Four Former Buckeyes to be Enshrined in Halls of Fame this Fall

As released earlier this summer on, David Camaione, a letter winner from 1958-60, will officially be inducted into The Ohio State University Athletics Hall of Fame Sept. 24, along with eight other members of the Class of 2010, at a ceremonial dinner at the Ohio Union on The Ohio State University campus. The following day, the hall of fame contingent will be introduced to the public at halftime of the Ohio State home football game against Eastern Michigan Sept. 25. Reservations ($75 per person) to the dinner are being accepted. Payments must be made in advance and will not be accepted at the door.

A Big Ten champion at 123 pounds in 1960 and subsequently the conference championship’s Most Outstanding Wrestler, Camaione finished his three-year career with a 41-9 record and a .820 winning percentage, ninth-best all-time at Ohio State. A two-time team captain his junior and senior seasons, Camaione led the Buckeyes in wins in each of his three seasons, recording at least 10 victories each year. He also was considered a Top 2 wrestler for his weight class by Amateur Wrestling News during his senior campaign. He went on to become a professor of sport, leisure and exercise science and has written multiple books on the science of wrestling.

“My emotions have been on a high since finding out. This is a wonderful, wonderful honor and it comes at the 50th anniversary of earning my degree, so it comes at a special time. The fact my entire family will be in attendance – my wife Judi, three daughters and their husbands and seven grandchildren – makes it a special feeling. I have been fortunate to receive a number of honors and awards, but this is by far tops of all of them. This is my third hall of fame, but to be chosen by my school is as good as it gets. I received all three of my degrees at Ohio State and met my wife here, so the Scarlet and Gray is significant to me and my family.”

2010 Ohio State University Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony
Friday, September 24, 2010
Ohio Union, Archie M. Griffin West Ballroom
1739 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43210
Reception: 5:30 pm
Dinner: 6:30 pm
$75/person – reservations and payment must be made in advance
For additional information please visit


To reserve your seat(s):
Make checks payable to: Men’s Varsity O Alumni Association
c/o Tammy Savage Alumni Relations Coordinator
Ohio State Athletics, 8th Floor
2400 Olentangy River Rd.
Columbus, OH 43210


Sept. 12 will surely be a memorable day for former Ohio State head coach Chris Ford and former assistant coaches Jim Humphrey and Sen. Jim Jordan. The trio will formerly be enshrined into the Ohio Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fames at 4 p.m. at the Embassy Suites in Dublin, Ohio. Russ Hellickson, who guided the Scarlet and Gray for 20 seasons (1987-2006), will serve as the event’s master of ceremonies. Ford and Humphrey will be presented with the “Lifetime Service to Wrestling” Award and Jordan will be acknowledged with the “Outstanding American from Ohio” honor. Tickets are $45 per person and should be made payable to the “National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Ohio Chapter.” The deadline to reserve seats is Sept. 4. Click here for more info.

Ford became Ohio State’s sixth head coach in 1977 and was the second-consecutive coach to break the 100-win barrier with 115 career victories. In 10 seasons, Ford coached six All-Americans, including the 1986 national champion Jude Skove. He also guided Ed Potokar (1980-83) to 151 career wins, which still remains second on the Ohio State all-time records list. Of his 151 victories, Potokar’s 50 triumphs in 1983 are tied for first at Ohio State in single-season wins.
Humphrey, who was part of the Buckeye staff for two seasons during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 campaigns, has strong roots with the Ohio State program. A 1972 Big Ten Champion and All-American for the Scarlet and Gray from 1971 and 1972, Humphrey also is a member of the Ohio State Athletics and state of Ohio halls of fame, as well as the Indiana Hall of Fame. A World Silver Medalist, five-time U.S. Open champion (freestyle), complemented with two Most Outstanding Wrestling honors, and a four-time World Team member, Humphrey transferred his impressive competition record to the coaching realm. Owning an extensive national and international coaching resume, Humphrey was the head coach of the 1984 Canadian Olympic Team, as well as the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team. He also amassed extensive experience as the head coach of the U.S. Senior World Team, U.S. Pan American Team and U.S. Junior World Team. Heading north, he mentored the Canadian World Team and Canadian Pan American squad as well.
Jordan spent nine seasons from 1987-1995 assisting under Hellickson. During his time with the Scarlet and Gray, Jordan witnessed three Buckeyes win national championships in Mark Coleman (1988), Kevin Randleman (1992 and 1993) and Rex Holman (1993). Jordan, who earned his master’s degree in education from Ohio State in 1991 and his Juris Doctorate from Capital University in Bexley in 2001, began his political career in 1994 when he served in the Ohio State House of Representatives until 2000. In 2001, Jordan began serving the fourth district of Ohio in the state senate. Graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in economics, Jordan was a two-time NCAA champion for the Badgers. In 1988, he finished third in the 136.5 pound division at the U.S. Olympic Trials.