Jennings Family Makes $2.5 Million Gift

Oct. 19, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Department of Athletics announced a $2.5 million gift by Brad and Alex Jennings to support the wrestling program. In recognition of their generosity, the new wrestling practice facility will bear their family name upon completion in 2017.

The Jennings family was honored on the field between the third and fourth quarters during last Saturday’s football game vs. Penn State. The Buckeyes’ new state-of-the-art facility will allow it to continue to build upon the national championship it won last season. It will include mat space as well as office and meeting areas for student-athletes and coaches.

“I have always been an avid wrestling fan,” said Brad Jennings, who said he began wrestling when he was four years old. “My family truly had a choice, buy a development that will make us money, or donate the money and change thousands of lives – and you know what we chose. We truly love giving back to the community and want to give each and everyone the same chance I had to be successful in what they do.” 

“The fact that Brad was a wrestler and also a high school coach makes this even more special for he and his family,” said head coach Tom Ryan. “He truly understands the sacrifice, dedication and resilience required to participate in this great sport. This training center will not only benefit our team but will have a profound effect on the community.  It’s a place where kids of all ages will come and learn valuable life lessons.”

The defending national champions open their 2015-16 season when the annual NWCA All-Star Classic where 125 lb. national champion Nathan Tomasello will square off with West Virginia’s Zeke Moisey. On Nov. 7, Ohio State will be in Yipsilanti, Mich. for the Eastern Michigan Open. Wrestle Offs occur Oct. 29 at French Fieldhouse in conjunction with Ohio State’s annual coaches clinic.