#4 Buckeyes Bully the #12 Fighting Illini' 29-18

By Ron John Rinaldi
Jan. 17, 2017

The Fighting Illini' threw the first punch in Sunday afternoon's brawl as their 125 pounder Freshmen Travis Piotrowski started out with an early lead on Ohio State's #12 ranked 125lb Jose Rodriquez and then eventually powered the upset over the Buckeye with a Major decision shut out. This was Piotrowski's second recent win over a ranked opponent (PITT L.J Bentley @Midlands) At 133lbs, we had the marquee of the matches for the night, Tomasello stuck to his speed and elbow pass set-ups to pick apart #4 ranked Zane Richards of the Fighting Illini'. With a score of 9-4 at the start of the third period, Richards on the top position rides Tomasello out for a large portion of the period to erase riding time. However, with less than a minute to go Tomasello breaks free and scores an elevated double-leg takedown at the closing seconds to put a stamp on his victory. 

#2 Nathan Tomasello of The Ohio State handles #4 Zane Richards of Illinois [Photo By: RON JOHN RINALDI

Next at 141, #14 ranked Luke Pletcher for the Bucks came out aggressive attempting to extend his lead early on in the match, which eventually led to a physical defeat over Mousa Jodeh, for the second time this season. In the next bout of the afternoon, #5 ranked Micah Jordan struggled at first with Rs FR. Eric Barone who was tough on his feet but once Micah got to the mat it was game over. Micah tilted Barone up for an easy set of backs and then 4-more near fall points off a bar-tilt. Third period Barone made the mistake of picking bottom and within seconds Micah had him tightly locked up in a cradle, like a snake gripping his prey, to stick the Pin for an additional 6-points on the board for the Buckeyes. 


2x NCAA Champion-Isiah Martinez gets loose for his upcoming bout. [Photo By: RON JOHN RINALDI]

Momentum started to shift after 3 straight-victories for the Fighting Illini' starting off with 157lb Kyle Langenderfer as he racked up points in the 2nd and 3rd period to earn a Technical Fall win over Buckeye no-namer Anthony DeCarlo in place of Rs. SO. Jake Ryan. At 165, we saw 2x NCAA Champ and Top 3 Pound-For-Pound wrestler in nation Isiah Martinez quick to his attacks then shift to high gear the 3rd period demoralizing Burcher to the point where he gave up. The following match up was supposed to be one to catch, however with BO JO as a NO GO sidelined in a walking boot, #12 ranked Zac Brunson of Illinois squared off against Rs SR. Justin Kresivic of Ohio State. Brunson, an Oregon native, got the first takedown which routed his way to an easy major decision and his 20th win on the year. 

174 | dominates Kresevic with an 18-8 major! 18, OSU 13

— Illini Wrestling (@IlliniWrestling)

No sign of worry seemed to show from Head Coach Tom Ryan's face as the Buckeyes entered into the 184 bout down by 5-points to a BIG 10 foe. 184lbs featured one of the most anticipated match ups of the afternoon as returning NCAA Champ Myles Martin a fellow Jersey boy for Ohio State battled a tough #13 ranked Emery Parker of Illinois. After a tight body-lock and to his back take-down for against Emery, Myles started up by a quick 6 points! "My-Mar" (as announced, is a total knockoff of "I-MAR", who was present and angry about the nickname being stated) controlled the remainder of the bout until the last minute of the third period until Emery flurried frantically for a desperation take down. Nonetheless, along with a riding time point rewarded, the returning National Champ wins big in front of his home fans 11-3 for the major. 

#10 Ranked 184lb -OSU Myles Martin controls #13 Emery Parker -ILL

To seal the deal, the Ohio State Buckeyes #5 Kollin Moore at 197 pounds and Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder representing HWT,  finished off the match with back-to-back pins on Andre Lee (4:46) and Deuce Rachal (4:17) [In place for old Blair Boy #17 Brooks Black] to win the dual.

"We know that we are a team that is going to be in the hunt for a championship going forward. We have to be a team that is scoring bonus points. Pinning is an art. Majoring good people takes a tremendous amount of work. We need to continue to do that." -OSU Head Coach Tom Ryan

Up next, the Fighting Illini will return home to host their first two dual matches of the season, as the Illini host No. 13 Michigan at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 20 and Northern Illinois at 1 p.m. on Sunday, January 22. Illinois will host the Great Escape as part of the Michigan dual, with a youth clinic held prior to the match and the first 500 fans receiving a foam finger. 


— Kyle Snyder (@Snyder_man45)

No. 4 Ohio State 29, No. 12 Illinois 18 | St. John Arena | Columbus, Ohio
Ohio State: 7-0, 3-0; Illinois: 2-2, 1-2 | Attendance: 3,279
125: Travis Piotrowski (ILL) major decision over #12 Jose Rodriguez (OSU) 10-0 | ILL 4, OSU 0
133: #2 Nathan Tomasello (OSU) major decision over #4 Zane Richards (ILL) 12-4 | OSU 4, ILL 4
141: #14 Luke Pletcher (OSU) decision over Mousa Jodeh (ILL) 10-4 | OSU 7, ILL 4
149: #5 Micah Jordan (OSU) fall over Eric Barone (ILL) 6:19 | OSU 13, ILL 4
157: Kyle Langenderfer (ILL) technical fall over Anthony DeCarlo (OSU) 18-3 | OSU 13, ILL 9
165: #1 Isaiah Martinez (ILL) technical fall over Cody Burcher (OSU) 22-7 | ILL 14, OSU 13
174: #12 Zach Brunson (ILL) major decision over Justin Kresevic (OSU) 19-8 | ILL 18, OSU 13
184: #10 Myles Martin (OSU) major decision over #13 Emory Parker (ILL) 11-3 | ILL 18, OSU 17
197: #5 Kollin Moore (OSU) fall over Andre Lee (ILL) 4:46 | OSU 23, ILL 18
HWT: #1 Kyle Snyder (OSU) fall over Duece Rachal (ILL) 4:17 | OSU 29, ILL 18


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