Saturday, November 15, 2008

Ohio State's Tom Ryan

I wrestled during the Russ Hellickson era. When Tom Ryan took over the Ohio State wrestling program after Russ retired, I have to admit, I was biased against him. I mean, c’mon, Russ was the man. Anyone who rubbed shoulders with him came to that conclusion. His impact on my life puts him in the company of an elite group of men.

But, ever since Ryan took over in 2006, my Buckeye pride has only increased. He’s done a heckuva job. He took the Bucks from a 45th place at NCAA’s the year before he took over to 2nd place last year. In just two short years, he’s revolutionized not only the Ohio State University wrestling program, but he’s energized the sport of wrestling in the state of Ohio.

What’s more, he’s a heckuva guy. He has a strong faith in Christ, and he cares about each wrestler not just as a wrestler, but as a man. He develops them physically, mentally, and spiritually.

For example, he requires each team member to complete a certain amount of community service. Ryan has three goals in regards to his wrestlers: win, graduate, and impact lives. Most coaches out there, whether in the little leagues, high school, or college, merely stress that first goal. Ryan’s philosophy puts him head and shoulders above the rest of the crowd.

Here are a few videos featuring coach Ryan. Be thankful that a man like this is molding the next generation of men:

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