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Girls high school matches set prior to No. 7 Ohio State v. No. 22 Pitt men’s dual at Wrestle Like A Girl event in Columbus on Sunday

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

There will be a special event held prior to the Div. I men’s dual meet between No. 7 Ohio State and No. 22 Pittsburgh at Covelli Center in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday, December 12.

Wrestle Like A Girl has helped organize a girls high school competition between Olentangy Orange High School from Lewis Center, Ohio and Gettysburg High School from Gettysburg, Pa., which starts at 10:30 a.m.

The main event will follow at 1:00 p.m. when the Buckeyes host the Panthers in a battle between two ranked teams.

The girls high school event is being held to help celebrate the growth of girls and women’s wrestling across Ohio and raise the roof for the #SanctionOH effort. SanctionOH is a movement to grow opportunities for girls wrestling in Ohio through cooperation with local schools and The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA).


One ticket will get fans into both the girls high school event and the Ohio State vs. Pitt dual meet.


Courtesy of Ohio State Athletics

No. 22 Pittsburgh at No. 7 Ohio State

Date: Dec. 12, 2021

Time: 1 p.m.

Tickets: 1-800-Go-Bucks

Venue: Columbus, Ohio – Covelli Center

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 7 Ohio State (3-0) is back at the Covelli Center after a second-place finish at the 2021 Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas last weekend. The Buckeyes play host to No. 22 Pittsburgh at 1 p.m. Sunday.

• The Buckeyes and Panthers have met 22 times with Ohio State owning the edge in the series 13-9. The teams last met Nov. 15, 2019 at Pitt, a 23-12 Ohio State win. The Buckeyes have won six of the last seven meetings.’

• Ohio State finished second at the 2021 Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas Dec. 3-4. The Buckeyes have six team titles since 2009 at the CKLVI including three-consecutive (2016, 17, 18). The Buckeyes have placed outside the Top 5 just once in the past decade and own 10 Top 3 finishes. Individually, Kaleb Romero took top honors in the 184-pound bracket in his first competition of the year.

• The last time out in dual competition, Ohio State cruised to a home 51-0 win over Notre Dame College Nov. 23. All 10 Buckeyes contributed bonus points in the win.

• According to Intermat Wrestling, Ohio State plays host to Pittsburgh with eight Buckeyes ranked among the Top 25. They are: Malik Heinselman (No. 14/125); Dylan D’Emilio (No. 24/141); Sammy Sasso (No. 2/149); Carson Kharchla (No. 8/165); Ethan Smith (No. 6/174); Kaleb Romero (No. 10/184), Gavin Hoffman (No. 21/197) and Tate Orndorff (No. 13/HWT).

• For tickets to Ohio State dual matches at the Covelli Center in Columbus call 1-800-Go-Bucks or visit

Probable Lineups No. 7 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. No. 22 Pittsburgh Panthers

125 - No. 14 Mailk Heinselman (Sr.) vs. No. 25 Cage Curry (r-Sr.) or Colton Camacho (r-So.)

133 - Dylan Koontz (r-Sr.) vs. No. 6 Micky Phillippi (r-Sr.)

141 - No. 24 Dylan D’Emilio (r-So.) vs. No. 16 Cole Matthews (r-Jr.)

149 - No. 2 Sammy Sasso (r-Jr.) vs. Luke Kemerer (r-Jr.)

157 - No. 26 Bryce Hepner (So.) or Jashon Hubbard (r-Jr.) vs. No. 30 Elijah Cleary (r-Sr.)

165 - No. 8 Carson Kharchla (r-So) vs. No. 9 Jake Wentzel (r-Sr.)

174 - No. 6 Ethan Smith (r-Sr.) vs. Hunter Kernan (r-Jr.)

184 - No. 10 Kaleb Romero (r-Sr.) vs. No. 31 Gregg Harvey (r-Sr.)

197 - No. 21 Gavin Hoffman (r-So.) vs. No. 2 Nino Bonaccorsi (r-Sr.)

(InterMat Wrestling individual rankings used)