For the second year in a row, Ohio State has reached into Northeast Ohio to kick off what it hopes will be another stellar wrestling recruiting class. Two-time state champion Nick Tavanello, a Wadsworth senior heavyweight, has made an oral commitment to OSU.
“I’ve always wanted to be a Buckeye. It’s been one of my dreams,” Tavanello said. “They offered me about three weeks ago and I waited a little bit to verbal. I wanted to see what other places had to offer, as well.”
Tavanello also considered Kent State, Ohio University, North Carolina and Pittsburgh.
Tavanello (6-0, 248) is considered a small heavyweight, but still is regarded among the nation’s top recruits. He wrestled the last three seasons at 215 pounds, placing third at state as a freshman and winning the last two years in Division I. He has a chance to become the third wrestler in Ohio history to win three state titles at 215 or above. His career record is 137-9.
He said he’ll move up to heavyweight instead of wrestling at the new high school weight of 220 pounds because OSU coaches want him to get a year of experience against bigger opponents.
“I don’t think it’s the size of the heavyweight, I think it’s the heart. I’ve always been small for my weight and I’ve had the will and the ability, and things paid off,” he said.
Tavanello will play football this fall as a defensive tackle and offensive guard.