Sammy Sasso

149 lbs

Player profile

  • Weight 149 lbs
  • Year R-Senior
  • Hometown Nazareth, Pennsylvania
  • High School Nazareth

🔊 Pronunciation

SEASONW-LDUALB1GMDTFPIN
2018-19 (redshirt) 19-2----146
2019-2024-313-19-0445
2020-2116-19-09-0115
2021-2225-412-08-0343
CAREER65-834-126-08913

CAREER HONORS

  •  Big Ten Finalist (2020-2nd, 2021-1st, 2022-2nd, 7-2 record)
  • Big Ten Champion (2021)
  • NCAA Qualifier (2020(3-seed, canceled), 2021(1-seed, 4-1/2nd), 2022(4-seed, 4-2/5th )
  • Finished No. 2 at NCAA Championship (2021) and No. 5 in 2022
  • UWW Junior Freestyle National Champion (2019)
  • NWCA Scholar All-American (2020)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2020)
  • OSU Scholar-Athlete (2019, 2020)
  • Wrestled at the U.S. Open Senior Freestyle competition in Las Vegas in early May of 2022 and posted a 4-2 record (70kg) to finish fifth overall
  • Ohio State’s Most Valuable Wrestler Award and Leadership Award (2022)

YEAR-BY-YEAR

2021-22 (Redshirt Junior)

  • Preseason No. 2 at 149 by InterMat
  • Finished fifth at NCAA Championships (4-2 record)
  • Placed second at the Big Ten Championships
  • Won the Ohio Intercollegiate Open (4-0) and finished second at the Cliff Keen Invitational (3-1)
  • Undefeated in dual competition (12-0), 7-1 in open competition and 6-3 in the postseason
  • Finished fourth (4-2 record) in the 70kg freestyle bracket at the World Team Trials (May 21-22) in Iowa

Duals (12-0)
149 | No. 1 Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. No. 5 Zach Sherman (UNC) | D, 4-3
149 | No. 2 Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. No. 9 Bryce Andonian (VT) | D, 11-7
149 | No. 2 Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. Justin Crawford (NDC) | Fall, 1:10
149 | No. 2 Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. Luke Kemerer (PITT) | TF, 22-6 (6:13) 11 4
149 | No. 2 Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. Eddie Homrock (MSU) | Fall, 5:39
149 | No. 2 Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. Cole Mattin (UM) | D, 9-4
149 | No. 2 Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. No. 10 Max Murin (IOWA) | D, 3-2
149 | No. 2 Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. Michael North (UMD) | TF, 24-5
149 | No. 2 Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. No. 18 Beau Bartlett (PSU) | D, 4-2
149 | No. 2 Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. No. 16 Mike Van Brill (RU) | D, 6-3
149 | No. 2 Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. No. 30 Michael Blockhus (MINN) | D, 10-4
149 | No. 2 Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. Graham Rooks (IU) | D, 3-1

Ohio Intercollegiate Open (Nov. 14, 2021, Tiffin, Ohio)
Gold Division (Open)
149 (Sammy Sasso 4-0/1st)
Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. Matt Farrero (Mercyhurst) | TF, 20-5
Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. Ethan Hardy (Glenville St. Col.) | Fall, 2:00
Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. Walker Heard (West Virginia) | TF, 22-7
Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. Alec Hagan (Ohio U.) | MD, 12-3 (1st)

2021 Cliff Keen Invitational
(Dec. 3-4, 2021, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas)
149 (Sasso was the No. 2 seed/3-1 Second)
No. 2 Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. Nick Lombard (BING) | MD, 12-4
No. 2 Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. No. 15 Mitch Moore (OKLA) | MD, 12-0
No. 2 Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. No. 4 Yahya Thomas (NW) | D, 5-4
No. 1 Yianni Diakomihalis (CORN) def. No. 2 Sammy Sasso (OSU) | D, 7-2

2022 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, Lincoln, Nebraska, March 5-6
149 (Sasso, 2-1, 2nd)
Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. Graham Rooks (IND) | D, 6-3
Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. Max Murin (Iowa) | D, 3-1
Austin Gomez (WIS) def. Sammy Sasso (OSU) | D, 8-5

2022 NCAA Championships, Detroit, Michigan March 17-19
Sasso at the 2022 NCAA Championships (4-2/Fifth)
149 | (4) Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. (29) John Arceri (BUFF) | D, 5-0
149 | (4) Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. (13) Beau Bartlett (PSU) | D, 6-4
149 | (4) Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. (5) Kyle Parco (ASU) | SV-1, 3-1
149 | (1) Yianni Diakomihalis (COR) def. (4) Sammy Sasso (OSU) | D, 6-3
149 | (3) Austin Gomez (WIS) def. (4) Sammy Sasso (OSU) | D, 6-5
149 | (4) Sammy Sasso (OSU) def. (6) Jonathan Millner (APP) D, 5-4

2020-21 (Redshirt Sophomore)
• Finished with a 16-1 overall record and a 9-1 dual mark
• Claimed the Big Ten title at 149 with a bye and three wins
• Reached the title bout at the NCAA Championships
• Posted a 9-1 mark vs. Top 25 opponents
• Bonus points: five pins, one tech fall and one major decision

2019-20 (Redshirt Freshman)
• Earned the No. 3 seed for NCAA Championships (149 lbs) with a 24-3 overall record
• Ran through the Big Ten dual slate at 9-0 and advanced to the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational finals
• Reached the title bout at the Big Ten Championships as well
• Posted a 12-3 mark vs. top-25 opponents
• Bonus points: five pins, four tech falls and four major decisions
• Named Wrestler of the Week by both the Big Ten and USA Wrestling after going on the road and topping No. 1 Pat Lugo (Iowa) and No. 4 Brayton Lee (Minnesota) in the same weekend
• Opened the season with a bang as Michigan State Open champion
• Ended all five MSU Open bouts early with three pins and two tech falls
• Became the third ‘black shirt’ recipient in program history

2018-19 (Redshirt)
• Totaled a 19-2 record with six pins, four tech falls and a major decision
• Registered a 58% bonus rate (11-of-19)
• Michigan State Open (F/S Division) and Edinboro Open Champion
• Ohio Intercollegiate Open Runner-Up, dropping 9-7 finals bout to teammate and NCAA Finalist Micah Jordan
• Stormed back after an opening round defeat at the Midlands Championships with seven consecutive victories to seize third place
• Seven-match Midlands streak included wins over No. 13 Josh Maruca (Arizona State), No. 9 Josh Heil (Campbell), No. 6 Alec Pantaleo (Michigan) and No. 8 Pat Lugo (Iowa) – the last two of which reached the All-America stand (Pantaleo at 157 lbs)
• Edinboro Open included a 6-0 mark with three pins, a tech fall and a major
• Won the UWW Junior Freestyle National Championship (70 kg) to earn a spot in the World Team Trials

PRIOR TO OHIO STATE
• Two-time Pennsylvania AAA state champion, placing top-3 all four seasons
• Top-5 recruit overall in the country according to FloWrestling
• Went 135-3 during final three high school seasons and 180-11 overall
• Ironman, Super 32, Beast of the East and Flo Nationals champion
• Fargo freestyle champion
• Cadet World Team Trials finalist

PERSONAL
• Son of Robert and Lorraine Sasso
• Has a brother, Sonny, and a sister, Natalie
• Sport Industry major