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Coach Tom Ryan to Deliver Keynote Presented by Syngenta

Tuesday, September 22, 2015  
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The Ohio Turfgrass Foundation and our keynote address presenting partner, Syngenta, are pleased to announce this year’s speaker will be head Ohio State wrestling coach, Tom Ryan. Coach Ryan’s presentation, The Pursuit of Excellence in Our Lives, will take place on Tuesday, December 8th during the OTF Conference & Show and OSU Green Industry Short Course.

Coach Ryan has led the OSU wrestling program to unprecedented heights, culminating last season with the program’s first-ever national championship. The 2015 Big Ten, NWCA and InterMat Coach of the Year, Ryan concluded his ninth season in Columbus by watching both Logan Stieber and Nathan Tomasello win NCAA titles on the way to the squad's first ever team title. Additionally, the Buckeyes also ended a 64-year Big Ten title drought, winning the championship in front of a home crowd at St. John Arena.

In all, Ryan has coached four different student-athletes to eight national championships as Logan Stieber (141 pounds) was a four-time champion, J Jaggers (141 pounds), the 2009 Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year, was a two-time champion in 2008 and 2009, Mike Pucillo was the 184-pound champion in 2008 and Nathan Tomasello the 125 pound champion in 2015. In the NCAA championship team race, the Ryan-led Buckeyes have finished in the Top 10 in eight of the last nine seasons, including the 2015 national title and back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2008 and 2009.

Academically, Ryan's student-athletes have impressed with six Buckeyes recognized by the National Wrestling Coaches Association with NWCA All-Academic Team accolades -- J.D. Bergman, J Jaggers, C.J. Magrum (two-time), Corey Morrison (two-time), Mike Pucillo and Colt Sponseller. Additionally, Sponseller and Ian Paddock were lauded with NWCA Division I True-Freshman All-Academic Team honors. Since Ryan's arrival there have been 48 and 96 Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete selections, respectively.

Keynote presented by Syngenta

Ryan's student-athletes also are involved in various community service initiatives. Some of the programs Ohio State is actively involved in include the Second & Seven Foundation, which strives to "Tackle Illiteracy" in Central Ohio and the annual Wrestle against Autism Tournament. In 2009, the Buckeyes were presented with a Resolution of Expression in council chambers from Columbus City Council member A. Troy Miller for their commitment to community service, academics and athletics.

Coach Ryan will present the keynote as part of the Awards, Scholarship and Keynote ceremony which begins at 2 pm on the main stage located on the tradeshow floor. He will also sign autographs at the Syngenta booth immediately following the presentation.

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