Ohio State Athletics Forum

Ohio State Athletics Forum

Ohio State hockey, baseball, wrestling, track, and other athletics discussion.

Buckeyes Add All-American Wrestler from Stanford

Andy Vance's picture
August 18, 2017 at 7:07pm

The Buckeye wrestling program added some more world-class firepower today, as two-time NCAA All-American Joseph McKenna announced he would transfer from Stanford to Ohio State. McKenna announced the news via his Twitter feed.

The rising junior was known to be looking for a new team after a PAC-12 championship sophomore campaign at 141 lbs., and back-to-back All-America finishes at the NCAA tournament. Penn State, the reigning NCAA champions, and perennial title contender Iowa were rumored to be in the hunt for the 2014 world junior silver medalist, so Tom Ryan and staff pulled quite the coup in landing the New Jersey native.

Two-time NCAA Heavyweight champion and current world championship hopeful Kyle Snyder, a former junior world teammate of McKenna's, was among the Buckeyes most excited at McKenna's impending transfer:

FloWrestling speculated back in May that if Ohio State secured the transfer, McKenna would potentially move up to 149. This would make the Buckeyes a formidable challenge to Penn State come post-season competition, as Micah Jordan will presumably move up to 157, a class that was tough sledding for Jake Ryan last season. The Buckeyes have options in the middle of the lineup now, with Ke-Shawn Hayes returning from a season-ending injury.

Ohio State confirmed that Stanford had granted McKenna's request for a release, so under the NCAA's one-time transfer exemption, he will be eligible to compete in the upcoming season.

For the defending Big Ten champion Buckeyes, the upcoming season just got even more interesting.

View 40 Comments