Ohio State Inks 2014-15 Class

Nov. 22, 2013

COLUMBUS, OhioTom Ryan, head coach of the No. 9 Ohio State wrestling team, announced eight student-athletes signed national letters of intent to wrestle for the Buckeyes starting in the 2014-15 season.

Cody Burcher, Thomas Haines, Ryan Harris, Micah Jordan, John Newton, Jake Ryan, Kyle Snyder and Seth Williams will join the Buckeyes for the 94th season of Ohio State wrestling.

“This recruiting class defines what we are looking for as we continue to build a world class program,” Ryan said. “The signing of Kyle Snyder was huge. It marks the second-consecutive year we signed the nation’s No. 1 pound-for-pound prospect. Last year was Bo Jordan.

We grabbed two other blue chips in Micah Jordan and Thomas Haines. Coach Jaggers also did a great job of isolating Ohio's best as well. The additional five Ohio recruits give us depth and men who are willing to work hard. This is a group that will bring great pride to Buckeye Nation.”

A 141-pounder from Gnadenhutten, Ohio, Cody Burcher is a two-time Ohio state runner-up for Claymont High School.

Ranked 10th overall nationally as a three-time Pennsylvania state champion, Thomas Haines is slated to wrestle at heavyweight for the Buckeyes. Haines attends Solanco High School and hails from New Providence, Pa.

A 2013 Ohio state champion for Beachwood High School, Ryan Harris is a 165-pounder who is ranked in the Top 100 across all weight classes (No. 98).

Urbana, Ohio, native, Micah Jordan, who is slated to wrestle at either 149 or 157 pounds, is recognized as the No. 6 ranked wrestler pound-for-pound nationally at St. Paris Graham High School. Jordan is a three-time Ohio state champion.

A native of Perrysburg, Ohio, and a student-athlete at Perrysburg High School, John Newton is a 149-pounder who finished third at the OHSAA wrestling tournament.

Jake Ryan is a native of Powell, Ohio, and finished as the 2013 Ohio state runner-up for Olentangy Liberty High School. Ryan will split time between 141 and 149 pounds for the Buckeyes.

A 197-pounder, Kyle Snyder hails from Woodbine, Md. Currently residing in Colorado Springs, Colo., and training at the Olympic Training Center, Snyder is the overall No. 1 ranked wrestler and top recruit. Snyder was a three-time Maryland national prep champion and a Junior World Champion.

Willard, Ohio, native Seth Williams was a 2013 Ohio state runner-up for Columbia High School. Williams is slated to wrestle 174 pounds.