May 12, 1998

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Keaton Anderson (Pickerington, Ohio) and Nicholas Preston (Columbus, Ohio), two of the country’s top wrestling prospects according to Ohio State University Head Coach Russ Hellickson, have signed national letters of intent with Ohio State.

“It’s really gratifying to have went out and recruited franchise wrestlers and to have them all sign with you,” Hellickson said. “They will come in and make a difference right away and get our program back to competing for national titles like we should be. Keaton wrestles like national champion Mitch Clark (Sr., Canton, New York). He’s a scrambler on the top and on the bottom he’s agile and unbelievably quick.”

“People will be very surprised with Keaton’s quick transition from high school to college success,” assistant coach Ken Ramsey said. “He’s brutal on top and is quick as a cat on the mat.”

Anderson had an outstanding career as a wrestler at Pickerington High School. He was a three-time state champion, named to the first team Dream Team by USA Wrestling Magazine, and posted an astonishing 146-14 career record. Anderson was also named the most valuable wrestler at the Medina Invitational Tournament.

Preston, a naturally gifted athlete, began wrestling his sophomore year and has compiled a career record of 100-14. He was a state champion in 1997.

“We got Preston to essentially replace Mitch Clark,” said Hellickson. “He will be competing at 184-pounds and definitely has the ingredients to become an All-American and a national champion.”

Preston was also the Division II Central District Coaches Association Wrestler of the Year, a 1997 Asics Freestyle Junior National All-American and was awarded the Michael Santilli Award for the most accomplished wrestler at DeSales High School. Preston is also a two-time DeSales Classic Champ and a two-time Midwest Classic Champ.

“He (Preston) is a natural athlete who is going to be a great addition to our program,” Ramsey said. “I think it’s great that Ohio State was able to keep these two blue chip athletes in the state of Ohio. Like Anderson, I believe that Preston can step up and make a big impact to Buckeye wrestling.”