COLUMBUS, Ohio - The unofficial start to the 2016-17 Ohio State wrestling season occurs on Thursday night as the Buckeyes host their annual Wrestle Offs inside French Fieldhouse beginning at 7:45 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free. Fans who are unable to attend can watch the event live on Facebook (become a fan of Ohio State wrestling at Facebook.com/OhioStateUniversityWrestling).
Jose Rodriguez | Rs.-Fr. | Massillon, Ohio
Redshirted and competed in open tournaments last year, finishing 13-4 overall ... made his debut at the Eastern Michigan Open, going 2-2 ... second place at the Michigan State Open, dropping a close 5-3 decision in the finals ... 4-1 at the Edinboro Open with three wins coming via bonus points.
Clay Ragon | Fr. | Williamston, Mich.
State runner-up at 135 lbs. as a senior and 125 lbs. as a junior ... finished with a 45-5 record in 2015-16 ... conference, district and regional champion ... third at the Hudson Super 16 and Goodwich Tournament of Champions ... participated in the 2015 Grappler Fall Classic ... compiled over 200 career wins.
Luke Pletcher | Fr. | Latrobe, Pa.
Three-time Pennsylvania state champion and four-time finalist ... two-time Super 32 champion ... FloNational champ ... consensus top-10 ranked recruit ... rated as the No. 6 overall recruit nationally and No. 2 at 132 lbs. by FloWrestling ... No. 8 overall prospect by InterMat ... top-ranked recruit from the state of Pennsylvania.
Brendan Fitzgerald | Fr. | Columbus, Ohio
State-runner up at 138 lbs. as a senior at Grandview Heights High School ... finished his season 45-4 ... district and league champion ... four-time state tournament qualifier ... compiled over 150 career wins.
Ke-Shawn Hayes | Rs.-Fr. | Kansas City, Mo.
Wrestled unattached in 30 matches, going 29-1 ... 20 of his 29 wins were via bonus points (team-high 12 technical falls, seven major decisions, one fall) ... champion at the Findlay Open, Michigan State Open and Penn State Open.
Mike Hozan | Rs.-Jr. | Homerville, Ohio
Was 4-7 on the year with two varsity starts against Big Ten opponents - at Purdue (1/31) and at Northwestern (12/18) ... went 2-2 at the season-opening Eastern Michigan Open ... also won two matches at the Michigan State Open ... Academic All-Big Ten and OSU Scholar-Athlete.
Micah Jordan | Rs.-So. | Urbana, Ohio
Finished just one match shy of earning All-American honors ... 26-4 overall, 10-1 in duals and 7-0 against Big Ten opponents during the regular season ... third at Big Ten Championships ... was the No. 1 seed at 141 lbs. ... member of the AWN All-Rookie Team ... CKLV Invitational champion.
Matt Davis | Rs.-So. | Chatham, N.J.
Wrestled in seven matches and was Ohio State's starter at 149 lbs. vs. Illinois (1/3) ... both of his wins on the year came at the Eastern Michigan Open, where he won a first round match vs. Connor Nemec of Lake Erie College and topped teammate Josh Powell in the wrestlebacks ... Academic All-Big Ten and OSU Scholar-Athlete.
Jake Ryan | Rs.-So. | Powell, Ohio
Finished 17-7 overall, 9-2 in duals and 4-2 vs. Big Ten opponents ... NCAA qualifier ... sixth at the Big Ten Championships where he won two matches ... won his first 11 matches of the year ... Academic All-Big Ten and OSU Scholar-Athlete.
Anthony DeCarlo | Rs.-So. | Springfield, Ohio
Competed in 15 matches, winning seven ... went 2-2 at the season-opening Eastern Michigan Open ... was victorious four times at the Michigan State Open, advancing to the fourth round of consolations ... also competed at the Edinboro Open, going 1-1.
Cody Burcher | Rs.-So. | Gnadenhutten, Ohio
Went 12-10 with six appearances in duals ... competed at the Big Ten Championships where he upset seventh-seeded Andrew Crone of Wisconsin in the opening round ... won by fall over Illinois' Kyle Langendorfer in wrestlebacks.
Elijah Cleary | Fr. | Winter Park, Fla.
Two-time Florida state champion ... 60-1 during the 2014-15 campaign on way to state title at 160 lbs. ... his individual title clinched Lake Highland's team state championship, the third in school history ... followed that up with a 55-1 senior season and state championship at 170 lbs.
Bo Jordan | Rs.-Jr. | Urbana, Ohio
All-American at 165 pounds ... runner up at the Big Ten Championships and third at the NCAA Championships ... won his first 13 matches of the year ... 21-3 overall, 12-1 in duals and 7-1 vs. Big Ten opponents.
Seth Williams | Rs.-So. | Willard, Ohio
Competed in 11 matches, going 6-5 overall ... eighth place at the season-opening Eastern Michigan Open where he went 3-3 ... one week later, was 3-2 at the Michigan State Open to finish fourth.
Myles Martin | So. | Penns Grove, N.J.
Just the 15th true freshman in NCAA history - and first-ever at Ohio State - to win a national championship ... was 33-6, setting a Buckeye record for wins by a true freshman ... first No. 11 seed to win a NCAA title since 1979.
Jack Rozema | Rs.-Jr. | Wyoming, Mich.
Was the Buckeyes' starter (184 lbs.) in three duals - vs. Arizona State, at Cleveland State and at Illinois ... major decision over CSU's Jacob Worthington (12-4) ... won twice at the Eastern Michigan Open and three times at the Michigan State Open (sixth place) ... two major decisions and one fall ... Academic All-Big Ten, OSU Scholar-Athlete and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.
Kollin Moore | Rs.-Fr. | Norwayne, Ohio
Redshirted and competed in open tournaments ... finished 25-4 with six major decisions, four technical falls and five falls ... champion at the Findlay Open with three of five wins coming via bonus points.
Josh Fox | Rs.-Sr. | Jacksonville, Fla.
aw action in 10 matches and was Ohio State's starter at 197 lbs. on four occasions, all against Big Ten opponents (Michigan State, Indiana, Purdue, Penn State) ... picked up a 12-1 major decision against James Russell of Michigan State at the Eastern Michigan Open ... Academic All-Big Ten and OSU Scholar-Athlete.
Gary Traub | Fr. | Cincinnati, Ohio
State runner up at 195 lbs. ... Sycamore High School's all-time leader in wins and pins ... 47-2 as a junior and placed fourth in the state ... 138-23 career record ... Ironman participant where he advanced to the quarterfinals ... also played football for Sycamore where he was an all-league choice at linebacker.
Troy Caldwell | Rs.-Fr. | Plain City, Ohio
Did not see any action for the Scarlet and Gray last year ... 2015 Casey Fredericks Award winner as the area Wrestler of the Year, as selected by Central District Coaches Association ... two-time OHSAA state champion.