January 19, 2022

No. 2 Iowa, Maryland Up Next for No. 9 Buckeyes


No. 9 Ohio State vs. No. 2 Iowa, Maryland
Dates: Jan. 21, 23, 2022
Times: 7 p.m./1 p.m.
Tickets: 1-800-Go-Bucks
Venue: Covelli Center (4,177) | Game Day Reminders
Watch: BTN/BTN+($)
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Match Notes: Ohio State | Iowa | Maryland

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 9 Ohio State (5-1, 1-1) will play host to a pair of Big Ten Conference opponents this weekend at the Covelli Center in Columbus. No. 2 Iowa visits Friday for an 8 p.m. match that will be televised by the Big Ten Network. Maryland will take on the Buckeyes at 1 p.m. Sunday on B1G+.

  • Iowa leads the all-time series 42-4 since 1929. The Buckeyes won the last meeting in Columbus Jan. 21, 2018 (22-12). Ohio State is 6-0 vs. Maryland.
  • The Buckeyes split with the state of Michigan in the first two Big Ten matchers. Against Michigan State to open the league season, Ohio State came away with 27-14 win. Against Michigan last Friday in Columbus, the Wolverines earned a 29-8 victory.
  • Three Buckeyes earned titles at the Purple Raider Open last Sunday. Freshman Andre Gonzales went 4-0 at 133 while Jason Hubbard (5-0/157) and Rocky Jordan (4-0/184) earned titles in their respective weight classes.
    Jordan and Hubbard also won their brackets at the Storm Open in early December.
  • The Buckeyes defeated No. 22 Pittsburgh Dec. 12, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 hosts Iowa and Maryand with nine Buckeyes ranked among the Top 25. They are: Malik Heinselman (No. 19/125); Dylan D’Emilio (No. 23/141); 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 at No. 1 Penn State Feb. 4 (7 p.m.) before a noon match at No. 15 Rutgers Feb. 6. For tickets to Ohio State dual matches at the Covelli Center in Columbus call 1-800-Go-Bucks or visit ohiostatebuckeyes.com.
  • 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.
  • 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. 9 Ohio State BuckeyesProbable LineupsNo. 2 Iowa Hawkeyes
No. 17 Mailk Heinselman (Sr.)125No. 10 Drake Ayala (Fr.)
Will Betancourt (Fr.) or Dylan Koontz (r.-Sr.)133No. 3 Austin DeSanto (r-Sr.) or Cullan Schriever (Fr.)
No. 23 Dylan D'Emilio (r-So.)141No. 2 Jaydin Eierman (r-Sr.)
No. 2 Sammy Sasso (r-Jr.)149No. 10 Max Murin (Sr.)
Jashon Hubbard (r-Jr.)157No. 12 Kaleb Young (r-Sr.)
No. 7 Carson Kharchla (r-Sr.)165No. 1 Alex Marinelli (r-Sr.)
No. 7 Ethan Smith (r-Sr.)174No. 2 Michael Kemerer (r-Sr.)
No. 7 Kaleb Romero (r-Sr.)184No. 18 Abe Assad (So.)
No. 20 Gavin Hoffman (r-So.)197No. 4 Jacob Warner (Sr.)
No. 12 Tate Orndorff (r-Sr.)HWTNo. 5 Tony Cassioppi (Jr.)
(InterMat Wrestling individual rankings used)
No. 9 Ohio State BuckeyesProbable LineupsMaryland
No. 17 Mailk Heinselman (Sr.)125Tommy Capul (So.)
Will Betancourt (Fr.) or Dylan Koontz (r.-Sr.)133King Sandoval (r-Jr.)
No. 23 Dylan D'Emilio (r-So.)141Danny Bertoni (r-Sr.) or Will Berkowitz (So.)
No. 2 Sammy Sasso (r-Jr.)149Michael North (r-So.)
Jashon Hubbard (r-Jr.)157Lucas Cordio (r-Jr.)
No. 7 Carson Kharchla (r-Sr.)165Gaven Bell (Fr.)
No. 7 Ethan Smith (r-Sr.)174Dominic Solis (So.)
No. 7 Kaleb Romero (r-Sr.)184No. 12 Kyle Cochran (r-Sr.)
No. 20 Gavin Hoffman (r-So.)197No. 32 Jaron Smith (Gr.) or Kevin Makosy (r-So.)
No. 12 Tate Orndorff (r-Sr.)HWTNo. 31 Zach Schrader (r-Sr.)
(InterMat Wrestling individual rankings used)

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