Ryan Signs Four for 2015-16
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to future their academic and athletic careers as members of the Ohio State wrestling program, head coach Tom Ryan announced today. The newest Buckeyes are Jose Rodriguez Colon, Kollin Moore, Ke-Shawn Hayes and Myles Martin.
"Another recruiting class of disciplined men will chase their dreams in Columbus, Ohio,” said Ryan. “These men understand the necessities that allow for sustained success. We kept two of Ohio’s best at home and grabbed the best from Missouri and the best from the Garden State. All of these men trained under coaches that taught them well. All of them live in households that taught them to be accountable. They fit right in with the Buckeye Way. This class will continue to keep us in the conversation as America’s top wrestling program as we strive to bring NCAA team titles to Columbus.”
Jose Rodriguez Colon | Massillon, Ohio/Massillon Perry High School
Compiled a 42-2 record en route to winning the Division I state title as a sophomore … endured an injury plagued season in 2013-14 and was limited to 27 matches during the regular season … advanced to his third straight state final bout, however, where he finished second … followed up his state title in 2012 by winning the NHSCA national title … has also finished in the top-four of his weight class back-to-back years at the Super 32/Battle for the Belt, finishing fourth in 2012 and third a year ago … as a freestyler, was a bronze medalist in 2013 at the USAW Cadet National Tournament in his lone appearance in Fargo, N.D … spent his freshman year of high school Wantagh High School where he was a state finalist … top 50 recruit nationally according to InterMat.
Ryan on Rodriguez Colon: “Great athletic ability. Already is a four-time state finalist and Super 32 runner-up. He Loves to train hard and will always seek out the toughest competition. We’re glad he’s a Buckeye.”
Kollin Moore | Burbank, Ohio/Norwayne High School
Two-time Garfield Heights district champion with an overall career record of 153-11 … two-time state finalist … finished 50-1 at 160 lbs. last year … only two losses in the last two years have been in the state finals … second at the NHSCA nationals to earn All-America honors … also plays football (kicker), soccer and runs track at Norwayne High School.
Ryan on Moore: “Brute strength and aggressive attacks define Kollin's wrestling style. As a two-time state finalist, Kollin continues to impress after finishing second at Super 32. Great pick up for the Bucks!”
Ke-Shawn Hayes | Park Hill, Mo./Park Hill High School
Eleventh ranked recruit nationally by Flowrestling and currently ranked first at 138 lbs. … No. 4 overall recruit by InterMat … 2013 Walsh Ironman champion, two-time Kansas City Stampede champion and a two-time Missouri state champion … undefeated as a junior … wrestled in the junior division at the USAW Cadet National Tournament in Fargo, N.D. last summer and earned a runner-up finish.
Ryan on Hayes: “A super talent who has excelled on and off the mat. We needed a 141-pounder and we got our man. He has tremendous position and is very smart. He will make tremendous gains training with the great lightweights in our room.”
Myles Martin | Penns Grove, N.J./ McDonogh School
Ranked No. 1 in the country by multiple outlets at 182-pounds … No. 3 recruit nationally by FloWrestling … a three-time national prep finalist coming off a junior national freestyle championship this past summer … went 46-1 last season with 25 pins … career record of 125-14 … Placed first at the 2014 National Preps and Beast of the East tournament last year … two-time MIAA state champion and Maryland Independent Schools State Tournament champ … led McDonough to a triple crown last year: the MIAA's A Conference dual meet title, tournament title and the MIS wrestling tournament team title … 2014 Baltimore Sun Wrestler of the Year.
Ryan on Martin: “Maybe the best pound for pound pure athlete in the entire country. As a multiple national prep champion and junior national champion, Myles brings a great combination of speed and skill to the mat. Huge pick up for the program. He will greatly benefit from the tough upper weights that train here.”