Ohio State wins top-15 battle over Pitt

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The No. 3 Ohio State University wrestling team (2-0) seized a 23-12 road victory at No. 15 Pittsburgh (1-1) Friday afternoon. Chase Singletary impressed in his season debut, earning a decisive 8-3 win over ninth-ranked Demetrius Thomas in the heavyweight bout.

Ohio State registered bonus points in three bouts, highlighted by Sammy Sasso's third-period fall at 149 pounds. Team captains Kollin Moore and Luke Pletcher each garnered major decisions.

Additional Buckeye victors included Malik Heinselman (125 lbs) and Kaleb Romero (174 lbs).

The match began at 197 pounds where Moore rattled off three first-period takedowns to put it out of reach before cruising to a 12-3 major decision.

The next four bouts shared a common oddity -- the wrestler to record the first takedown went on to lose the bout. Ohio State was victorious in three of those four tussles, including the top-10 triumph for Singletary. He scored eight of the final nine points. Pletcher gathered bonus points for the fifth time in seven trips to the mat while Sasso stuck his fourth opponent of the young season.

After back-to-back Panther triumphs at 157 and 165 pounds, Romero got Ohio State back on track. He faced a familiar foe in Gregg Harvey, handing him a 4-3 loss at the Michigan State Open two weeks ago. Romero widened the gap on Friday, stretching the difference to 7-2.

Ohio State returns to the Covelli Center on Sunday (Nov. 17), playing host to No. 11 Virginia Tech (2-0) at noon ET.

197: #1 Kollin Moore (OSU) maj dec. Kellan Stout (UP), 12-3 - Ohio State leads 4-0
285: #11 Chase Singletary (OSU) dec. #8 Demetrius Thomas (UP), 8-3 - Ohio State leads 7-0
125: #20 Malik Heinselman (OSU) dec. Louis Newell (UP), 12-7 - Ohio State leads 10-0
133: #4 Micky Phillippi (UP) dec. #14 Quinn Kinner (OSU), 4-2 - Ohio State leads 10-3
141: #1 Luke Pletcher (OSU) maj dec. #15 Cole Matthews (UP), 22-9 - Ohio State leads 14-3
149: #8 Sammy Sasso (OSU) fall Luke Kemerer (UP), 5:25 - Ohio State leads 20-3
157: #13 Taleb Rahmani (UP) dec. Elijah Cleary (OSU), 6-1 - Ohio State leads 20-6
165: #15 Jake Wentzel (UP) dec. #14 Ethan Smith (OSU), 3-2 - Ohio State leads 20-9
174: #20 Kaleb Romero (OSU) dec. Gregg Harvey (UP), 7-2 - Ohio State leads 23-9
184: #9 Nino Bonaccorsi (UP) dec. Gavin Hoffman (OSU), 10-5 - Ohio State wins 23-12


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