COLUMBUS, Ohio - Kevin Randleman, a two-time NCAA champion and three-time NCAA finalist, passed away on Thursday. Funeral arrangements are pending.
A 2004 Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, Randleman was the 177 pound NCAA champion in 1992 and 1993. The first two-time champion in Ohio State history, he was a three-time All-American who posted a 42-0-3 record in 1992, just the second Buckeye to go undefeated during a season. The following campaign, he dropped just one match (24-1). Randleman concluded his career with 108 wins, the 17th most in school history.
Following his collegiate career, Randlemen went on to become a Mixed Martial Arts champion, making his debut in the fall of 1996. Three years later, Randleman again reached the top of his sport by becoming the UFC heavyweight champion on Nov. 19, 1999. While fighting for UFC, PRIDE FC and Strikeforce, Randleman compiled a 17-16 record over 15 years.
Most recently, Randleman was the co-founder of a non-profit wrestling academy in Las Vegas.