FLASH: No. 2 Ohio State beats No. 11 Arizona State in Columbus, 31-12

By Kyle Kuhlman, Ohio State | Nov. 12, 2017, 5:13 p.m. (ET)
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 2 Ohio State University wrestling team gave 3,500+ Buckeye fans plenty to cheer about in the home opener versus No. 11 Arizona State, topping the Sun Devils in seven of 10 bouts to secure a 31-12 team victory.

Ke-Shawn Hayes (149) and Te’Shan Campbell (165) both notched triumphs over nationally-ranked foes while heavyweight Kyle Snyder closed out the afternoon by pinning Austyn Harris in the third period following a dozen takedowns.

Also winning for the Buckeyes were Luke Pletcher (133), Joey McKenna (141), Myles Martin (184) and Kollin Moore (197).

The complete wrapup story from Ohio State will be posted when received.

OHIO STATE 31, ARIZONA STATE 12
125 lbs | No. 7 Ryan Millhof (ASU) def. Brakan Mead (OSU) | PIN, 5:16; Team Score: 0-6
133 lbs | No. 10 Luke Pletcher (OSU) def. Ali Naser (ASU) | SV1, 7-5; TS: 3-6
141 lbs | No. 6 Joey McKenna (OSU) def. Cory Crooks (ASU) | D, 6-1; TS: 6-6
149 lbs | No. 11 Ke-Shawn Hayes (OSU) def. No. 13 Josh Maruca (ASU) | D, 6-3; TS: 9-6
157 lbs | No. 12 Josh Shields (ASU) def. No. 5 Micah Jordan (OSU) | D, 7-6; TS: 9-9
165 lbs | No. 7 Te’Shan Campbell (OSU) def. No. 6 Anthony Valencia (ASU) | MD, 14-0; TS: 13-9
174 lbs | No. 1 Zahid Valencia (ASU) def. No. 3 Bo Jordan (OSU) | D, 9-4; TS: 13-12
184 lbs | No. 2 Myles Martin (OSU) def. Kordell Norfleet (ASU) | PIN, 4:31; TS: 19-12
197 lbs | No. 1 Kollin Moore (OSU) wins by forfeit; TS: 25-12
285 lbs | No. 1 Kyle Snyder (OSU) def. Austyn Harris (ASU) | PIN, 6:18; TS: 31-12

Arizona State release
by Mollie Hanke


COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 6 Arizona State wrestling started the dual season with back-to-back tough tests, facing No. 2 Ohio State in their home arena Sunday after No. 3 Michigan on Friday. Despite ASU taking an early lead, OSU ultimately reigned victorious, 31-12.

"It was a tough one today," said head coach Zeke Jones. "We had several opportunities to put ourselves in a position to win the dual but we didn't get it done. Now that we've battled two of the potential final four teams, we know exactly what we need to work on. You must be a complete wrestler – compete in all three positions, have one or two moves in every area – to win at this level. If you have that, you'll be fine but if not, they'll expose you."

Ryan Millhof (125), in his official debut dual bout as a Sun Devil, pinned OSU's Brakan Mead to push the Sun Devils out to a 6-0 lead early.

Ohio State picked up decisions, the 133-lb. match in the first sudden victory period, in three straight bouts (133, 141, 149) but No. 12 Josh Shields tied the match at 9-apiece going into intermission with an upset of No. 5 Micah Jordan, 7-4.

After the Buckeyes regained the lead, 13-9, on a major decision at 165, No. 1 Zahid Valencia defeated No. 4 Bo Jordan, 9-4, in their long-awaited meeting to pull the Sun Devils within one, 13-12.

"The 'game ball' goes to Josh Shields and Zahid. They just came in and took care of business. They wrestled well in all areas and stayed tough. They love to compete and love to wrestle and it's going to take an army of men to stop these two."

Ohio State picked up 18 points in the final three weight classes to ultimately run away with a 31-12 victory.

"It's great to wrestle both Ohio State and Michigan this early and we look forward to wrestling Ohio State in Vegas and Michigan two more times in December."

ASU returns to Tempe for their regular season home opener on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 12 noon vs. No. 23 Pitt. The first-of-its-kind "Grappling at Gammage" event will be held at ASU Gammage on the ASU Tempe campus and will be live streamed.