COLUMBUS, Ohio – Slammin’ Sammy Sasso, Scramblin’ Sammy Sasso, Sasso Chamberlain … call him what you want. No matter the moniker of your choice, redshirt freshman Sammy Sasso stands as the top-ranked 149-pounder in the country entering the postseason. He owns a 22-2 overall record and has successfully avenged both of his defeats.
As a highly-touted recruit coming out of Nazareth, Pa., buzz was palpable surrounding Sasso as a Buckeye. The lull of a redshirt season in 2018-19 temporarily dampened the noise. Sasso’s varsity debut at the Michigan State Open to start this season caught the nation’s attention once again. No man could last the entire seven minutes with Sasso in East Lansing, ending all five bouts via pin or tech fall. Talk about making a grand entrance into the world of collegiate wrestling…
Sasso continued to post impressive results as the Fall semester turned to Spring. Then came the weekend of Jan. 24-26 when he put the country on full notice. Sasso went on the road and knocked off two top-5 opponents in less than 48 hours. He started with a tiebreaker triumph over then-No. 1 Pat Lugo (Iowa) before taking down Minnesota’s Brayton Lee (ranked No. 4 at the time) two days later. The nation’s top spot for 149 pounds has been in Sasso’s possession ever since.
MORE SASSO NUMBERS
22-2 overall record
9-0 in Big Ten duals
10-2 vs. top-25 opponents
4 tech falls
4 major decisions
Stay tuned to OhioStateBuckeyes.com for more ‘Postseason Profiles’ as the Big Ten Championships quickly approach (March 7-8).