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Ohio State Head Wrestling Coach Tom Ryan Signs a Five-Year Contract Extension

August 11th, 2015 by Tom
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Ohio State head wrestling coach Tom Ryan

Ohio State head wrestling coach Tom Ryan has signed a five-year contract extension, TJ Shelton, associate athletics director for sports administration, announced today.

“Our wrestling program has enjoyed unprecedented success under Coach Ryan’s leadership and he has established himself as one of the nation’s best coaches,” said Shelton. “Tom has led us to a place among the nation's elite during his nine years as our head coach. He and his staff have demonstrated the importance of the overall development of our student-athletes - providing outstanding community service, building a championship program and placing an emphasis on success in the classroom. We are delighted that Coach Ryan will continue to build character, integrity and accountability with our student-athletes for years to come.”

“I’m grateful to Gene Smith and the department for thinking enough of me to sign me to another five-year contract,” said Ryan. “This is a special place and I am fortunate to be in a position to impact lives, inspire others and pursue excellence. I’m looking forward to graduating another crop of recruits and continuing to bring pride to this university through the sport of wrestling.”

Ryan, who recently concluded his ninth season in Columbus, has led the Buckeyes to unprecedented heights, culminating last season with the programs first-ever national championship. The 2015 Big Ten, NWCA and InterMat Coach of the Year, Ryan also guided the team to its first conference title in 64 years. Ryan is the first coach ever to be a three-time InterMat Coach of the Year selection (2008, 2009, 2015).

In all, Ryan has coached four different student-athletes to eight national championships, including just the fourth four-time champ in the history of the sport, Logan Stieber. Fourteen wrestlers have reached the NCAA finals and at the conference level, nine Buckeyes have been crowed Big Ten champions.

After arriving from Hofstra prior to the 2006-07 campaign, Ryan quickly molded Ohio State into a national power, highlighted by NCAA runner-up finishes in 2008 and 2009. Overall, the Buckeyes have finished in the top 10 of the NCAA championship team standings in eight of the last nine seasons. Ryan has a 113-42 dual match record at Ohio State, including a 47-26 mark against Big Ten competition.

In the classroom, Ryan’s student-athletes are thriving as well. Eight Buckeyes have been recognized by the National Wrestling Coaches Association with NWCA All-Academic Team accolades - J.D. Bergman, J Jaggers, C.J. Magrum (two-time), Corey Morrison (two-time), Mike Pucillo, Colt Sponseller, Nathan Tomasello and Bo Jordan. Additionally, since Ryan’s arrival there have been 48 Academic All-Big Ten honorees and 96 Ohio State Scholar-Athletes.

Ohio’s Germane Lindsey Selected for NWCA All-Star Classic

November 2nd, 2010 by Tom

ATHENS, Ohio-Ohio senior Germane Lindsey (Cincinnati, Ohio) has been selected to wrestle in the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) All-Star Classic on Sunday, November 21st at Selland Arena in Fresno, California.

Lindsey went 30-9 en route to the NCAA quarterfinals last year despite being unseeded, beating third-seeded Mike Thorn of Minnesota in the process. He lost a thrilling overtime match in the quarters to eventual finalist Montell Marion of Iowa and ended the tournament with his first All-American honor and the program's 24th overall.

Lindsey will face Oklahoma's Zack Bailey in Fresno. Bailey, who has battled injuries much of his career, went 31-8 in 2010 and finished the season winning 21 of his last 24 matches. He won six straight in the consolations to reach the third-place match in 2010, falling to Ohio State's Reece Humphrey and finishing fourth.

Lindsey is the 11th Bobcat to wrestle in the event and first since 2010 Kermit Blosser Hall of Fame inductee Jake Percival wrestled in the event at 157 pounds in 2004. The doors open at 2:00 p.m. PT. The All-Star Classic follows a weekend of fundraising events. For more information about the tournament, purchasing tickets and the fundraising events, visit www.nwcaonline.com's event page.

The National Wrestling Coaches Association, established in 1928, is a professional organization dedicated to supporting and elevating the sport of amateur wrestling. NWCA provides leadership and guidance primarily to scholastic and collegiate wrestling programs, but is an advocate to all levels of wrestling. The NWCA promotes communication, recognizes achievement, recommends rules and regulations, sponsors events and serves as a resource for education and information pertaining to the sport of wrestling. Additionally, The NWCA strives to foster the sportsmanship and integrity that are the cornerstones of any competitive sport. For more information, visit http://www.nwcaonline.com.

Cincinnati Wrestling Team Gives Back To Community

January 13th, 2010 by Tom

CINCINNATI -- It would be great to have someone shovel your driveway for free.

On Thursday, a small group of teens who call themselves the "Winton Woods Weather Warriors "wrestled the elements to say thank you.

"This is just going to be a workout day, "said Winton Woods High School senior Pryde Geh. His classmate, Lonzi Murphy, agreed. "You gotta work hard if you want to get better."

Both are members of the Winton Woods wrestling team. Their coach, Chris Willertz, said it's about discipline and hard work. "They can burn some calories and make weight and do something for the community, "said Willertz.

Willertz explained the service project is directly about giving thanks. The Winton Woods City School District tried to pass a levy for years. Yet, election after election, they failed. This August, the district adopted a "pay to play "policy and the wrestling team had to fend for itself.

The team tried to earn money through a fundraiser by selling cookie dough. "We tried our best to sell the cookie dough, but we didn't sell a lot, "explained Murphy. "We sold as much as we could."

The goal was lofty. Each boy needed to earn $240 from the sale. Coach Willertz went directly to the residents and business owners. "I wrote letters to people in the community and said, 'Is there a way you could adopt a wrestler and pay some of the money? "asked Willertz.

In return, the squad performs community service by shoveling snow for free in their neighborhoods. In all, the team received $1,700 for the program. The team made its first installment before noon on Thursday. Later in the day several of them went to a voluntary practice. Afterwards, they were back out in the snow. Geh said he had a goal. "I'm trying to get at least 10 houses on my street."

Murphy was grateful for the opportunity to wrestle and to give back. "I like being out here in the snow. It gives us a little work out too. Like for our arms and stuff and just to help out. Makes me feel good."

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Ryan Lang Becomes Ohio Bobcat Volunteer Assistant

October 3rd, 2009 by Tom

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.

Ex College Wrestlers Making Decision Sooner To Go Into MMA

July 27th, 2009 by Tom

The career: Punching guys in the face in the world of mixed martial arts.

The job candidates: Two wrestling state champions from St. Edward, two accomplished college wrestlers, two athletes looking for a way to turn their sport into a job.

The difference: Timing.

Six years ago, after he left Michigan State, Gray Maynard stumbled into his new life in a Las Vegas gym. For the latest generation of wrestlers such as Ohio State senior Lance Palmer, ultimate fighting is part of the plan.

Maynard and Palmer may wind up in the same place, but Palmer is starting his path much sooner

College basketball players have the NBA, college football players have the NFL, and now, college wrestlers have the adrenaline-stoked combat sport that combines the jabs and hooks of boxing, the takedowns and holds of wrestling and the kicks and attacks of judo and jujitsu.

For years, the booming world of mixed martial arts, led by its leading organization, the Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC, has been populated by former college wrestlers, including big-name champions such as Randy Couture and Tito Ortiz. Former Ohio State national champion Mark Coleman helped introduce wrestling techniques to UFC as it entered the mainstream 13 years ago.

As more wrestlers, including Olympic champions, turn to MMA, the relationship is no longer coincidental. The pure and noble enclave of amateur wrestling is now a breeding ground for the next ultimate fighters.

"I think I'll be pretty good, "said Palmer, a Columbia Station native, obviously eager to make the leap after graduating next year. "My type of intensity is better for hitting a guy in the face and attempting to brutalize him. That's actually legal in MMA and not in wrestling, so I think it'll be fun."

 Gray Maynard: "I know guys where it's like, 'I don't get like getting punched, I hate getting punched.' Me? I don't care. I like it. It's up to you, I guess."

Grappling with options It's more than fun. It's a job, and an opportunity that wrestlers willing to take and throw a punch are embracing, anything to turn years of training into a paycheck. Michigan State wrestling coach Tom Minkel, well-versed in MMA, said more of his athletes now have a way to continue their careers in an outlet other than coaching.

"That's been the missing link in college wrestling forever, "Minkel said. "Now I think most of the guys who come through here give MMA some thought. They see it's an option."

Skeptical of the sport at the start, Minkel become a convert after one of his former wrestlers, Rashad Davis, embarked on an MMA career in 2004 that led to him becoming the UFC's light heavyweight champion in 2008. Now, Minkel believes nearly everyone in the college wrestling community has come around on MMA, even if some, like Ohio State coach Tom Ryan, have done so reluctantly.

"I'm not a huge proponent of it, "Ryan said. "I want these guys to come out of college and get their degrees and do something. But I do think there's an element to it that these guys are making a living and supporting their families, and it's an opportunity for them to have a better lifestyle.

"For me, you have to get with it. It's become a reality."

Despite this new acceptance, wrestling is also fighting back, throwing a financial punch to retain its elite practitioners. Last month, USA Wrestling created the Living the Dream Medal Fund, increasing the monetary awards to wrestlers for medaling in the Olympics and world championships. For example, the reward for Olympic gold is jumping from $40,000 to $250,000 -- or about what a top UFC performer might earn for a major bout.

But making the Olympic team, much less medaling, remains a long shot. Hopping into what's known as "The Octagon "in the world of UFC? That makes for a shorter and quicker trip to the bank for athletes who have been training for decades with little expectation of a payoff.

Currently an assistant coach at Cal-State Fullerton, Mark Munoz has been coaching since he finished wrestling as an All-American and a 2001 national champ at Oklahoma State. He backed into his UFC career like so many other former wrestlers -- a friend making a suggestion, skepticism fading after the first exposure, the belief in his own abilities pushing him to take a chance.

"I've got a wife, four kids, two dogs, a rabbit and a master's degree, and I can't support my family with the sport of wrestling I love so much, "Munoz said. "The reality of it is mixed martial arts pays the bills."

His major break came at UFC 96, the pay-per-view event held at Nationwide Arena in Columbus in March.

(The top ultimate fighting cards have been numbered since 1993, with UFC 100 on the way Saturday in Las Vegas.)

In Columbus, Munoz fought another former wrestler, Matt Hamill, and was sent to the mat, knocked out and motionless for nearly five minutes, by a move a wrestler would never see. Hamill's kick to the head -- actually, a shin to the side of the head -- brought a violent end to the evening for Munoz, who eventually walked out of the ring in a neck brace.

Now that's reality.

Not all the right moves So the move for wrestlers entering MMA isn't sideways. When you're coming from the mat to the Octagon, there's a step back before you go up. Maynard did that, and he dominated his fight at UFC 96 by staying on his feet and using virtually none of his old St. Ed grappling moves, but his three years of boxing training instead. Wrestling is a part of MMA, but it's not all of it, or even half of it.

Body control and angles and the ability to train yourself into exhaustion are where the crossover occurs, and every MMA fighter will tell you that the ability to take an opponent to the ground when the going gets tough is a great edge. And some matches, which can end with submission holds, can be dominated with wrestling techniques.

"When a guy has an arm or a leg or a guy is wrapped around your waist, it's more comfortable for guys that have wrestled, "Ohio State's Palmer said. "It's more of an easy transition than for someone who has been a boxer and wants to fight MMA and has never been hit by a leg attack or been on top of a guy or underneath a guy. I think it gives wrestlers a big advantage when they step in the Octagon."

But then there's that punching in the face -- or kicking -- part of it.

"You've got to have that attitude that you don't mind getting punched, "Maynard said. "There's a lot of guys who are good at wrestling that don't want to start all the way down here. You've got to learn boxing, you've got to get beat up -- it's hard to go all the way back.

"You've got to be tough. You're going to get punched, you're going to get kneed, and that's every day. If you're in a good training school, you're going to take a beating every day. I know guys where it's like, 'I don't get like getting punched, I hate getting punched.'

"Me? I don't care. I like it. It's up to you, I guess."

By that standard, Palmer, who radiates a level of intensity and almost-angry toughness, is a model candidate to transition from his first love into his next.

"He's going to be an animal in mixed martial arts, "said Mike DiSabato, another former Ohio State wrestler who's now heavily involved in the marketing and merchandising of MMA. "Lance has all the tools to be very, very good and in a very short time."

He won't be rich right away. Maynard, a rising star in the lightweight division with a 7-0 UFC record, said he would still be making more money at the moment if he'd stayed in his first post-college career -- real estate. But in real estate, you almost never get to punch someone in the face.

DiSabato, who entered the sports apparel business after graduating from Ohio State in 1991 and got hooked on MMA in 2007, would like to see the competitors make a little more money than they do. But compared to staying in wrestling and "devoting your life to poverty, "as DiSabato called it, he believes in this route for athletes like Palmer, and the wrestlers who come after him.

"If there was a young kid who wanted to be [an MMA] fighter, I'd say don't fight until you're 18 or 20 years old. I don't want you getting hit in the head until then, "DiSabato. "But between now and then, wrestle and do jujitsu. Once you're tough enough to go through that, then go into this game."

So that's Palmer's plan. He won four high school state wrestling titles at St. Ed between 2003 and 2006. At Ohio State, he has been an All-American each year, finishing fourth, eighth and fourth at the NCAA Championships. He'll hone his boxing and jujitsu skills during the off-season, while still chasing a last shot at his ultimate goal -- an NCAA title.

In the past, it may have ended there. These days, that's just a start.

"When I graduate, I want to go right into MMA, "Palmer said, "while I'm still young enough and have the body to withstand the battle."

J Jaggers Wins Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year

June 19th, 2009 by Tom

 COLUMBUS, Ohio "“ Wrestler J Jaggers has been named the 2008-09 Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year, the department of athletics announced Tuesday. Jaggers, a Northfield, Ohio, native who won his second-consecutive NCAA title as a senior in 2009, is the first wrestler to earn the honor in the 28-year history of the award.

Before making his debut as the volunteer assistant coach of the Ohio State wrestling team next season, Jaggers will be known for leaving an impressive imprint on the two-time national runner-up Buckeyes. In 2009, the All-American joined an exceptional class of wrestling Buckeyes as the 141-pound national champion in back-to-back seasons in 2008 and 2009. He joins Tommy Rowlands, a 2002 and 2004 heavyweight champion and Kevin Randleman, the 177-pound champion in 1992 and 1993 in the elite group.

Ending his senior campaign with a 28-7 ledger, Jaggers completed his career with a remarkable 108-33 record as a three-time All-American and four-time NCAA qualifier.

After winning his first national championship in dramatic fashion where he held on for the title with 16 seconds left despite suffering a severe ankle injury, Jaggers successfully defended his title this past spring, proving "you don't just stumble on two national championships."

The 2008 Greater Cleveland Athletic Sports Commission Collegiate Athlete of the Year, Jaggers is a three-time National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic and two-time Academic All-Big Ten Team selection, as well as a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete. He earned his bachelor's degree in communication at the end of winter quarter. Jaggers is considering continuing his training in hopes of making the 2012 Olympic Team.

Jaggers moves on to the ballot for the Big Ten's Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year award. Women's basketball sophomore Jantel Lavender was named the Buckeyes' female athlete of the year Monday.

Ohio State Male Athletes of the Year
Year Men Sport
1982 Art Schlichter Football
1983 Chris Perry Golf
1984 John Frank Football
1985 Robert Playter Gymnastics
1986 Mike Lanese Football
1987 Butch Reynolds Track/Field
1988 Chris Spielman Football
1989 Joe Greene Track/Field
1990 Mike Rancanelli Gymnastics
1991 Jim Jackson Basketball
1992 Jim Jackson Basketball
1993 Chris Nelloms Track/Field
1994 Chris Sanders Track/Field
1995 Blaine Wilson Gymnastics
1996 * Eddie George Football
1997 * Blaine Wilson Gymnastics
1998 Hugo Boisvert Hockey
1999 Scoonie Penn Basketball
2000 Jamie Natalie Gymnastics
2001 Jamie Natalie Gymnastics
2002 Raj Bhavsar Gymnastics
2003 Craig Krenzel Football
2004 Dan Taylor Track/Field
2005 Mike Nugent Football
2006 A.J. Hawk Football
2007 Troy Smith Football
2008 Andras Horanyi Fencing
2009 J Jaggers Wrestling
* Recipient of the Big Ten Jesse Owens Award

Iowa State-bound Dave Taylor not afraid of challenges – Next Big Thing?

February 7th, 2009 by Tom

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Seriously "¦ It's impossible not to like David Taylor.

In an era where it's become commonplace for athletes and teams to dodge competition, the high school senior from St. Paris Graham (Ohio), who maintains a 4.0 grade point average, seeks out competition.


In a battle of two of Ohio's best ever, David Taylor moved up from 135 to 140 and beat Collin Palmer (Photo/Kevin Schlosser)

This past Saturday afternoon, in front of a packed gymnasium at St. Paris Graham High School, David Taylor, a three-time state champion, bumped up a weight class from 135 to 140 to face another three-time state champion, Collin Palmer of St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio.

The Iowa State-bound Taylor and Ohio State-bound Palmer did not disappoint. Palmer struck first with a beautiful duckunder. Palmer looked to be in control of the match after he picked up a reversal in the second period to go up 4-1. But Taylor battled back, picking up a reversal of his own to cut the deficit to one point, 4-3, going into the third period. In the final period, he picked up a quick escape and then added a takedown to go up 6-4. Taylor was then able to tilt Palmer for a two-point nearfall, which all but sealed the deal as Taylor won 8-5.

Nobody has ever questioned Taylor's talent. How could you? All the kid has ever done is win. And mostly in dominating fashion. He has won five Cadet or Junior National titles in Fargo. He has just two career losses in high school, both of which he has avenged. In December, Taylor became the first wrestler ever to win four Walsh Ironman titles.

Although Taylor's talent has never been in question, people have questioned whether he could remain on top moving up from the lowerweights to middleweights. Taylor competed at 103 as a freshman and sophomore before moving up to 112 as a junior. This season, Taylor moved up four weight classes to compete at 135.

If Taylor's tournament victories at the Super 32 in November and Walsh Ironman in December weren't reason enough to think he would be extremely successful as a middleweight, then his victory over Palmer, who was four weights heavier last season, should be.

All one has to do is watch David Taylor and Collin Palmer wrestle and it quickly becomes clear that both should go on to have very successful collegiate wrestling careers. But just how successful? Collegiate success is never easy to predict. I can think of countless examples of wrestlers who won everything there was to win in high school only to go to college and never be heard from again. Things happen. Like injuries. Some wrestlers lose their drive and motivation for the sport. Others don't improve at the rate other people expect.

With that said, I'm going to go on record and say this: I think Collin Palmer is going to be a very good college wrestler at Ohio State, much like his older brother, Lance, a junior at Ohio State who is already a two-time All-American. David Taylor, on the other hand, is going to be special. When Taylor's college wrestling career is through at Iowa State, he'll go down as one of the best college wrestlers of his generation. Bold statement? Certainly. But the kid possesses all the ingredients a wrestler needs to be special.

David Taylor, shown here as a junior 112-pounder, moved up four weight classes to 135 pounds for his senior season. In December, Taylor became the first four-time Walsh Ironman champion ever (Photo/Tech-Fall.com)

Taylor is a monster on the mat, which should help him immensely as he makes the transition from high school wresting to college wrestling. He's phenomenal on his feet and can score with a variety of attacks. He can scramble with the best of them. However, above all else, Taylor has a drive to be the best "¦ like few I have ever seen.

I was at Iowa State during the Cael Sanderson Era. So I have watched countless Cael matches and listened to countless Cael interviews. I see so much of Cael Sanderson in David Taylor. Not only in his wrestling, but even more so in his demeanor off the mat. Both are humble and unassuming and have a quiet confidence about them. Neither ever seems completely satisfied and is always looking to improve. Both have a love for the sport that is unrivaled. And both continued their dominance moving up several weight classes in high school (Cael went from 119 to 135 to 145 to 171.)

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Ben Stehura Takes Helm at Cleveland State

September 15th, 2008 by Tom

Cleveland State: Ben Stehura Named CSU Wrestling Coach
Ben Stehura, a graduate assistant at Cleveland State from 2001-03, is returning to the Viking program as the head wrestling coach. Director of Athletics Lee Reed made the announcement on Friday (Aug. 22) morning.

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Ben Stehura, a graduate assistant at Cleveland State from 2001-03, is returning to the Viking program as the head wrestling coach. Director of Athletics Lee Reed made the announcement on Friday (Aug. 22) morning.

"I am extremely excited about the opportunity to return to Cleveland State and Northeast Ohio and become part of a great tradition that is CSU wrestling, "Stehura said. "I have a tremendous amount of pride in the wrestling program and I want to do everything I can to continue the success that the program has enjoyed.

"I am looking forward to working with a tremendous group of student-athletes, coaches and administrators and helping to write the next chapter in Cleveland State history."

"I am thrilled about the addition of Ben as our head wrestling coach, "Reed said. "Ben really impressed us with his work ethic, his knowledge of wrestling and his committment to the overall well-being of the student-athletes.

"His approach to wrestling has allowed his teams to be very successful. He started the program at Limestone just five years ago and it is already competing on the national stage. That speaks volumes about the kind of coach he is."

Stehura joins the Viking wrestling program after serving the last five years as the head coach at Division II Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C. The only head coach in school history, Stehura quickly built the program and has already coached one NCAA National Champion, three NCAA All-Americans, five NCAA National qualifiers and eight NCAA All-Academic team members.

He has also coached three U.S. Senior Open All-Americans, four Olympic Team Trial qualifiers and two Olympic team alternates.

Prior to starting the program at Limestone, Stehura was a graduate assistant coach at CSU from 2001-03, while earning his Masters Degree in Education Administration in 2003. While at CSU, he was part of a staff that qualified 10 grapplers for the NCAA Championship, had three EWL individual champions and 14 EWL placewinners. In addition, the 2003 squad finished third at the EWL Championship.

A 2000 graduate of Lock Haven University with a Bachelor's of Science in Secondary Education, Stehura was a three-year starter, earning fourth and fifth place finishes in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament.

He was a two-time state qualifier at Jefferson High, placing fifth at the OHSAA state tournament as a senior.

Stehura takes over a program that had two national qualifiers last season and loses just three seniors from last year's roster. The Vikings have had at least one NCAA qualifier each year since 1965.

Effner Resigns As Cleveland State Coach

July 8th, 2008 by Tom

"I really appreciate the opportunity that Cleveland State gave me 10 years ago and I will look back on this time with a lot of great memories, "said Jack Effner, who is leaving as CSU head wrestling coach.

Cleveland State University announced this morning that Jack Effner has resigned as head wrestling coach.

Effner, who has coached at CSU for 10 seasons, has accepted a school counseling position in Virginia. His resignation is effective August 2.

"I would like to thank Jack for the dedication that he has shown during his 10 years at Cleveland State, "CSU Director of Athletics Lee Reed said in a release. "Because of his effort, he is leaving the program in good shape and it should be easy to find a successor. I wish Jack
good luck in his new position."

Effner was only the second head coach of the modern-day CSU wrestling program after replacing Dick Bonacci for the 1998-99 season. His record at CSU was 71-91-3 and he had 37 wrestlers qualify for the NCAA tournament. His overall record in 19 seasons, including nine seasons at Army, is 158-133-8.

Effner's sons, Jason and Marcus, wrestled for him at CSU. Marcus, who will be a fifth-year senior in 2008-09, wrestled at the NCAA Championships as both a freshman and junior. Jason was a four-year starter, winning 64 bouts. He remained at his alma mater the last three seasons, serving as director of wrestling operations.

"I really appreciate the opportunity that Cleveland State gave me 10 years ago and I will look back on this time with a lot of great memories, "Effner said. "My time at Cleveland State has been a real good experience for me and my family but it just felt like it was time for me to travel a different path."