A 16-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl were arrested Monday on charges of aggravated robbery and felonious assault for an Aug. 18 shooting on North High Street, Columbus police announced Tuesday. Ohio State wrestling coach Tom Ryan confirmed at the time that the victim was fifth-year student Sammy Sasso, who was hospitalized for his injuries but expected to fully recover.
Sasso was shot on the 1400 block of North High Street after a confrontation with the two teenagers, according to Columbus police. The two suspects then stole his car, which was later found near Sunbury Road and Easton Way.
Columbus police did not specify which teenager shot Sasso. NBC4 does not normally name minors who have been criminally charged.
Both suspects were arraigned Tuesday with their next court date scheduled for Sept. 5. Both teens remain in custody at the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Facility.
Tom Ryan, Ohio State’s head wrestling coach, said Tuesday that he’s visited the 23-year-old at the hospital several times, and members of the staff have been there every day.
“It’s day by day, and there’s a lot of optimism in Sammy’s heart and that’s where it matters most,” Ryan said.
While Sasso’s accolades on the mat are impressive, Ryan said he’s also impressive in the community. Sasso is a team captain and brings out the best in everyone around him. He had been getting ready to represent the United States at the world championships, according to Ryan.
“There’s constant improvement, I’ve been a head coach for thirty years now,” he said. “When I think of warrior, I think of Sammy. He’s an incredibly tough person. He continues to get better, day by day he’s slowly improving.”
“So that’s Sammy. I think that’s the essence of Sammy Sasso. No matter what it takes, he’ll find a way and we believe in him, we really believe in him,” Ryan said.