Kaleb Romero

184 lbs

Player profile

  • Hometown Mechanicsburg, Ohio
  • High School Mechanicsburg
  • Year R-Senior
  • Weight 184 lbs

🔊 Pronunciation

SEASONW-LDUALB1GMDTFPIN
2017-18 (redshirt) 11-1----2----
2018-1911-63-52-3212
2019-2019-79-35-3310
2020-2111-65-25-2300
2021-2217-65-14-1604
CAREER58-2522-1116-91426

CAREER HONORS
• Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2021)
• NCAA Qualifier (2020(174 6-seed, canceled), 2021(174 7-seed, 2-2), 2022(7-seed, 4-3/Sixth)
• Big Ten Championships (2020-4th, 2021-5th, 2022-4th, 11-6 record)
• NWCA Scholar All-America (2019, 2020, 2022)
• All-American (2022)
• Academic All-Big Ten (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
• OSU Scholar-Athlete (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
• Ohio State’s Most Courageous Award (2022)

 

YEAR-BY-YEAR

2021-22 (Redshirt Senior)

  • Preseason No. 11 at 184 by InterMat
  • Academic All-Big Ten
  • NCAA Qualifier
  • All-American
  • Champion at the Cliff Keen Invitational (184)
  • Finished Fourth at the Big Ten Championships
  • Finished Sixth at the NCAA Championships

Duals (5-1)
184 | No. 10 Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. No. 31 Gregg Harvey (PITT) | MD, 10-2
184 | No. 7 Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. Marty Larkin (MSU) | Fall, 3:24
184 | No. 2 Myles Amine (UM) def. No. 7 Kaleb Romero (OSU) | SV, 3-1
184 | No. 7 Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. No. 18 Abe Assad (IOWA) | SV, 3-1
184 | No. 7 Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. No. 12 Kyle Cochran (UMD) | D, 6-2
184 | No. 6 Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. Sean Grim (IU) | Fall, 2:25

Extra Matches
184 | Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. Chase Mielnik (UMD)| Fall, 4:01

2021 Cliff Keen Invitational
(Dec. 3-4, 2021, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas)
184 (Romero is No. 5 seed/4-0 First)

Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. Sam Deprez (BING) | Fall, 4:18
Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. No. 18 Darrien Roberts (OKLA) | D, 3-2
Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. No. 11 Tate Samuelson (WYO) | D, 6-3
Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. No. 15 Taylor Venz (NEB) | D, 7-3

2022 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, Lincoln, Nebraska, March 5-6
184 (Romero, 3-2, 4th)

Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. Jack Jessen (NU) | MD 18-5
Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. Christopher Weiler (WIS) | MD 10-1
Myles Amine (MICH) def. Kaleb Romero (OSU) | D, 4-2
Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. Kyle Cochran (MD) | D, 5-2
Zac Braunagel (Illinois) def. Kaleb Romero (OSU) | SV-1 3-1

2022 NCAA Championships, Detroit, Michigan March 17-19
Romero at the 2022 NCAA Championships (4-3/Sixth)

184 | (7) Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. (26) D. Washington (IND) | MD, 13-2
184 | (7) Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. (10) Taylor Venz (NEB) | D, 7-1
184 | (2) Aaron Brooks (PSU) def. (7) Kaleb Romero (OSU) | D, 13-2
184 | (7) Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. (30) Max Lyon (PUR) | MD, 15-6
184 | (7) Kaleb Romero (OSU) def. (8) Marcus Coleman (ISU) | MD, 13-4.
184 | (5) Bernie Truax (CP) def. (7) Kaleb Romero (OSU) | D, 3-1
184 | (3) Trent Hidlay (NCST) def. (7) Kaleb Romero (OSU) | D, 3-

2020-21 (Redshirt Junior)
• Posted an 11-6 overall record with a 5-2 mark in duals
• Earned five wins vs. ranked opponents
• Finished fifth at the Big Ten championships

2019-20 (Redshirt Sophomore)
• Took a big leap in second non-redshirt season
• Registered a 19-7 overall record to earn the No. 6 seed for the NCAA Championships as an expected All-American
• Fourth-place effort in the Big Ten Championships punched an automatic berth to nationals
• Amassed 10 wins over nationally ranked opponents including five against top-12 foes
• Went 9-3 in dual starts and 5-3 during the B1G gauntlet
• Endured a midseason stretch which pitted him against a dozen top-25 adversaries in 13 bouts
• Opened the ’19-20 campaign as a Michigan State Open champion to lay claim to the 174-pound starting gig
• ‘Black shirt’ recipient

2018-19 (Redshirt Freshman)
• Posted an 11-6 season record with two major decisions, two pins and a tech fall
• Made eight duals starts overall and five during the Big Ten slate
• Ohio Intercollegiate Open and Mat-Town Open II Champion
• Picked up a pair of B1G dual victories, including a 12-4 major decision over Cole Wysocki (Purdue)

2017-18 (Redshirt)
• Posted an 11-1 record while reaching the finals in all three tournaments competed in
• Edinboro Open champion
• Purple Raider Open co-champion (shared honor with OSU teammate Fritz Schierl)
• Placed second in the Cleveland State Open
• Registered a pair of major decisions

PRIOR TO OHIO STATE
• Four-time Ohio state champion
• Compiled 202 career wins (202-3), including a flawless 52-0 record in both his junior and seasons
• Did not yield an offensive point his entire senior year
• Won by fall in 52 seconds in the state finals hosted at the Schottenstein Center
• Led Mechanicsburg High to its first-ever team state title in 2017
• Division III Most Outstanding Wrestler
• Ohio’s 2017 Dave Schutlz High School Excellence Award recipient
• Ranked No. 12 overall nationally by Intermat and No. 1 at 170 pounds
• Top-ranked ‘pound-for-pound’ senior in Ohio
• Undefeated at both the NWCA Scholastic Duals and AAU Scholastic Duals
• First Team All-Ohio quarterback
• Class salutatorian

PERSONAL
• Son of Mindy and Patrick Romero
• Has two sisters, Lacey and Courtney
• Earned a Marketing (Business) undergraduate degree and is now pursuing a master’s of Human Resource Management degree