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Andy Vance


Columbus, Ohio (via Hillsboro, Ohio)

MEMBER SINCE   October 22, 2012

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 12 Sep 2019

Thanks for explaining that - I read Tank's excellent story and got to that part and said, "I don't understand why this is a factor."

Comment 11 Sep 2019

Correct - the World Wrestling Championships get underway this weekend in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. Action starts with Greco-Roman, then the women get into action on Tuesday morning (Kazakh time), with the Freestyle draws Wednesday and qualification rounds starting Thursday.

Surprising no one, 97kg will be the big finish, with the championship rounds scheduled for Sunday. I'll have more on Snyder's quest for another title in the coming days.

Comment 27 Aug 2019

I don't know how close Kerk and Sokol are, but having a high-school teammate in his ear can't hurt from a recruiting standpoint. And there is little question in my mind that the new facility is a big chip in recruiting, not to mention the Columbus campus experience in general. Columbus is a very different place from Iowa City or State College... for a kid from the Twin Cities, it's not hard to imagine finding a lot to like about Columbus as a four-year home relative to the other college towns in the Big Ten.

Comment 22 Aug 2019

The late Governor/Senator was one of the kindest public servants I ever had the pleasure of meeting.

We shared the dais on the courthouse square in my hometown my junior year of high school when he was in town stumping for school funding. Each of the five schools in the county sent a representative to speak, and I was the only student selected (the others sent a teacher, and administrator, a parent and a board member, as I recall), and the Governor really made a big deal of it. I still have a picture of the two of us together at the podium, and then years later he sent me a letter on his Senatorial stationary congratulating me on something or other I'd done in my early radio days, and I still have the letter in my office.

He was a blast at the State Fair, too. Insisted on maintaining the tradition of sleeping in the barns one night of the fair, took his grandkids all over, just a really nice guy.

Comment 17 Jun 2019

In this specific instance I included those tidbits so readers of Eleven Warriors would have some clue why this was a story worth their attention. "Non-revenue sport participant at another Big Ten school" might not make that connection obvious, and just mentioning his name may not have meant anything to the casual reader. So context/relevance, in other words.