Colt Sponseller Bio
Ohio State Career - 2009, 2010 NCAA Championships qualifier at 165 pounds ... 2010 Big Ten Championships runner-up ... won 163-pound title at ASICS University & Fila Cadet Nationals in Akron, Ohio, in April 2010 ... featured bout in 43rd Annual NWCA All-Star Classic Presented by the United States Marine Corps Nov. 24, 2008 ... TheMat.com wrestler of the week for the week (Dec. 9-15, 2008) ... 2008 NWCA Freshman All-Academic Team selection; 2010 NWCA All-Academic Team ... Academic All-Big Ten ... two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete ... 80-17 overall; 49-7 in dual action; 20-4 in Big Ten Conference.
2009-10 - Compiled 30-7 overall record, including 18-2 dual ledger; 7-1 in Big Ten ... recorded most dual wins among starters ... 2010 Big Ten Championships Runner-up; defeated No. 2 seed Ryan Morningstar of Iowa, 3-1, en route to final (March 6-7)... led team in major decisions with 11 ... secured impressive win over No. 8 Dan Vallimont, who became eventual NCAA runner-up for Penn State, 4-2, (Jan. 24, 2010) in front of home crown in St. John Arena and on Big Ten Network to open conference action ... went 3-1 at NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals (Jan. 9-10, 2010) with wins over Nathan Matousek of Minnesota, 11-1, No. 12 Justin Kerber of Cornell, 10-2, and Kyle DeBerry of Arizona State, 12-3 ... runner-up at Oklahoma Gold Classic (Nov. 14, 2009) and Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational (Dec. 5, 2009); in both finals, faced No. 1 seeded wrestler in Andrew Howe (Wisconsin) and Jarrod King (Edinboro), respectively ... NWCA All-Academic, Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete recipient.
2008-09 - NCAA championships qualifier at 165 pounds (March 19-21) ... finished fourth at Big Ten Conference championships as No. 2 seed (March 7-8) ... finished season with team-best 34 wins (six losses) for third-best winning percentage on squad (.850) ... completed regular season with 15-3 dual record, including 7-1 mark in Big Ten ... began season 15th in InterMat/NWCA/NWMA Division I Individual Preseason Rankings; reached as high as No. 2 (Jan. 27) ... owned team lead with 132 takedowns and 5 technical falls ... recorded team-best 12 takedowns in three separate matches - back-to-back contests in Buffalo Open vs. Matt Coleman of Edinboro (W, 25-10) and Cory Lempka of Buffalo (W, 25-10); following week in Wolfpack Open, recorded 12 takedowns against Maryland's Josh Asper (W, 26-10) ... began season with pair of open tournament crowns at Buffalo (Nov. 2) and Wolfpack Opens (Nov. 9) ... went 2-0 at Buckeye Duals (Nov. 14), pinning Dustin Doty of Cleveland State in 2:53 after recording a technical fall against Victer Crenshaw of Notre Dame College, 22-7 ... was featured bout in 43rd Annual NWCA All-Star Classic Presented by the United States Marine Corps (Nov. 24); matched up against No. 2 Moza Fay of Northern Iowa and dropped 13-9 decision ... advanced to title bout of 27th Annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational (Dec. 5-6); faced No. 1 Mack Lewnes of Cornell in final and lost, 11-3 ... named TheMat.com wrestler of the week for the week of Dec. 9-15 following 4-1 win over third-ranked Jarrod King of Edinboro (Dec. 14) ... handed King his first loss of season ... upset No. 2 Fay in rematch at NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals (Jan. 10) with 9-6 win and beat No. 18 Scott Glasser of Minnesota, 13-3 ... secured 18-16 win for Buckeyes against Indiana (Jan. 30) when he scored 8-3 decision over Paul Young in final bout.
2007-08 - Made Buckeye debut Dec. 10 against conference rival Wisconsin and posted impressive 3-1 decision over Jake Donar ... injured at beginning of season, went on to record 16-4 overall record ... at Ohio Duals (Dec. 16), posted major decision, fall and technical fall to help Buckeyes outscore opponents, 131-9 ... continued winning trend against 15th-ranked and Kent State's Kurt Gross, winning, 8-5 (Jan. 4) ... at 2008 NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals (Jan. 12-13), was one of two Buckeyes to record perfect 5-0 mark; won first match against Central Michigan's Brandon Carter, 11-5, and followed that outing with victories vs. Donnie Jones of West Virginia, 14-9, Anthony Tortora of Hofstra, 13-3, Dominic Marella of Northwestern, 6-4, and Dave Rella of Penn State, 9-5; four of five wins propelled Buckeyes to team victories against West Virginia (29-9), Hofstra (25-16), Northwestern (19-17) and Penn State (24-11) to lift Scarlet and Gray to fifth at event ... did not miss a beat after returning to league action against Iowa (Jan. 18) and Penn State (Jan. 25); facing Hawkeyes' Jake Kerr; wasted little time in dominating match, handing Kerr 22-11 loss before defeating Rella, 9-2 ... compiled 4-2 ledger during regular season following Penn State dual with wins over No. 12 Matt Coughlin of Indiana (decision; 7-3 - Feb. 1), Justin Fraga of Purdue (major decision; 20-12 - Feb. 3), Rex Kendle of Michigan State (major decision; 29-14; Feb. 8) and No. 15 Jarrod King of Edinboro (decision; 6-4ot - Feb. 14) ... NWCA Freshman All-Academic Team selection ... Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Prior to Ohio State - Three-time Ohio High School Division II champion as four-time qualifier ... went 6-0 en route to winning 160-pound weight class in NHSCA National High School Seniors Wrestling Championships in April 2007; named meet's Most Outstanding Wrestler ... captured National Juniors crown at 152 pounds in 2006 ... concluded senior season at West Holmes with 46-0 record to compile career mark of 154-13 ... named NHSCA High School Wrestler of the Year ... Region 4 Wrestler of the Year ...finalist for Wrestling International Newsmagazine's (WIN) Junior Dan Hodge Trophy, which is awarded to the top high school wrestler in the nation.
Personal - Son of Randy and Sue ... has three siblings, Sara, Shay and Clint ... Clint wrestled at Kent State ... hobbies include running, lifting weights, cooking and hanging out with friends ... would like to pursue a career in business after undergraduate studies.
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