Sammy Sasso, a distinguished wrestler from Ohio State University (OSU), is currently recuperating after being shot near the university’s campus on Friday evening. The incident took place on North High Street, just a few blocks away from the campus, around 8:30 p.m., as per the local police report.
Although the police did not initially disclose the identity of the victim, OSU wrestling coach Tom Ryan confirmed in a statement on Saturday afternoon that it was indeed Sasso who was involved in the unfortunate incident. The statement revealed that Sasso was rushed to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (WMC) for immediate medical attention.
Sasso, a fifth-year senior hailing from Nazareth, Pennsylvania, is currently under the care of the medical staff at WMC. The coaching staff, fellow wrestlers, and athletics administrators have expressed their gratitude towards the medical team at WMC for their efforts. They also conveyed their relief that Sasso’s injuries, while serious, are not life-threatening.
Details surrounding the shooting remain scant, with some reports suggesting a possible link to an attempted robbery. As of Saturday afternoon, no suspects had been apprehended, and Sasso’s condition was reported as serious.
Sasso, a two-time NCAA wrestling runner-up, has had an illustrious career at OSU. He is one of only nine Buckeyes to have achieved All-America status four times. His recent season was marked by a series of accolades, including two Big Ten championships, All Big Ten recognition, and four NCAA tournament qualifications.
Sasso’s wrestling career at OSU has been marked by significant achievements. He recently completed his redshirt senior season, securing the Big Ten title for the second time at 149 pounds. His record for the past year stands at an impressive 29-4 overall and 8-0 in the conference.
The incident is still under investigation.