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The Ohio State wrestling team continued building towards the future when they received their third verbal commitment from the Class of 2012, Nick Roberts. A three-time state place winner for the North Star HS, Roberts won individual Pennsylvania state titles as a freshman and junior and 103 and 112 pounds.

?It is a great feeling to be an Ohio State Buckeye,? stated Roberts when asked about his commitment. ?I really don?t know what to say other than I am really excited and happy to see what is ahead in the years to come.?

Nick Roberts* (11)* ?* North Star, PA
  • 2010-2011 Season Record:* 31-2
  • 2011 State Champion* -* Pennsylvania AA* -* Bracket

A nationally respected wrestler, Roberts jumped on the OSU recruiting radar this summer after he competed at the 2011 Junior World Championships in Bucharest, Romania and roomed with current Ohio State sophomore Logan Stieber.

?I was looking at several colleges before I went overseas with Logan to the Worlds. We talked about a lot of things and I got a chance to pick his brains about the wrestling in college, going to school at OSU, training and competing internationally, and a lot of different things,? said Nick when asked about his recruitment.

?When we got back I reached out to the coaches and started to build a relationship, I got to come in for a football game and got a chance to see a lot of stuff, and I think I made a great decision in choosing to wrestle at Ohio State.?

Roberts selected the Buckeyes over Penn State, Iowa, and Michigan.

?Growing up I knew that I wanted to wrestle in college and I knew I wanted to compete in the Big Ten,? offered Nick when asked about his decision. ?There wasn?t anything wrong with the other schools; it just seemed that for me, everything was right about Ohio State from the school, to the team and the coaches, to the opportunity to train with the Ohio RTC.?

Wrestling since he was three years old, Roberts has fourteen years of experience and a track record of success. A two-time state champion for the Cougars, Nick has built a 103-9 career record in high school going 32-6 as freshman and 39-1 as a sophomore at 103 pounds, and 31-2 as a junior at 112 while placing first, third, first at state. He is planning on moving up to 120 or 126 pounds as a senior.

A year-round wrestler, Roberts has also excelled in the international styles as a four-time national champion. Nick was a 2009 Cadet double national champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman, a 2010 and 2011 FILA Junior national champion in freestyle, and he placed fifth at the 2010 Junior World Championships.

?The focus this year is to win state, to make it back on the Junior World Team again, and to bring a medal back to the United States,? stated Roberts.

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