The opportunity to add a two-time NCAA Qualifier and NWCA All-American into the fold is rare, but that is exactly what happened when Tate Orndorff transferred to Ohio State for his final two seasons of competition. Tate, one of four brothers, carries a 44-13 collegiate record to Columbus and was seeded eighth for the COVID-canceled 2020 NCAA Championships.
Orndorff will be a redshirt junior this season after reaching the national tournament each of the past two campaigns for Utah Valley University. He ascended as high as No. 3 in the national heavyweight rankings and owns 17 wins over nationally-ranked opponents. Orndorff excels in the classroom as well, garnering NWCA Scholar All-American and First Team Academic All-Big 12 laurels in 2019 and 2020.
Greco-Roman competition has also treated Orndorff well over the years. He was a member of the U23 World Greco-Roman team and a Senior U.S. Open Greco-Roman finalist in 2019.
His wife Brinley (Nelson) logged nearly 500 minutes of action on the pitch for Utah Valley women’s soccer. She saw extended action during the 2017 WAC Tournament championship run and ensuing NCAA Tournament match versus eventual national champion Stanford.