Ohio State Wrestling dominates Michigan, 23-15, earns first double win in Ann Arbor in more than four years

Ohio State hit the mats in Ann Arbor on Friday and came away with a dominating win over defending Big Ten champion Michigan.

The No. 5 Buckeyes won seven of their 10 games to secure a 23-15 win over the No. 7 Wolverines inside Crisler Center. With the double win — Ohio State’s first at Ann Arbor since the 2017-18 season — head coach Tom Ryan’s team is now 10-1 this season with a 4-0 mark. in the Big Ten and positioned itself as one of the teams in the conference. best teams at this stage of the season.

Let’s break down how it happened.

The summary

125 pounds

The duel began at 125 pounds between No. 10 Malik Heinselman and No. 20 Jack Medley of Michigan. Medley scored the game’s first points via a breakout to start the second. Heinselman responded with a takedown, followed by another Medley breakout to tie the score at two as the wrestlers headed for third.

In the final two minutes, Heinselman earned a knockdown to take a 4-3 lead over Medley. It would be a lead he wouldn’t give up at the end of the fight, as the 125-pounder held off several attacks from Medley to capture a decision and three team points for the Buckeyes.

133 pounds

Ohio State’s new black jersey Jesse Mendez – the No. 9 wrestler at 133 – was next on the mat for the Buckeyes and took on No. 12 Dylan Ragusin of Michigan. After five minutes of competition, the only points of the match are due to an escape from Ragusin at the start of the second.

However, the third period (and a few more struggles) brought fireworks for Ohio State. Mendez used his own breakout to even the fight at an start of the last regulation frame. The wrestlers would endure several stalemates in the final moments and needed a sudden win to decide a winner.

With that extra time, Mendez wasted no time and quickly beat Ragusin with a power slam to secure a 3-1 win and three points for the Buckeyes.

141 pounds

A few boys from Ohio then fought on the mat as No. 18 Dylan D’Emilio took on No. 23 Cole Mattin of Michigan. And compared to the first two matches, a lot more points were scored in this one.

After two periods, D’Emilio led 5-4 with points from multiple takedowns and a breakout. Mattin then started the third down and broke away to even the fight four-all. In the third, D’Emilio, who once said Eleven Warriors he «hates Michigan more than anything», used his hatred to propel himself to victory, earning a strikeout to seal a 7-5 decision and extend Ohio State’s lead to 9-0 after three games.

149 pounds

After D’Emilio’s victory, Savage Time began in Ann Arbor when No. 3 Sammy Sasso met Michigan’s Fidel Mayora in the 149-pound division. In what would ultimately be a technical fall for Sasso, the Nazareth, Pennsylvania native held a takedown clinic and outclassed Mayora in Ann Arbor.

With nine eliminations, one escape and a driving time point, Sasso beat Mayora 20-5 to put five points on the board for the Buckeyes and extend Ohio State’s lead to 14-0 over Michigan, stunning the Wolverine fans who packed Crisler Center for the double.

157 pounds

Ohio State suffered its first loss of the night when Michigan’s No. 10 Will Lewan beat No. 23 Paddy Gallagher via sudden takeout victory – a call head coach Tom Ryan contested but was upheld by the referees to reward Lewan with a 6-4 win.

Despite the loss, Gallagher’s efforts were still encouraging for the Buckeyes, as the sophomore wrestler took on one of the best in the nation in Lewan, notching a strikeout and two breakouts against the Michigan All-American wrestler.

Ohio State entered intermission with a 14-3 advantage over the Wolverines.

165 pounds

In the surprise ending of the evening, No.9 Carson Kharchla suffered a crash to No.6 Cameron Amine after three regulation spells and two sudden victory spells.

Kharchla and Amine faced off in what ended up being a battle of wills, testing each other throughout the nine-plus-minute match. The wrestlers were all tied after three periods, and so was after the first sudden victory.

In the second set of extras, Kharchla appeared to get an out that would have won Ohio State’s game. Still, the referees chose not to award the Buckeye two points, which made Ryan, J Jaggers and Logan Stieber elated. Kharchla and Amine then returned to the middle, where the Michigan wrestler caught Kharchla off guard to capture a pin and six points for the Wolverines.

174 pounds

The Buckeyes didn’t lose long after the Kharchla loss as No. 8 Ethan Smith took care of business in a 10-6 win over Michigan’s Max Maylor to extend Ohio State’s lead at 17-9.

Smith earned his win with an aggressive mix of offenses including takedowns and escapes. This aggressiveness showed in the last moments of the third period. Smith held an 8-5 advantage with 1:22 left in the final frame and shifted gears as he collected a fourth out to secure his ninth and 10th points and earn a decision.

184 pounds

Ohio State’s momentum continued to grow as No. 5 Kaleb Romero picked up the mantle from Smith and claimed a 7-4 decision over No. 8 Matt Finesilver to extend the lead. Buckeyes at 20-9 over the Wolverines.

In a back-and-forth battle, Romero and Finesilver traded takedowns and escapes deep into the third period. However, Romero took control of the game in the dying moments. As the match drew to a close and the buzzer was about to sound, Romero executed a perfect pull-and-chase and won the three-point decision over Finesilver, carrying Ohio’s lead. State at 11 with two games left in the duel.

197 pounds

Gavin Hoffman, the No. 21 wrestler at 197 pounds, won three straight for the Buckeyes by beating Michigan’s Rylan Rogers in a 5-3 decision – a win that officially secured the Ohio State team’s victory in Ann Abor.

Hoffman showed incredible courage in his fight against Rogers and took many shots from the Michigan wrestler. He also had several shots, as the native of Montoursville, Pennsylvania had two takedowns and a breakout in the two-point victory over his opponent.

Heavy weights

With Ohio State’s double victory secured, Ryan opted to send Hogan Swenski to the mat to face No. 1 Mason Parris as a replacement for No. 16 Tate Orndorff. Parris showed dominance against Swenski and made quick work of the Buckeye pinning him with just over a minute left in the duel. The Michigan wrestler’s victory added six points to Wolverines’ total and took the match to its final score of 23-15.


Ohio State will be back on the mats Sunday for a duel against Michigan State at the Covelli Center. The match will start at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast live on BTN+.

Deja un comentario

error: Content is protected !!