March 18, 2022

Session IV: Romero, Kharchla Earn All-America Status

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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)
TimeSessionTV/Stream
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 – Carson Kharchla and Kaleb Romero joined Sammy Sasso and Gavin Hoffman Friday in earning All-America status at the 2022 NCAA Championships in Detroit, Michigan. The Buckeyes head into Saturday tied for ninth in the team standings with 42 points.

Sasso dropped his semifinal match with No. 1 Yianni Diakomihalis at 149 pounds to move to the consolation round with a chance at third.

Kharchla and Romero continued through the consolation bracket at 165 and 184 respectively to assure at Top 8 finish nationally and become Ohio State’s 121st and 122nd all-time All-Americans.

Kharchla will wrestle for seventh place Saturday. Sasso, Romero and Hoffman are in the consolation semifinals. Hoffman fell in his match vs. No. 1 Max Dean of Penn State in the championship bracket Friday.

Sasso and Hoffman won quarterfinal matches Friday to earn All-America status and advance to the national semifinals in the 149- and 197-pound weight classes, respectively.

The event is being held at Little Caesars Arena.

Sasso is one of 19 Buckeyes all-time to earn All-America status three or more times (2020-21-22). Eight Buckeyes are four-time All-Americans, 11 are three-time honorees. Hoffman became the 120th Buckeye to earn All-America status.

Session I, II, III, IV Results

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 advanced 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 won the bout by decision, 6-4. Sasso advanced 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) def. (5) Kyle Parco (ASU) | SV-1, 3-1

Parco deferred position to start the second after a scoreless first period. Sasso chose bottom and escaped for the first point of the bout and only score of the period. Parco started in the down position to start the third and tied the match with an escape sending the bout into sudden victory where Sasso scored the takedown to win, 3-1. Sasso earns All-America status with the win. Sasso advanced to face (1) Yianni Diakomihalis of Cornell in the semifinals Friday evening. Sasso is now a three-time Ohio State All-American (2020-21-22), the 11th three-timer in Ohio State history.

149 | (1) Yianni Diakomihalis (COR) def. (4) Sammy Sasso (OSU) | D, 6-3

Diakomihalis scored first with a takedown 90 seconds into the first period. Sasso got the escape to trail by one. Another Diakomihalis takedown made it 4-1 at the end of three minutes. He added an escape for the  5-1 lead. Sasso added an escape and a penalty point for Cornell stalling to make it 5-3 but Diakomihalis was awarded a point for riding time to win by decision, 6-3. Sasso moves to the consolation bracket Saturday and a chance for third place. He will wrestle (3) Austin Gomez of Wisconsin in the consolation semifinals.

149 | (4) Sammy Sasso (OSU) vs. (3) Austin Gomez (WIS)  

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 joined Sasso in the quarterfinals Friday. Kharchla faced (2) Keegan O’Toole of Missouri. O’Toole defeated (18) Anthony Valencia of Arizona State by decision, 7-1.

165 | (2) Keegan O’Toole (MIZZ) def. (7) Carson Kharchla (OSU) | D, 2-0

There was no score in the first. Kharchla deferred position to start the second, O’Toole chose bottom and escaped to lead 1-0. Kharchla was unable to escape and with riding time, fell 2-0 by decision. Kharchla moves to the consolation bracket and will face.

165 | (7) Carson Kharchla (OSU) def. (13) Julian Ramirez (COR) | D, 4-3  

Ramirez scored first with a takedown halfway through the first. Kharchla followed with an escape and then added another escape in the second to tie it at 2-all. Ramirez took the lead with an escape at the start of the third but a late Kharchla takedown gave the Buckeye the win by decision, 4-3. Kharchla continues in the consolation bracket. The win secures All-America status for the first-time NCAA qualifier, Ohio State’s 121st All-American all-time.

165 | (3) Alex Marinelli (Iowa) def. (7) Carson Kharchla (OSU) | D, 4-2

Marinelli got on the board first with an escape and takedown in the second period after a scoreless first period. Kharchla escaped to make it 3-1. Kharchla added another escape in the third to cut it to one. Marinelli advanced with another point for riding time to win by decision, 4-2. Kharchla will wrestle for seventh Saturday.

165 | (7) Carson Kharchla (OSU) vs. (9) Peyton Hall (WVU) |

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 wrestled (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 joined Sasso and Kharchla in the quarterfinals Friday. Romero faced (2) Aaron Brooks of Penn State.

184 | (2) Aaron Brooks (PSU) def. (7) Kaleb Romero (OSU) | D, 13-2

Brooks earned the first score, a takedown followed by a Romero escape with about a minute left in the first period. Brooks added a late takedown to lead 4-1 after the first three minutes. Brooks escaped to start the second and added another takedown for a 7-1 lead going into the third. After another takedown in the third, Brooks went on to win by major decision, 13-2. Romero moves to the consolation bracket.

184 | (7) Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. (30) Max Lyon (PUR) | MD, 15-6

Romero got the early takedown and quickly went up 4-1 while building nearly 90 seconds of riding time. The lead increased to 10-4 in the second. Romero kept the pressure on in the third and earned a win by major decision, 15-6. The win secured All-America status, Ohio State’s 122nd all-time All-American, and kept Romero in the running for third place.

184 | (7) Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. (8) Marcus Coleman (ISU) | MD, 13-4.

Romero got the opening takedown with a minute left in the first. Coleman got the escape to make it 2-1 Buckeyes. Coleman tied it at 2-all before another Romero takedown and a four-point near fall made it 8-2 Romero. Coleman added an escape but Romero added another takedown to head to the third, 10-3. Romero finished off the match to win by major decision, 13-4. Romero moves to the consolation semifinals Saturday.

184 | (7) Kaleb Romero (OSU) vs. (5) Bernie Truax (CP)

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 advanced in the championship bracket and wrestled (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 joined Sasso, Kharchla and Romero in the quarterfinals Friday. Hoffman faced (13) Jake Woodley of Oklahoma.

197 | (21) Gavin Hoffman (OSU) def. (13) Jake Woodley (OU) | D, 5-3

Hoffman got the late takedown to end the first leading 2-1 following a Woodley escape. Starting from the bottom to start the second, Woodley tied the match with an escape followed by the go-ahead Hoffman takedown and Woodley escape to make it 4-3 OSU with two minutes to go. Hoffman escaped to make if 5-3 for the win by decision. The victory gave him All-America status and a spot in the semifinals Friday night.

197 | (1) Max Dean (PSU) def. (21) Gavin Hoffman (OSU) | D, 9-3

Dean got the opening takedown to lead 2-0 after the first period. Dean added an escape point in the second and added a takedown to make it 5-0 with two minutes left. Hoffman got a third period takedown but Dean countered with one of his own to win by decision, 9-3. Hoffman moves to the consolation bracket and will contend for third-place Saturday with a match in the consolation semifinals vs. (7) Rocky Elam of Missouri.

197 | (21) Gavin Hoffman (OSU) vs. (7) Rocky Elam (MIZZ)

 

The Buckeyes at the 2022 NCAA Championships

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 wrestled 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 continued in the consolation bracket Friday. Heinselman faced (6) Eric Barnett of Wisconsin.

125 | (6) Eric Barnett (WIS) def. (12) Malik Heinselman (OSU) | D, 9-4

Heinselman struck first with a takedown followed by a Barnett escape. Barnett scored the late takedown to lead 3-2 heading into the second. He increased the lead with an escape to start the second (4-2). Heiselmand tied it with a takedown but Barnett went right back in the lead with an escape (5-4). Heinselman chose neutral to start the third. Barnett got a pair of takedowns in the third to win by decision, 9-4.

Heinselman at the 2022 NCAA Championships (1-2)

  • Round 1 – Taylor LaMont (Utah Valley) won by decision over Malik Heinselman (Ohio State) (Dec 7-2)
  • Round 1 – Malik Heinselman (Ohio State) won by decision over Korbin Meink (Campbell) (Dec 10-4)
  • Round 2 – Eric Barnett (Wisconsin) won by decision over Malik Heinselman (Ohio State) (Dec 9-4)

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 moved 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 faced (2) Jaydin Eierman of Iowa Friday, who lost to (15) Kizhan Clarke of North Carolina 4-2 in sudden victory.

141 | (2) Jaydin Eierman (IOWA) def. (17) Dylan D’Emilio (OSU) | D, 5-3

The bout went into the second period with Eierman in the lead 2-1 with a takedown and D’Emilio escape late in the first. Eierman added an escape point early in the second to lead 3-1 with two minutes to go. D’Emilio got the escape to make it 3-2 Iowa. The Eierman lead increased to 5-3 on a takedown and D’Emilio escape. That was the end of the scoring as Eierman advanced with a 5-3 win by decision.

D’Emilio at the 2022 NCAA Championships (1-2)

  • Round 1 – Quinn Kinner (Rider) won by decision over Dylan D`Emilio (Ohio State) (Dec 3-0)
  • Round 1 – Dylan D`Emilio (Ohio State) won by decision over Josh Mason (Bloomsburg) (Dec 9-6)
  • Round 2 – Jaydin Eierman (Iowa) won by decision over Dylan D`Emilio (Ohio State) (Dec 5-3)

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) def. (25) Garrit Nijenhuis (PUR) | Fall, 6:59

There were no points scored in the first period. Each wrestler eared escapes to before Smith scored the only takedown of the bout late in the third to take a 3-1 lead and then win the match by fall at 6:59. He will continue in the consolation bracket Friday night.

174 | (15) Anthony Mantanona (OU) def. (7) Ethan Smith (OSU) | SV-1, 9-7

Smith opened with a pair of takedowns and led 4-2 after three minutes. The Buckeye escaped and added a takedown in the second to lead 7-3. Montanona added an escape in the third then got a takedown and a point for riding time to send the match into sudden victory tied 7-all. Montanona they got the winning takedown to win 9-7.

Smith at the 2022 NCAA Championships (3-2)

  • Round 1 – Tyler Eischens (Stanford) 20-12 won by decision over Ethan Smith (Ohio State) 23-7 (Dec 13-12)
  • Round 1 – Ethan Smith (Ohio State) 23-7 won by major decision over Troy Fisher (Northwestern) 17-10 (MD 14-5)
  • Round 2 – Ethan Smith (Ohio State) 23-7 won by decision over Gerrit Nijenhuis (Purdue) 18-14 (Dec 4-1)
  • Round 3 – Ethan Smith (Ohio State) 23-7 won by decision over Anthony Mantanona (Oklahoma) 21-9 (Dec 5-1)
  • Round 4 – Dustin Plott (Oklahoma State) 20-4 won in sudden victory – 1 over Ethan Smith (Ohio State) 23-7 (SV-1 9-7)

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) def. (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) def.  (19) Luke Surber (OKST) | D, 5-0

Orndorff led 1-0 after the first on a penalty point for Surber stalling. Orndorff added an escape and a takedown in the second to lead 4-0 with two minutes to go. With a point for riding time, Orndorff continues in the consolation bracket with a 5-0 win by decision.

HWT | (13) Tate Orndorff (OSU) vs. (5) Wyatt Hendrickson (AF) | D, 9-5

Orndorff continued on through the consolation bracket with a 9-5 win by decision over Wyatt Hendrickson of Air Force.

HWT | (7) Mason Parris (MICH) def. (13) Tate Orndorff (OSU) | MD, 12-1

Parris scored a pair of takedowns to lead 4-1 after the first. He then added an escape in the second along with a takedown and a point for OSU stalling. Parris finished off the bout winning by major decision, 12-1.

Orndorff at the 2022 NCAA Championships (3-2)

  • Round 1 – Tate Orndorff (Ohio State) 19-11 won by major decision over Joe Doyle (Binghamton) 21-9 (MD 10-2)
  • Round 2 – Greg Kerkvliet (Penn State) 21-2 won by major decision over Tate Orndorff (Ohio State) 19-11 (MD 10-1)
  • Round 2 – Tate Orndorff (Ohio State) 19-11 won by decision over Luke Surber (Oklahoma State) 14-10 (Dec 5-0)
  • Round 3 – Tate Orndorff (Ohio State) 19-11 won by decision over Wyatt Hendrickson (Air Force) 26-2 (Dec 9-5)
  • Round 4 – Mason Parris (Michigan) 18-5 won by major decision over Tate Orndorff (Ohio State) 19-11 (MD 12-1)

 

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