COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio State University wrestling program hosted its first match inside the Covelli Center, putting on a show for the nearly 4,000 fans in attendance by chopping down the Stanford Cardinal in 29-6 final tally. The Buckeyes were victorious in nine of 10 matches, including a pair of sudden victories which sent the crowd into a frenzy.
Quinn Kinner, Sammy Sasso and Zach Steiner each made their varsity lineup debuts Sunday night, and all walked off the mat as victors. Kinner kick-started the night at 133 pounds, earning a 7-1 decision in the first official wrestling bout contested inside the Covelli Center. Two matches later, Sasso improved 6-0 on the season with a hard-fought 3-1 win over No. 19 Requir van der Merwe at 149 pounds. Steiner jumped out early and maintained the upper hand in a 9-6 decision in the 184-pound clash.
Luke Pletcher and Elijah Cleary worked overtime as their matches spilled into sudden victory. Pletcher came out on the right end of a wild scramble to emerge triumphant while Cleary ripped off three third-period takedowns to even the score at the end of regulation. He then tacked on one more in the the extra frame to push Ohio State ahead 12-0 through four bouts.
ANOTHER THRILLING FINISH
Edge-of-your-seat action came at heavyweight as well. Gary Traub trailed 3-2 with less than 75 seconds remaining when he dragged David Showunmi back into the circle by his ankle before pouncing for the bout-winning takedown.
A complete match recap to come.
133 lbs | No. 20 Quinn Kinner (OSU) def. Brandon Kier (SU) | D, 7-1; Team Score: 3-0
141 lbs | No. 1 Luke Pletcher (OSU) def. No. 15 Real Woods (SU) | SV-1, 3-1; TS: 6-0
149 lbs | No. 5 Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. No. 19 Requir van der Merwe (SU) | D, 3-1; TS: 9-0
157 lbs | Elijah Cleary (OSU) def. Tyler Eischens (SU) | SV-1, 10-8; TS: 12-0
165 lbs | No. 8 Shane Griffith (SU) def. No. 20 Ethan Smith (OSU) | PIN, 6:15; TS: 12-6
174 lbs | No. 21 Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. Foster Karmon (SU) | MD, 16-7; TS: 16-6
184 lbs | Zach Steiner (OSU) def. Nick Addison (SU) | D, 9-6; TS: 19-6
197 lbs | No. 1 Kollin Moore (OSU) def. No. 12 Nathan Traxler (SU) | MD, 19-8; TS: 23-6
285 lbs | Gary Traub (OSU) def. David Showunmi (SU) | D, 4-3; TS: 26-6
125 lbs | Malik Heinselman (OSU) def. Jackson DiSario (SU) | 6-3; TS: 29-6