OLNEY, Md. – Ohio State won eight bouts Sunday afternoon as the fourth-ranked Buckeyes downed Maryland 30-12 in front of a sellout crowd at Good Counsel High School. The day served as a homecoming for Ohio State heavyweight Kyle Snyder, who returned to his alma mater to wrestle in front of his hometown fans for the first time since winning the gold medal at the Rio Olympics this past summer.
While Snyder was the man of the hour, redshirt sophomore Adam Whitesell turned in the highlight moment for the Terrapins pinning Blake Riley-Hawkins in the 149-pound match to thunderous applause. The Good Counsel graduate was attacking throughout the bout, scoring some early takedowns to get out in front of his Buckeye counterpart.
Whitesell then caught Riley-Hawkins on his back in the second period, and the electricity in the crowd started to build as the Silver Spring, Md. native worked to finish off the fall.
"I'm really happy with how I performed," Whitesell said. "After it was just exhilarating seeing the big crowd, and all the people I knew there. Great feeling."
After a forfeit from Ohio State at 125, Billy Rappo and Jhared Simmons ran into a pair of ranked opponents in the 133 and 141-pound matches. Rappo went down to two-time All-American and No. 1-ranked Nathan Tomasello, while Good Counsel alum Jhared Simmons wrestled a tough match to No. 14 Luke Pletcher.
Ohio State’s upper weights did the most damage, with defending NCAA Champion No. 10 Myles Martin and No. 5 Kollin Moore winning by major decision. The marquee matchup of the day featured No. 1 Snyder vs. sophomore Youssif Hemida, as the defending NCAA and World Champion completed a tech fall to finish off the match for the Buckeyes.
Maryland moves to 2-11 (0-6 B1G) on the season while Ohio State improves to 8-0 (4-0 B1G). The Terps will be back in action on Friday, February 3 to host Indiana in College Park.