ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Wrestling welcomes Ryan Lang, who will become a volunteer assistant coach for the Bobcats.
Over five stellar competition years at Northwestern University, Lang compiled a 104-27 career record, going 39-9 in dual meets. A native of North Royalton, Ohio, Lang was a four-time Ohio state champion in high school.
In his first year he wrestled unattached, going 7-1 overall, including competing at the Michigan State Open. He won his first three career matches and posted an undefeated 4-0 record at the Cleveland State Open.
His freshman year was marked by a 28-10 overall record, including a 4-2 mark in the Big Ten. He only missed All-American status by one win this season. Being one of only three freshmen to crack the 20-wins barrier, he was a perfect 7-0 in nonconference dual meets. He also recorded eight major decision victories this year, with eight pins and two technical falls.
In his sophomore season, he posted a 22-7 overall record en route to earning his first career All-America honor. He finished fourth at the NCAA Championships this season and placed second at the Big Ten Championships. His sophomore campaign began with eleven straight wins. In November he was crowned Themat.com's Wrestler of the Week and Big Ten Wrestler of the Week. He was ranked top-ten by all four major wrestling polls this season.
In his junior season he posted an unbelievable 29-1 record en route to earning his second-career All-America honor. He finished in second at the NCAA Championships, scoring two pins in five matches. He won the Big Ten Championship in the 141 lb class. At the Eastern Michigan Open he went 5-0, racking up two major decisions and not allowing a single point scored against him. He also won the 2006 Midlands Championships and the NWCA All-Star Classic.
In his senior year at Northwestern, Lang earned his fourth trip to the NCAA Championships, posting an 18-8 record. He moved up to the 149 lb class for his senior season, going 5-4 in Big Ten duals. He started the year with a 6-0 record and went 4-0 at the Missouri Open. At the National Duals meet he posted a 4-1 record. He also contributed major decision victories over Wisconsin and Illinois.
Ryan was an Arts and Sciences major while at Northwestern. He was born on June 6, 1984.