December 1, 2021

No. 8 Buckeyes Head West for Cliff Keen Invite


No. 8 Ohio State at Cliff Keen Invitational
Dates: Dec. 3-4, 2021
Time: All Day
Ohio State Tickets: 1-800-Go-Bucks
Venue: Las Vegas — LV Convention Center
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Match Notes: Ohio State

2021 Cliff Keen Invitational Pre-seeds

COLUMBUS, Ohio –Ohio State is one of 27 teams competing for the 2021 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational title Friday and Saturday. Ohio State finished in the No. 2 spot behind Nebraska in the 2019 event, the last to be held. Schools are permitted to enter one wrestler in each weight class, simulating postseason competition.

Of the 27 teams scheduled to participate in the 39th annual event, 10 are ranked among the Top 25. The Buckeyes enter the event as the No. 8 team nationally (InterMat). The other ranked teams: Michigan (6), Nebraska (9), Cornell (11), Wyoming (13), Oklahoma (14), Minnesota (15), Northwestern (16), Purdue (19) and Oregon State (24).

Ohio State has 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 nine Top 3 finishes.

The last time Ohio State travel to Las Vegas, the Buckeyes had two wrestlers crowed champions, the only school to do so. Luke Pletcher claimed the title at 141 while Kollin Moore took the top spot on the podium at 197.

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Friday (Dec. 3)
Noon ET | early rounds
9 p.m. ET | Quarterfinals and consolation rounds

Saturday (Dec. 4)
Noon ET | consolation rounds
1 p.m. ET | Semifinals, consolation and 5th-8th place matches
6 p.m. ET | Finals & 3rd place matches

No. 8 Ohio State CKLV LineupWeight/Place2021-22 Record
No. 9 Malik Heinselman (Sr.)1259-1
Dylan Koontz (r-Sr.)1333-5
No. 20 Dylan D’Emilio (r-So.) 14112-3
No. 2 Sammy Sasso (r-Jr.) 149/2nd10-1
No. 25 Bryce Hepner (So.) 1573-3 (8-1 Unat.)
No. 9 Carson Kharchla (r-So.) 165/3rd12-1
No. 6 Ethan Smith (r-Sr.) 174/2nd8-2
Kaleb Romero (r-Sr.)184/1st3-0
No. 21 Gavin Hoffman (r-Jr.)1976-1
No. 6 Tate Orndorff (r-Sr.)Hwt/4th10-2

• Ohio State has won the team title six times since 2009 (2009, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18). The Buckeyes earned second-place finishes in 2014 and 2019, third in 2013, fifth in 2015 and 12th in 2010. There was no event in 2020 (Covid).
• Ohio State has finished in the Top-5 nine consecutive seasons

Malik Heinselman (2-1), Dylan Koontz (3-2), Sammy Sasso (4-1/2nd in 2019), Ethan Smith (4-2 at 165, 1-2 at 174), Kaleb Romero (1-3), Gavin Hoffmann (2-1 at 184).

The Buckeyes return to dual competition at the Covelli Center Dec. 12 (1 p.m.) vs. No. 22 Pittsburgh.

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