December 2, 2022

Sasso, Romero Advance to Semifinals at Cliff Keen Invite

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No. 3 Ohio State at Cliff Keen Invitational
Dates: Dec. 2-3, 2021
Times: Event Schedule
Ohio State Tickets: 1-800-Go-Bucks
Cliff Keen Invite: Tickets
Venue: Las Vegas — LV Convention Center
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Match Notes: Ohio State

Team Standings

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sammy Sasso (149) and Kaleb Romero (184) advanced to wrestle in the semifinals of their respective brackets at the 2022 Cliff Keen Invitational at the Las Vegas Convention Center Friday.

Malik Heinselman (125), Dylan D’Emilio (141)  and Carson Kharchla (165) also remained in contention for third-place finishes when competition resumes Saturday at the 40th annual event.

Ohio State advanced five wrestlers to the quarterfinals in the first session Friday morning.

No. 1 seeds Sasso (149) and Kharchla (165) easily moved on in their respective brackets before No. 4 seed Ethan Smith (174) and No. 3 seeds Romero (184) and Gavin Hoffman (197) followed suit, all with 2-0 records in the morning session.

In eight of the 10 bouts involving the Buckeyes who advanced to the evening quarterfinals scored bonus points in the team competition.

Overall, eight of the nine Buckeyes competing in the event advanced to the evening session of Day 1. Heinselman (125), D’Emilio (141) and Tate Orndorff (HWT) lost bouts in their championships brackets before advancing to the consolation round of eight.

Ohio State is one of 34 teams competing for the 2022 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. The Buckeyes finished in the No. 2 spot behind Nebraska in the 2021 event. Schools are permitted to enter one wrestler in each weight class, simulating postseason competition.

Of the 34 teams participating in the 40th annual event, 10 are ranked among the Top 25 (Intermat). The Buckeyes entered the event as the No. 3 team nationally. The other ranked teams are: Michigan (6), Northwestern (8), North Carolina State (11), Cornell (13), Virginia Tech (14), Nebraska (16), Northern Iowa (17), North Dakota State (19) and South Dakota State (24). Oregon State (26), Cal Poly (28) and Purdue (30) also are in the field.

Ohio State has six team titles since 2009 at the CKLVI including three-consecutive (2016, 17, 18). The Buckeyes have placed outside the Top 5 just once in the past decade and own 10 Top 3 finishes.

EVENT HISTORY & 2022 SCHEDULE
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Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022

9 am PST/Noon ET: Round 7 Consolation 2nd of (8)
10 am PST/1 pm ET: Round 8 Championship Semi-Finals, Round 9 Consolation Semi Finals, Consolation Finals 5th & 6th, 7th & 8th Places
3 pm PST/6 pm ET: CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS 1st & 2nd, 3rd & 4th Places

No. 3 Ohio State CKLV LineupWeight2022 CKLV Finish2022-23 Record
No. 11 Malik Heinselman (r-Sr.)1256-2/5th13-2
Dylan Koontz (r-Sr.)1331-25-5
No. 7* Dylan D’Emilio (r-Jr.) 1414-3/8th5-5
No. 3 Sammy Sasso (r-Sr.) 1495-0/1st10-2
No. 6 Carson Kharchla (r-Jr.) 1653-2/8th6-2
No. 7 Ethan Smith (r-Sr.) 1742-28-4
No. 4 Kaleb Romero (r-Sr.)1844-2/4th11-2
No. 16 Gavin Hoffman (r-Sr.)1972-28-3
No. 7 Tate Orndorff (r-Sr.)HWT3-26-2
* Preseason ranking

VEGAS WINNINGS
• Ohio State has won the team title six times since 2009 (2009, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18). The Buckeyes earned second-place finishes in 2014, 2019 and 2021, third in 2013, fifth in 2015 and 12th in 2010. There was no event in 2020 (Covid).
• Ohio State has finished in the Top-5 10-consecutive seasons

CKLVI CAREER RECORDS
Malik Heinselman (8-3), Dylan Koontz (5-6), Dylan D’Emilio (6-3), Sammy Sasso (10-2/2nd in 2019, 2021), Carson Kharchla (7-2), Ethan Smith (6-4 at 165, 4-3 at 174), Kaleb Romero (8-3/1st in 2021), Gavin Hoffmann (4-3 at 184, 1-2 at 197), Tate Orndorff (5-4).

Day 1 Results

Malik Heinselman
125 | Brett Ungar (COR) def. (4) Malik Heinselman (OSU) | D, 4-0
125 | (4) Malik Heinselman (OSU) def. Devin Garcia (CBU) | Fall, 2:18
125 | (4) Malik Heinselman (OSU) def. Joey Fischer (CLAR) | MD, 12-4
125 | (4) Malik Heinselman (OSU) def. (11) Kase Mauger (UVU) | D, 6-3
125 | (4) Malik Heinselman (OSU) def. (7) Caleb Smith (APP) | D, 14-9
125 | (4) Malik Heinselman (OSU) vs. in the Consolation Rnd of 4

Dylan Koontz (1-2)
133 | (11) Kai Orine (NCST) def. Dylan Koontz (OSU) | D, 11-4
133 | Dylan Koontz (OSU) def. (7) Boo Dryden (NEB) | D, 6-2
133 | (10) Sean Carter (APP) def. Dylan Koontz (OSU) | D, 7-3

Dylan D’Emilio
141 | (6) Dylan D’Emilio (OSU) def. Joseph Cangro (HARV) | D, 8-1
141 | (11) Cael Happel (UNI) def. (6) Dylan D’Emilio (OSU) | D, SV-1 4-2
141 | (6) Dylan D’Emilio (OSU) def. Nick James (UNK) | D, 9-4
141 | (6) Dylan D’Emilio (OSU) def. Kyran Hagan (OHIO) | D, 5-3
141 | (6) Dylan D’Emilio (OSU) def. (1) Cole Mattin (MICH) | D, 6-2
141 | (6) Dylan D’Emilio (OSU) vs. in the Consolation Rnd. of 4

Sammy Sasso
149 | (1) Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. Kaemen Smith (NAVY) | TF, 23-7 (5:57)
149 | (1) Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. Noah Tolentino (ORST) | Fall, 5:58
149 | (1) Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. (8) Alec Hagan (Ohio) | Fall, 2:51
149 | (1) Sammy Sasso (OSU) vs. (4) Yahya Thomas (NW) in the Semifinals

Carson Kharchla
165 | (1) Carson Kharchla (OSU) def. Bubba Wilson (NEB) | D, 8-2
165 | (1) Carson Kharchla (OSU) def. Aidan Zarrella (SHU) | TF, 17-2
165 | (9) Tanner Cook (SDSU) def. (1) Carson Kharchla (OSU) | Fall, 0:37
165 | (1) Carson Kharchla (OSU) def. (6) Enrique Munguia (Kent) | MD, 17-6
165 | (1) Carson Kharchla (OSU) vs. in the Consolation Rnd. of 4

Ethan Smith (2-2)
174 | (4) Ethan Smith (OSU) def. Albert Urias (CSUB) | MD, 12-3
174 | (4) Ethan Smith (OSU) def. Lennox Wolak (COL) | D, 8-6
174 | (5) Christopher Foca (CORN) def. (4) Ethan Smith (OSU) | D, 8-4
174 | Alexander Faison (NCST) def. (4) Ethan Smith (OSU) | MFF

Kaleb Romero
184 | (4) Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. Billy Higgins (UNK) | MD, 18-5
184 | (4) Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. Brett McIntosh (WYO) | Fall, 1:36
184 | (4) Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. (6) Hunter Bolen (VT) | D, 3-2
184 | (4) Kaleb Romero (OSU) vs. (2) Trent Hidlay (NCST) in the Semifinals

Gavin Hoffman (2-2)
197 | (3) Gavin Hoffman (OSU) def. Tristan Carman (WYO) | Fall, 3:25
197 | (3) Gavin Hoffman (OSU) def. Brendin Yatooma (MICH) | MD, 12-4
197 | (6) Silas Allred (NEB) def. (3) Gavin Hoffman (OSU) | D. 5-2
197 | (8) Evan Bockman (UVU) def. (3) Gavin Hoffman (OSU) | D, 3-2

Tate Orndorff (3-2)
HWT | (5) Tate Orndorff (OSU) def. Tristan Ruhlman (PUR) | Fall, 6:03
HWT | (12) Tyrell Gordon ( UNIA) def. (5) Tate Orndorff (OSU) | D, 3-2
HWT | (5) Tate Orndorff (OSU) def. Jacob Cover (KENT) | Fall, 0:16
HWT | (5) Tate Orndorff (OSU) def. Mason Fiscella (APP) | D, 7-1
HWT | Owen Trephan (NCST) def. (5) Tate Orndorff (OSU) | MFF

UP NEXT
The Buckeyes return to dual competition at the Covelli Center Dec. 11 (1 p.m.) vs. Kent State.

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