May 8, 1998
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Keaton Anderson (Pickerington, Ohio) and Nicholas Preston (Columbus, Ohio), two of the countrys top wrestling prospects, according to Ohio State University Head Coach Russ Hellickson have signed national letters of intent with Ohio State.
“Its really gratifying to have went out and recruited franchise wrestlers and to have them all sign with you,” Hellickson. “They will come in and make a difference right away and get our program back to competing for national titles like we should. said Hellickson “Keaton wrestles like national champion Mitch Clark (Sr., Canton, Ohio), Hes a scrambler on the top and on the bottom hes agile an unbelievably quick.”
“People will be very surprised with his quick transition from high school to college success,” “Hes brutal on top and is quick as a cat on the mat. He will be a National Champion for the Buckeyes this I have no doubt.” said assistant coach Ken Ramsey.
Anderson has had an outstanding career as a wrestler at Pickerington High School. He was a three-time state champion, named to the first team Dream Team U.S.A. wrestling magazine along with an astonishing 146-14 career record. Anderson was also named the most valuable wrestler at the Medina Invitational Tournament.
Preston, who began wrestling his sophomore year in high school, has accomplished much in a short period of time. With a career record of 100-14 and a state champion in 1997, Preston is a naturally gifted athlete.
“We got him to essentially replace Mitch Clark said Hellickson he will be competing in the heavyweight division for the Bucks and definitely has the ingredients to become an All-American and a National Champion.”
Preston was also a Division II Central District Coaches Association “Wrestler of the Year”, a 1997 Asics Freestyle Junior National All-American and was awarded the Michael Santilli award for the most accomplished wrestler at DeSales High School, which includes attitude and leadership. Preston also has a list of tournament victories to add to his resume including a two-time DeSales Classic Champ and a two-time Midwest Classic Champ.
“A natural athlete who is going to be a great addition to our program ,” said Ramsey I think its great that Ohio State was able to keep these two Blue Chip athletes in the state of Ohio. Like Anderson, I believe that Preston can step up and make a big impact to Buckeye Wrestling.”