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Discussion Topic: Summary of New OSU Wrestlers (w/resumes) Per OSU Wrestling Web-site
Pat Altvater added to this discussion on September 12, 2017

Posters on this site have asked for a full list of new recruits and transfers to the OSU Wrestling Team for 2017-8. This should answer those questions.

The recruit list is pretty impressive and features quite a few placers in national freestyle meets such as Cadets and Fargo and Flo-Nationals. It will be exciting to watch these young men develop.

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State University wrestling program added 13 newcomers to the 2017-18 roster, welcoming in a group of 10 freshmen and three transfers. Six different states are representing in the recruiting class, including a half dozen native Buckeyes from the great state of Ohio.
Te’Shan Campbell | Jr. | 165 lbs. | Pittsburgh, Pa.
• Two-time NCAA qualifier (2016, 2017) for the University of Pittsburgh
• 10-seed (165 lbs.) for the 2017 NCAA Championships
• 2017 ACC Champion at 165 lbs.
• Competed for the University of Pittsburgh from 2015-17
• Registered overall record of 40-16 as a Panther, including a 22-4 mark in 2016-17
• Accumulated 10 tech falls, seven major decisions and three falls in two seasons at Pitt
• Seeded 10th at 165 lbs. for the '17 NCAA Championships, advancing to the Round of 16 and splitting four matches overall
• Topped No. 11 Austin Matthews (Edinboro) in a dual on Nov. 13, 2016
• Pinned No. 10 Austin Reese (Ohio) at the 2016 Mountaineer Duals (Nov. 6)
• Defeated No. 16 Rickey Robertson (Wisconsin) via 13-5 major decision in dual (Dec. 12, 2015)
• Runner up in the 2015 Lock Haven Classic (Dec. 29) and 2016 Keystone Classic (Nov. 20)
• Also placed fifth in the '15 Keystone Classic (Nov. 22)
• 2015 PIAA state champion at 170 lbs, ending senior season undefeated
• Also played running back for the Penn Hills High football team

Ryan Ferro | Fr. | 157 lbs. | Warrick, N.Y.
• Two-time Division I New York state champion, 152 lbs. in 2016 and 160 lbs. in 2017
• Won more than 45 consecutive matches to cap of his high school career
• Four-time state qualifier and sectional champion
• Amassed 183 career high school victories
• Three-sport athlete for Warrick Valley High, also competing in football and baseball

Jaimen Hood | Fr. | 133 lbs. | Mason, Ohio
• Ohio high school state runner-up in 2017, capping a 43-5 senior season
• Also qualified for the state tournament as a junior

Brady Koontz | Fr. | 125 lbs. | Plover, Wis.
• WIAA Division I Wisconsin state champion (106 lbs.) in 2016, runner up in 2017 at 113 lbs.
• Spent entire senior season ranked No. 1 at 113 lbs. in Division 1 by Wisconsin Wrestling Online
• Finished his senior season 39-1 and won 83 of his last 85 high school matches (44-1 as a junior)
• Helped Steven Point Area Senior High win its first state team title since 1999 and first WVC Tournament crown in school history as a junior in 2015-16
• 2017 national greco roman runner-up
• UWW Cadet national champion and competed in the 2015 World Championships

Dylan Koontz | Fr. | 125 lbs. | Plover, Wis.
• WIAA Division I Wisconsin state champion (113 lbs.) in 2016, capping off a perfect 45-0 junior season
• Third-place finisher in 2017 at 120 lbs. with a season record of 39-3
• Fifth-place showing in 2015 to complete a 48-6 sophomore campaign
• Ranked No. 1 at 120 lbs. throughout entire senior campaign by Wisconsin Wrestling Online
• Runner up at the 2015 Junior Greco-Roman Nationals
• Four-time Fargo placer, including a finals appearance

Hunter Lucas | r-Fr. | 125 lbs. | Cridersville, Ohio
• Compiled nine wins while redshirting at the University of Maryland during the 2016-17 season
• Six victories included bonus points with three major decisions, two tech falls and a pin
• Two-time OHSAA state finalist for Lima Central Catholic High
• Three-time OHSAA state placer
• Finished senior season with an overall mark of 45-3
• Posted overall high school record of 104-9 in three seasons
• Placed fourth at Flo Nationals

Joey McKenna | Jr. | 141/149 lbs. | Towaco, N.J.
• Spent first two collegiate seasons competing for Stanford University
• All-American (2016; third place)
• Two-time Pac-12 Champion (2016, 2017)
• Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year (2016)
• NWCA Academic All-America (2017)
• Pac-12 All-Academic First Team (2017)
• Compiled an overall record of 58-6 (21-1 dual record) which included 15 falls and four tech falls
• Placed third (141 lbs.) in the 2016 NCAA Championships hosted at Madison Square Gardens
• Crowned Pac-12's 141-pound champion in both seasons at Stanford
• Champion of the 2016 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invite (Dec. 2-3), 2016 Roadrunner Open (Nov. 20) and 2015 Hokie Open (Nov. 8)
• Placed third in the 2017 Southern Scuffle (Jan. 1-2)
• Racked up 15 victories over nationally-ranked opponents while at Stanford
• Named a team captain for sophomore season
• Pushed Blair Academy (N.J.) to three consecutive national titles (2012-14)
• Three-time prep national champion (2011, 2012, 2013)
• Two-time Beast of the East champion (2012, 2014), runner up in 2011
• Ironman Champion (2013), runner up in 2011
• Three-time Fargo champion (greco-roman) in 2010, 2011 and 2013
• Two-time Fargo runner up (freestyle) in 2012 and 2013
• Two-time U.S. Junior World Team member (freestyle), capturing a silver medal in 2014
• 2012 U.S. Cadet World Team member (freestyle)

Braken Mead | Fr. | 125 lbs. | Powell, Ohio
• Division I Ohio high school state champion at 113 lbs. as a senior with a season record of 45-4
• Competed at 106 lbs. in 2015 and 2016, placing second and third, respectively
• Led Olentangy Liberty High to a third-place showing in the team standings of the 2017 state championships
• Corralled an overall high school record of 165-22
• Finished sixth in the 2016 Walsh Ironman and 2015 Fargo freestyle
• Third place at the sophomore nationals in 2015

Luke Mendicino | Fr. | 157 lbs. | Granville, Ohio
• Three-time Ohio state qualifier, including a sixth-place finish in 2016 as a junior
• Posted an overall high school mark of 141-24
• Placed fourth in the Ohio freestyle

Kaleb Romero | Fr. | 174 lbs. | Mechanicsburg, Ohio
• Four-time Ohio state champion
• Compiled 202 career wins (202-3), including a flawless 52-0 record in both his junior and seasons
• Did not yield an offensive point his entire senior year
• Won by fall in 52 seconds in the state finals hosted at the Schottenstein Center
• Led Mechanicsburg High to its first-ever team state title in 2017
• Division III Most Outstanding Wrestler
• Ohio's 2017 Dave Schutlz High School Excellence Award recipient
• Ranked No. 12 overall nationally by InterMat and No. 1 at 170 pounds
• Top-ranked 'pound-for-pound' senior in Ohio
• Undefeated at both the NWCA Scholastic Duals and AAU Scholastic Duals
• First Team All-Ohio quarterback

Chase Singletary | Fr. | 285 | Naples, Fla.
• Ranked as the top 220-pound recruit in the country
• Slotted No. 5 overall nationally by FloWrestling and No. 6 according to InterMat
• New Jersey's 2017 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award recipient
• Posted a 167-8 overall high school record, including a 88-1 marks as an upperclassman
• ASICS All-America First Team selection
• Two-time Walsh Ironman champion
• Placed first in back-to-back prep nationals
• Beast of the East champion
• NHSCA Nationals champion

Ethan Smith | Fr. | 184 lbs. | Latrobe, Pa.
• Back-to-back Maryland state champion, concluding high school career with 83 consecutive victories
• 42-0 as a senior and 41-0 during junior season
• Placed fifth in the Flo Nationals

Zach Steiner | Fr. | 184 lbs. | Creston, Ohio
• Two-time Division III Ohio high school state champion, capturing the 170-pound crown as a junior and the 182-pound title to close out senior season
• Posted a combined record of 78-4 as an upperclassman (40-2/senior; 38-2/junior)
• Overall high school mark of 172-16
• Four-time state qualifier
• Ranked as the top 182-lbs. wrestler in Ohio and among the top-5 'pound-for-pound' grapplers in the state
• Medina Invitational Tournament champion
• High school teammate with fellow Buckeye Kollin Moore



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Discussion Topic: Summary of New OSU Wrestlers (w/resumes) Per OSU Wrestling Web-site
Matt Mace added to this discussion on September 12, 2017

great work! Thanks for the info.



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Discussion Topic: Summary of New OSU Wrestlers (w/resumes) Per OSU Wrestling Web-site
Justin Hayes added to this discussion on September 12, 2017

Ferro was a 2x State Champ while still playing both football and baseball...with so much specialization you don't see that as much these days.



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Discussion Topic: Summary of New OSU Wrestlers (w/resumes) Per OSU Wrestling Web-site
Justin Hayes added to this discussion on September 12, 2017

Who were Romero's 3 losses to?



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Discussion Topic: Summary of New OSU Wrestlers (w/resumes) Per OSU Wrestling Web-site
Mark Niemann added to this discussion on September 12, 2017

Quote from Justin Hayes's post:

"Who were Romero's 3 losses to?"



Brady Hiatt (by pin), Cameron Doggett (second period tech fall), and Justin Time (last second takedown).



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Discussion Topic: Summary of New OSU Wrestlers (w/resumes) Per OSU Wrestling Web-site
Justin Hayes added to this discussion on September 13, 2017

Quote from Mark Niemann's post:

"

Quote from Justin Hayes's post:

"Who were Romero's 3 losses to?"



Brady Hiatt (by pin), Cameron Doggett (second period tech fall), and Justin Time (last second takedown)."



The first two obviously happened, however, Romero would cripple Time in just under 18 seconds!



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Discussion Topic: Summary of New OSU Wrestlers (w/resumes) Per OSU Wrestling Web-site
John Flanigan added to this discussion on September 13, 2017

Quote from Justin Hayes's post:

"Who were Romero's 3 losses to?"



Louden Swain?



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Discussion Topic: Summary of New OSU Wrestlers (w/resumes) Per OSU Wrestling Web-site
Brady Hiatt added to this discussion on September 13, 2017

I threw Romero when he was a Sophomore. I proceeded to take off my shoes and put them in the center of the mat. He tried to shove them back on my feet. ha ha


His losses were to:
Freshman Year -- Sean Fausz
Sophomore Year -- Josh Maurca 3-2, and Kyle Kaminski on two caution points when leading 2-1. Both these were at Ironman when they lost somewhat early in the football playoffs and he thought he had enough time, 3-1/2 weeks, to get ready.



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