COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior Sammy Sasso, wrestling in his second NCAA final, finished second at 149 following a 4-2 loss by decision to No. 1 Yianni Diakomihalis of Cornell Saturday at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla.
Sasso, a four-time All-American with the Buckeyes, finished the 2022-23 season with an overall record of 29-4. Appearing in this fourth-consecutive Big Ten final, he won his second league championship earlier this month.
In the final match of the 2023 National Championships, there were several stalemates in the first period with no wrestler able to score. Diakomihalis started from the down position and scored a reversal to take a 2-0 lead. Sasso escaped for a point before a Diakomihalis takedown made it 4-1. A Sasso escape made it 4-2 but a late charge came up short. Diakomihalis earned his fourth-consecutive national title with the 4-2 win by decision.
As a team, Ohio State finished fourth overall to give Tom Ryan his 14 Top 10 and ninth Top 5 finish since taking over the Ohio State program in 2006-07.