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Nov. 23, 2004

Columbus, Ohio - The Ohio State wrestling team and head coach Russ Hellickson announced Monday the signing of Reece Humphrey to join the Buckeyes in 2005-06. Hellickson, who signed the No. 3-ranked recruit class in 2004, adds a projected 133-pounder that has won Indiana State high school titles in each of the last two seasons.

Humphrey is a product of Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis. In 2004, He concluded an unbeaten junior season at 55-0 with his second state title at 125 pounds, which helped Lawrence North score the Indiana High School Athletic Association team championship. As a sophomore in 2003, Humphrey posted a 45-2 overall mark en route to winning his first IHSAA individual crown at 112 pounds.

Humphrey also has experienced marked success outside the scholastic venue, owning five Indiana State freestyle championships and four Greco-Roman titles. Humphrey's resume is highlighted by a 2004 FILA Junior national championship at 121 pounds and also features a bronze medal at the 2004 USA Wrestling National Greco-Roman Championships and All-American honors on the freestyle side of the event. He also competed in the 2003 Cadet national championships and gained All-American status.

Humphrey is the son of former Buckeye captain Jim Humphrey (1970-72), who claimed All-America honors in 1972 before serving as a graduate assistant and full-time assistant coach at Ohio State from 1973-76.

"Coach Hellickson played a major factor in my decision," Reece Humphrey said."The drill partners in the lighter weights are strong at Ohio State. My mother and father went there and my dad wrestled there. Ohio State is the right place for me."

J. Humphrey later went on to win a silver medal in world competition in 1977 before coaching at the international level with Canada at the 1984 Olympics as freestyle head coach. In 1988, J. Humphrey led the U.S. freestyle squad at the head coach position. J. Humphrey also served as head coach at Indiana from 1984-89 after a five-year stint as an assistant at Oklahoma from 1977-82.

The elder Humphrey is excited for his son to follow in his footsteps at Ohio State and wrestle under Hellickson's direction.

"We are absolutely excited about Reece heading to Ohio State," J. Humphrey said. "My wife and I each went to school at Ohio State. It is a wonderful place. Russ Hellickson and I wrestled together in the 70's and we have known one another forever. He is one of the most loyal men I know and a great coach. We are excited for Reece to work with Russ and his staff. With his great recruiting classes the last two years, we look forward to Reece joining that group and helping Ohio State win a national championship."

Hellickson envisions Humphrey making a quick transition to collegiate wrestling through the influence of his father.

"Reece is a great addition to our lighter weights," Hellickson said. "Has had a lot of success nationally and is one of the best lightweights in the country. He won the national 20-and-under (championship) as a high school junior. His father and I wrestled together on international teams. He was a great coach for the U.S. and Canada. Reece has been around a great wrestling environment his entire life. I think he will jump to the next level and perform well."

Off the mat, Humphrey also plays club hockey in Indianapolis and helped his squad, the Indy Racers, to three Indiana state championships. Reece Humphrey 133 (projected) Lawrence North High School Indianapolis, Ind.

2004 Undefeated as senior at 55-0 in ... Indiana State High School Champion 125 pounds ... FILA Junior National Champion 121 pounds ... USA Wrestling Junior National Greco-Roman Championships Bronze Medalist ... USA Wrestling Junior National Freestyle Championships All-American ... Indiana State High School Association Team Champions ... Great Plains Junior Regional Champion 125 pounds. 2003 Indiana State High School Champion 112 pounds ... finished with season record of 45-2 ... FILA Cadet National Championships All-American ... Central Junior Regional Champion 125 pounds ... Five-time Indiana State Freestyle Champion ... Four-time Indiana State Greco-Roman Champion. Personal Member "Indy Racers" ice hockey club team ... Three-time Indiana State Hockey Champions ... born July 31, 1986 ... High School Coach: Brett Crousore.