COLUMBUS, Ohio – The keystone recruit of the Ohio State wrestling 2021 recruiting class, Paddy Gallagher, has been named the No. 1 pound for pound wrestler in the country by MatScouts and FloWrestling.
Gallagher is a projected 157-pounder from Chesterland, Ohio and soon-to-be graduate of St. Edward High School. He capped his high school career in March with an overall record of 111-10 and an 82 percent bonus-point win ratio. Gallagher earned his second state championship this past season despite a tough bracket that featured the No. 5 and No. 7 ranked wrestlers in the nation at 160 pounds.
The future Buckeye accumulated a number of awards and accolades for his exceptional high school career. He was named the Cliff Keen Pre-Season Wrestler of the Year and earned his second Mark Zimmer Award for Ohio’s Most Outstanding Wrestler by the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association (2020 & 2021). He has been nominated for MaxPrep Sports Student-Athlete of the Year for all sports across the country.
“The state of Ohio and the powerhouse St. Ed’s program has produced many elite student-athletes. Paddy Gallagher joins that elite list as the pound for pound number one prospect in the nation,” said Ohio State Head Coach Tom Ryan. “His character and relentless work ethic are the foundation to his sustained success. We are excited to assist in his development as a Buckeye. He fits in nicely with our team and will begin classes and training this summer.”