Ohio State’s 2015 “Quarterback situation” may be the talk of College Gameday, but the 2016 class has one name at that position. Today, De Soto Texas’ Tristen Wallace verballed to the Scarlet and Gray following a whirlwind recruitment process. Yes, the same De Soto High that brought us Dontre Wilson… They ain’t shabby. Wallace had […]
Last week the NFL announced the hiring of nine new officials for the 2015 season. The NFL hires a few new officials each year and normally the announcement is ignored by pretty much everyone but this year’s announcement drew a lot of attention because the list of new hires included Sarah Thomas who will become […]
I know that off-season “breaking news” out of the Athletic Department can be unsettling at times, but there is nothing but Good News with today’s announcement that The Ohio State University and Urban Meyer have agreed to a contract extension through the 2020 season. Press release, in its entirety, below: COLUMBUS, Ohio – The contract […]
After winning both matches last week, Ohio State again went 2-0 for the week, beginning with a 3-0 win over in-state rival Ball State on Thursday. The set scores were; 25-17, 25-18, 30-28. The win moved the Buckeyes to a 20-win season, the 19th in Coach Hanson’s tenure at OSU, and avenged an earlier 0-3 away […]
The Ohio State Men’s Golf hosted the Robert Keppler Intercollegiate this weekend, played on Ohio State’s Scarlet Course. The Buckeyes finished 3rd in the 14 team field, carding a 54 hole team score of 298 on the 7,455 yard par 71 course. Clark Engle put together three under par rounds (71-70-71, 212) to finish in a […]
Welcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings. According to the calendar, we are getting closer and closer to Spring. Just don’t look out your window. Today we have updates on The James, this week in WWI and some thought on OSU sports. For mood music here is permanent musical accompaniment by Maroon 5. Grab whatever beverage […]
With the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments done and the champions crowned, basketball season is now over and thus it is time for our last basketball Officially Speaking for the season. There were certainly a number of controversial calls in the Wisconsin-Duke title game but most of them were block/charge calls which we have […]
March was a great month for Ohio State wrestling fans. The Buckeyes landed their first National Championship in the 94 year history of the program. Logan Stieber became just the fourth wrestler in collegiate history to win four NCAA titles.
Yet as a diehard OSU wrestling fan, I find myself just as, if not more proud of the decision made a little more than a week later by former 184 pound National Champion Mike Pucillo to come out as one of the first openly gay wrestlers.
Pucillo made his story public through a great article by Jason Bryant on the Open Mat, that shared his process of telling his friends, former teammates, and family about being gay.
This week, we sit down with Mike Pucillo on The Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour to talk about the amount of support he’s received since being open about who he is. Mike also shares how wrestling played a factor in his decision to come out, being a role model for younger athletes that are in a similar position he was, and what it will take for sport to one day look past athletes being gay as an issue.
Pucillo also breaks down what it has taken for Ohio State wrestling to become a championship caliber program, how Tom Ryan convinced him to join him at Hofstra, the current state of wrestling and the situation at Cleveland State, where the Athletic Department will stop funding the wrestling program, and how professional wrestling such as AGON Wrestling Championships can help keep the sport at many different levels.
We also break down Mike’s 2008 National Championship match with Jake Varner of Iowa State. Varner, who won an Olympic gold medal in 2012, was 29-0 when Pucillo beat him in the final match of the season.
Pucillo won 43 straight matches at one point during his Buckeye career, was a three-time All-American and claimed victory 107 times while donning the Scarlet and Gray.
Thanks to Mike for stopping by this week.
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The Ohio State Men’s Golf team traveled to Gastonia NC for The Gary Koch Invitational. It was well worth the trip since the Buckeyes finished 5th in the 15 team field. The Buckeyes finished the 54-hole event at the 7,042 yard par 72 course in 13 over par team score of 877. Clark Engle put together three […]
College basketball fans in North Carolina are rejoicing after Duke won their fifth national championship in college basketball. Rumor has it though that they are still waiting for their first wrestling championship, as well as their first football championship. I know what you’re thinking, yes Duke is specifically a basketball school. That’s nice. Let’s take […]
Last week we reported that two finalists for the position of Ohio State University Marching Band director had been invited to visit campus. In that article we reported that the first finalist to visit was Dr. Corey Spurlin who currently is the director of the Auburn University Marching band; Dr. Spurlin was on campus last […]
The #11 Buckeyes rolled through the weekend with a pair of road wins over conference opponents Lindenwood University, 3-0 and Quincy (IL) University, 3-1 . The Buckeyes are now stand at 19-6 overall and 9-3 in the MIVA conference. Ohio State 3, Lindenwood 0 On Friday, Ohio State put on a crushing offensive performance in defeating […]
Before we get started; I want to wish everyone a Happy Easter. Enjoy your time with your families and safe travels. Welcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings. According to the calendar, we are getting closer and closer to Spring. Just don’t look out your window. Today we have updates on The James, this […]
Following the firing of Ohio State University Marching Band director Jonathan Waters last summer, the university had to deal with finding a new director for the band. Rather than perform a rushed search late in the summer, OSU appointed Professor Russel Mikkelson, Director of University Bands, and Dr. Scott Jones, Associate Director of University Bands, […]
As sports fans, it’s easy to recognize a feat and appreciate the ability of an athlete to do what seems to be the impossible. That’s been the case for Ohio State fans while watching Logan Stieber make history as one of four wrestlers to ever win four straight NCAA championships. Throughout the process of experiencing […]