January 12, 2022

No. 7 Buckeyes, No. 3 Wolverines Clash Friday in Columbus


No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Michigan
Date: Jan. 14, 2022
Time: 7 p.m.
Tickets: 1-800-Go-Bucks
Venue: Covelli Center | Game Day Reminders
Watch: BTN
Live Updates: @wrestlingbucks
Match Notes: Ohio State | Michigan

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 7 Ohio State (5-0, 1-0) looks to stay undefeated Friday when No. 3 Michigan takes on the Buckeyes at the Covelli Center. The match will begin at 7 p.m. and will be televised by the Big Ten Network.

The Buckeyes won their Big Ten opener last Friday at Michigan State, 27-14.

No. 2 Sammy Sasso will be going for his 26th-consecutive win in dual competitions when he faces Michigan’s Cole Mattin of Delta, Ohio. Sasso’s streak includes wins in 19-consecutive Big Ten duals. He is 12-1 at the Covelli Center.

  • Ohio State and Michigan have met 89 times in the series history with the Buckeyes owning a 20-66-3 record since the first meeting in 1924. Ohio State has won seven of the last 12 meetings. The last three duals have been decided by three points or less (OSU W 18-15 2-11-18; UM W 19-17 1-25-19 and UM W 18-16 2-12-21).
  • Against Michigan State the last time out, Ohio State came away with 27-14 win to open the Big Ten season. The Buckeyes won six of 10 bouts, including four of the last five. Ohio State recorded bonus points in four matches.
  • 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 Michigan with nine Buckeyes ranked among the Top 25. They are: Malik Heinselman (No. 18/125); Dylan D’Emilio (No. 21/141); 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 vs. No. 1 Iowa Jan. 21 (8 p.m.) in Columbus. 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. 7 Ohio State BuckeyesProbable LineupsNo. 4 Michigan Wolverines
No. 18 Mailk Heinselman (Sr.)125No. 1 Nick Suriano (Gr.)
Will Betancourt (Fr.)133No. 8 Dylan Ragusin (r-Fr.)
No. 21 Dylan D'Emilio (r-So.)141No. 4 Stevan Micic (Gr.)
No. 2 Sammy Sasso (r-Jr.)149Cole Mattin (r-So.)
Jashon Hubbard (r-Jr.)157No. 15 Will Lewan (r-Jr.)
No. 7 Carson Kharchla (r-Sr.)165No. 10 Cameron Amine (r-So.)
No. 7 Ethan Smith (r-Sr.)174No. 6 Logan Massa (Gr.)
No. 7 Kaleb Romero (r-Sr.)184No. 2 Myles Amine (Gr.)
No. 20 Gavin Hoffman (r-So.)197No. 8 Patrick Brucki (Gr.)
No. 12 Tate Orndorff (r-Sr.)HWTNo. 2 Mason Parris (Sr.)
(InterMat Wrestling individual rankings used)

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