December 9, 2021

Buckeyes Back Home to Battle Panthers Sunday


No. 22  Pittsburgh at No. 7 Ohio State
Date: Dec. 12, 2021
Time: 1 p.m.
Tickets: 1-800-Go-Bucks
Venue: Columbus, Ohio – Covelli Center
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Match Notes: Ohio State | Pittsburgh

COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 7 Ohio State (3-0) is back at the Covelli Center after a second-place finish at the 2021 Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas last weekend. The Buckeyes play host to No. 22 Pittsburgh at 1 p.m. Sunday.

  • The Buckeyes and Panthers have met 22 times with Ohio State owning the edge in the series 13-9. The teams last met Nov. 15, 2019 at Pitt, a 23-12 Ohio State win. The Buckeyes have won six of the last seven meetings.
  • 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.
  • The last time out in dual competition, 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 plays host to Pittsburgh with eight Buckeyes ranked among the Top 25. They are: Malik Heinselman (No. 14/125); Dylan D’Emilio (No. 24/141); Sammy Sasso (No. 2/149); Carson Kharchla (No. 8/165); Ethan Smith (No. 6/174); Kaleb Romero (No. 10/184), Gavin Hoffman (No. 21/197) and Tate Orndorff (No. 13/HWT).
  • Ohio State will next compete at American University Jan. 3 (7:30 p.m.) before opening dual competition in the Big Ten at Michigan State Jan. 8 (5 p.m.). For tickets to Ohio State dual matches at the Covelli Center in Columbus call 1-800-Go-Bucks or visit
  • 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.
Probable Lineups
No. 7 Ohio State BuckeyesNo. 22 Pittsburgh Panthers
No. 14 Mailk Heinselman (Sr.)125No. 25 Cage Curry (r-Sr.) -OR-
Colton Camacho (r-So.)
Dylan Koontz (r-Sr.)133No. 6 Micky Phillippi (r-Sr.)
No. 24 Dylan D’Emilio (r-So.)141No. 16 Cole Matthews (r-Jr.)
No. 2 Sammy Sasso (r-Jr.)149Luke Kemerer (r-Jr.)
No. 26 Bryce Hepner (So.) -OR-
Jashon Hubbard (r-Jr.)
157No. 30 Elijah Cleary (r-Sr.)
No. 8 Carson Kharchla (r-So.)165No. 9 Jake Wentzel (r-Sr.)
No. 6 Ethan Smith (r-Sr.)174Hunter Kernan (r-Jr.)
No. 10 Kaleb Romero (r-Sr.)184No. 31 Gregg Harvey (r-Sr.)
No. 21 Gavin Hoffman (r-So.)197No. 2 Nino Bonaccorsi (r-Sr.)
(InterMat Wrestling individual rankings used)

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