COLUMBUS, Ohio -- For five Buckeyes, the Road to Rio goes through Iowa City next weekend.
Logan Stieber, Kyle Snyder, Nathan Tomasello, JD Bergman and Reece Humphrey will represent the Scarlet and Gray at Iowa's Carver Hawkeye Arena April 9-10 with one goal: make the United States Olympic team. All five athletes train out of the Ohio Regional Training Center at the Steelwood Athletic Training Center.
A look at each Buckeye and their journey to this point:
KYLE SNYDER | 97kg/213 lbs.
How He Got Here: Qualified for the Trials as a result of winning gold at last September's World Championships and in the process became the youngest World champion in U.S. wrestling history.
Note: As the reigning World champion, Snyder moves into the finals where he will square off with his opponent in a best two of three series.
International Highlights: Last summer, was a U.S. Open, U.S. World Team Trials and Pan Am Games champion before his World title in September ... defeated 2012 Olympic goal medalist Jake Varner three times (twice at U.S. Team Trails, once at U.S. Open) ... was dominant on his way to the Pan Am Games title, outscoring opponents 31-1.
During the winter of 2015-16, competed two of the toughest international events -- the Ivan Yarygin Memorial Grand Prix and the Alexander Medved International.
2015-16 Season: Originally intended the redshirt this past season but pulled the Olympic waiver in January and wrestled a total of 11 collegiate matches, going 11-0 while winning both a Big Ten and NCAA title ... outscored his opponents 186-79 in 10 matches with the other win coming by pin ... defeated top-ranked Nick Gwiazdowski in SV-1 7-5, ending Gwiazdowski's 88-match winning streak.
LOGAN STIEBER | 65kg/143 lbs.
How He Got Here: Qualified for the Trails by finishing second at the U.S. Senior Nationals last December.
International Highlights: Won his first four matches at the U.S. Senior National by an aggregate score of 47-10 ... took silver at the United World Wrestling Golden Grand Prix last November in Baku, Azerbaijan ... silver medals at the Bill Farrell International, Golden Grand Prix Finals, U.S. Open and Outstanding Ukrainian Memorial ... bronze medal at the Alexander Medved International.
As a Buckeye: The most decorated wrestler in Ohio State history, Stieber won every major individual award during his time with the Scarlet and Gray along with the ultimate team accomplishment -- the 2015 national championship ... four-time Big Ten and NCAA champion along with being the school's first-ever Hodge Trophy winner, considered the Heisman Trophy of wrestling.
NATHAN TOMASELLO | 57kg/125 lbs.
How He Got Here: The seventh seed at the U.S. Senior Nationals last December, Tomasello finished fifth and punched his ticket to Iowa City.
International Highlights: Won his first two matches at the U.S. Senior Nationals with ease, rolling to a pair of 10-0 tech falls ... lost to the second seed in the quarterfinals but two consolation matches ... won two matches at the Bill Farrell International Open this past November by a combined score of 20-1 ... three-time junior freestyle national champion.
2015-16 Season: Big Ten champion and third place at the NCAA Championships ... 27-1 record that included 25 straight wins ... defeated eventual national champion Nico Megaludis in the Big Ten finals 3-1 in sudden victory ... two-time All-American, two-time Big Ten champion, 2015 NCAA champion with a record of 60-5 over the last two seasons.
REECE HUMPHREY | 65 kg/143 lbs.
How He Got Here: Finished third at the U.S. Senior Nationals in Las Vegas last December.
International Highlights: Ranked No. 1 in the world at 61kg ... U.S. World Team Trials champion (61kg) ... three-time World Championships qualifier ... U.S. Open champion ... second in Cerro Pelado International ... Second in Dave Schultz Memorial International.
As a Buckeye: NCAA runner-up in 2009 and third place in 2010 ... four-time NCAA qualifier ... career record of 117-33 ... two-time Big Ten runner-up.
JD BERGMAN | 97kg/213 lbs.
How He Got Here: Qualified for the Trials as a result of his title this past November at the Bill Farrell/New York AC International.
International Highlights: Ranked No. 3 in the world at 97kg/213 lbs. ... third at the U.S. World Team Trials and U.S. Open ... Cerro Pelado International champion ... In 2014, was the Brazil Cup champion ... seven-year veteran of Team USA (2009-11, 2012-16 in freestyle, 2005-06 in Greco-Roman) ... qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials, taking fourth ... 2013 U.S. Open and World Team Trials champion.
As a Buckeye: Second in 2008 NCAA Championships ... three-time All-American ... also placed third and fourth at the NCAAs ... 129 career victories ... Big Ten Medal of Honor finalist.