Buckeyes Reload for 2017-18
Aug. 28, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University wrestling program added 13 newcomers to the 2017-18 roster, welcoming in a group of 10 freshmen and three transfers. Six different states are representing in the recruiting class, including a half dozen native Buckeyes from the great state of Ohio.

Te’Shan Campbell | Jr. | 165 lbs. | Pittsburgh, Pa.
• Two-time NCAA qualifier (2016, 2017) for the University of Pittsburgh
• 10-seed (165 lbs.) for the 2017 NCAA Championships
• 2017 ACC Champion at 165 lbs.
• Competed for the University of Pittsburgh from 2015-17
• Registered overall record of 40-16 as a Panther, including a 22-4 mark in 2016-17
• Accumulated 10 tech falls, seven major decisions and three falls in two seasons at Pitt
• Seeded 10th at 165 lbs. for the '17 NCAA Championships, advancing to the Round of 16 and splitting four matches overall
• Topped No. 11 Austin Matthews (Edinboro) in a dual on Nov. 13, 2016
• Pinned No. 10 Austin Reese (Ohio) at the 2016 Mountaineer Duals (Nov. 6)
• Defeated No. 16 Rickey Robertson (Wisconsin) via 13-5 major decision in dual (Dec. 12, 2015)
• Runner up in the 2015 Lock Haven Classic (Dec. 29) and 2016 Keystone Classic (Nov. 20)
• Also placed fifth in the '15 Keystone Classic (Nov. 22)
• 2015 PIAA state champion at 170 lbs, ending senior season undefeated
• Also played running back for the Penn Hills High football team

Ryan Ferro | Fr. | 157 lbs. | Warrick, N.Y.
• Two-time Division I New York state champion, 152 lbs. in 2016 and 160 lbs. in 2017
• Won more than 45 consecutive matches to cap of his high school career
• Four-time state qualifier and sectional champion
• Amassed 183 career high school victories
• Three-sport athlete for Warrick Valley High, also competing in football and baseball

 

 

Jaimen Hood | Fr. | 133 lbs. | Mason, Ohio
• Ohio high school state runner-up in 2017, capping a 43-5 senior season
• Also qualified for the state tournament as a junior

Brady Koontz | Fr. | 125 lbs. | Plover, Wis.
• WIAA Division I Wisconsin state champion (106 lbs.) in 2016, runner up in 2017 at 113 lbs.
• Spent entire senior season ranked No. 1 at 113 lbs. in Division 1 by Wisconsin Wrestling Online
• Finished his senior season 39-1 and won 83 of his last 85 high school matches (44-1 as a junior)
• Helped Steven Point Area Senior High win its first state team title since 1999 and first WVC Tournament crown in school history as a junior in 2015-16
• 2017 national greco roman runner-up
• UWW Cadet national champion and competed in the 2015 World Championships

Dylan Koontz | Fr. | 125 lbs. | Plover, Wis.
• WIAA Division I Wisconsin state champion (113 lbs.) in 2016, capping off a perfect 45-0 junior season
• Third-place finisher in 2017 at 120 lbs. with a season record of 39-3
• Fifth-place showing in 2015 to complete a 48-6 sophomore campaign
• Ranked No. 1 at 120 lbs. throughout entire senior campaign by Wisconsin Wrestling Online
• Runner up at the 2015 Junior Greco-Roman Nationals
• Four-time Fargo placer, including a finals appearance

Hunter Lucas | r-Fr. | 125 lbs. | Cridersville, Ohio
• Compiled nine wins while redshirting at the University of Maryland during the 2016-17 season
• Six victories included bonus points with three major decisions, two tech falls and a pin
• Two-time OHSAA state finalist for Lima Central Catholic High
• Three-time OHSAA state placer
• Finished senior season with an overall mark of 45-3
• Posted overall high school record of 104-9 in three seasons
• Placed fourth at Flo Nationals

Joey McKenna | Jr. | 141/149 lbs. | Towaco, N.J.
• Spent first two collegiate seasons competing for Stanford University
• All-American (2016; third place)
• Two-time Pac-12 Champion (2016, 2017)
• Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year (2016)
• NWCA Academic All-America (2017)
• Pac-12 All-Academic First Team (2017)
• Compiled an overall record of 58-6 (21-1 dual record) which included 15 falls and four tech falls
• Placed third (141 lbs.) in the 2016 NCAA Championships hosted at Madison Square Gardens
• Crowned Pac-12's 141-pound champion in both seasons at Stanford
• Champion of the 2016 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invite (Dec. 2-3), 2016 Roadrunner Open (Nov. 20) and 2015 Hokie Open (Nov. 8)
• Placed third in the 2017 Southern Scuffle (Jan. 1-2)
• Racked up 15 victories over nationally-ranked opponents while at Stanford
• Named a team captain for sophomore season
• Pushed Blair Academy (N.J.) to three consecutive national titles (2012-14)
• Three-time prep national champion (2011, 2012, 2013)
• Two-time Beast of the East champion (2012, 2014), runner up in 2011
• Ironman Champion (2013), runner up in 2011
• Three-time Fargo champion (greco-roman) in 2010, 2011 and 2013
• Two-time Fargo runner up (freestyle) in 2012 and 2013
• Two-time U.S. Junior World Team member (freestyle), capturing a silver medal in 2014
• 2012 U.S. Cadet World Team member (freestyle)

Braken Mead | Fr. | 125 lbs. | Powell, Ohio
• Division I Ohio high school state champion at 113 lbs. as a senior with a season record of 45-4
• Competed at 106 lbs. in 2015 and 2016, placing second and third, respectively
• Led Olentangy Liberty High to a third-place showing in the team standings of the 2017 state championships
• Corralled an overall high school record of 165-22
• Finished sixth in the 2016 Walsh Ironman and 2015 Fargo freestyle
• Third place at the sophomore nationals in 2015

Luke Mendicino | Fr. | 157 lbs. | Granville, Ohio
• Three-time Ohio state qualifier, including a sixth-place finish in 2016 as a junior
• Posted an overall high school mark of 141-24
• Placed fourth in the Ohio freestyle

Kaleb Romero | Fr. | 174 lbs. | Mechanicsburg, Ohio
• Four-time Ohio state champion
• Compiled 202 career wins (202-3), including a flawless 52-0 record in both his junior and seasons
• Did not yield an offensive point his entire senior year
• Won by fall in 52 seconds in the state finals hosted at the Schottenstein Center
• Led Mechanicsburg High to its first-ever team state title in 2017
• Division III Most Outstanding Wrestler
• Ohio's 2017 Dave Schutlz High School Excellence Award recipient
• Ranked No. 12 overall nationally by Intermat and No. 1 at 170 pounds
• Top-ranked 'pound-for-pound' senior in Ohio
• Undefeated at both the NWCA Scholastic Duals and AAU Scholastic Duals
• First Team All-Ohio quarterback

Chase Singletary | Fr. | HWT | Naples, Fla.
• Ranked as the top 220-pound recruit in the country
• Slotted No. 5 overall nationally by FloWrestling and No. 6 according to InterMat
• New Jersey's 2017 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award recipient
• Posted a 167-8 overall high school record, including a 88-1 marks as an upperclassman
• ASICS All-America First Team selection
• Two-time Walsh Ironman champion
• Placed first in back-to-back prep nationals
• Beast of the East champion
• NHSCA Nationals champion

Ethan Smith | Fr. | 184 lbs. | Latrobe, Pa.
• Back-to-back Maryland state champion, concluding high school career with 83 consecutive victories
• 42-0 as a senior and 41-0 during junior season
• Placed fifth in the Flo Nationals

Zach Steiner | Fr. | 184 lbs. | Creston, Ohio
• Two-time Division III Ohio high school state champion, capturing the 170-pound crown as a junior and the 182-pound title to close out senior season
• Posted a combined record of 78-4 as an upperclassman (40-2/senior; 38-2/junior)
• Overall high school mark of 172-16
• Four-time state qualifier
• Ranked as the top 182-lbs. wrestler in Ohio and among the top-5 'pound-for-pound' grapplers in the state
• Medina Invitational Tournament champion
• High school teammate with fellow Buckeye Kollin Moore
• Also a wide receiver/safety for Norwayne High's football squad, earning All-Ohio honors twice