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No. 3 Michigan dominates No. 7 Ohio State in Columbus, 29-8

by Leah Howard, Michigan Athletics and Dan Wallenburg, Ohio State Athletics,

No. 3 Michigan takes eight bouts in dominant win at No. 7 Ohio State» No. 3 Michigan took eight matches, including the first three and the final four, to cruise to a dominant 29-8 win at No. 7 Ohio State in its Big Ten dual opener.

What you need to know

» Logan Massa (174 pounds) and Myles Amine (184) earned back-to-back top-10 wins; Massa used a third-period rally to beat No. 7 Ethan Smith, while Amine defeated No. 7 Kaleb Romero, 3-1, in overtime.

» Nick Suriano (125) and Dylan Ragusin (133) opened the dual with major decisions, while Mason Parris (Hwt) picked up a first-period pin -- his seventh bonus win this season -- to close it out.

Site: Columbus, Ohio (Covelli Center)

Score: #3 Michigan 29, #7 Ohio State 8

Records: U-M (5-0, 1-0 B1G), OSU (5-1, 1-1 B1G)

Next U-M Event: Friday, Jan. 21 -- vs. Penn State (Crisler Center), 6 p.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The No. 3-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team claimed eight bouts, earning bonus points in three, to claim a dominant 29-8 win at No. 7 Ohio State in its Big Ten Conference dual opener on Friday night (Jan. 14) at the Covelli Center. The Wolverines have claimed three straight against Ohio State since 2019.

Graduate student Nick Suriano and sophomore/freshman Dylan Ragusin set the tone with back-to-back major decisions at the lowerweights. Suriano, ranked No. 1 at 125 pounds, stayed unbeaten in a Michigan singlet with an 11-3 win over 18th-ranked Malik Heinselman. He scored four takedowns, including two in the first period, and picked up a stall point and riding-time point to secure the bonus win -- his third in three matches this season.

Ragusin, ranked eighth at 133 pounds, defeated Will Betancourt 14-5 with six takedowns, including three in the opening frame to build up a big early lead. Betancourt used an escape and a penalty point early in the third period before Ragusin converted on a go-behind and rode out the match -- earning 4:16 in riding-time advantage -- to re-establish his major-decision margin.

Graduate student Stevan Micic, ranked fourth at 141 pounds, bounced back from last Sunday's loss with a 12-7 decision over No. 21 Dylan D'Emilio. Micic cruised for the bulk of the match, scoring on two single-leg takedowns in the first period and tacking on one apiece in the second and third. Pushing for bonus points late, he gave up a takedown in the final minute but earned a quick reversal to finish the match on top.

Ohio State (5-1, 1-1 Big Ten) got on the board with a win at 149 pounds, where junior/sophomore Cole Mattin scored the first takedown and hung close with No. 2 Sammy Sasso but dropped a 9-4 decision. Senior/junior Will Lewan, ranked 15th, scored takedowns late in the first and third periods -- and nearly had another late in the second -- to rally to a 6-3 decision against Jashon Hubbard at 157 pounds.

The Buckeyes picked up their second -- and last -- win after the intermission at 165 pounds as seventh-ranked Carson Kharchla earned a 21-6 technical fall against senior/junior Pat Nolan, who bumped up two weight classes to step in for Michigan after wrestling primarily at 141 pounds this season.

Michigan (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) closed out the dual meet with four straight ranked wins, including back-to-back top-10 matchups at 174 and 184 pounds. Graduate student Logan Massa, ranked sixth at 174, used a huge third period to rally to a 14-8 decision over seventh-ranked Ethan Smith. After giving up a late counter takedown in the second, he claimed his first lead with a single leg with 1:11 remaining, broke it open with four near-fall points off a bow and arrow and rode out the match to accumulate 1:04 in time advantage.

Graduate student Myles Amine, ranked second nationally, converted on an overtime scramble to beat seventh-ranked Kaleb Romero 3-1 at 184 pounds. After two flurries early in the sudden-victory period, Amine used a low leg attack to initiate a third and wrapped up both legs to come out on top with 36 seconds remaining. He improved to 7-0 on the season and owns a pair of top-10 wins.

Graduate student Patrick Brucki, ranked eighth at 197 pounds, picked up his second straight ranked win this semester with a 5-2 decision over 20th-ranked Gavin Hoffman -- also his second win over the Buckeye wrestler this season. Brucki struck quickly in the first with a single leg and added another takedown -- a single with a double-leg finish -- with just one second remaining in the second period.

Senior heavyweight Mason Parris, ranked second, closed out the dual with a first-period pin against 12th-ranked Tate Orndorff in the final bout. Parris finished on a double-leg shot midway through the period and came down with a leg turk, which he used to four count before adjusting to collect the fall at 2:21. Parris owns a 7-0 record with seven bonus wins this season.

Michigan will kick off a three-match homestand with a pair of Crisler Center duals next weekend. The Wolverines host Penn State on Friday (Jan. 21) at 6 p.m., live on Big Ten Network, before welcoming Rutgers on Sunday (Jan. 23) at 4 p.m. Tickets are still available for both contests through the U-M Ticket Office.

No. 3 Michigan 29, No. 7 Ohio State 8

Individual rankings by InterMat

125 -- Nick Suriano (U-M) major dec. #18 Malik Heinselman, 11-3 -- U-M, 4-0

133 -- #8 Dylan Ragusin (U-M) major dec. Will Betancourt, 14-5 -- U-M, 8-0

141 -- #4 Stevan Micic (U-M) dec. #21 Dylan D'Emilio, 12-7 -- U-M, 11-0

149 -- #2 Sammy Sasso (OSU) dec. Cole Mattin, 9-4 -- U-M, 11-3

157 -- #15 Will Lewan (U-M) dec. Jashon Hubbard, 6-3 -- U-M, 14-3

165 -- #7 Carson Kharchla (OSU) tech. fall Pat Nolan, 21-6 (6:30) -- U-M, 14-8

174 -- #6 Logan Massa (U-M) dec. #7 Ethan Smith, 10-4 -- U-M, 17-8

184 -- #2 Myles Amine (U-M) dec. #7 Kaleb Romero, 3-1 SV -- U-M, 20-8

197 -- #8 Patrick Brucki (U-M) dec. #20 Gavin Hoffman, 5-2 -- U-M, 23-9

Hwt -- #2 Mason Parris (U-M) pinned #12 Tate Orndorff, 2:21 -- U-M, 29-8

Ohio State press release

COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 7 Ohio State (5-1, 1-1) fell to No. 3 Michigan (5-0, 1-0) 29-8 Friday at the Covelli Center in front of a crowd of 4,125.

No. 2 Sammy Sasso put the first points on the board for the Buckeyes at 149 for his 26th-consecutive win in dual competitions. Sasso's streak includes wins in 19-consecutive Big Ten duals.

How it Happened

125 | No. 18 Mailk Heinselman (OSU) vs. No. 1 Nick Suriano (UM)

Suriano struck first with a takedown about halfway into the first period. Heinselman recorded an escape followed by a Suriano takedown. Up 4-1 to start the second, Suriano escaped and added a takedown to lead 7-1 after two. Suriano built the lead in the third to win by major decision, 11-3.

133 | Will Betancourt (OSU) vs. No. 8 Dylan Ragusin (UM)

Ragusin took a 6-2 lead into the second period and an 11-3 advantage into the third. Ragusin closed out the final two minutes to win 14-5 by major decision.

141 | No. 21 Dylan D’Emilio (OSU) vs. No. 4 Stevan Micic (UM)

D’Emilio trailed 4-2 after the first three minutes and Micic improved the lead to 7-3 after the second period. D’Emilio recorded a takedown and a couple escapes in the third but Micic held on for the win by decision, 12-7

149 | No. 2 Sammy Sasso (OSU) vs. Cole Mattin (UM)

Mattin scored a minute into the first with a takedown. Sasso countered with an escape and a takedown to take the lead 3-2. Mattin tied it at 3 on an escape to head in the second tied at 3-all. Sasso started the second in the down position and scored a reversal to reclaim the lead, 5-3. Sasso added another takedown to lead 7-4 with two minutes to go. Sasso then upped the lead to win by decision, 9-4, to give the Buckeyes three team points.

157 | Jashon Hubbard (OSU) vs. No. 15 Will Lewan (UM)

Hubbard scored first but trailed after the first period, 3-2. Both wrestlers battled until a third period Lewan takedown secured the win by decision, 6-3.

165 | No. 7 Carson Kharchla (OSU) vs. Patrick Nolan (UM)

Kharchla came out strong with four first-period takedowns and a four-point near fall to lead 12-3 after the first period. The lead increased to 22-6 (6:30) for the win by technical fall.

174 | No. 7 Ethan Smith (OSU) vs. No. 6 Logan Massa (UM)

After a scoreless first period, Smith recorded a pair of takedowns in the second and lead 4-2 heading into the third. Massa added an escape, a takedown and a near fall in the third to win 10-5 by decision.

184 | No. 7 Kaleb Romero (OSU) vs. No. 2 Myles Amine (UM)

There was no score after the first three minutes. An escape put Amine up 1-0 heading into the third. A Romero escape tied it at 1-all heading into sudden victory. After a couple scrambles yielded no points for either wrestler, Amine got the winning takedown to win, 3-1.

197 | No. 20 Gavin Hoffman (OSU) vs. No. 8 Patrick Brucki (UM)

Hoffman trailed 2-1 after the first period. The Brucki lead increased to 5-1 after two and ended with a Brucki 5-2 win by decision.

285 | No. 12 Tate Orndorff (OSU) vs. No. 2 Mason Parris (UM)

Parris won by fall at 2:21.


125 | Jack Medley (UM) def. Brady Koontz | D, 3-2

197 | Tyler Stein def. J.T. Correll (UM) | D, 6-4

• Ohio State and Michigan have met 90 times in the series history with the Buckeyes owning a 20-67-3 record since the first meeting in 1924.

Up Next

The Buckeyes return to the Covelli Center to take on No. 2 Iowa Jan. 21 (8 p.m.) and Maryland Jan. 23 (1 p.m.). For ticket information call 1-800-GO-BUCKS or visit