Recruiting in wrestling can be every bit as cutthroat as it is in football, basketball, and any other sport. One of the ways Ohio State likes to compete is by holding home dual meets in the gyms of some of its prized recruits. In the past duals have been held at Walsh Jesuit (home of Johnni DiJulius) and Monroeville High School, the alma mater of Logan and Hunter Stieber. This year it was Kyle Snyder’s turn as the Buckeyes took on the University of Maryland at Our lady of Good Counsel High School in Maryland, the Buckeye captain’s alma mater.
The hometown boy did not disappoint as the reigning Olympic and National champion completely overwhelmed his opponent Youssiff Hemida, winning by technical fall 22-7. All seven of Hemida’s points came via escape when Snyder let him up.
Aside from Snyder, the story of the match was as much about who wasn’t on the mat as who was. Three starters were missing from the starting lineup this week: Bo Jordan, Micah Jordan, and Jose Rodriguez all sat out. Bo Jordan’s absence was to be expected as he was in a walking boot as recently as last week. Not as clear were the reasons for Micah and Rodriguez missing time. Rodriguez has been in a slump of late and it’s not unreasonable to think that Tom Ryan was simply giving him a break. Micah, on the other hand, has been great recently though he has a brutal slate of opponents coming up in the next few weeks so some rest might end up proving useful.
Fortunately for the Buckeyes, the rest of the lineup was able to pick up the slack. Despite the backups giving up 12 points at 125 and 149, the final score was not close. Snyder’s fall and four major decisions from Nathan Tomasello (133), Luke Pletcher (141), Myles Martin (184), and Kollin Moore (197) propelled Ohio State to a 30-12 dual win. The Buckeyes’ record now stands at 8-0 (4-0 Big Ten). Next up is a Friday dual with the Iowa Hawkeyes. The match will begin at 8:00 p.m. and air live on the Big Ten Network.
Michael Beck (MD) Winner by Forfeit 0-6
Nathan Tomasello (OSU) 15-5 Maj Dec. over Billy Rappo (MD) 4-6
Luke Pletcher (OSU) 16-6 Maj Dec. over Jahred Simmons (MD) 8-6
Adam Whitesell (MD) FALL over Blake Riley-Hawkins (OSU) 8-12
Jake Ryan (OSU) 3-2 Dec. over Justin Alexander (MD) 11-12
Cody Burcher (OSU) 6-2 Dec. Patrick Gerish (MD) 14-12
Justin Kresevic (OSU) Dec. 3-2 Josh Ugalde (MD) 17-12
Myles Martin (OSU) 16-6 Maj Dec. over Sam Rowell (MD) 21-12
Kollin Moore (OSU) 17-7 Maj Dec. over David Brian-Whisler (MD) 25-12
Kyle Snyder (OSU) 22-7 TF over Youssiff Hemida (MD) 30-12