Myles Martin Joins Ohio RTC Senior Freestyle Roster

By Andy Vance on April 10, 2019 at 12:36 pm
Myles Martin
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Myles Martin's collegiate wrestling days are done, but his wrestling career is far from over.

The four-time NCAA All American and 2018 Under-23 Freestyle World Team member confirmed via Twitter that he will continue training at the Ohio Regional Training Center in pursuit of his international freestyle goals.

Martin earned a spot on the U23 team a year ago along with teammate Kollin Moore, representing Team USA at the World Championships. That qualifies him for a shot at the 86kg spot on the Senior World Team this year.

Myles Martin

• NCAA Champion (174 lbs. 2016)
• 4X All-American (2016-2019)
• NCAA finalist (174 lbs. 2016; 184 lbs. 2018)
• Third Place the 2019 NCAA Championships, Fifth Place at the 2017 NCAA Championships
• Big Ten Champion in 2019, finalist in 2017 and 2018
• Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational Champion (2017)
• 2017 UWW University Nationals Champion (86kg)

Senior World Team positions will be determined again this year at one of to Final X events: Final X in Rutgers on June 8 and Final X in Lincoln on June 15. The winners of these events will compete for the United States at the World Wrestling Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, in October.

One of the major qualifying events for the Final X Series is the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament for all three Olympic styles, set for Raleigh, N.C., May 17-19. The next major qualifier for the World Team trials Challenge Tournament is the 2019 U.S. Open, slated for April 25-27 in Las Vegas.

Ohio RTC athletes Kyle Snyder and Logan Stieber have been mainstays on the Senior World Team in recent years, with Snyder winning three world titles in a row at 97kg and Stieber winning the 61kg title in 2016. Both men are already qualified for the World Team selection process, and Snyder will defend his spot at Final X as a returning world medalist from the 2018 team.

The RTC is one of Ohio State's not-so-secret weapons in attracting top-tier recruits to Columbus. From the Center's official site:

The Ohio Regional Training Center (RTC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that provides world-class training opportunities for athletes in the field of wrestling and exists to promote and fuel the Olympic dream. The Ohio Regional Training Center is considered one of the best training centers in the United States for Freestyle Wrestling, officially recognized as such by USA Wrestling, the national governing body for the sport and subsidiary of the United States Olympic Committee.

Athletes from all over the United States seek out Regional Training Centers to help them prepare for their Olympic dream. It is the combination of world-renowned athletes, coaches and facilities that make the Ohio Regional Training Center unique.

RTC athletes train in Ohio State's wrestling facilities, and will move with the team into the new Jennings Family Wrestling Facility opening later this summer.

Seven athletes are currently listed on the Ohio RTC roster, including Stieber, Snyder and Martin; Nathan Tomasello, Luke Pletcher and Kollin Moore also wrestle under the RTC banner, as has Joey McKenna. McKenna has not yet confirmed if he is staying in Columbus; he is exploring options and opportunities, though the staff is hopeful he'll opt to continue training alongside his Buckeye teammates.

Like Snyder, Stieber and Martin, McKenna and Moore are already qualified for the team selection process. Tomasello is expected to compete at the U.S. Open for a shot at the 57 kg roster spot.

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