Sights & Sounds - Hall of Fame Weekend - J Jaggers
COLUMBUS, Ohio - J Jaggers, a two-time NCAA champion and three-time All-American on the Ohio State wrestling team, was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 18.
Jaggers led the Ohio State wrestling team to new heights on his way to winning back to back NCAA titles in 2008 and 2009. A three-time All-American and four-time NCAA qualifier, Jaggers was one of the key members of the 2008 and 2009 Buckeye squads that finished second at the NCAA championships. One of just four Ohio State wrestlers in school history to win multiple national titles, Jaggers collected 107 wins over his career and was the 2009 Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year. After winning his first title in 2008, he was honored as the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission Collegiate Athlete of the Year.
Entering the 2008 NCAA Tournament as the No. 6 seed at 141 pounds, Jaggers upset the No. 3, No. 2 and No. 1 seeds on his way to winning the title. His title match was a 5-2 victory over top-seeded and previously undefeated Chad Mendes of Cal Poly. The following year, he cruised past the No. 1 seed in the finals (10-4) and was 28-7 overall on the year.
A three-time team captain, Jaggers, from Northfield, Ohio, currently ranks in the Top 20 in career wins (17th, 107), single season points (16th, 132.5, 2008), career points (16th, 281.0) and fastest fall (10th, 25 seconds).
In the classroom, Jaggers was a NWCA All-Academic honoree and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. He was a volunteer assistant coach for the Buckeyes in 2009-2010 and then was promoted to a full-time assistant prior to the 2010-11 season. With his guidance, Logan Stieber became the sport's fourth four-time NCAA champion and the team won its first national title in 2015.