Kollin Moore's college wrestling days are finished, but his days as a competitive wrestler are far from it. The Ohio Regional Training Center confirmed Wednesday via Twitter that the three-time All-American and three-time Big Ten Champion would continue his freestyle training in Columbus.
Moore is the 2018 U23 World Silver Medalist and the 2017 Junior World Bronze Medalist in freestyle, and has the highest aspirations on the international stage. He has already qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials, and although the Trials and the Tokyo Olympics themselves have now been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak, he has every intention of representing Team USA far into the future.
“Continuing to have something to look forward to is nice,” Moore told reporters last week, discussing the abrupt end to his senior season. “I’m already qualified for the Olympic Trials, which is awesome, so that’s one less thing I have to worry about. So now, I can just kind of focus and get a little bit bigger too, ‘cause my weight class for the Olympic Trials is 213 pounds. So trying to put on some good weight, some muscle mass, and just can’t wait to get back on the mat and get ready for it.”
He wrestled at 197 pounds through college, but will wrestle 97 kg in freestyle – the same class as senior-level superstars Kyle Snyder and J'den Cox.
Ohio RTC athletes like Logan Stieber have been mainstays on the Senior World Team in recent years, with Snyder winning three 97kg world titles in a row while he was still training in Columbus and Stieber winning the 61kg title in 2016. Buckeye alumni Nathan Tomasello and Myles Martin are both active members of the Ohio RTC roster.
The RTC is one of Ohio State's not-so-secret weapons in attracting top-tier recruits to Columbus.
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 Jennings Family Wrestling Facility alongside current Buckeye wrestlers.