January 6, 2022

Big Ten Season Starts at Michigan State


No. 7 Ohio State at Michigan State
Date: Jan. 8, 2022
Time: 5 p.m.
Tickets: 1-800-Go-Bucks
Venue: East Lansing, Michigan – Jenison Field House
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Match Notes: Ohio State | Michigan State

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 7 Ohio State returns to action after 27-days between bouts when the Buckeyes travel to face Michigan State in the Big Ten Conference opener Saturday in East Lansing.

The last time Ohio State competed was Dec. 12 vs. No. 22 Pittsburgh, a 30-7 win in Columbus for the Buckeyes. A scheduled match to start the new year at American University Jan. 3 was canceled because inclement weather in the Washington, D.C., area.

No. 2 Sammy Sasso will be going for his 25th-consecutive win in dual competitions when he faces either Eddie Homrock or Jaden Enriquez Saturday in the 149-pound bout. Sasso’s streak includes wins in 18-consecutive Big Ten duals.

  • Ohio State and Michigan State have met 72 times dating back to 1926. The Spartans lead the all-time series 40-31-1. The Buckeyes have won 15 of the last 16 duals with Michigan State including a streak of wins in the last 11 contests.
  • The Buckeyes defeated No. 22 Pittsburgh the last time out, 30-7. Ohio State won eight of 10 bouts highlighted by a Top 10 clash between then No. 8 Carson Kharchla and No. 9 Jake Wentzell of Pitt. Kharchla earned the win (4-3) by decision. His efforts earned him the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week Dec. 15. The scheduled match at American University Jan. 3 was canceled because of inclement weather in Washington, D.C.
  • Ohio State finished second at the 2021 Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas Dec. 3-4. The Buckeyes have six team titles since 2009 at the CKLVI including three-consecutive (2016, 17, 18). The Buckeyes have placed outside the Top 5 just once in the past decade and own 10 Top 3 finishes. Individually, Kaleb Romero took top honors in the 184-pound bracket in his first competition of the year.
  • A contingent of Buckeyes competed in the Storm Open Dec. 5 in Painesville, Ohio, and came away with five individual champions. Brady Koontz (125), Will Betancourt (133), Jashon Hubbard (157), Fritz Schierl (174) and Rocky Jordan (184) all came away with titles in their respective weight classes.
  • Ohio State cruised to a home 51-0 win over Notre Dame College Nov. 23. All 10 Buckeyes contributed bonus points in the win.
  • The Buckeyes traveled to No. 10 Virginia Tech and knocked off the Hokies 17-13 Nov. 19. Seven of the 10 bouts were decided by four or fewer points with the final two at 197 (Hoffman) and HWT (Orndorff) going to the Buckeyes by decision, 3-2.
  • Ohio State opened the season with a dual vs. No. 14 North Carolina. Ohio State built a 17-0 lead starting with the 165 match and the debut of Carson Kharchla. The No. 8 Buckeyes won the match 23-12.
  • According to Intermat Wrestling, Ohio State travels to American with nine Buckeyes ranked among the Top 25. They are: Malik Heinselman (No. 14/125); Dylan D’Emilio (No. 22/141); Sammy Sasso (No. 2/149); Bryce Hepner (No. 26/157), Carson Kharchla (No. 7/165); Ethan Smith (No. 7/174); Kaleb Romero (No. 7/184), Gavin Hoffman (No. 20/197) and Tate Orndorff (No. 12/HWT).
  • Ohio State will next compete against No. 4 Michigan Jan. 14 at the Covelli Center in Columbus. The match is schedule to start at 7 p.m. and will be televised by the Big Ten Network. For tickets to Ohio State dual matches at the Covelli Center in Columbus call 1-800-Go-Bucks or visit ohiostatebuckeyes.com.
  • Several Buckeyes earned titles at the Ohio Intercollegiate Open Nov. 14 in Tiffin, Ohio. Ohio State earned titles in the Open Division at 125 (Malik Heinselman), at 141 (Dylan D’Emilio), at 149 (Sammy Sasso), at 157 (Bryce Hepner), at 165 (Carson Kharchla), at 174 (Ethan Smith), at 197 (Gavin Hoffman) and at 285 (Tate Orndorff). In the Freshman/Sophomore Division, the Buckeyes won at 157 (Paddy Gallagher) and at heavyweight (Mike Misita).
  • Sasso finished the 2021 season as the NCAA Runner-up at 149 with a 16-1 overall record and a 9-0 mark in duals. He recorded a 9-1 record vs. ranked opponents and had five pins, one technical fall and one major decision on the year. He is 5-0 this season with a Top 5 win vs. No. 5 Zach Sherman of North Carolina.
  • At the Michigan State Open Nov. 6 in East Lansing freshman Andre Gonzales earned the title in the freshman/sophomore division at 133 with a 4-0 record. Classmate Mike Misita finished No. 2 in the heavyweight bracket with a 3-1 record. In all, seven Buckeyes were among the Top six in their respective brackets.
  • On Nov. 10, Tom Ryan, head coach of the Buckeyes, signed the top-ranked recruiting class in the country, including the Top 3 overall recruits.
  • Broderick Harris was included in the signing class as an honorary member. Broderick, who aspired to wrestle for the Buckeyes and in the Olympics, was a tireless and fierce competitor. He tragically died in a house fire at age 11 in 2014.
No. 7 Ohio State BuckeyesProbable LineupsMichigan State Spartans
No. 14 Mailk Heinselman (Sr.)125Tristan Lujan (So.)
Will Betancourt (Fr.)133Rayvon Foley (r-Sr.)
Klay Reeves (r-So.)141Jordan Hamdan (r-So.) or Matt Santos (Gr.)
No. 2 Sammy Sasso (r-Jr.)149Jaden Enriquez (r-Sr.) or Eddie Homrock (So.)
Jashon Hubbard (r-Jr.)157Skyler Crespo (So.) or Chase Saldate (So.)
No. 7 Carson Kharchla (r-Sr.)165Caleb Fish (So.) or Miles Hoey (r-So.)
No. 7 Ethan Smith (r-Sr.)174Nate Jimenez (r-Jr.) or Marty Larkin (So.)
No. 7 Kaleb Romero (r-Sr.)184Wyatt Cool (r-Jr.) or Layne Malczewski (r-Jr.)
No. 20 Gavin Hoffman (r-So.)197Cam Caffey (r-Sr.)
No. 12 Tate Orndorff (r-Sr.)HWTBrad Wilton (r-Sr.)
(InterMat Wrestling individual rankings used)

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