Two Ohio State wrestlers in Big Ten finals, five qualify for NCAAs

From staff reports
Ohio State's Dylan D'Emilio wrestles against Nick Lee of Penn State in a quarterfinal at 141 pounds in the Big Ten meet. Lee won by technical fall.

Ohio State wrestlers Sammy Sasso and Ethan Smith advanced to the finals of the Big Ten wrestling championship Saturday at State College, Pennsylvania, and were among five Buckeyes locking up bids to the NCAA meet. 

At 149 pounds, top-seeded Sasso defeated Kanen Storr of Michigan 5-0 in the semifinals to set up a match in the final against Nebraska’s Ridge Lovett. 

At 165, Smith scored a takedown in the first sudden victory period against Peyton Robb of Nebraska to win his semifinal by a 5-3score. He was scheduled to face No. 1 ranked Alex Marinelli of Iowa on Sunday. 

In addition to Sasso and Smith, Malik Heinselman, Kaleb Romero and Tate Orndorff qualified for the national meet this month in St. Louis. 

Ohio State stood seventh in the team standings after one day with 63 points. Iowa leads with 126.5 points, followed by host Penn State with 111.5. 

Women’s hockey

Emma Maltais had two goals and two assists and Ohio State scored five goalsused a five-goal barrage in the second period to beat Minnesota Duluth 7-2 in Women’s Collegiate Hockey Association semifinal Saturday in Minneapolis. 

Emma Soderberg, Gabby Rosenthal, Tatum Skaggs, Maltais and Liz Schepers all scored in an 11-minute span of the second period to lead the Buckeyes (11-5) into Sunday’s championship game against top-seeded Wisconsin. 

Skaggs added a third-period goal and Andrea Braendli made 18 saves for Ohio State, which outshot Duluth 27-12 in the final two periods. 

Men’s swimming and diving

Ohio State finished third in the a competitive Big Ten championship meet at OSU’s McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. 

Michigan overtook Indiana to win the title with 1,401 points, following by the Hoosiers (1,357) and Buckeyes (1,322). These three schools have now finished among the top three at the Big Ten championships for 11 consecutive years. 

Sem Andreis had Ohio State's only race victory on the final day, winning the 100 freestyle in a personal-best time of 42.23 seconds. OSU’s Paul DeLakis placed second in the 200 breaststroke and the Buckeyes were runners-up in the 1,600 relay. 

Baseball

Colton Bauer, Zach Dezenzo and Conner Pohl combined for 12 hits and eight RBI to help Ohio State (3-0) sweep Illinois (0-3) in a doubleheader in Greenville, South Carolina, by scores of 6-5 and 12-6. 

Freshman Kade Kern drove in four runs with two hits in the opener, in which Buckeyes pitchers stranded 14 Illini base runners. 

In the nightcap, Mitchell Okuley’s home run highlighted an eight-run second inning and Pohl later added a homer and three RBI. The final game as Ohio State cruised to its third straight win over Illinois, with a final game of the season-opening series was scheduled for Sunday.