Big Ten Power Rankings: Where does Penn State Wrestling stand heading into conference play

A general view of the Bryce Jordan Center prior to a match between Penn State Wrestling and Ohio State Buckeyes (Photo by Bryan Bennett/Getty Images)
A general view of the Bryce Jordan Center prior to a match between Penn State Wrestling and Ohio State Buckeyes (Photo by Bryan Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Mar 17, 2022; Detroit, MI, USA; Ohio State wrestler Tate Orndorff reacts. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 17, 2022; Detroit, MI, USA; Ohio State wrestler Tate Orndorff reacts. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /

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Dual Rank: 3
Record: 4-0
Ranked Wrestlers: 10
125 No. 11 Malik Heinselman
133 No. 15 Jesse Mendez
141 No. 18 Dylan D’Emilio
149 No. 3 Sammy Sasso
157 No. 18 Paddy Gallagher
165 No. 9 Carson Kharchla
174 No. 7 Ethan Smith
184 No. 5 Kaleb Romero
197 No. 22 Gavin Hoffman
285 No. 9 Tate Orndorff

After crowning eight champs at the Michigan State Open, the Buckeyes started their dual meet schedule with a narrow win against No. 9 Virginia Tech (18-13). Ohio State then took down Columbia (33-6), crushed No. 17 UNC (33-9), and smothered Kent State (32-9).

Ohio State also took the flight down to Las Vegas for the Cliff Keen, however they had some very mixed results.

It was all sunshine and puppies for Sammy Sasson as he went 5-0, won the title at 149, and he was named the Outstanding Wrestling of the CKLV. That’s certainly the good.

The bad was the fact Carson Kharchla went 3-2 and finished eighth while Kaleb Romero went 4-2 and finished fourth. Then the trio of Ethan Smith, Gavin Hoffman, and Tate Orndorff failed to even place. Not great, Bob.

The Buckeyes ended up finishing in eighth place in the CKLV and I’m sure they wanted a better showing than that. But how you wrestle in November and December really doesn’t matter, it’s all how you finish. And I think the Buckeyes will still be contenders for both the Big Ten as well as the NCAA’s when it’s all said and done.

Next up for Ohio State is the National Collegiate Duals on December 19th and 20th in New Orleans.