According to Cleveland.com’s Tim Warsinskey, who is a standout reporter on wrestling, Google, at some point during last Friday (March 4th) had “OHSAA Wrestling” as the No. 20 most-searched phrase in the world (look for “Google this” down some in the article).
This is just another example of how much of a wrestling hot-bed Columbus is. The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s State Wrestling Championships at the Jerome Schottenstein Center annually draws record crowds to the 19,200-seat arena.
We’ll wait to see what this year’s attendance will be, but the 2010 State Wrestling Championships drew 64,617 fans to five sessions, including 14,886 to the finals. They featured a total of 672 wrestlers in Divisions I, II and III competing on 10 mats over three days.
In addition, the Ohio State University wrestling team has finished runner-up at the NCAA Championships in two of the past three seasons before this year and the recent success of the Ohio State program has led to an increased interest in college wrestling in Columbus. Ohio State draws crowds to its home matches in St. John Arena that annually rank near the top of the Big Ten Conference and in the top 10 of all NCAA Division I schools. – LL