Sammy Sasso

149 lbs

Player profile

  • Weight 149 lbs
  • Year r-Sophomore
  • Hometown Nazareth, Pa.
  • High School Nazareth
2018-19 (redshirt) 19-2----146

• Big Ten Finalist (2020)
• NCAA Qualifier (2020)
• UWW Junior Freestyle National Champion (2019)
• NWCA Scholar All-American (2020)
• Academic All-Big Ten (2020)
• OSU Scholar-Athlete (2019, 2020)

2019-20 (Redshirt Freshman)
• Earned the No. 3 seed for NCAA Championships (149 lbs) with a 24-3 overall record
• Ran through the Big Ten dual slate at 9-0 and advanced to the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational finals
• Reached the title bout at the Big Ten Championships as well
• Posted a 12-3 mark vs. top-25 opponents
• Bonus points: five pins, four tech falls and four major decisions
• Named Wrestler of the Week by both the Big Ten and USA Wrestling after going on the road and topping No. 1 Pat Lugo (Iowa) and No. 4 Brayton Lee (Minnesota) in the same weekend
• Opened the season with a bang as Michigan State Open champion
• Ended all five MSU Open bouts early with three pins and two tech falls
• Became the third ‘black shirt’ recipient in program history

2018-19 (Redshirt)
• Totaled a 19-2 record with six pins, four tech falls and a major decision
• Registered a 58% bonus rate (11-of-19)
• Michigan State Open (F/S Division) and Edinboro Open Champion
• Ohio Intercollegiate Open Runner-Up, dropping 9-7 finals bout to teammate and NCAA Finalist Micah Jordan
• Stormed back after an opening round defeat at the Midlands Championships with seven consecutive victories to seize third place
• Seven-match Midlands streak included wins over No. 13 Josh Maruca (Arizona State), No. 9 Josh Heil (Campbell), No. 6 Alec Pantaleo (Michigan) and No. 8 Pat Lugo (Iowa) – the last two of which reached the All-America stand (Pantaleo at 157 lbs)
• Edinboro Open included a 6-0 mark with three pins, a tech fall and a major
• Won the UWW Junior Freestyle National Championship (70 kg) to earn a spot in the World Team Trials

• Two-time Pennsylvania AAA state champion, placing top-3 all four seasons
• Top-5 recruit overall in the country according to FloWrestling
• Went 135-3 during final three high school seasons and 180-11 overall
• Ironman, Super 32, Beast of the East and Flo Nationals champion
• Fargo freestyle champion
• Cadet World Team Trials finalist

• Son of Robert and Lorraine Sasso
• Has a brother, Sonny, and a sister, Natalie
• Business major