Why is this news?: Ohio State wrestler Nick Roberts leaves team, Drake begins presidency

Ohio State Athletics

All the big Ohio State news in one helpful place.

"Redshirt Sophomore Nick Roberts has left the Ohio State wrestling team. "

-Land-Grant Holy Land

Land-Grant Holy Land has confirmed that redshirt sophomore 125-pounder Nick Roberts has left the Ohio State wrestling team. No announcement has been made regarding a reason, or if Roberts plans to transfer.

A look at the 2014/15 roster might shed some light on the situation. Had Roberts remained at 125 pounds, he would have been competing with Nathan Tomasello, a top-10 recruit who took a redshirt last season. Tomasello went undefeated last season in open competition and beat Roberts 8-3 in wrestle-offs. Most analysts expected Tomasello to take Roberts’ spot next season. A move up to 133 pounds may have been another possibility for Roberts, but with Johnni DiJulius the established starter, it didn't seem likely. I can’t say for sure, but the expectation is that Roberts is transferring to another school where he will have a better shot at starting.

In the event that he does transfer, whichever school he signs with will be getting a great wrestler. Roberts went 24-15 last season including a sixth-place finish at the Big Ten tournament. Had he stayed at OSU, he would’ve provided excellent depth at the lower weights should Tomasello or DiJulius get injured. He’s good enough to start, though, and it’s tough to fault him for wanting to do just that.

"(Our) priorities are to focus on the things that got us here. This is a wonderful university with a great impact over many, many decades."

-Ohio State President Dr. Michael Drake

Today marked the first day of Dr. Michael Drake’s tenure as the president of The Ohio State University. Drake, the 15th president in the university’s history, replaces the popular E. Gordon Gee who resigned last year after some "controversial" comments.

Drake told The Lantern that "The student voice is critical. One of the things that attracted me to this career is the ability to work with students and teaching, so I hope to continue to do that."

According to the Lantern, Drake will earn an annual salary of $800,000 with the opportunity to earn an additional $200,000 in bonuses each year, including other potential benefits. The university spent $610,000 on the six-month search for its President.

John Diebler is among three Buckeyes who will be coming back from Europe to play in the NBA summer league. The Houston Rockets were the last team to hold Diebler’s rights, but it is unclear which team he will be playing for this summer.

Joining Diebler in the summer league will be DeShaun Thomas, who will play for the San Antonio Spurs. Thomas has spent the last two years playing in France. Dallas Lauderdale will also be playing this summer, representing the Portland Trailblazers.

We’re less than twenty-four hours away from Rutgers and Maryland becoming official Big Ten members and both schools have massive celebrations planned. The first bash took place today in Maryland and, judging by that tweet, Jim Delaney is completely and totally ….thrilled? Yes, let’s go with thrilled.

The "welcome to the Big Ten" party seems to have been a great time. We can only guess that come October 4th when the Ohio State Buckeyes come to Byrd Stadium to give Maryland it’s real "welcome to the Big Ten," the mood won’t be quite so celebratory.

STICK TO SPORTS

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Land-Grant Holy Land

You must be a member of Land-Grant Holy Land to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Land-Grant Holy Land. You should read them.

Join Land-Grant Holy Land

You must be a member of Land-Grant Holy Land to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Land-Grant Holy Land. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker