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#3 Ohio State defeats Lock Haven Wrestling 39-3 Match Breakdown and Recap

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Tom Ryan and the #3 Ohio State Buckeyes dominated Lock Haven 39-3, and improved to 5-0 to start their 2022-2023 dual season. The Buckeyes are set to take on #16 Northern Iowa in the third round, which begins at 3 p.m. EST.

125 – #11 Malik Heinselman over #22 Anthony Noto, 7-4

Ohio State’s #11 Malik Heinselman found his attacks early in the first period against Lock Haven’s #22 Anthony Noto. Heinselman scored off a beautiful duck-under, and took a 2-1 lead into the second period. In the second, Heinselman got to his feet for an escape, then continued his slick offense with a clean slide-by for another takedown. Noto came close to scoring in a late scramble, but Heinselman defended him off for the victory.

133 – Nic Bouzakis over Gable Strickland, 6-0

Buckeyes highly talented true freshman Nic Bouzakis dominated his way to a major decision victory over Lock Haven’s Gable Strickland. Bouzakis used his heavy hands to open up a shot on Strickland in the first period, and continued that in the second period with a hard snap-and-spin for another takedown. Strickland was able to fight off numerous attacks from Bouzakis in the third period, and kept the bout to a decision for Bouzakis.

141 – #20 Dylan D’Emilio over Tyler Dilley, 11-3

#20 Dylan D’Emilio got ahead early in the first period for the Buckeyes, scoring off a clean single-leg. D’Emilio continued with a tough ride in the first period, accumulating over two minutes of riding time. Lock Haven’s Tyler Dilley got a reversal in the second period, but D’Emilio continued to work, and got to his feet and scored another takedown of his own. Dilley had problems getting to his feet as the match progressed, as D’Emilio notched nearly three minutes of riding time.

149 – #3 Sammy Sasso over Nick Stonecheck, Fall

Lock Haven’s Nick Stonecheck blasted in right away and scored off Buckeyes’ #3 Sammy Sasso. Sasso got right up to his feet, and scored right away to tie the match in the first. Sasso started finding his offense as he scored two more takedowns to end the first period. Sasso started pouring on points in the second period, scoring at will over Stonecheck. Late in the third, Sasso locked up the assassin on Stonecheck, holding him on his back and eventually getting the fall.

157 – Isaac Wilcox over Ashton Eyler, 8-7

Ohio State’s Isaac Wilcox stepped up for the Buckeyes at 157-pounds, and wasted no time by scoring off a sweep-single for an early takedown. Wilcox scored two more takedowns in the first period, and ended it with a solid ride on top. Lock Haven’s Eyler was able to weather the storm from Wilcox in the second, staying in good position and defending off attacks. That continued into the third period, where Eyler shifted the tides and scored a takedown of his own to end the match.

165 – Avery Bassett over Klay Reeves, 6-1

Lock Haven’s Avery Bassett scored right away to start the first period, and finished it with a tough rideout over Ohio State’s Klay Reeves. Bassett accumulated nearly 2:30 minutes of riding time, just in the first period. However Reeves got to his feet to start the second period, but Bassett continued to find offense on the feet with a slick low-single to score. Bassett dominated on top in the third period, earning nearly five minutes of riding time

174 – #7 Ethan Smith over Tyler Stoltzfus, 16-6

Buckeyes’ #7 Ethan Smith scored three takedowns within 1:15 into the first period, then opted to ride out Stoltzfus to end the first. Smith then hopped out under and got a reversal, which sent Stoltzfus to be ridden out for the remainder of the second period. Smith continued the third period with another takedown and a tough ride to give the Buckeyes a major decision at 174-pounds.

184 – #4 Kaleb Romero vs. Colin Fegley, 16-5

Ohio State’s #4 Kaleb Romero stayed perfect with his dual record, dominating Lock Haven’s Colin Fegley. Romero blasted in right away for a quick takedown, and got another takedown just 20 seconds later. Romero finished the first period by riding out Fegley, and started the second with an early escape. Romero started to pour it on in the second period, scoring multiple takedowns and earned 13 points going into the third. Romero continued his pace in the third period, getting another major decision for Ohio State.

197 – #15 Gavin Hoffman vs. Brad Morrison, Fall

#15 Gavin Hoffman wasted no time for Ohio State, and pinned Lock Haven’s Brad Morrison just 1:10 into the bout. Hoffman took down Morrison right away, and hipped him over to his back for backpoints, and eventually the fall in the first period.

285 – Mike Misita vs. Ethan Miller

Buckeye’s Mike Misita stepped in for #13 Tate Orndorff, and made quick work of Lock Haven’s Ethan Miller. Misita got right to his attacks, getting a slick takedown and wrenched Miller to his back for another quick pin for Ohio State.

FINAL – Ohio State over Lock Haven, 39-3

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Cael Turnbull
Cael Turnbull
Journalism Major at Temple University Graduating in May of 2023

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