In response to an experiment that has clearly been unsuccessful, the Buckeyes will move their star senior back up to 165, where he competed for the first three years of his career. "Colt went down to 157 to win a NCAA title, not to place. At this point we have decided to move Colt back up to 165,"stated Tom Ryan after the dual. Echoing the sentiments many fans have expressed all season, Tom Ryan explained that Sponseller "is a high energy wrestler with little energy (at 157). He cares about wrestling and works his tail off. The passion is there."
It's tough to say if the Buckeyes hit rock bottom this weekend. If they didn't, they were only three small points away from it. Coach Ryan acknowledges this. "It was worse than the score… There were many reasons we got whipped… Some fall on the shoulders of the staff, some on the shoulders of our athletes, and some is out of our control." Ryan continued, "When a team loses four four-time state champions there are going to be some struggles. Again, that's out of our control."
If fans are unhappy, the coach is in agreement. "If I were a fan I would be disappointed in the team’s performance. I appreciate people expecting excellence. We do too. The Buckeyes should never be down like this. It is unacceptable, but it is the reality."
While he knows there are far too many issues to address overnight, Ryan encourages fans not to lose hope. "Fans should know that we will be back and no one thinks this is OK… We have the nation's best class coming in and we need to get our current student-athletes fighting harder… The choice to change takes an instant, improving takes continuous hard work."
Ultimately, Ryan accepts a large portion of the blame himself. "I have made poor decisions. I need to learn from those and deal with my current hand."
“We will get better by working hard every day, living disciplined lives, and sticking together. I am not sure anyone is more disappointed than our staff. We give many hours to this,” offered Ryan. “We learn a lot about ourselves and our friends in tough times.”