Buckeyes Set To Welcome Back Greats to B1G Championships
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Several of the Buckeyes' all-time great wrestlers, including national champions, All-Americans and Big Ten champions, are set to return to Columbus and be presenters at the 2015 Big Ten Championships, which will take place March 7-8 in St. John Arena.
The group includes:
1998 NCAA champion at 177 pounds and a two-time All-American.
2009 NCAA runner-up and three-time NCAA qualifier at 133 pounds ... wrestled in the NWCA All-Star Classic ... ranked No. 1 nationally during his senior year.
NCAA champion at 141 pounds in 2008 and 2009 ... three-time All-American ... currently an assistant coach for the Buckeyes.
A four-time All American from 2007 to 2010 and a NCAA runner-up in 2010 at 149 pounds ... had a career record of 121-33.
Member of the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame ... 1986 NCAA champion at 158 pounds.
2008 NCAA champion at 184 pounds ... three-time All-American ... 2009 NCAA runner-up ... finished 2008 and 2009 Big Ten regular seasons undefeated ... had a 43-match winning streak.
NCAA champion at 190 pounds in 1993 ... two-time All-American ... finished third nationally in 1992 ... two-time Big Ten champion.
NCAA champion at heavyweight in 2002 and 2004 ... four-time All-American ... three-time NCAA finalist ... won 164 matches in his career ... six-time U.S. National Team member.
National runner-up at heavyweight ... three-time All-American ... 129-36 career record ... member of the U.S. National Team.
Ohio State head coach from 1986 through 2006 ... mentored 41 All-Americans and five national champions ... coached seven wrestlers to 12 Big Ten titles ... Hellickson-led teams still hold the Ohio State record for most wins (20), consecutive wins (15) and most Big Ten wins (seven).
Big Ten champion at 123 pounds and the conferences' Most Outstanding Wrestler in 1960 ... member of the Athletics Hall of Fame (inducted in 2010).