No. 2 Ohio State wins six bouts to defeat No. 6 Nebraska, 21-12 in Columbus

By Ohio State and Nebraska Athletics | Feb. 17, 2019, 5:46 p.m. (ET)
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No. 2 Ohio State seniors sent off with 21-12 triumph over No. 6 Nebraska

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A celebration of the 2019 senior class and St. John Arena was highlighted by Ohio State Wrestling’s 21-12 conference victory over No. 6 Nebraska (11-5, 5-4 B1G). Four seniors took the mat for their final time in front of the home crowd and St. John Arena hosted its last wrestling dual as the primary competition home of the @wrestlingbucks (11-2, 7-2 B1G).

Te’Shan Campbell, Joey McKenna, Micah Jordan and Myles Martin represented the 2019 Senior Class.

Three senior managers were recognized prior to the match as well: Jarret Logan, Nancy Nguyen and Sam Tremblay.

A traditional 125-pound start to the dual pitted Malik Heinselman against two-time All-American Zeke Moisey. The Buckeye true freshman dug himself an 8-0 hole versus the fifth-year senior before ripping off five unanswered points to close the bout. Heinselman posted two takedowns while surrendering just one in an 8-5 defeat.

Luke Pletcher returned to his early season form, throwing bonus points up on the scoreboard with a 13-4 major decision. He tallied five takedowns to secure his 20th win this season.

McKenna faced an All-American in Chad Red at 141 pounds, emerging as a 7-1 victor. He took down the Husker twice and forced the action to nab a stalling penalty point in the third period.

Jordan put on a show at 149 pounds, loading up four takedowns in the first frame alone. He added four more and a 4-spot worth of nearfall points by bout’s end, ultimately ending it early via a 22-7 tech fall.

Three consecutive decisions for Nebraska came next to pull even at a dozen team points apiece. Ke-Shawn Hayes notched the first takedown versus No. 2 Tyler Berger, jumping up 2-0. Berger would battle back though and register a 10-5 winner. Te’Shan Campbell fired off several shots in the final minute of his bout, each denied by Isaiah White in holding on for a 4-2 triumph. Ethan Smith vs. Mikey Labriola (174 lbs) was arguably the most entertaining bout of the afternoon from start to finish. Scrambles and action were aplenty. Labriola came out on the right end, winning 9-5.

The next three bouts all featured top-20 tilts. Martin, Kollin Moore and Chase Singletary each got the job done versus their nationally-ranked adversaries as Ohio State garnered the day’s final nine team points.

Martin was a magician in his 16th win in as many matches to maintain his flawless season record (16-0). Facing fourth-ranked Taylor Venz, Martin gave up zero offensive points in a 12-5 decision.

Moore let up a bit late in the third period and it cost him. No. 11 Eric Schultz sent the bout into sudden victory with a late takedown. Unfazed, Moore fired off an immediate shot and found pay dirt for his 7-5 SV takedown — bringing the Buckeye faithful to their feet inside St. John Arena.

7-5 was the final score at heavyweight, too. Similarly, a crowd-erupting takedown also concluded the big fella battle when Singletary scrambled for the two-pointer with a lone tick left in regulation (:01). It marked just the fourth loss this season for No. 7 David Jensen (13-4).

No. 2 Ohio State 21, No. 6 Nebraska 12
125 lbs | No. 14 Zeke Moisey (NEB) def. Malik Heinselman (OSU) | D, 8-5; Team Score: 0-3
133 lbs | No. 6 Luke Pletcher (OSU) def. Jevon Parrish (NEB) | MD, 13-4; TS: 4-3
141 lbs | No. 3 Joey McKenna (OSU) def. Chad Red (NEB) | D, 7-1; TS: 7-3
149 lbs | No. 3 Micah Jordan (OSU) def. Jordan Shearer (NEB) | TF, 22-7; TS: 12-3
157 lbs | No. 2 Tyler Berger (NEB) def. No. 8 Ke-Shawn Hayes (OSU) | D, 10-5; TS: 12-6
165 lbs | No. 6 Isaiah White (NEB) def. Te’Shan Campbell (OSU) | D, 4-2; TS: 12-9
174 lbs | No. 9 Mikey Labriola (NEB) def. No. 18 Ethan Smith (OSU) | D, 9-5; TS: 12-12
184 lbs | No. 1 Myles Martin (OSU) def. No. 4 Taylor Venz (NEB) | D, 12-5; TS: 15-12
197 lbs | No. 2 Kollin Moore (OSU) def. No. 11 Eric Schultz (NEB) | SV1, 7-5; TS: 18-12
285 lbs | No. 18 Chase Singletary (OSU) def. No. 7 David Jensen (NEB) | D, 7-5; TS: 21-12

No. 6 Nebraska fall short at No. 2 Ohio State

Columbus, Ohio. – The sixth-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers gave the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes all they could handle on Sunday afternoon at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. NU won four of the six bouts as OSU battled their way to a 21-12 win. The Buckeyes have been the national runner-up at the last two NCAA Championships and return several key contributors from last years team.

Zeke Moisey (125), Tyler Berger (157), Isaiah White (165) and Mikey Labriola (174) all earned victories by decision for the Huskers. Two of Ohio State’s six wins came courtesy of bonus points as #6 Luke Pletcher (major decision) and #3 Micah Jordan (tech. fall) added points at the 133 and 149-pound matches, respectively.

#18 Zeke Moisey started the dual off strong for NU as he held off OSU freshman #16 Malik Heinselman with an 8-5 decision. Moisey went to his offense immediately in the first period, notching a takedown and a four-point nearfall to take an early 6-0 lead. He was able to grind out an 8-5 win as Heinselman landed a takedown in each of the final two periods.

OSU took two of the next three matches by bonus points to build a 12-3 lead over the Huskers. #6 Luke Pletcher earned a 13-4 major decision over NU’s Jevon Parrish to get the Buckeyes on the board. #20 Chad Red Jr. fell in a 7-1 decision to #3 Joey McKenna and Jordan Shearer lost by tech. fall to #3 Micah Jordan.

Huskers senior Tyler Berger won his 109th career match on Sunday afternoon, putting him in a tie for 15th all-time in career victories at Nebraska. He trailed 2-0 early in the match before responding with two first period takedowns of his own to take the lead for good. His 10-5 decision cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 12-6 at the halfway point of the dual.

After intermission, #6 Isaiah White won his 14th match in his last 16 bouts as he rode a first period takedown to a 4-2 win over OSU’s #12 Te’Shan Campbell.

Redshirt freshman #9 Mikey Labriola tied up the match for his team with an impressive 9-5 decision against OSU’s #18 Ethan Smith. Leading 4-2 heading into the third period, an escape and a quick takedown for Labriola put the match out of reach as he was able to grab his 20th win of the season.

With the two top-10 teams tied at 12 with three matches to go, OSU wrapped up the dual with victories at 184, 197 and 285 pounds. #1 Myles Martin outlasted NU’s #6 Taylor Venz in a 12-5 decision. Martin is a three-time All-American and a three-time NCAA finalist.

Redshirt sophomore Eric Schultz (197) nearly pulled off the best win of his career over the Buckeyes’ #2 Kollin Moore. Trailing 5-3 in the third period, Schultz landed a takedown with one second left on the clock to tie the bout up at five. The two grapplers went to an overtime period, but Moore earned a takedown to grind out a 7-5 win in sudden victory.

Mobridge, S.D., native #10 David Jensen fell in a 7-5 decision to #19 Chase Singletary to end the dual.

With the loss, the Huskers fall to 11-5 (5-4 Big Ten) on the season and Ohio State moves to 10-2 (6-2 Big Ten).

 Up Next:
The Huskers will close out the regular season with one last home dual against the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. NU will honor its five seniors in a ceremony prior to the first match. The first 500 fans will in attendance will get a free Huskers wrestling t-shirt.