The Ohio Regional Training Center (RTC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that provides world-class training opportunities for athletes in the field of wrestling and exists to promote and fuel the Olympic dream. The Ohio Regional Training Center is considered one of the best training centers in the United States for Freestyle Wrestling, officially recognized as such by USA Wrestling, the national governing body for the sport and subsidiary of the United States Olympic Committee. Athletes from all over the United States seek out Regional Training Centers to help them prepare for their Olympic dream. It is the combination of world-renowned athletes, coaches and facilities that make the Ohio Regional Training Center unique.
"The Ohio RTC has provided me with the best possible environment to grow as an athlete and a man. One of the reasons I committed to Ohio State was the strength of our RTC program. I have been able to train with some of the best wrestlers domestically and internationally. There is no way I would have achieved the things I have without their guidance."
Kyle Snyder, Olympic Gold Medalist 2X World Champion
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Dlagnev was a two-time NCAA Division II national champion for the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2007 and 2008; in 2008, Dlagnev led the Lopers to their first-ever team title. Following graduation, he moved to Columbus to train at the Ohio RTC. Since then, he has made eight national teams, winning the World Team Trials seven times.
In international competitions, Dlagnev has won two bronze medals at the World Wrestling Championships (2009 and 2014). He finished in 5th place at both the 2012 London Olympic Games and again at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Other tournaments won by Dlagnev include the US Open (2011-2015), World University Games in 2008, Pan American Games in 2011, Alexander Medved International (2010, 2013), Cerro Pelado International in 2012, and the New York AC International Open (2008-2010, 2012).
“Ohio State and the RTC have been staples in the wrestling world,” said Dlagnev. “They’ve given me all the resources to achieve my dreams. I want to add to that and hopefully better the future of the program.”
A native of Sofia, Bulgaria, Dlagnev moved to the United States when he was five years old and went on to finish fourth in the Texas state tournament as a junior in 2002, in just his second year of organized wrestling. From there, he was third as a senior in 2003 before taking his talent to the University of Nebraska-Kearney where he was a four-time All-American, the 2006 Midlands champion and an NCAA champion in 2007 and 2008.
Two-time NCAA champion J Jaggers made a seamless transition from student-athlete to coach in 2009-10. In addition to his integral role in the gym and his coaching duties during matches, Jaggers has recruiting responsibilities as well. His work on the recruiting trail, and on the mat, helped guide the Buckeyes to the 2015 national championship, the first in the 94-year history of the program.
Jaggers concluded his Buckeye career in impressive fashion, becoming just the third wrestler in program history to win two national titles. A three-time All-American and four-time NCAA qualifier, Jaggers collected 107 wins during his career. After winning his first national title in 2008, he was honored by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission with Collegiate Athlete of the Year. He was also named the Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year in 2009.
Anthony Ralph, who played an integral role in helping to mold Notre Dame College into a Division II power, was brought on to the staff as a volunteer assistant in October of 2016 and has since taken over the role of recruiting coordinator for the Buckeyes.
Ralph was with Notre Dame since its inception in 2006-07, serving as an assistant coach until he was named co-head coach in the summer of 2015. Ralph played an instrumental role in making the program a model of success. Prior to 2012, Ralph and the Falcons won the national titles at the NAIA level in 2010, 2011 and 2012. After joining the Division II ranks in 2012, Coach Ralph and the Falcons captured a team national championship (2014), produced 18 national champions, 62 All-Americans and 102 NCAA qualifiers.
On the recruiting trail, Ralph was responsible for bringing in the No. 1-ranked classes for five straight years between 2012 and 2016 according to Amateur Wrestling News. Included in that group was Joey Davis, the only undefeated and four-time national champion in NCAA Division II history (133-0).
Ralph wrestled collegiately at Kent State for current Notre Dame head coach Frank Romano. He earned a Mid-American Conference championship at 157 pounds in 1997 when he also qualified for the NCAA Championships.
A native of Cleveland, Ralph was a three-time state placer in high school for St. Peter Chanel (the same program that produced two-time national champion and assistant coach J Jaggers). He won state championships in 1996 and 1997 and compiled a career high-school mark of 125-19. In 2001, Ralph returned to St. Peter Chanel and was an assistant coach for five years. In that span, he coached six state champions, 23 state placers and three Fargo All-Americans.
Coach Myeres is a 2002 graduate of the Ohio State University. A self-described “workout addict”. Dustin became certified and started training clients in 2000. In 2003 he opened his own gym in Pataskala, Old School Gym, which was ranked in 2013 as the #10 most hardcore gym in the country. In addition to stints as a competitive powerlifter, bodybuilder and boxer, Dustin wrestled in high school and was always drawn to training athletes in the world’s oldest and toughest sport. In addition to training the RTC athletes he has worked extensively with former UFC contender Matt Brown and past Ohio State football stars Chris “Beanie’ Wells, Antonio Pittman, Maurice Clarett, and Dan “Boom” Herron. Dustin recently became a sponsored trainer through top supplement company Muscle Pharm, designing strength training regimens and videos for the wrestling and MMA communities.
Upon arriving to Columbus in 2006, a main objective was to develop a freestyle program that would attract and develop the nation’s best talent. The Ohio RTC is the end result of that vision.
Since 2006, we have grown tremendously from one funded athlete to as many as eight, along with three coaches and a strength coach. Thanks to the “Pay It Forward” mentality of those who care deeply for the sport of wrestling, along with Ohio State and the Olympic movement, we continue to provide a world class environment.
Over the last six years the Ohio RTC has won 3 National titles as the elite regional training center in the United States. In 2016, Ohio RTC athlete, Kyle Snyder, became the youngest American wrestler to win an Olympic gold medal.
The Ohio RTC trains out of the Steelwood training facility, sharing the facility with the Ohio State University Wrestling team. The “ache” for excellence among the men in these two programs has, and will continue, to create a world class culture.
The Ohio RTC is fortunate to be guided by a great Board of Directors made up of former Ohio State wrestlers and local businessmen. They understand the symbolic relationship between Ohio State wrestling and the Olympic dream.
We ask you to join us in supporting the Ohio RTC, and our mission of building future leaders, through the sport of wrestling.
Kevin Walsh - President
Brad Jennings - Vice President
Howard Rutsky - Secretary
David Johns - Executive Director
The new Jennings Wrestling Facility, the first such facility dedicated solely to wrestling training at Ohio State in years, will replace the Steelwood Athletic Training Facility west of campus on Kenny Road, which is now also used by the school's men's and women's gymnastics, and fencing teams.
According to floorplans at the Ohio State website, the new wrestling facility occupies two levels. The main level features a practice area with five full-size wrestling mats, along with workout equipment ... while the upper level includes coaches' offices, meeting room, and alumni lounge.
Ohio State head wrestling coach Tom Ryan sees the value of the new wrestling facility for current wrestlers as a recruiting tool for would-be Buckeyes.
"When you have a facility to the standard that this one is going to be, it screams value; it screams importance; it screams that when you come here, you are going to be treated in a first-class way," said Ryan.