No. 2 Ohio State beats No. 5 NC State in Columbus, 26-10

By Ohio State and NC State Athletics | Jan. 06, 2019, 8:55 p.m. (ET)
Photo from the Ohio State vs. NC State dual courtesy of WrestlingBucks Twitter

Ohio State Takes 7-of-10 Bouts in 26-10 Win Over NC State
from Kyle Kuhlman, Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 2 Ohio State University wrestling team (5-0) began the New Year by topping No. 4 North Carolina State (9-2), 26-10, in front of 3,732 fans assembled at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes have won 15-of-20 bouts during duals against the Wolfpack in 2018 and 2019.

The evening started with Joey McKenna garnering bonus points in the 141-pound match via a 10-2 major decision over Jamal Morris. McKenna posted four takedowns and surrendered just a pair of escapes to improve to 11-0 on the season.

In the subsequent tilt at 149 pounds, Micah Jordan delivered a memorable moment as he erupted the crowd by hitting the go-ahead takedown with only six seconds remaining. He trailed 5-4 as the clock struck single digits before earning the “twwwoooooo” and sending St. John Arena into a frenzy. Jordan, a 6-5 victor, handed fourth-ranked Justin Oliver his first loss of the season.

The next two bouts went in favor of North Carolina State, however, cutting the Buckeye edge to 7-6 through four matches. At 165 lbs, it was the Wolfpack’s turn to notch an exciting finish. The bout spilled over into sudden victory where No. 18 Thomas Bullard won out in a scramble for the 4-2 triumph.

Te’Shan Campbell then got the Buckeyes back on track, sparking a five-bout winning streak. He came through as a 4-1 winner over Daniel Bullard.

A battle of unbeatens came next with No. 1 Myles Marin facing off against No. 3 Nick Reenan. Martin not only arose victorious, but did so in a decisive manner. He accumulated five takedowns en route to a 12-5 ‘W.’ Martin moved to 8-0 while Reenan dropped to 10-1.

Kollin Moore kept in coming at 197 pounds, taking down his adversary in less than five seconds. He tacked on 13 more points and walked off the mat with a 15-6 major decision over No. 19 Malik McDonald in-hand.

North Carolina State true freshmen Colin Lawler pealed off his redshirt after posting a 13-4 record in ‘unattached’ competition. Chase Singletary gave Lawler a not-so-warm welcome in his varsity debut, throwing the Wolfpack member to his back twice and narrowly missing out on the fall. Singletary ultimately settled for a 10-4 decision, earning his 13th win of 2018-19.

Hunter Lucas made a debut of his own, the first competition as a Buckeye for the transfer from Maryland. Similar to Lawler, Lucas came up short in his first go-around. He fell victim to an 11-2 major decision for No. 10 Sean Fausz.

The final bout ended in an unfortunate anti-climatic manner. No. 5 Luke Pletcher and No. 7 Tariq Wilson, an Ohio native from Steubenville, were slate for a marquee rubber match after splitting a pair of clashes last season. Tied 2-2 early in the second period, Wilson was forced to take an injury default.

#2 Ohio State claims 26-10 home win over @PackWrestle
NC State claims individual wins at 125, 157 and 165 pounds
by Brian Reinhart, NC State

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The #9 NC State wrestling team fell in road action at #2 Ohio State, 26-10.

The dual started at 141 pounds and the teams split the first four bouts.

The Buckeyes’ #2 Joey McKenna started with a 10-2 major decision over Jamal Morris and then #3 Micah Jordan notched the winning takedown with six seconds left to defeat #4 Justin Oliver, 6-5, at 149 pounds.

The Pack battled back from 7-0 to get the team score within a point at 7-6 with back-to-back decisions at 157 and 165 pounds.

#5 Hayden Hidlay scored a pair of takedowns in the second and third periods and scored a 7-2 win over #8 Ke-Shawn Hayes, Hidlay’s second top-10 win of the season.

#18 Thomas Bullard needed overtime, but he came out with a 4-2 decision at 165 pounds. Bullard scored on a counter 22 seconds into the extra period for the win.

The Buckeyes’ Te’Shan Campbell pickup up a 4-1 decision over Daniel Bullard to give Ohio State the 10-6 lead at intermission.

The Buckeyes won the first three bouts after the intermission and clinched the team score going into the final two matches.

#1 Myles Martin scored a 12-5 decision over #3 Nick Reenan at 184 pounds, followed by a major decision at 197 and decision at 285 pounds.

At 125 pounds, #10 Sean Fausz used multiple takedowns and a large amount to ride time to secure an 11-2 major decision.

The final bout was another top-10 battle between #5 Luke Pletcher and #7 Tariq Wilson, but had to be stopped in the second period due to an injury to Wilson.

#2 Ohio State 26, #9 NC State 10
141: #2 Joey McKenna (OSU) major dec. Jamal Morris; 10-2 – 0-4
149: #3 Micah Jordan (OSU) dec. #4 Justin Oliver; 6-5 – 0-7
157: #5 Hayden Hidlay (NCSU) dec. #8 Ke-Shawn Hayes; 7-2 – 3-7
165: #18 Thomas Bullard (NCSU) dec. Kaleb Romero; 4-2 (SV1) – 6-7
174: Te’Shan Campbell (OSU) dec. Daniel Bullard; 1-4 – 6-10
184: #1 Myles Martin (OSU) dec. #3 Nick Reenan; 12-5 – 6-13
197: #2 Kollin Moore (OSU) major dec. #19 Malik McDonald; 15-6 – 6-17
285: #17 Chase Singletary (OSU) dec. Colin Lawler; 10-4 – 6-20
125: #10 Sean Fausz (NCSU) major dec. Hunter Lucas; 11-2 – 10-20
133: #5 Luke Pletcher (OSU) INJ #7 Tariq Wilson; 4:25 – 10-26

Att: 3,732