St. John Arena ... Home of Ohio State Wrestling
Ohio Stateís home competitions take place in storied St. John Arena. In 2010-11, the Buckeyes will host four conference duals, most notably a match vs. Michigan Jan. 28. Prior to the matchup against the Wolverines, Michigan State will make an appearance Jan. 16. In the month of February, Minnesota (Feb. 5) and Northwestern (Feb. 19) will travel to Columbus as well.
The record wrestling crowd at Ohio State is 5,341, established Feb. 10, 2008 vs. Michigan. It was in that match, the Scarlet and Gray earned their first win over the Wolverines (16-15) in more than a decade. The previous Buckeye best of 4,378 was set four weeks earlier vs. Iowa Jan. 18.
In 2008, Ohio State hosted the prestigious NWCA All-Star Classic presented by the United States Marine Corps. The NWCA Board of Directors unanimously approved the motion to have the Buckeyes host the event at the annual NWCA Convention.
"Weíve taken the All-Star Classic around the country, but itís hard to believe itís been 27 years since the event has been in Columbus," Mike Moyer, NWCA Executive Director, said in June 2008. "... weíre going to an area where wrestling isnít just thriving, itís creating an electric atmosphere around campus. ... we think Columbus will be an ideal location for wrestling fans in the region to watch the best college wrestling has to offer ..."
St. John Arena hosted the Cliff Keen National Wrestling Coaches Association National Duals in 2002 and 2003, which featured the Top 16 programs from Division I, II and III competing for team championships during two days. During both years, nearly 8,000 fans attended the National Duals as the Buckeyes claimed Top 4 finishes in each event. St. John Arena also served as host of the 2004 Big Ten Championships for the second time in its history.
Formerly the home of Ohio State basketball for 42 seasons, St. John Arena is the permanent venue for the Buckeye menís and womenís gymnastics and menís and womenís volleyball teams.
Completed in November of 1956 at a cost of less than $4,000,000, the 13,276-seat structure is named for former Ohio State basketball coach and athletic director, L.W. St. John.