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Aug. 2, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State wrestling coaching staff will travel to various high schools throughout the state of Ohio between Aug. 30-Sept. 14 to share their outlook on the future of Ohio State wrestling, Tom Ryan, OSU head coach, said.

“We are bound to the state of Ohio and the people that make it the greatest wrestling state in the country,” Ryan said. “It is our intention and duty to help continue such a great tradition at the youth and high school level. Our program has set out a plan for success and the support from the Ohio wrestling community is a part of that plan. We want everyone in the state to have the chance to hear what we have planned for the future of Ohio State wrestling.”

The first-year coaching staff invites all fans and coaches to attend one of six sessions, as the wrestling personnel also will discuss their commitment to the Ohio wrestling community, along with a detailed calendar of events.

“As an Ohio native and lifetime Buckeye, I want nothing more than to see this program win an NCAA championship,” Tommy Rowlands, assistant coach, said. “Through hard work and the support of the Ohio wrestling community, I know this is possible.”

The 2006-07 Buckeye schedule gets underway Nov. 12 at the Michigan State Open. Ohio State’s first home dual meet at St. John Arena is vs. Missouri Nov. 16 and is Ohio High School Wrestling Night. OSU will honor former multiple state high school wrestling champions and title-holders, who will be congratulated at halftime by Gene Smith, Ohio State Director of Athletics. Please contact the wrestling coaching staff at 614-292-4302 or wrestling@buckeyes.ath.ohio-state.edu if interested in participating in the ceremony.

Ohio State Wrestling Coaches’ Tour Date Time Location City Aug. 30 7 p.m. Oregon Clay Oregon, Ohio Aug. 31 7 p.m. Archbishop Moeller Cincinnati, Ohio Sept. 6 7 p.m. Beavercreek Beavercreek, Ohio Sept. 7 7 p.m. St. Edward Lakewood, Ohio Sept. 13 7 p.m. Wadsworth Wadsworth, Ohio Sept. 14 7 p.m. Hilliard Davidson Hilliard, Ohio