Buckeyes win seven matches, four via bonus points
Buckeyes win eight of 10 matches, five via bonus points
Three finals feature Buckeye vs. Buckeye
Buckeyes will square off with No. 10 Virginia Tech, No. 9 Virginia
Class includes two from Ohio, one from Missouri and one from New Jersey
Ohio State 23, Virginia Tech 16 Feb. 23, 2014 St. John Arena Columbus, Ohio
Jan. 24, 2014 St. John Arena Columbus, Ohio
March 9-10 Assembly Hall Champaign, Ill.
Buckeyes vs. Panthers St. John Arena Columbus, Ohio Nov. 18, 2012
March 3-4 West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue University
Tom Ryan has led the Ohio State wrestling program to unprecedented heights, culminating last season with the program's first-ever national championship. The 2015 Big Ten, NWCA and InterMat Coach of the Year, Ryan concluded his ninth season in Columbus by watching both Logan Stieber and Nathan Tomasello win NCAA titles on the way to the squad's first ever team title. Additionally, the Buckeyes also ended a 64-year Big Ten title drought, winning the championship in front of a home crowd at St. John Arena.
In all, Ryan has coached four different student-athletes to eight national championships as Logan Stieber (141 pounds) was a four-time champion, J Jaggers (141 pounds), the 2009 Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year, was a two-time champion in 2008 and 2009, Mike Pucillo was the 184-pound champion in 2008 and Nathan Tomasello the 125 pound champion in 2015. In the NCAA championship team race, the Ryan-led Buckeyes have finished in the Top 10 in eight of the last nine seasons, including the 2015 national title and back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2008 and 2009.
In addition to Stieber, Ryan coached Hunter Stieber and Nick Heflin to All-America status at the conclusion of the 2013 NCAA championships is Des Moines, Iowa. Hunter Stieber, who like his older brother was crowned a Big Ten champion (141 pounds) in 2013, finished third at the national event, while Heflin was a fifth-place finisher at 174 pounds.
Throughout his tenure as the head coach of Ohio State, Ryan, a three-time national coach of the year, has maintained a high standard of excellence for his student-athletes. In addition to the successes of Jaggers, Pucillo and Stieber on the national level, under Ryan's guidance Lance Palmer (2007-10) became just the second four-time All-American at Ohio State. (Tommy Rowlands was the first). Ryan, a native of Wantagh, N.Y., is averaging about three All-Americans a season having coached 23 selections during his seven-year term. Within the Big Ten Conference, Ryan has coached a quartet of Buckeyes to league titles in Pucillo (184 pounds in 2008), Palmer (149 pounds in 2010), Logan Stieber (133 pounds in 2012 and 2013) and Hunter Stieber (141 pounds in 2013).
Academically, Ryan's student-athletes have impressed with six Buckeyes recognized by the National Wrestling Coaches Association with NWCA All-Academic Team accolades -- J.D. Bergman, J Jaggers, C.J. Magrum (two-time), Corey Morrison (two-time), Mike Pucillo and Colt Sponseller. Additionally, Sponseller and Ian Paddock were lauded with NWCA Division I True-Freshman All-Academic Team honors. Since Ryan's arrival there have been 48 and 96 Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete selections, respectively.
Ryan's student-athletes also are involved in various community service initiatives. Some of the programs Ohio State is actively involved in include the Second & Seven Foundation, which strives to "Tackle Illiteracy" in Central Ohio and the annual Wrestle against Autism Tournament. In 2009, the Buckeyes were presented with a Resolution of Expression in council chambers from Columbus City Council member A. Troy Miller for their commitment to community service, academics and athletics.
After arriving to The Ohio State University campus in the spring of 2006, Ryan immediately began the task of completing his coaching staff. Ryan brought on board some of the best coaching talent in the nation in Joe Heskett, Lou Rosselli and Tommy Rowlands. Two years later, this staff would propel the Scarlet and Gray to the program's best finish in the NCAA championships. Backed by a pair of national champions -- Jaggers and Pucillo -- for a total of three finalists, Ohio State earned 79 points for the first of consecutive runner-up finishes.
The following season, Ryan and Ohio State nearly pulled off one of the biggest upsets in NCAA championship history when three Buckeyes (Reece Humphrey at 133 pounds; Jaggers and Pucillo) advanced to the finals with the team lead. In one of the tightest team races in recent championship history, the Buckeyes were clipped by Iowa by 4.5 points as Ohio State finished with 92 points compared to the Hawkeyes' 96.5.
Prior to coaching at Ohio State, Ryan was the head coach at Hofstra from 1995-2006. While with the Pride, Ryan earned Eastern Collegiate Wrestling Association and Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year honors seven times. He also was named New York State Coach of the Year twice. Leading Hofstra to six consecutive conference titles, Ryan and the Pride recorded a 47-match (46-0-1) conference unbeaten streak in dual action which served as the nation's longest conference unbeaten streak. Ryan also was an assistant coach at Indiana from 1992-94.
Ryan earned his bachelor's degree in education from Iowa in 1993. He and his wife, Lynette, have four children, Jordan, Jake, Teague and Mackenzie.