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April 7-10 US Open /Fila Junior- Up Next for current Buckeyes, Former Buckeyes and the RTC
On Friday and Saturday, April 8th and 9th (US Open) and Sunday, April 10th (Fila Juniors) current and former Buckeyes as well as several other RTC athletes will look to earn the right to call themselves the best in the USA. The events will both be held in the same facility in Public Hall in Cleveland, Ohio. Former Buckeye greats Tommy Rowlands, JD Bergman and Reece Humphrey are all competing in the US Open. In addition, former US Open champ and RTC members Tervel Dlagnev and Shaun Bunch will be looking to win their second titles. Buckeye, Nikko Triggas will be competing in the Greco Roman Division. Other current Buckeyes, Cody Magrum, Pete Capone and Nick Heflin will be competing as well. Logan Stieber, Randy Languis, Josh Demas are all looking to earn spots on the US Junior World Team on Sunday. For more detailed information you can click on the link below. Hope you can make it to Cleveland this weekend to support this special group. For more information on the event please click here.

Mike Pucillo- Thanks for the Memories
Mike will be leaving the Buckeyes after a one year assistant coaching stint to pursue a career in business at Marhoffer Automotives. A long time family friend of the Ron Marhoffer family, Mike looks to start a new chapter in his life. We will certainly miss him and long remember his Buckeye legacy. 3x All-American, 2X Academic All-American, 2x NCAA Finalist and 2008 NCAA Champion, Mike will long be remembered for his dramatic overtime win against Iowa State’s Jake Varner that ignited Buckeye nation fans. The win resulted in the Buckeyes finishing 2nd Place at the NCAA tournament just a few points ahead of Iowa State.

In 2009, just one week prior to the NCAA tournament, Mike severed the tendons in 2 of his fingers, resulting in the total loss of his left hand. Iron Mike, wouldn’t let this stop him as he again earned a trip to the NCAA finals. Mike was all about the team, and understood the importance of that. The 2008 and 2009 seasons were the first two seasons that Ohio State ever earned a runner-up performance. Three year team captain, Mike Pucillo…..Thanks for the memories. We are forever thankful Mike chose to be a Buckeye and of course appreciate his mom Debbie and Dad- “Big Al”.

Logan Stieber Wins North East Regional
Logan Stieber got back on the mat after suffering a hand injury at the Las Vegas invitational in early December that side-lined him for the entire 2010-11 season. On Saturday, March 26th Logan won the Northeast Regional at 132.5 pounds defeating 4 opponents all in a convincing fashion. In the finals he defeated former Iowa State standout and All-American Nick Fanthorpe 3-1, 2-0. The tournament win qualified Logan to compete in the final world team trials. Buckeye fans should be fired up about this young man’s future. Due to his injury in early December, Logan will earn a medical redshirt and still have 4 years of competition.

Grades All Big Ten- Men who stand for our vision “Building Life Champions”
Four Ohio State wrestlers earned all Big Ten academic honors recently (Ian Paddock, Randy Languis, Colt Sponseller, Cody Magrum). The life of a student-wrestler at Ohio State is incredibly demanding. Our service vision that runs through the heart of the program is about “Building Life Champions”. We are about the process of building future leaders. These four men have shown great leadership on and off the mat. We are very proud of the manner in which these men represent themselves, their families and our program. It should be noted that only Sophomore’s or older are able to earn such honors. On a whole, the Ohio State wrestling team carries a 3.1 GPA.

Colt Sponseller- Leaves behind his Legacy of Hard Work
Buckeye fans were all blessed with four years of relentless Colt Sponseller. He set a precedent of hard work for many future Buckeyes to come. At the NCAA tournament in 2011, Colt earned his way into the semi-finals with a win over Maryland’s Josh Asper. After 4 overtime losses in the All-American round the previous two seasons, Colt’s Quarterfinal win earned him All-American honors. Colt ended up with a fourth place finish at the NCAA’s in 2011. In addition, Colt leaves Ohio State as a 3x Academic All-American while studying in the Fisher School of Business. His mother Sue, father Randy and brother Clint are all special members of the Buckeye family. The good news is Colt will be with us next season as a student-coach while he completes his degree in Marketing.

Buckeye Fans Challenged in 2011-12…… No Fans Left Behind !
2011-12 will be the season of the Fan. Growing our fan base is a top priority for the program. Our team motto will be “No Man Left Behind” taken from the US NAVY SEALS. We want our fans to challenge other fans as our athletes and staff will challenge each other in the wrestling room. There are some programs in the nation right now with a very strong following all year long. We need to grow our fan base to rival and surpass them. Buckeye Nation is “real” and we need your help to show it. Our schedule for 2011-12 is almost complete. We will be releasing information over the summer about the FRIENDS OF OHIO STATE WRESTLING. Our goal is to provide our great fans with better information about events and where they can follow the team.

We will have hotel reservations at several events, tickets to the Big Ten’s and NCAA’s, pre-match gatherings in St. John Arena and other information that will make our great fans feel like a closer part of our family. We know there are many options for us to choose from when planning your Fridays and Sundays. We look forward to you all gladly choosing to be a more integral part of our family. Information will be forthcoming on how you can get involved. Thanks for all you do and remember….No Buckeye Fans Left Behind!

Wall Street Journal…James Freeman: Wrestling, Sport for Our Times
If you haven’t seen this article in the Wall Street Journal about wrestling it is a worthwhile read. For all of us in the sport, we know the many things it can teach us. Enjoy! Click here

Buckeye Summer Wrestling Camps- Train with us!
-Camp Website & Technique Video: Dates, Details, Apparel. Click here
-Camp Brochure & OSU Wrestling Apparel. Click here
-Video of Coach Ryan describing all aspects of camp. Click here

For your convenience, I have also listed our camp dates below: -June 26-29: Competition Camp
-July 10-14: Lou Rosselli Intensive Camp, Leg Attack Camp, Heavyweight Camp
-July 15-17: Father/Son Elementary Camp
-July 17-21: Lou Rosselli Intensive Camp, Technique Camp, Turn & Pin Camp
-July 10-21: Lou Rosselli 2 Week Intensive Camp