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Jan. 4, 2001

%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio– Ohio State wrestler Tommy Rowlands (Fr., Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Ready)%^$recently was invited to compete in the 2001 National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star%^$meet to be held Jan. 29 at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. Rowlands also%^$was honored Wednesday with the No. 1 ranking in the 285 pound weight class by Intermat.%^$

%^$”It is a great honor they selected me to be an all-star,” Rowlands said. “I am glad I will%^$be able to represent Ohio State at the meet. It does feel good to be ranked No. 1, but I am%^$more interested in being No. 1 when March rolls around (for the national championships).”%^$

%^$OSU head coach Russ Hellickson also is pleased Rowlands was selected.%^$

%^$”He has been steady, confident and very good for us all year,” Hellickson said. “These%^$honors could put a burden on a young wrestler but I feel Tommy is capable of handling it%^$because he has been so successful at all levels he has competed.”%^$

%^$The all-star meet selections were made by the NWCA selection committee with the intent to%^$bring the Top 2 wrestlers in each weight class together to compete. If an invited wrestler%^$cannot attend the meet, the committee then invites the next highest ranked wrestler. The%^$official pairings for the event will be posted Monday at the NWCA’s web site,%^$nwcaonline.com.