March 17, 2022

Session II: Buckeyes Win Seven, Advance Four to Quarterfinals


No. 6 Ohio State at 2022 NCAA Championships
Dates: March 17-19, 2022
Times: All Day
Venues: Little Caesars Arena | Detroit, Michigan
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Match Notes: Ohio State

NCAA Championships Info | Updated Brackets | Team Scores

2022 NCAA Wrestling Championships Schedule (all times Eastern and subject to change)
Thursday, March 17 (Coverage on ESPN, ESPNU, ESPN3)
Noon-3:30 p.m.Session I - First RoundESPNU (8 mat feeds and MATCAST)
7-10:30 p.m.Session II - Second RoundESPN (8 mat feeds and MATCAST)
Friday, March 18 (Coverage on ESPN, ESPNU, ESPN3)
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Session III - QuarterfinalsESPNU (8 mat feeds and MATCAST)
8-11 p.m. Session IV - SemifinalsESPN (6 mat feeds and MATCAST)
Saturday, March 19 (Coverage on ESPN, ESPNU, ESPN3)
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.Session V - Medal RoundESPNU (4 mat feeds and MATCAST)
7 - 10 p.m.Session VI - ChampionshipsESPN
Note: MATCAST to present individual feeds of every mat for all sessions on ESPN3 and the ESPN App.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sammy Sasso (149), Carson Kharchla (165), Kaleb Romero (184) and Gavin Hoffman (197) advanced to the quarterfinal round Friday after each won two matches Thursday at the 2022 NCAA Championships in Detroit, Michigan. All four are still in pursuit of national titles.

The Buckeyes advanced five to the Round of 16 Thursday morning then four to the quarterfinals Thursday night.

Ohio State, as a team, is tied for the No. 11 spot with 13.5 points after the first two sessions.

Ohio State won seven of eight matches Thursday evening. All three Buckeyes who fell Thursday morning, Malik Heinselman (125), Dylan D’Emilio (141) and Ethan Smith (174), won in the consolation round Thursday night.

Hoffmann, seeded No. 21 in the 197-pound weight class, produced a pair of upsets to advance to the quarterfinal round. He defeated both the No. 12 and 5 seeds to continue toward the goal of a national title.

All eight Buckeyes remain in contention for All-America status.

Session I and II Results

125 | (21) Taylor LaMont (UVU) def. (12) Malik Heinselman (OSU) | D, 7-2
LaMont opened the scoring with a first period takedown and then added another in the second after a Heinselman escape to start the period. An escape and takedown in the third was enough for LaMont to win by decision, 7-2. Heinselman will wrestle in the Thursday evening session against (28) Korbin Meink of Campbell in the consolation bracket.
125 | (12) Malik Heinselman (OSU) def. (28) Korbin Meink (CAMP) | D, 10-4
Heinselman scored first with a takedown. Meink earned an escape but Heinselman responded with another takedown to lead 4-1 after the first. Meink escaped to start the second but Heinselman came back with a takedown to lead 6-2. Each wrestler added an escape and Heinselman added a takedown midway through the third for a 9-3 lead and finished off the bout with a 10-4 win by decision. Heinselman will continue in the consolation bracket Friday morning. Heinselman will face (6) Eric Barnett of Wisconsin.
125 | (12) Malik Heinselman (OSU) vs. (6) Eric Barnett (WIS)

141 | (16) Quinn Kinner (RID) def. (17) Dylan D’Emilio (OSU) | D, 3-0
After a scoreless first period, Kinner deferred his choice and D’Emilio chose neutral to start the second. Again, neither wrestler was able to score in the second. Kinner chose bottom to start the final three minutes and escaped for the 1-0 lead. Kinner got the takedown with just over a minute left to go up 3-0 and win by decision. D’Emilio moves to the consolation bracket to wrestle Thursday evening against (32) Josh Mason of Bloomsburg.
141 | (17) Dylan D’Emilio (OSU) def. (32) Josh Mason (BLO) | D, 9-6
Mason scored the first takedown followed by a D’Emilio escape. Mason added another takedown to lead 4-1 after the first period. D’Emilio got the second period takedown to make it 4-3 Mason. Down to start the third, Mason added a point with an escape but D’Emilio tied the bout at 5-all with a takedown with just over a minute to go but the points came off the board after a challenge. But undeterred, D’Emilio got the takedown back and added a four-point near fall to win 9-6 by decision to remain alive in the consolation bracket. He will face (2) Jaydin Eierman of Iowa, who lost to (15) Kizhan Clarke of North Carolina 4-2 in sudden victory.
141 | (17) Dylan D’Emilio (OSU) vs. (2) Jaydin Eierman (IOWA)

149 | (4) Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. (29) John Arceri (BUFF) | D, 5-0
Sasso scored Ohio State’s first takedown of the championships with just under a minute left in the first period to take a 2-0 lead. Starting in the down position to start the second, Sasso got the quick escape to go up 3-0. The wrestlers started neutral to open the third. Sasso added a takedown to end the match with a win by decision, 5-0. Sasso advances to face (13) Beau Bartlett of Penn State in Session II.
149 | (4) Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. (13) Beau Bartlett (PSU) | D, 6-4
Two minutes into the first, Sasso scored the match’s first points with a takedown and then built more than a minute of riding time heading into the second period. Bartlett tied the match at 2-all with a reversal early in the second. Sasso escaped to reclaim the lead. Starting from the bottom in the third, Sasso was awarded a penalty point and then escaped to lead 5-2. Bartlett then scored a takedown to cut it to a one-point lead for Sasso. Adding another escape, Sasso wins the bout by decision, 6-4. Sasso advances to the quarterfinals Friday against (5) Kyle Parco of Arizona State, who won by 6-2 decision over (21) Marcus Robinson of Cleveland State.
149 | (4) Sammy Sasso (OSU) vs. (5) Kyle Parco (ASU) |

165 | (7) Carson Kharchla (OSU) def. (26) Lucas Revano (PENN) | D, 8-2
A takedown with just under two minutes left in the first put Kharchla in the lead 2-0. Revano escaped to make it 2-1 Kharchla entering the second. Revano chose bottom and escaped to tie the bout at 2-all before Kharchla scored the late-period takedown to lead 4-2 entering the third. The Buckeyes added a point with an escape and then two more on a takedown and with a point for riding time, Kharchla advanced with an 8-2 win by decision. Kharchla remains in the championship bracket to face (10) Jake Wentzel of Pittsburgh in Session II.
165 | (7) Carson Kharchla (OSU) def. (10) Jake Wentzel (PITT) | D, 7-1
Kharchla scored first with a takedown to lead 2-1 after a Wentzel escape. Kharchla added another takedown with less than 10 seconds left in the first to lead 4-1. After deferring, Kharchla starting the second on bottom and scored a reversal to lead 6-1. Choosing neutral to open the third, Kharchla added a point after Wentzel was penalized for hands to the face to win the bout by decision, 7-1. Kharchla joins Sasso in the quarterfinals Friday. Kharchla will face (2) Keegan O’Toole of Missouri. O’Toole defeated (18) Anthony Valencia of Arizona State by decision, 7-1.
165 | (7) Carson Kharchla (OSU) vs. (2) Keegan O’Toole (MIZZ)

174 | (26) Tyler Eischens (STAN) def. (7) Ethan Smith (OSU) | D, 13-12
Smith wasted little time scoring the first takedown of the match and after an Eischens escape, led 2-1. Eischens took a 3-2 lead on a takedown of his own that led to a two point near fall. Smith escaped to trail 5-3 heading into the second period. The Stanford lead increased to 6-3 after an escape. Smith then scored a takedown followed by an Eischens reversal to make it 8-5 Stanford. Smith escaped again and down 8-6 but Eischens went back up by four, 10-6, on a late takedown to end the second. Smith scored a reversal early in the third followed by an Eischens escape. Smith added another takedown and then allowed an escape to trail 12-10 but quickly tied the bout with another takedown. But a late Eischens escape secured the Stanford win by decision, 13-12. Smith will wrestling in the consolation bracket in Session II.
174 | (7) Ethan Smith (OSU) def. (23) Troy Fisher (NW) | MD, 14-5
Smith got the match’s first takedown just 20 seconds into the bout. Smith cut Fisher for the Northwestern escape point but Smith took him right down again to lead 4-1. Smith cut Fisher again and recorded another takedown for the 6-2 lead. Fisher was awarded a penalty point and earned an escape before another Smith takedown made it 8-4 to start the second period. Starting in the down position, Smith escaped early in the second and added a takedown to lead 11-4 after five minutes. Fisher got a point back with an escape in the third but Smith added a takedown and a point for riding time to win by major decision, 14-5. Smith stays alive in the consolation bracket and will face (25) Garrit Nijenhuis of Purdue Friday morning.
174 | (7) Ethan Smith (OSU) vs. (25) Garrit Nijenhuis (PUR)

184 | (7) Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. (26) Donnell Washington (IND) | MD, 13-2
Romero quickly put two on the board with a takedown. Washington escaped but Romero scored a takedown and four-point near fall to lead 8-1 after the first three minutes. Washington scored another escape and the period ended in favor of the Buckeyes, 8-2. Romero was awarded a point when Washington was called for stalling and then added a takedown, another point for IU stalling and a point for riding time to win by major decision, 13-2. Romero will wrestle (10) Taylor Venz of Nebraska in Session II of the championship bracket Thursday evening.
184 | (7) Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. (10) Taylor Venz (NEB) | D, 7-1
After a scoreless first period, Venz took the 1-0 lead on an escape. Romero got the first takedown with under 10 seconds left in the period for the 2-1. Romero added a point with an escape midway through the third and then added a takedown with under a minute left for the 5-1 win by decision. Romero joins Sasso and Kharchla in the quarterfinals Friday morning. Romero will face (2) Aaron Brooks of Penn State.
184 | (7) Kaleb Romero (OSU) vs. (2) Aaron Brooks (PSU) |

197 | (21) Gavin Hoffman (OSU) def. (12) Tanner Sloan (SDSU) | SV-1, 6-4
Sloan struck first with a takedown followed by a Hoffman escape for the 2-1 lead. Sloan went up 3-1 on an escape in the second. Hoffman added a late escape and takedown to go up 4-3 and the match went into sudden victory tied 4-all with Sloan earning a riding time point. Hoffman got the winning takedown to win, 6-4. Hoffman advances in the championship bracket and will wrestle (5) Nino Bonaccorsi of Pittsburgh Thursday evening.
197 | (21) Gavin Hoffman (OSU) def. (5) Nino Bonaccorsi (PITT) | SV-1, 6-4
Bonaccorsi posted the first points with a takedown early in the first period. Hoffman go the escape to make it 2-1 Pitt. Bonaccorsi chose down to start the second and got the escape to go up 3-1. Hoffman tied the match on a late takedown to end the second. Bonaccorci quickly recorded the escape to start the third for the 4-3 lead. Hoffman escaped to tie it at 4-all sending the match to sudden victory, where he won with a takedown to advance to the quarterfinals with a 6-4 win. Hoffman joins Sasso, Kharchla and Romero in the quarterfinals Friday. Hoffman will face (13) Jake Woodley of Oklahoma.
197 | (21) Gavin Hoffman (OSU) vs. (13) Jake Woodley (OU)

HWT | (13) Tate Orndorff (OSU) def. (20) Joe Doyle (BING) | MD, 10-2
Orndorff got out of the gates with two quick takedowns around a Doyle escape. The Buckeyes led 4-1 with over two minutes of riding time entering the second period. Orndorff added an escape point and takedown a minute into the second to lead 7-2 after five minutes of action. Orndorff finished off the match with a takedown and a point for riding time to win by major decision, 10-2. Orndorff advances in the championships bracket to face (4) Greg Kerkvliet of Penn State in Session II Thursday evening
HWT | (4) Greg Kerkvliet (PSU) vs. (13) Tate Orndorff (OSU) | MD, 10-1
Kerkvliet scored the first takedown and led 2-0 after the first period. Kerkvliet added two with a reversal in the second and added a takedown in the third for a 6-1 lead after a Orndorff escape. With a penalty point and another takedown and a point for riding time, Kerkvliet won my major decision, 10-1. Orndorff will wrestle Friday in the consolation bracket.
HWT | (13) Tate Orndorff (OSU) vs. (3) Josh Heindselman (OU) or (19) Luke Surber (OKST)