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An OSU wrestler wins his second consecutive national title in two tries. He is considered one of the best wrestlers in the country and is in the running for the Hodge Trophy which is like the Heisman of wrestling. Finishes undefeated and pretty much dominates the field in the tournament with two pins and two technical falls before the finals. Yet, not a story to be found on here. As a team, OSU again finishes in the top ten with three all-americans, yet nothing.
I know it is March Madness, but this is something that should not be ignored. I understand that wrestling is not the most popular sport, but in Ohio we have a proud wrestling tradition. The great state of Ohio finished with 11 all-americans total.
Little disappointed in the complete lack of coverage.
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I was at the tournament the whole week. It is an amazing story and being there live was an awesome experience. I took my son out of school so he could watch. We got invited to the Buckeye Coaches/Wrestlers reception afterwards which was nice too. These guys don't get enough credit for sure. Does anyone here know how hard you have to work to compete at that level? And then to become an All American in the sport. And then to win an individual National Title. And then to do it in Iowa where they really don't care for us. He was booed and so were we. The crowd favorite was Ramos naturally. But the Ohio kid did it........again.
I agree. If not for the wrestling thread and some great posters on this sight contributing - I'd be on another sight getting tOSU wrestling info. I'd love some recruiting info and I'm sure Bucknuts could get one of the regulars to compile an article.
Whenever you think you are in shape....try to make it through a wrestling practice.
Top 10 in wrestling is hardly ground breaking.
Thanks to title 9 there are few schools that even have programs.
The recent decision by the IOC doesn't help the cause.
Still a great acheivement by Stiebler.
I keep hearing how great recruiting has gone, how great Ryan is.
I need to see better results asap.
As i said top 10 in grabbling is good, not great.
I want greatness and have been lead to believe we are on the cusp.
I don't see it.
I rarely ever have problems with your posts (like many do).
I think you are completely out of your mind if you don't see a top 10 finish as a great year.
There is a reason we only beat Iowa one time in a dual meet in 40 years. It is also extremely difficult when Cael Sanderson coaches a school right down the road and is eager to pluck the best kids in your backyard. I will never blame a kid for choosing PSU wrestling when Cael Sanderson comes to sit in your living room.
Superb finish by the Bucks.
Superb finish by Logan Steiber.
That Dake vs. Taylor match was the best thing to happen to this sport in a long time. Those are two great wrestlers.....
The best part was watching the into to Logan's match. Ramos had a really dumb interview about how it stops here!!
Agree with OP. Wrestling is a huge part of Ohio sports and is a top 5 state in the country for high school wrestling.
"Superb finish by the Bucks." - Again I don't cosnsider top 10 in wrestling, given the lack of participation and the state of Ohio's rich crop of wrestlers - "su[erb". Perhaps, i have more exacting standards than you.
"Superb finish by Logan Steiber." - 100% concurrence.
Look, I think Ryan is a fine coach and in no way am i calling for a chance. I just don't know that he is a a game changer.
Perhaps the next few years will set me straight. But if you think PSU or Iowa are going anywhere you are dull.
Know what you are talking about first....
Tom Ryan agrees with Diddy on this one. He is not happy with a 6th place finish. Ohio hs wrestling is second only to PA in depth, and the talent at the top is neck and neck. Unfortunately, there have been some very highly ranked recruits that he brought in that didn't work out- which has hurt the program. Can you imagine if 4xers Colin Palmer and Tony Jameson would have lived up to expectations and were in this line up? There are also a couple that have gotten away to other programs. Due to the 9.9 scholarship limit it is impossible to get them all.
Incoming recruits Bo Jordan, Nathan Tomasello, and Kyle Snyder are absolute studs. They are all ranked #1 nationally at their weights, and many believe Bo is #1 pound for pound. They will be contending for titles in the next couple years if everyone stays healthy and focused, but PSU is gonna be loaded too (as will Iowa and Minny).
I like where the program is headed. You know you have great depth when Paddock and DiJulius can't break the lineup.
We have a wrestling thread....we follow every event match by match.... Maybe that's why Alex was hired...
I kid...I would love some interviews and things as well....if it were possible. Hey Bids. Get Logan on FRR....
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PSU and Iowa aren't going anywhere. I do not foresee a national title for the Bucks any time in the near future. We will get some great wrestlers because Ohio has great wrestlers. However, because OSU is NOT Iowa, Oklahoma State, or Penn State, some of our best wrestlers will leave. Ryan has done a much better job than the coach before keeping talent in state. Our Bucks were not consistently finishing in the top 10 before Ryan arrived. Our Ohio wrestlers were leaving for any BIG team that recruited them.
As for your lack of participation argument, there are 79 division I wrestling teams. There are 10 weight classes. Wrestlers throughout the entire United States are competing for limited spots on 79 different teams. If anything, this tends to show competitive of a sport wrestling is and how difficult it is to be ranked in the top 10.
You are correct. Ryan is a fine coach. He is not a game changer because only a couple of them exist: Cael Sanderson and John Smith. Neither of them are leaving to coach at Ohio State. As I said in my initial post, as much as a local boy may love Ohio State, it will be very hard to say no to training under Cael Sanderson (see David Taylor).
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They'll have a legit shot in 14/15. Half the lineup will be seniors, led by the Stiebers. Tessari has already been an AA and Demas was a match away. Martin and Courts will be juniors and Jordan and Tomasello will be in their 2d collegiate season. They'll have DiJulius, Garcia, Roberts, Snyder and Tavanello available as well. If everyone stays healthy, they may score points in all 10 weight classes at nationals. Lots of potential does not equal a NC, but I wouldn't bet against it.
To where we were is like comparing O Brien's NCAA success to Matta's. Hellickson was not recruiting strongly (some would say getting lazy) and the program was not a top 5 program in the conference in my opinion.
I agree that Ryan needs to get better heavier weight wrestler recruits, but getting Bo Jordan is like getting Terelle Pryor in football (without the problems). If OSU can open up a Graham pipeline to go along with some the existing relationships in Ohio, then contention with PSU and Minny and Iowa is possible.
He has had quite a few that haven't worked out and he needs to get that corrected, but I am pleased with the direction of the program. To be unhappy with a 6th place finish means expectations are meeting where they should have always been!
What happened with Paddock at nationals? Saw he went 2 and out?
Grandkids...... God's reward for not killing your children!
Paddock was wrestling at 149 lbs, which is well above his optimal wrestling weight. He did well early in his two matches, but he wore down as the matches went on. By the third period he didn't have the strength needed to keep competing against national level wrestlers in that class.
Don't be too harsh on those Buckeye fans who are less familiar. The fact that we have some Buckeye fans who are not totally versed in the sport/program, but still care enough to debate this topic is a good start. Those people can be turned into real followers of the program, and that's what we need more of.
I'm disappointed I didn't follow the wrestling thread better and that Bucknuts didn't put any story out there. I was an average high school wrestler, I love the sport and would liked to have seen "something" from Bucknuts (unless I missed it).
I turned on the T.V. late Saturday night, saw the NCAA Championships was airing and immediately got into it. March Madness? No, not now.... Unfortunately I was too late and only got to watch three matches.
I tend to agree with Diddy. All indications were OSU was a serious national champion contender 3 years ago. Iowa finally fell off their throne and it appears PSU grabbed it.
P.S. I should have posted this on the wrestling thread.
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