COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State wrestling team embarks on a new era Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, christening the Covelli Center when welcoming in Stanford for the facility’s first match.
HISTORY WITH THE CARDINAL
It’s pretty scarce. In fact, tonight marks the first wrestling dual between the two premier academic institutions. Stanford entered this season coming off of its first Pac-12 Championship in school history and stayed hot in ‘19-20 by winning the Battle at The Citadel during the season’s opening weekend. Individual Cardinal champions included Real Woods (141 lbs), Shane Griffith (165 lbs) and Nathan Traxler (197 lbs).
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PLETCHER NAMED B1G WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
Luke Pletcher knocked off the previously top-ranked Dom Demas (Oklahoma) in the MSU Open championship bout and earned Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors. With the win, Pletcher now sits atop the 141-pound national rankings.
He reached the finals by blasting No. 12 Dylan Duncan (Illinois), 15-5, in the semifinals. Pletcher registered bonus points in the three previous matches as well with two pins and another major decision.
FIVE BUCKEYES CROWNED CHAMPIONS IN EAST LANSING
Five Ohio State wrestlers advanced to their respective weight class finals at the Michigan State Open last week and all five walked off the mat as champions. Carson Kharchla, Kollin Moore, Luke Pletcher, Kaleb Romero and Sammy Sasso each ignited their 2019-20 season with 5-0 records and brought hardware back to campus.
While team scores weren’t officially kept for this event, the five Ohio State titles paced the field by a long shot. Pittsburgh had two champions while the other three weight classes were split between Big Ten brethren Indiana, Michigan and Purdue.
Eighty total victories were accumulated by the 27-man Buckeye contingent competing. Over 55% of those Ohio State representatives reached the podium and placed inside the top-6 of their weight class.
SEVEN WITH SAMMY
Redshirt freshman Sammy Sasso disposed of all five opponents in under seven minutes last week. No foe lasted the complete match as Sasso rattled off three pins and two tech falls en route to the 149-pound MSU Open title.
FloWrestling ranks Ohio State’s non-conference slate as the toughest among all Big Ten schools. The Buckeyes scheduled duals against four top-25 squads outside of the B1G gauntlet, including a potential top-5 showdown versus No. 4 Arizona State on Monday, Jan. 6, broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 (FS1).
Kollin Moore and Luke Pletcher, both ranked number one nationally in their weight class, are serving as team captains for the 100th season of Ohio State University Wrestling. The senior tandem has been embedded in the starting lineup since campus arrival as freshmen and are now solidified as the 2019-20 Buckeye leaders.
THREE EARN ‘BLACK SHIRT’ STATUS
Only individuals deserving of elite distinction are bestowed a ‘black shirt’ and earn the privilege of wearing black inside the Jennings Wrestling Facility. The black shirt signifies that one is conducting themselves in the right way on and off the mat. Three Buckeyes have attained this status thus far, co-captains Kollin Moore and Luke Pletcher were the first recipients and Sammy Sasso followed a few weeks later.