Ohio State Wrestling Camps

Ohio State University

Columbus, OH 43212


The Takedown Camp
Focus on the techniques and drills necessary to master the neutral position. Athletes can expect to learn how to handfight and score like the best D1 wrestlers in the nation. Intensive drilling and repetition combined with live situations will enable each camper to master their skills. Each camper will also have the opportunity to test their skill and learn first hand in live goes against current Buckeye wrestlers.

Intensive Camp
This camp is intended for the advanced well-conditioned wrestler. In addition to a great deal of sparring and live wrestling, campers will experience a demanding physical, conditioning program. This intensive camp system has helped produce state and national champions across the nation. Athletes who attend this camp can expect to train 4 times a day. Campers can expect to go through rigorous early morning conditioning, late morning technique and hard drilling, mid-afternoon live wrestling and late evening review sessions. Campers will be expected to bring their running shoes and plenty of changes of workout clothes. This camp is open to all comers, but we ask only those who are serious about being the BEST attend this camp.

Youth Commuter Camps
This is a camp designed for those novice and intermediate youth wrestlers who live close enough to commute, this cmap will be held in the Ohio State Varsity Wrestling Room in the brand new Jennings Wrestling Facility. The Youth Commuter Camp will meet for one session each evening 5:00pm – 6:30pm. Parents are welcome to stay and watch any of the sessions. This camp is designed for children and new wrestlers as games are implemented as a part of practice along with training and learning the skills necessary to succeed at the youth level.

Mat Wrestling Camp
This camp will focus on the importance of dominating the match on the mat in the top and bottom positions. You will learn to ride, turn and pin with high quality techniques that will work at every level of the sport. There will also be a strong emphasis placed on the importance of achieving reversals and escapes from the bottom position using a variety of techniques taught by current Buckeyes.

Father and Son Camp
This camp is designed for the novice wrestlers who want to experience all that the Ohio State University has to offer while spending quality time and bonding as parent and child. We will cover the basic skills needed for any beginner to improve their wrestling abilities by learning takedowns, escapes, and pinning combinations. This camp is designed for campers in grades k-6 and their parent or trusted adult. Parents will be encouraged to participate with learning and teaching techniques on the mat and stay with their child in the dorms if they are staying overnight. One adult is also welcome to bring more than one camper.

Team Competition Camp
This camp provides individuals and teams the opportunity to learn technique from the best clinicians in the country and compete in up to 10 very competitive dual matches throughout the week. Individual and Team awards will be given to each weight class MVP and to the runner-up and championship teams. Teams will consist of both groups from the same school as well as free agent teams so everyone gets to wrestle. Free Agent teams will be coached by current Buckeye wrestlers.

About Our Coaches

Tom Ryan

• Led the Ohio State wrestling program to unprecedented heights, capturing the 2015 NCAA National Championship (110.0 points)
• Added 23.5 points to that team total (133.5) to place second at the 2018 NCAA Championships
• Three-time Intermat National Coach of the Year (2008, 2009, 2015)
• Two-time NCAA Head Coach of the Year (2009, 2015)
• Reigning Big Ten Coach of the Year (2015, 2017, 2018) after capturing third B1G title in the last four seasons (2015, 2017, 2018)
• Coached six different Buckeyes to 12 individual national titles, including four-time champion Logan Stieber and Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder (three-time NCAA champ)
• Top-8 team finishes in 10 of the last 11 NCAA Championships
• NCAA runner-ups in 2008, 2009, 2017 and 2018
• Mentored 12 Buckeyes to a total of 20 NCAA Finals appearances
• A Buckeye has been crowned Big Ten champion 18 times during the Ryan Era, a number accumulated by 10 different athletes
• Corralled 48 All-American honors in 12 seasons leading the Buckeye program
• Tutored five Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year winners, including the last four years straight (as of 2016-17)
• Recruited a pair of Big Ten Freshman of the Year honorees
• Thirty-one NWCA Academic All-America recognitions by 15 different recipients
• Since arriving in Columbus, there have been 68 and 19 Academic All-Big Ten and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar selections, respectively  (as of 2016-17)
• Head coach at Hofstra University from 1995-2006
• Earned seven conference coach of the year awards as the Pride head coach
• Two-time New York State Coach of the Year
• Led Hofstra to six consecutive conference crowns and a 47-match league unbeaten streak (46-0-1) in dual action during the 2001-06 seasons
• Served as an assistant coach at Indiana University (1992-94)

Camp Details

TakeDown Camp - Open to Grades 7 to 2019 High School Graduates

Intensive Camp - Open to Grades 7 to 2018 High School Graduates

Youth Commuter Camps - Open to Kindergarten - 7th grade

Mat Wrestling Camp - Open to Grades 7 - 2019 High School Graduates

Father and Son Camp - Open to Kindergarten - 6th Grade

Team Competition Camp - Open to Grades 7 - 2019 High School Graduates