March 6, 2021

Sasso and Smith to the Finals, 5 Buckeyes Earn NCAA Bids

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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.

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

  • R1 | Def. Zach Spence (MD) | PIN 2:56
  • QF | Def. Eric Barnett (WIS) | D, 3-2
  • SF | Lost to Devin Schroder (PUR) | MD, 10-0

141 | Dylan D’Emilio

  • R1 | Def. Danny Bertoni (MD) | D, 3-1
  • QF | Lost to Nick Lee (PSU) | TF, 3:12 (17-1)
  • Con Rd 2 | Lost to Drew Mattin (MICH) | D, 2-1

149 | Sammy Sasso

  • R1 | BYE
  • QF | Def. Peyton Omania (MSU) | MD, 9-1
  • SF | Def. Kanen Storr (MICH) | D, 5-0
  • F | Ridge Lovett (NEB)

157 | Elijah Cleary

  • R1 | Def. Garrett Model (WISC) | D, 9-6
  • QF | Lost to Ryan Deakin (NU) | MD, 8-0
  • Con Rd 2 | Lost to Caleb Licking (NEB) | D, 2-1

165 | Ethan Smith

  • R1 | Def. Josh Otto (WISC) | D, 8-4
  • QF | Def. Jonathan Spadafora (MD) | MD 15-6
  • SF | Peyton Robb (NEB) | SV1, 5-3
  • F | Alex Marinelli (IOWA) | 

174 | Kaleb Romero

  • R1 | Def. DJ Shannon (Ill) | D, 4-1
  • QF | Lost to Carter Starocci (PSU) | D, 2-0
  • Con Rd 2 | Def. Emil Soehnlen (PUR) | D 4-1
  • Con Rd 3 | Def. Jake Allar (MINN) | D, 9-4
  • Con SF | Logan Massa (MICH) |

184 | Rocky Jordan

  • R1 | Lost to Max Lyon (PUR) | D, 3-2
  • Con R2 | Lost to Nelson Brands (IOWA) | D, 5-2

197 | Gavin Hoffman

  • R1 | Def. Matt Wroblewski (Ill) | SV1, 3-1
  • QF | Lost to Eric Schultz (NEB) | D, 2-0
  • Con R2 | Lost to Billy Janzer (RUT) | D, 3-2

285 | Tate Orndorff

  • R1 | Def. Christian Rebottaro (MSU) | D, 6-0
  • QF | Lost to Gable Steveson (MINN) | TF, 5:34 (19-4)
  • Con Rd 2 | Def. Jack Heyob (NU) | D, 5-2
  • Con Rd 3 | Def. Luke Luffman (ILL) | SV1, 3-1
  • Con SF | Tony Cassioppi (IOWA) |