropped a 13-12 decision that was decided on riding time. Brothers Anthony and Zahid Valencia then won back to back matches to swing the lead to the Sun Devils after seven bouts, 15-12. Anthony, ranked ninth nationally, narrowly topped Cody Burcher, 4-3, on two first period takedowns. At 174, Zahid, who is No. 7 this week, pinned Seth Williams in 1:43.

Reigning national champion Martin looked the part in his match against Jacen Peterson, getting an 18-3 technical fall. Martin quickly got a takedown, two point near-fall and four point near-fall for a quick 8-1 edge. He led 16-3 heading into the second period and quickly scored another takedown to end the match.

Moore quickly got two takedowns against Sully Cauley at 197 and then scored a fall in just 1:06 to give the Buckeyes a comfortable 23-15 lead. Snyder then took the mat at heavyweight, becoming the first American wrestling Olympic champion to compete in a collegiate match. Snyder looked to be in midseason form, scoring three takedowns in the first period, four more in the second and two in the third for a 20-8 major decision (he also had over 1:00 of riding time). In nine of his last 12 matches dating back to last season, Snyder has scored 20 or more points.

The Buckeyes have a quick turnaround before their next dual, heading up 71 on Tuesday to compete against Cleveland State and host Kent State in a tri-dual in Kent, Ohio. Start time is slated for 7 p.m.

125: Jose Rodriguez major decision over Josh Kramer 13-0 | OSU 4, ASU 0.
133: Ali Nasser decision over Branden Fitzgerald 5-2 | OSU 4, ASU 3
141: #14 Ke-Shawn Hayes technical fall over Tyler Sage 15-0 4:17 | OSU 9, ASU 3
149: #7 Micah Jordan decision over Josh Maruca 15-8 | OSU 12, ASU 3
157: Josh Shields decision over #10 Jake Ryan 13-12 | OSU 12, ASU 6
165: #9 Anthony Valencia decision over Cody Burcher 4-3 | OSU 12, ASU 9
174: #7 Zahid Valencia fall over Seth Williams 1:44 | ASU 15, OSU 12
184: #2 Myles Martin technical fall over Jacen Peterson 18-3 3:33 | OSU 17, ASU 15
197: #12 Kollin Moore fall over Sully Cauley 1:06 | OSU 23, ASU 17
HWT: #1 Kyle Snyder major decision over #4 Tanner Hall 20-8 | OSU 27, ASU 15


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