Sophomore Kollin Moore is the top-ranked 197-pound wrestler in the country, and following a championship performance at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, was named co-Big Ten Wrestler of the Week, splitting the honor with fellow Cliff Keen title-winner Alec Pantaleo of Michigan.
Moore seemed fairly flat during the early rounds of the tournament, dispatching unranked foes in low-scoring decisions. He turned on the heat when it mattered most, however, reeling off three-consecutive victories over ranked opponents to claim the 197-pound individual title and securing Ohio State’s second-consecutive team title at the annual two-day tournament.
On the weekend he earned six wins: four decisions, a major decision and then a pin at 1:52 in the first period of the championship final.
With his win at the Cliff Keen, Moore solidified his status as No. 1 in the country by defeating No. 18 Hunter Ritter of Wisconsin, No. 9 Matt Williams of CSU Bakersfield and finally No. 2 Jared Haught of Virginia Tech in the final match.
Kollin Moore does it again! pic.twitter.com/t4ksD0K43y
— FloWrestling (@FloWrestling) December 3, 2017
This is Moore's first Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honor. He joins Te'Shan Campbell, who earned the honor Nov. 14. Ohio State returns to action Sunday, hosting the Indiana Hoosiers at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy.