No. 2 Ohio State Neutralizes No. 9 Northwestern, 27-15, in Evanston

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Hovenaut's picture

Gutted it out in the back half. Way to close, Buckeyes.

And right back at it...big week ahead.

I had to run away high, so I wouldn't come home low...

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Sobchak's picture

Ethan Smith making the most of his opportunity I see. Way to go, men. Can't wait for Friday.

"Smokey, my friend, you are entering a world of pain."

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iowabuckeyes's picture

Solid win for the Buckeyes.

(Andy: The top of the match results box score reads Ohio State 23, Illinois 14 when it should be Ohio State 27, Northwestern 15.)

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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Andy Vance's picture

Good call. Thanks for the assist!

brutus0717's picture

Great win considering the talent we had out. Hayes has really been a head-scratcher for a couple of years now. Hopefully he can get it all figured out in the next few weeks.

"We gotta go win this next game and make the State of Ohio proud!"-UFM

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Buckeyebison's picture

I am surprised that they haven't moved the match to the Schott as it was over 15,000 in attendance the last time they wrestled PSU at home...

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AZ Buckeye13's picture

Perhaps for the same reason PSU wouldn't move to a bigger venue last year...home court advantage in a smaller venue.

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Andy Vance's picture

Perhaps for the same reason PSU wouldn't move to a bigger venue last year...home court advantage in a smaller venue.

I agree that's part of the equation. The program generally wants to wrestle one meet each season in The Schott, and it also probably seemed more likely the home team would get a win vs. Michigan than vs. Penn State, so that may have also been part of the decision-making process.

CasualObserver's picture

Penn State also had a basketball game that night. Basketball always gets preference, even see terrible as they are.

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Buck61's picture

i just checked, the VCA calendar, it is available on both Friday and Saturday
 

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Seattle Linga's picture

Another Royal Beat Down - great job Buckeyes

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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Knarcisi's picture

Ethan Smith is really coming on. Campbell moving down will help, too, as the light hasn’t switched for Romero yet. Hayes is going to need to step it up. 

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bdhof's picture

"The loss that will bother the staff to some extent is Ke-Shawn Hayes' loss to No. 3 Ryan Deakin at 157 pounds. Hayes falls to 15-5 on the season – which is still a strong record – he is now 1 for 4 against ranked opponents in calendar year 2019."

Actually Hayes is 4-5 against ranked opponents this season having beat (Flo rankings) #8 Barone, ILL, #15 Pagdilao, AZST, #16 Rahmani, PITT, and #17 Van Brill, RUT to go with 5 losses vs #2, #3, #4 #5 and #8. If you're talking calendar year and not season, then he's 1-3. And he's facing #1 Nolf this weekend. 

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85ThruTheHeart's picture

Thanks for the added info on his overall record, but reread the last 4 words in the quote you copied.

"He has that look in his eye when it's time to start feeding the beast" UFM on EZE

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bdhof's picture

Yes, I know Andy wrote calendar year. I just thought that the whole season was a better barometer of his status. He's obviously not a top 5 this year, but in play for a 6-8 spot on the podium IMO. And 157 is not really his ideal weight. He lost out to Micah for the 149 spot (and perhaps McKenna for 141) and bumped up.

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Andy Vance's picture

All true things, BD - I used the 2019 reference if anything as an indicator of trend. Noting that he's lost 3 of the past 4 against ranked opponents over the month seemed like relevant context. I suppose we could also say that he's 1 for 5 against guys currently in the Top 10 and 3-0 against guys ranked 10-20 to really flesh it out.

I've been pretty complimentary of Hayes throughout the season, really. Two paragraphs after the quote you cited, in fact, I said:

For the team to have a strong run at the NCAA Championships in March, Hayes needs to score more from his feet. He is clearly capable of doing so, as he is one of the team's statistical leaders in both tech falls and major decisions with four of each to his credit this season.

in either case, you hit the nail on the head: he's not wrestling as well as the guys ranked ahead of him, but he still has the talent and skill to finish on the podium. And the point about his ideal weight class is valid, although my impression is that he's done a good job of managing the weight and it doesn't look like he's getting overpowered or bullied around out there.

85ThruTheHeart's picture

Redacted, was meant to be a reply.

"He has that look in his eye when it's time to start feeding the beast" UFM on EZE

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Buck61's picture

Didn't see the match but Pletcher not getting away from the bottom position in the third period should be a concern

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