An Ohio State wrestler is in serious condition after being shot during a reported robbery attempt near campus on Friday night.
Shortly before 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Ohio State wrestler Sammy Sasso was shot during a robbery attempt in the 1300 block of North High Street, according to Sports Illustrated. The All-American wrestler was rushed to the Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, where he was in serious condition, according to The Plain Dealer. His injuries are believed to non-life-threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery and wrestle again.
OSU Athletic Director Gene Smith wrote on Twitter, “Sammy Sasso was transported to Wexner Medical Center where he is continuing to be cared for and monitored. Our coaching staff, along with members of the wrestling program and Athletics administrators, are grateful for the caregivers at WMC. We’re with you Sammy.”
Buckeyes wrestling head coach Tom Ryan added, “Our coaching staff, along with members of the wrestling program and Athletics administrators, are grateful for the caregivers at WMC, thankful Sasso’s injuries are not life-threatening, and are supporting Sasso and his family.”
The shooting is still under investigation. The Ohio State University Police Department is assisting the Columbus Police Department in the ongoing investigation.
As of publication on Saturday afternoon, police had yet to name any suspects or make any arrests connected in the shooting.
Sasso was a fifth-year senior this past season, and is a two-time NCAA runner-up in the 149-pound weight class. This past season, Sasso went 29-4 overall and 8-0 in the conference as a redshirt senior. He was named Big Ten champion twice, All Big Ten this year, and qualified for the NCAA tournament four times.
Sasso is a native of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, where he was a four-time All-American.
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