September 9, 2019

⚪➡️⚫ Buckeyes Roll Out ‘Black Shirt’ Tradition


“Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.”

All Ohio State wrestlers training inside the Jennings Wrestling Facility will begin by wearing gray shirts throughout the 2019-20 season and beyond. Only those individuals deserving of elite distinction will be bestowed a ‘black shirt’ and earn the privilege of wearing black in The Jennings. Once donning a black shirt, a student-athlete then joins the coaching staff in determining future ‘black shirt worthy’ teammates.

Similar to Ohio State Football’s tradition of removing a black stripe from players’ helmets, the black shirt will signify a student-athlete is conducting themselves in the right way on and off the mat.

The first two Buckeyes to secure black shirts were team captains Kollin Moore and Luke Pletcher: