Dec. 14

Hello everyone and welcome back. Sorry it's been awhile since I wrote this blog. I know you all can't get through the week without it. Last week was finals week at Ohio State and between finals and practice and me looking for time to sleep, I was not really looking for time to write this blog. Don't take it personally though; I enjoy writing this as much as you enjoy reading this, which means different things to different people. I think you all can tell I need to get my engineering degree so I won't try and take up blogging professionally. The one good thing about finals week though is that it's the end of the quarter. It's always nice to take a study break from the Younkin Success Center and get a deli sandwich and some pizza. Plus we take the freshmen along too and they get a chance to hang out with awesome upperclassmen such as me. They are jumping through hoops to go with us. Ok, well that is not exactly true, but I like to think it is. Another nice thing is we don't have class and we can just train. Not that I don't love throwing in class in between two-a-days, but there is something to enjoy about having the only responsibility in my life be wrestling.

So I started writing this week's blog on the bus to the Edinboro dual. I want to let you all in on a little insight into our trips - we bus it. We do get one of those nice luxury buses though which are nice when we only have about 15 people on them. We do have TVs on them that we can play DVDs and which DVD did we watch? You would think something intense to get you pumped up or maybe to make you laugh, right? You would be wrong, I would be wrong. I feel sad saying this, but we are watching the vampire vs. werewolf epic love story of Twilight. Wow, I know, I don't think I need to/want to say anything else about that. We also had a lot of bus and hotel time for euchre. It always funny to see this happen and it happens all the time. To wrestle at the level we do you have to have a sense of competitiveness in you. And that competitiveness for us doesn't end on the mat. You would not believe the amount of trash talk and intensity that goes into a simple card game. This applies especially to Coach Pucillo. I'm not going to go into the level of trickery that he went into to win. He knows what he did.

Wrestling Edinboro is always fun because we will always have a strong connection to them with Coach Rosselli on our staff. That's where he went to school and was a NCAA finalist and that's where he first started coaching. We ended up doing well as a team this weekend. We got a win which is always the first goal and some guys wrestled well and some guys didn't. That's just the way it goes some times. But when you are able to get a victory even after everyone doesn't wrestle their best that is encouraging. We have come a long way since the season started but we still have a long way to go. Up next for us is Penn State. Our first Big Ten match in a grueling Big Ten schedule. Until next time...

Nov. 24

So, I thought a lot about what I was going to write today.* I really didn't know what to say because I really couldn't remember when we have been in a situation like this before. For those of you who don't know what happened this past weekend, we lost, twice. We lost to two ranked teams that have quite a few wrestlers who will do a lot in March. I looked it up and the last time we lost to two non-conference teams was my freshman year in 2007-08 - for the record we took second that year. So you know what, I'm not worried. We are all ready to do what it takes and get what we earn. That is an idea our coaches have made us think about. You get what you earn and we will earn a lot of victories now and in March.

Here were some bright spots in the duals from Sunday. We had six wrestles compete for the Buckeyes for the first time, including freshman Logan Stieber who won both of his matches along with senior captain Colt Sponseller and sophomore captain Ian Paddock.

So here is something funny I've noticed. Collin Palmer, our 141-pounder came to the duals with a mohawk and two giant shooting stars on the side of his head. I guess I missed the team memo on this one. If I came home for thanksgiving with something like that in my hair, my mom would, well, let's just say I would be making my own turkey this year. Speaking of thanksgiving; since you know us wrestlers have to watch our weight and can only go up for one plate of food instead of going for seconds and thirds, think of us when you are loading up your plate.

Up next we have the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Tournament. This is our only individual tournament before Big Ten's and NCAAs. We won it last year and I'm excited to see us bring home another team title along with some individual titles. Until next time...

Nov. 15

Welcome back everyone.* It's time to start the 2010-11 Buckeye wrestling season. My name is Zach Stolarsky and I'm a redshirt-junior heavyweight from Solon, Ohio, majoring in civil engineering.* And who better to help you through this amazing time in your life than me - the blogger who led you through last year's season. I am honored to be back blogging for the team this year. I wasn't too sure if I would be up for a repeat performance. I mean, I did set the bar so high last year. But don't worry, I couldn't help but answer the calls from all of you out there to bring back the blog. But in all seriousness,

I had to beg on my hands and knees to do this again. So any way you can spread the word about this blog and get my number of hits up would help me regain some of my lost dignity.

So let me remind you all what I'm here to do. I'm here as an Ohio State wrestler to let you in on the inner workings of the team and our season. It's going to be a long one, but hopefully one with a lot of success.*

This season is a lot different from years past for me and the team.* In past years we have been spoiled by returning multiple All-Americans and National Champions. With this season however, we won't have any returning All-Americans wrestling and need to replace 6 out of the 10 starters. But you know what is great about our team? We are all ready to take on these challenges and compete for the Big Ten and National titles. Coach Tom Ryan has talked to us all preseason about this - if we don't believe we are going to compete for the Big Ten and National titles, we picked the wrong school to attend. We are all ready; we are all excited to take on the challenges of this year.

This past weekend we competed in the Buffalo Open. It was the first competition of the season so there were some low points. We did have some high points though with three champions in Ian Paddock, Colt Sponseller and Nick Heflin, along with multiple other placers (including a fourth-place finish for your resident blogger). We all know that's not where we want to be, but we have a whole season to get better and improve. Our next competition is next weekend with two duals against Pitt and future Big Ten school Nebraska. So I'll be back after that and I hope you all will join me.

Until next time...

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