No, I don't think he was wrestling the match like it was the D-1's. It looked to me more like a practice room go where they're both trying to win, but not so concerned with the score.
And while he usually looks laid back and gets bonus points, he was wrestling the one guy in the country most used to wrestling him.
It's still amazing what he accomplished despite not being a great athlete. Maybe I'm in the minority here, but is there any question that Max is a more gifted natural athlete? I was impressed with him in this match. Ben's grip has to frustrate the hell out of Max though. Max was in all day long, they'd get into that scramble, Ben would be hanging onto a leg and Max just couldn't break his grip. Herbert had the same issues(well, so has everyone, but Herbert's a pretty big dude himself).