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2017 Ohio Tournament of Champions - 25th Anniversary

New for 2017: Region Competition - with chance to win up to $2500 cash grant, to help support wrestling in your Region

February 13, 2017

The Ohio Tournament of Champions, considered one of the toughest post season wrestling tournaments in the country, as well as being the largest one day event, will be held at the Columbus Convention Center, in Columbus, OH, on April 22.

This year marks the event’s 25th Anniversary and tournament organizers are expecting 3000 participants. Currently, entries are running at more than 75% ahead of last year’s pace, which saw nearly 2500 entries, and 16 states are already represented.

Registration is currently open, thru April 14, with extended registration closing out on April 16, at http://www.ohiotofc.com - there will be no entries accepted after after that. Age groups, which are determined by the birth year, range from 8 and under and go thru high school. There is also an Open Division, for those wrestlers that have graduated high school.

Past participants read like a who’s who of wrestling, including: Jon Reader (10X Champion), Logan Stieber (6X Champion), Kyle Dake (1X placer - 4X placer), David Taylor (2X Champion) and Coleman Scott (2X Champion).

Other past competitors have included: Kyle Snyder, Mark Hall (6X Champion), Dean Heil (4X Champion), Anthony Collica (3X Champion), Lance Palmer (3X Champion), Collin Palmer (8X Champion), Zahid Valencia (2X Champion), Luke Pletcher (9X Champion), Cade Olivas (7X Champion), Mark Grey (6X Champion), Eric Tannenbaum (5X Champion), Kaleb Romero (5X Champion), Kenny Courts (5X Champion), Hunter Stieber (5X Champion), Dustin Schlatter (4X Champion), C.P.Schlatter (2X Champion), Austin O'Connor (2X Champion), Yianni Diakomihalis (4X Champion), Michael Poeta (3X Champion), Zeke Moisey (3X Champion), Nathan Tomasello (1X Champion), Jason Tsirtsis (1X Champion), Myles Martin, J. Jaggers (3X Champion) and many others.

While the event is an individual tournament, with awards being given out to the top eight place finishers in each age/weight class, a new twist was added this year - Region Competition.

“Basically, we have divided the United States up into about 40 Regions,” Tournament Chairman Bart Freidenberg said. “When a wrestler registers, he will select the Region that he resides in. The top 25 place finishers, in each Region, will score points for his Region. So, every wrestler is a potential point scorer.”

Freidenberg added that the top five Regions will win cash grants, ranging from $500 to $2500, which will go directly to support wrestling in the winning Regions. “We’ll see how the entries go,” Freidenberg said,” so there may even be additional money allocated to either the top five Regions, or additional placing Regions. We haven’t decided on that part yet.”

With the Region Competition, the event has added a new category of qualification, “Wildcard Entry.” Basically this is just an additional exemption that folks can use to register,” said Freidenberg. “We anticipate that 99 percent, or more, of our entries will have already met some other qualification, to enter. In the past, many folks have met one of the qualifications, or exemptions, but weren’t aware that they had, so they never bothered to enter. This just sort of streamlines things and makes it easier for folks.

Also back is the Club & Team Competition, which is again based on wrestler’s individual place finishes. ”There was a lot of confusion on which Division to enter last year,” Freidenberg said. “This year, the clubs and teams will just pick the Division based on the prize they are hoping to win.” This years prizes range in value from $500-$1500  worth of custom wrestling apparel and gear.

The Tournament has also announced its first two Special Guests for the event: Frank Jasper, who portrayed Shute, in the movie “Vision Quest” and Grayson Russell, who portrayed Texas Ranger in “Talladega Nights” and Fregley in the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” movies. Both will be on hand to sign autographs for all the attendees.

You can follow tournament updates on their Facebook page, at: You can also like the event’s Facebook page, at https://www.facebook.com/ohiotofc/ and the event itself will be streamed live on Flo Wrestling.

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March 27, 2017.....Just over three weeks remain to register for the largest one day amateur wrestling tournament in the world, the 25th Ohio Tournament of Champions. This year’s event will be held on April 22, at the Columbus Convention Center, located in downtown Columbus, OH. initial registration will close out on April 15, with extended registration, (subject to  a $10 late fee), closing out on the evening of April 17.

Currently, wrestlers entered represent 24 states and vent organizers are expecting anywhere from 2600-3000 wrestlers to enter. “We’re already over the 300 mark, with three weeks still to go,” said Tournament Chairman Bart Freidenberg.

“These days, people tend to wait until the last minute to register, so our numbers always go up a lot the last two weeks. Last year, we had nearly 2000 entries in the last two weeks, including more  than 800 the final two days.”

Freidenberg credits a lot of folks for the success of the event. Much of the credit for the success of the event goes to my staff and officials,” said Freidenberg. “But, obviously, we have had a lot of super tough wrestlers over the years compete in our event. Both of those things are the reason folks keep coming back.”

In fact, over the past three years, half of the NCAA Division I National Champions were former Ohio TofC place winners. In total, 75 of the 240 All Americans were also TofC place winners.

This year’s list of 22 TofC alumni, included 6 champions:

125 Pounds: Darian Cruz-Lehigh-Champion; Joey Dance (Virginia Tech)-5th Place; Jack Mueller (Virginia)-6th Place and Nathan Kraisser (Campbell)-8th Place.  133 Pounds: Nathan Tomasello (Ohio State)-3rd Place.  141 Pounds: Dean Heil (Oklahoma State)-Champion; George DiCamillo (Virginia)-2nd Place; Kevin Jack (North Carolina State)-3rd Place; Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers)-6th Place and Matthew Kolodzik (Princeton)-7th Place.   149 Pounds: Sol Chishko (Oklahoma State)-6th Place.  157 Pounds: Jayson Nolf (Penn State)-Champion.  165 Pounds: Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State)-Champion; Logan Massa (Michigan)-3rd Place and Chad Walsh (Rider)-7th Place.  174 Pounds: Mark Hall (Penn State)-Champion; Bo Jordan (Ohio State)-2nd Place; Zahid Valencia (Arizona State)-3rd Place and Myles Amine (Michigan)-4th Place.  184 Pounds: Gabe Dean (Cornell)-2nd Place and Myles Martin (Ohio State)-5th Place.  285 Pounds: Kyle Snyder (Ohio State)-Champion.

Other past champions and placers have included: Logan Stieber, Kyle Dake, David Taylor, Cade Olivas, Lance Palmer, Zeke Moisey, Joey McKenna, Cody Brewer, Nico Megaludis, Coleman Scott, Isaaac Jordan, Zach Epperly, Anthony Collica, Devin Carter, Cory Brewer, James Green, Mitchell Port, Jason Tsirtsis, Taylor Walsh, Michael McMullen, Luke Pletcher and Jon Reader, a 2011 NCAA Champion for Iowa State. Reader holds the TofC record with 10 individual titles.

Special guests for this year’s event are still being worked on, but tentatively include Frank Jasper, who portrayed Shute, in the 1985 wrestling movie, “Vision Quest” and Grayson Russell, known for his roles as Texas Ranger, in the movie “Talladega Nights” and Fregley, in the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series.

Known for their yearly mascots and innovative awards, this year’s event mascot is a Wizard, which will be featured on event apparel and the awards. But, according to Freidenberg, the event also found a way to showcase many of the past tournament mascots.

“Our main award this year is a wall clock,” Freidenberg said, “which will feature the place finish of the wrestler. But, instead of the numbers around the clock, we have used 12 of our past mascots,We had the clock on display at the Ohio State High School event and the kids loved it.

“Of course, we are keeping the wrist watch for the champions,” he added. If you ask any of the past champions, that is what they prize the most. We are also giving all the top eight place finishers a special 25th Anniversary medallion. We did a similar medallion for the Ohio High School State Tournament and we sold out of them.”

New to the TOfC this year is Region Competition. Simply explained, the United States has been divided up into approximately 40 regions. When individuals register for the event,they select the Region they reside in.The top five finishing Regions, based on their 25 top place finishers,will win cash grants, of anywhere from $500-$2500, to directly benefit wrestling in their Region. Additional information is listed on the TofC website under Tournament Information and then Club/Team/Region Competition.


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This is a final message to encourage wrestlers to enter and compete at this year's 25th Anniversary Ohio Tournament of Champions, which will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Columbus Convention Center, in Columbus, OH. Entries from 30 States and Canada are already entered. Remember, the top 5 Regions that do the best, based upon their top 25 place finishers, will win cash grants from $500-$2500, to directly benefit wrestling in that Region. Every wrestler is a potential scorer for their Region.

To Register, go to: www.ohiotofc.com

Current states represented: CA, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MO, MT, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VT, VA, WV, CANADA

The entry deadlines are as follows:

Saturday, April 15 - thru 11:59 pm - entry fee at regular rate
Sunday, April 16 & Monday, April 17 - thru 11:59 p.m. - there will be a $10 late fee charged
Tuesday, April 18 - Too late - entries will be shut down

Weight changes are free thru Monday, April 17 (11:59 p.m.). After that, any changes must be done at the event and are subject to a $100 change of weight fee.

Projections are indicating anywhere from 2500-2800 wrestlers. This is based on the following:

Current entries: will be more than 1500 by the end of today - which is right in line with where we were last year. Last year, we had 946 register the final three days, including 499 on the final day, and are expecting more to do so this year, as we are running at a 20% higher rate of entry this week.

Submissions (those that have either pre-registered, and not yet paid + those that have registered and paid) are currently up more than 250 wrestlers (15%), over last year.

Special Guests this year include: Frank Jasper, Shute, from the movie "Vision Quest."

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