STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Sammy Sasso and Ethan Smith both advanced to the Big Ten Championship matches in their respective weight classes and five total Buckeyes earned NCAA bids on Saturday evening in College Park, Pa.
In addition to Sasso and Smith, Malik Heinselman, Kaleb Romero, and Tate Orndorff are all still in contention for third place in their weight classes. Ohio State has had 55 individual Big Ten Champions and Smith and Sasso will look to add to that total on Sunday.
Sasso defeated Michigan’s Kanen Storr 5-0 in the semifinals of the 149-pound weight class. That was his second win over Storr this season and it sets up a finals match against Nebraska’s Ridge Lovett.
.@sammysasso so smooth.
— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) March 7, 2021
Smith won a pair of matches in the morning session and then scored a takedown in the first sudden victory period against Nebraska’s Peyton Robb to win the match 5-3. He will face No. 1 seed and No. 1 ranked Alex Marinelli of Iowa on Sunday.
Romero and Orndorff both lost in the second round this morning and had a couple of late-night battles to punch their NCAA tickets. Romero beat Emil Soehnlen (Purdue) and Jake Allar (Minnesota) on Saturday night and will face Michigan’s Logan Massa on the consolation semis. Orndorff won 5-2 against Northwestern’s Jake Heyob and then avenged in earlier loss this season to Illinois’ Luke Luffman with a 3-1 win the first sudden victory period.
Session III will start at Noon on Sunday while the championship session is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.
125 | Malik Heinselman
141 | Dylan D’Emilio
149 | Sammy Sasso
157 | Elijah Cleary
165 | Ethan Smith
174 | Kaleb Romero
184 | Rocky Jordan
197 | Gavin Hoffman
285 | Tate Orndorff