picture of Lucas Byrd

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, the La Salle product was the first two time state champion in program history. ranked number one in his class at 120 pounds, Byrd has also won prestigious tournaments such as Super 32, Escape the Rock, and was a runner - up at Ironman. Byrd was initially a Maryland commit, but reopened his commitment after the university moved on from then head coach Kerry McCoy. Byrd decided to go with the Fighting Illini of Illinois as his college posting an 11-4 overall record during his redshirt year with a title at the Findlay open at 133 pounds. Once the 2021 season came around, Bryrd seemed primed and ready to step into the Illinois line up at 133 pounds.


Young Bucks: A Season With Ohio State (Ep. 2: The First Test)

Sep 20, 2023

We pick up with the Ohio State Buckeyes as they prepare for and compete in the first competition of the season, the Michigan State Open and dive into the stories of their standout freshmen.

Nick Feldman dealt with and injury that eventually lead to season ending surgery.

Nic Bouzakis lost his brother in a tragic battle with cancer.

Jesse Mendez enters the Michigan State open with hopes to win the bracket that included a 2x NCAA All-American.

And freshmen Luke Geog and Seth Shumate meet in the finals of the Michigan State Open to determine who will wrestle 197 and who will have to go down to 184.