Ohio State superstar Sammy Sasso, who is a three-time All-American, is in stable condition on Saturday after being shot not far off the university’s campus.
According to police, the shooting occurred shortly before 8:30 p.m. less than a mile from the school and the shooting was part of an attempted robbery.
“Ohio State student-athlete Sammy Sasso was the victim of a senseless shooting incident Friday evening in Columbus,” Buckeyes wrestling coach Tom Ryan said in a statement.
“Sasso was transported to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (WMC), 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, thankful Sasso’s injuries are not life-threatening, and are supporting Sasso and his family. OSUPD is assisting Columbus Police with the ongoing investigation.”
Sasso, a redshirt senior, is a two-time NCAA Division I runner-up and recently finished as the runner-up at the USA world team trials. The Nazareth, Pa. native was expected to move up from 149 to 157 pounds for his final year of college competition.
No suspect has been named at this point.
Sasso was the subject of an outpouring of support from the wrestling community.
Praying for our dude Sammy Sasso 🙏 pic.twitter.com/TjSqn2t6PX
— PA Power Wrestling (@PAPowerWrestle) August 19, 2023
Our thoughts & prayers are with Sammy & the Sasso Family!
We love you ❤️! #Family
"Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful and believe that anything is possible when you have the people there to support you."
— Nazareth Wrestling (@NazWrestling) August 19, 2023
Our prayers are with @sammysasso and his family as he recovers from this horrible incident 🙏 Please show your support for Sammy and the @wrestlingbucks + @OhioRTC community during this difficult time https://t.co/CVwxcwsTGv pic.twitter.com/3mrNWWsLki
— Titan Mercury Wrestling Club (@titan_mercury) August 19, 2023