Ohio State's Luke Pletcher Talks Move Up To 141 & Desire For A Title

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Ohio State senior captain Luke Pletcher has spent most of his career near the top end of the rankings, finishing fourth at each of the past two NCAA Wrestling Championships. This season he finds himself in a new position as the top-ranked man in the country at 141 pounds after knocking off former No. 1 Dom Demas of Oklahoma at the Michigan State Open.

Watch Stanford at #3 Ohio State LIVE on Flo

Sunday November 10 | 7:00 PM Eastern

Pletcher came into the tournament ranked No. 3 in the country, but his win over the highest-returning placer from last year's NCAA Championships adjusted the pecking order in the class. It took an escape and a rideout in tiebreakers to get the win, and Pletcher said taking Demas into extra innings was a great learning experience.

“I kept the pace high for the most part — I was still attacking the whole time. He’s pretty dangerous so you kind of have to factor that in,” Pletcher said. “Overall, I think I respected him too much whenever I got to the legs. I got to his legs like three other times maybe, and just I felt a little overhook or he’d start to dig a hook and I’d just let go. I think I’m better in those situations than I give myself credit, and I just gave him too much respect in there. I feel like the next time I wrestle I can finish those shots.”

Hear what Pletcher has to say about his weight class move here:

null


In addition to his new spot in the rankings, Pletcher earned Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors for his efforts. While he appreciates the recognition, ultimately his sights are set a tad higher than winning early-season open tournaments.

“I’d rather be No. 1 at the end of the year than now,” he said. “I’d exchange a national title for a Michigan State title any day of the week, so it really doesn’t change anything: Keep getting better for March.”

Pletcher’s decision to move to 141 after spending the bulk of his Buckeye career at 133 sent ripples throughout the Ohio State roster, most notably pushing redshirt freshman Quinn Kinner down to 133 and potentially solidifying the decision to redshirt true freshman Jordan Decatur.

“I just felt a little bit at the end of the year last year… I just feel like I wrestle better when I’m not worrying about my weight. I just felt like I was getting better week to week and I didn’t want to risk going down and losing whatever it might be. I just know that when I get down there it doesn’t feel like my full self, so I’m loving [141].”

He’s fully embraced the role of captain and mentor to a relatively young roster of hard-charging young Bucks.

“The one thing that has changed for me is just to make sure that there is never a time I feel like I can get down on myself,” Pletcher said. “I have an obligation to push the guys I’m wrestling, so it helps me and it helps them, too, making sure that every go in practice is balls to the walls.”

Pletcher faces No. 15 Real Woods of Stanford Sunday night in Ohio State’s home opener and debut dual in the new Covelli Arena, live on Flo at 7 PM Eastern.


Andy Vance is a Columbus-based journalist who covers the Ohio State University wrestling program for Eleven Warriors, the largest independent sports site on the internet for Ohio State news, analysis, and community. He is co-host of the site’s Eleven Dubcast podcast. Follow him on Twitter @AndyVance

FRL 501 - Can Anyone Challenge Iowa Next Season, Previewing 125 For 2020-21

FRL 501 - Can Anyone Challenge Iowa?

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

On episode 501 of FRL, the boys take an early look at 2020-21 NCAA team race, preview 125, and talk a good amount about Sebastian Rivera's weight.

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

How Iowa's Alex Marinelli Works Toward His Goals Despite COVID Restrictions

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Normally, Alex Marinelli would be in Carver-Hawkeye Arena wrestling right now. 

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

#34 Braxton Brown Releases School List

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Being the second-largest high school in the state of Texas with around 5,000 students, Allen High School is no stranger to putting out star athletes — whether it's Heisman Trophy winner and #1 NFL draft pick Kyler Murray, Olympic gold medalist gymnast Carly Patterson, or the other double-digit draft picks in the big four professional sports. The Eagles are also known for their wrestling having won the last 10 Texas 6A state championships. On the mat, they've produced the likes of Oliver Pierce, Bo Nickal, Braeden Redlin, and most recently AJ Ferrari. 

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

FRL 500 - The Great Talent Debate: Does It Exist? Ben Askren Says No

FRL 500 - The Great Talent Debate

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

On episode 500 of FRL, Ben and CP debate if talent exists or not, Sadulaev has COVID-19, and we provide an update on the return of NCAA sports. 

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Coach Myers Wrestling S&C: Neck Exercises For Home Training

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Neck training is an area that many wrestlers do not prioritize in their strength training. Not that I agree with that strategy (or lack thereof), but when a wrestler is on the mats and hand fighting daily their neck and upper trap muscles are getting plenty of work. 

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Creating The Best South Dakota D1 Lineup Of All Time

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

A few weeks ago I asked my Twitter followers how they would put together an all-time great college dual team with the current weights using athletes from their home states. The responses were great and really got me curious. So, I did the research and have now putting together the best possible team for some of the top states, including some formidable back-up teams.

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Breaking Down The Freshman Big Board

Freshmen can find the transition to high school to be drastically different depending on size and maturity. The obvious assumption is that the volume of freshmen in the 106lb weight class is going to make it the dominant weight class on the Freshman Big Board. You also would be correct to assume that the composition of the weight also leads to the weight being home to the most freshmen cracking the top 20 in the weight class rankings. 

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Bader Show: Tervel Dlagnev, Raymond Bunker, and Victoria Anthony

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

On this episode of The Bader Show, Bader and Nomad catch up with Tervel Dlagnev, Raymond Bunker, and Victoria Anthony

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

USA Wrestling Provides Free Bonus Digital Edition Of USA Wrestler Magazine

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

FROM USA WRESTLING - USA Wrestling, the national governing body for wrestling in the United States, has created a free Bonus Digital Edition of its membership magazine USA Wrestler, as gift to the wrestling community during the challenging times of the coronavirus pandemic.

#68 Vinny Zerban Releases School List

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Vinny Zerban is not a stranger to appearing on FloWrestling Big Boards. The Illinois native has been a staple on the Big Board since he was in junior high including being as high as #10 during his freshman year. Zerban is a Missouri state champion, NHSCA Sophomore Nationals champion, and was third at last year's UWW Cadet World Team Trials picking up wins over Teague Travis, Luke Geog, Joey Zargo, Dean Hamiti Jr, and he currently sits at #68 on the Junior Big Board. 

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In