Mike Pucillo reached the pinnacle of collegiate wrestling in 2008, capturing the 184-pound national championship. His title run was one of three All-American seasons and the first of back-to-back trips to the NCAA Finals. Pucillo’s postseason push in ‘08 began with a Big Ten crown and concluded atop the NCAA podium in St. Louis with an overall record of 34-1. He kept the victories coming the next year, stringing together a 43-match winning streak. The three-time team captain compiled a career mark of 107-16 (.870), still ranking inside the Top 10 best winning percentages in Ohio State history.
Pucillo, a four-year letterwinner for the Buckeyes, was successful in his academic endeavors as well. He was twice named to the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic Team.