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Andy Vance 12th Warrior


Columbus, Ohio (via Hillsboro, Ohio)

Member since 22 October 2012 | Blog

Farm kid from Southern Ohio, writing about the WrestleBucks at the best sports site on the interwebz.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Taking my dad to The Shoe for the first time.
  • NFL TEAM: Pittsburgh Steelers
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • NBA TEAM: The Los Angeles Lakers of my youth
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds, I guess...?
  • SOCCER TEAM: Columbus Crew

Recent Activity

Comment 15 Nov 2017

That 9-2 match is why folks were blown away with how he mandhandled Valencia this time, for sure. Campbell has talked about how much tougher it’s been coming into “The Room” at Ohio State, so I think it is conceivable that he’s really coming into his abilities with the type of training and coaching he’s getting from Ryan and company, but time will tell. Put it this way: no one is going to overlook him on their schedule now!

Comment 13 Nov 2017

They've taken a lot of hell for the Pin Chain on social media over the past 18 hours... really the whole thing stems from J Jaggers trying to have some fun with his guys, and they definitely responded to it. I felt a little bad for Jaggers last night, actually.

He was surprised by the reaction, I think, though he noted that wrestling folks have generally been more supportive, and that most of the social "backlash" was from football fans who thought it was just Ohio State ripping off The U.

Comment 13 Nov 2017

Coach Ryan agrees with you on the first part, for sure. He noted in the post-meet press conference that he wanted more shots from Pletcher and McKenna in particular. I think he was pleased with Hayes, but he noted that all of the guys on that end of the roster have to get more comfortable cutting weight, and I think that may have been a factor in why the lighter weights looked a little off in their matches. It'll come.

I'm with you on the part about Micah on bottom - that was a concern last year, and I was having flashbacks during Sunday's match for sure.

Comment 10 Nov 2017

You know, I'd forgotten about that, but you are right on the money. From Coach Jordan's bio:

After high school Coach Jordan received a full athletic scholarship to the University of Wisconsin where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Rural Sociology. During his college wrestling career he was a 2x NCAA All-American and a Big Ten Champ. After graduation he earned an assistant coaching position at Purdue University.

At Purdue, he continued post graduate school and received a second degree in Education. He spent five years at Purdue taking his team to high National rankings each year. From there, Coach Jordan and his wife moved back to his hometown to raise his family of three boys and to start his own wrestling camp.

Comment 10 Nov 2017

I watched the Princeton Open via Track, and they had some major technical issues in the early going. Things were fine by the time they hit the medal round, but man it was frustrating when less than 20 minutes into the stream, their whole site went down for an hour or so.

Flo, by comparison, seems to be pretty stable most of the time. Track was fine during the various UWW world championships this season, so maybe it was just one of those random things that happens...

Re: Buckeye Vision, I'll just say that I'm glad I'm going to be in St. John Arena Sunday...

Comment 09 Nov 2017

This meet is going to be a good one - ASU is a pretty good team, actually, and that BoJo vs. Valencia match will be a potential preview of an NCAA finals match. Likewise, watching Kyle Snyder eat his opponent's soul should be exciting - think about that, this is one of your last chances to see a living legend at work on the mats in St. John. Yeah, don't miss that.

Comment 09 Nov 2017

Ohio State technically hosts seven home duals this season (out of 14 total duals, not counting tournaments like the Cliff Keen Invitational or the post season), but they're hosting Indiana at Cuyahoga Christian Academy, the home school of senior Nathan Tomasello, and hosting Purdue at St. Paris Graham, home of the Jordan wrestling dynasty. The other odd one is that the Thanksgiving Throwdown is a tri-dual versus Kent State and Cleveland State - so it's technically two duals for the Buckeyes, but only one event in St. John.

The other home duals come versus Minnesota, Jan. 12, and versus Iowa, Jan. 21, both at the Schottenstein Center.

Comment 08 Nov 2017

Hat's off to you, BlockO. It's one of the hardest things in the world to do, what you've already done. One day at a time.

Comment 08 Nov 2017

Was 4Loko a thing then?

UPDATE: Turns out, YES (it was launched in 2005). 

In fact, 2007 was a magical year. The company increased the serving size to 23.5 ounces and doubled the alcohol to 12% ABV. One lawsuit in Florida, Keiran v. Phusion Projects, LLC, et al., alleged that FOUR LOKO also contained the stimulant, wormwood, the active ingredient in absinthe, so...

As a last-ditch measure, in 2007 the trio decided to reformulate their recipe, ditching the wormwood and focusing instead on the flavor of their beer—while ramping up its alcohol content. Grape vodkas were now in vogue, and so the team came out with a new grape-flavored drink, amped up the alcohol to 10% and tweaked the name to Four Maxed. “We had increased the alcohol, and we had increased the flavor profile,” Hunter explains. “It was maxed in many ways."