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Comment 02 May 2019

2019 InterMat Recruiting Class Rankings

  1. Ohio State
  2. Arizona State
  3. Cornell
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Virginia Tech
  6. Nebraska
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Oklahoma State
  9. Iowa State
  10. Illinois
  11. Michigan
  12. Rutgers
  13. Fresno State
  14. Lehigh
  15. Minnesota
  16. NC State
  17. Penn
  18. Northern Colorado
  19. Northern Iowa
  20. Iowa
  21. Stanford
  22. Penn State
  23. Indiana
  24. Northwestern 
  25. Wyoming

Given how dominant of a program they've been, I can hardly believe that they only pulled in the 22nd best class this year. I wonder if there is something going on behind the scenes in Happy Valley that we don't know about?

Comment 02 May 2019

If anyone is interested, here is InterMat's breakdown of our 2019 wrestling class:

1. Ohio State

Top 100 recruits: No. 1 Greg Kerkvliet (Simley, Minn.), No. 3 Carson Kharchla (Olentangy Liberty, Ohio), No. 6 Jordan Decatur (CVCA, Ohio), No. 18 Dylan D'Emilio (Genoa, Ohio), No. 66 Isaac Wilcox (Olympus, Utah), and No. 100 Jacob Decatur (CVCA, Ohio)

Other notable recruits: Nick Oldham (West Des Moines Valley, Iowa) and Tyler Stein (Canfield, Ohio)

Recruiting class rankings (2015-2018): 6th-10th-7th-2nd

NCAA finishes: 2nd-2nd-2nd

Final dual meet rankings: 6th-2nd-6th

Commentary: This is a second straight absolutely loaded class for the Buckeyes, which is needed with the losses to graduation the Buckeyes have taken in 2018 (Tomasello, Bo Jordan, and Snyder) and 2019 (McKenna, Micah Jordan, and Martin). Kerkvliet, Jordan Decatur, and Kharchla ended the 2018-19 season ranked No. 1 nationally in their respective weight classes. The 2018 class started positively -- among that group, Heinselman qualified for the NCAA tournament as a true freshman, while Sasso and Gavin Hoffman had superlative redshirt seasons.

Comment 02 May 2019

I would argue that the truest measure of success would be the AFCA National Championship Trophy, which has been presented by the American Football Coaches Association to the top ranked team in the Coaches' Poll at the end of every season since 1950. It is the symbol of the true college football national champion in the modern era.

On a completely unrelated note, feel free to peruse the following statistic:

  • Number of AFCA National Championship Trophies won
    • Ohio State: 4 (1957, 1968, 2002, 2014)
    • Michigan: 0
Comment 02 May 2019

But did you crunch the numbers from the only game play that actually mattered, which was Daniel Jones' 3 drives at the Senior Bowl?

Comment 02 May 2019

“I didn't get into coaching at the highest level of college basketball to be fearful of expectations,” Holtmann said.

As always, Coach Holtmann's responses to the media are pitch perfect... that's exactly the attitude that any successful coach should have.

Makes me even more confident and excited about the coming years of Ohio State basketball.

Comment 01 May 2019

The Rock is way ahead of him on this one...

Comment 01 May 2019

Reading his Wednesday article is how I know the work week is half over, so it's looked forward to in more ways than one.