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Second-ranked wrestling Buckeyes start fast, handle Rutgers, 29-11

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PISCATAWAY, NJ. -- World number one Kyle Snyder flew in the night before from the USA training center in Colorado Springs. He handled his business with a first period fall and runs his record to 4-0 on the season.

Seven Buckeyes were bout winners Sunday at No. 17 Rutgers, leading to a 29-11 team victory for the second-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. Ohio State improves to 8-0 overall and 3-0 in Big Ten tussles. The Buckeyes have outscored their dual competition by a combined score of 283-50 in eight duals, an average ledger of 35.3-6.3.

An OSU quintet stretched their undefeated individual season records one match further: Myles Martin (18-0), Luke Pletcher (18-0), Kollin Moore (14-0), Joey McKenna (6-0) and Snyder (4-0).

Martin, McKenna, Moore and Snyder were each responsible for tacking on bonus points. Martin and Snyder registered first-period falls while McKenna and Moore earned major decisions.

The match started at 174 pounds when Ohio State's Bo Jordan grinded out a 7-3 decision. He took down Joe Grello three times and improved his season mark to 15-2.

Martin lit up the scoreboard for six points in the subsequent bout, catching Jordan Pagano in a front-side cradle and that was all she wrote. Martin needed just 37 ticks of the clock to secure his fourth pin of the year and 16th bonus-point-bearing effort. He is garnering bonus tallies at a nearly a 70-percent clip for his career by racking up 23 tech falls, 20 major decisions and 15 pins during his 83 collegiate wins to date.

Moore accumulated a half dozen points in all three periods, building an 18-7 major decision by the final whistle. Next up was the much anticipated return of Olympic gold medalist, Kyle Snyder. The Buckeye heavyweight did not disappoint the packed house of 5,000-plus, burying Razohnn Gross in just under two minutes. It marks Snyder's fourth fall in as many collegiate bouts this season.

Rutgers got on the board at 125 pounds by virtue of a 24-9 tech fall from the second-ranked 125-pounder in the country, Nick Suriano.

Pletcher and McKenna put the Buckeye train back on track with consecutive wins at 133 and 141 lbs., respectively. Pletcher picked an ankle to grab a takedown and break up a 1-1 tie with 70 seconds remaining. He added on a riding time point and topped No. 14 Scott DelVecchio, 4-2. McKenna was methodical in his outing, posting a handful of takedowns en route to a 13-3 major.

Following a scoreless first period at 149 pounds, Ke-Shawn Hayes was able to turn Eleazar DeLuca right before the second stanza buzzer for four near-fall points. DeLuca, slotted 14th nationally, flipped the script in the third though. He tossed No. 5 Hayes twice for a pair of six-point throws. His 12-6 decision moved the team score to 26-8.

The final two matches of the afternoon were split with 157 pounds going in favor of Ohio State and Micah Jordan and Rutgers' Richie Lewis concluding as a 5-2 winner.

COMPLETE RESULTS

Ohio State 29, Rutgers 11

174 lbs | No. 3 Bo Jordan (OSU) def. Joe Grello (RU) | D, 7-3; Team Score: 3-0

184 lbs | No. 2 Myles Martin (OSU) def. Jordan Pagano (RU) | PIN, 0:37; TS: 9-0

197 lbs | No. 1 Kollin Moore (OSU) def. Anthony Messner (RU) | MD, 18-7; TS: 13-0

285 lbs | No. 1 Kyle Snyder (OSU) def. Razohnn Gross (RU) | PIN, 1:59; TS: 19-0

125 lbs | No. 2 Nick Suriano (RU) def. Brakan Mead (OSU) | TF, 24-9; TS: 19-5

133 lbs | No. 3 Luke Pletcher (OSU) def. No. 14 Scott DelVecchio (RU) | D, 4-2; TS: 22-5

141 lbs | No. 6 Joey McKenna (OSU) def. Michael Van Brill (RU) | MD, 13-3; TS: 26-5

149 lbs | No. 14 Eleazar DeLuca (RU) def. No. 5 Ke-Shawn Hayes (OSU) | D, 12-6; TS: 26-8

157 lbs | No. 6 Micah Jordan (OSU) def. John Van Brill (RU) | D, 11-5; TS: 29-8

165 lbs | No. 15 Richie Lewis (RU) def. No. 11 Te'Shan Campbell (OSU) | D, 5-2; TS: 29-11

Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center plays host to No. 8 Minnesota next Friday (Jan. 12) at 7 p.m

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