Five Ohio State wrestlers crowned champs at MSU Open

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Five Ohio State wrestlers advanced to their respective weight class finals at the season-opening Michigan State Open 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 hardware to bring 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.

The true freshman from Powell, Ohio, impressed in his collegiate debut. After sending a Wolverine (Cameron Amine) into the consolation bracket with a 3-2 semifinals decision, Kharchla followed by blanking No. 21 Emil Soehnlen (Purdue), 6-0, in the finals bout. This marked his second triumph over a nationally-ranked opponent, blasting No. 20 Troy Keller (Buffalo) via 19-2 tech fall in the quarterfinals.

KOLLIN MOORE (197 lbs)
Moore, ranked No. 1 in the country, played the part well in his first four bouts, cruising to the finals on the strength of four consecutive bonus-point wins. He was then faced with a bit of adversity, trailing 3-1 to No. 16 Jake Woodley (Oklahoma) entering the finals' third frame. Moore would battle back, however, to force sudden victory and ultimately nab the match-winning takedown in the extra period.

A bump up to 141 pounds for his senior campaign did little to derail Pletcher's quest for the nation's top spot. His preseason ranking of No. 3 is certain to change next week after knocking off No. 1 Dom Demas (Oklahoma) in the MSU Open championship bout. The match spilled into a tiebreaker where Pletcher was able to escape on his turn in the referee's position before riding Demas for the complete 30 seconds and securing a 2-1 win.

KALEB ROMERO (174 lbs)
Romero bounced back from a wrestle-off defeat last week and arose victorious when it mattered most. He starts off his redshirt sophomore year at 5-0 with three straight wins over conference foes to conclude his title run.

SAMMY SASSO (149 lbs)
Whoa. That was impressive. No one could hang with Sasso for a complete 7-minute match as he accumulated three pins and two tech falls to end all bouts early. He faced Michigan's Kanen Storr in the finals, handing the Wolverine a 19-4 tech fall.


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