News Release – Ohio High School Athletic Association
Executive Director Doug Ute
For Immediate Release – Feb. 23, 2023
RUDIS Named First Title Sponsor of OHSAA Wrestling State Tournament
Ohio-based company will bring the spirit of Olympic wrestling to the OHSAA state tournament
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced that RUDIS is the first title sponsor of the OHSAA wrestling state tournament. Based in Marysville, Ohio, RUDIS is the leading provider of men’s and women’s wrestling shoes, custom team uniforms and gear in the country.
The partnership with RUDIS also coincides with the inclusion of the inaugural OHSAA girls wrestling state tournament, which will be held alongside the boys state tournament. In celebration, RUDIS will release an exclusive gear and apparel collection available for purchase at the Schottenstein Center during the state tournament.
Featuring 10 new custom RUDIS mats on the arena floor, media spotlights and RUDIS booths on the concourse, the OHSAA wrestling state tournament will be held March 10-12 at the Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University.
“RUDIS and the OHSAA have formed a powerful partnership that is a testament to our shared commitment to making wrestling accessible to everyone,” said Jesse Leng, co-founder and CEO of RUDIS. “At RUDIS, we recognize the state tournament’s significance and its integral role in state’s heritage and roots of wrestling. While we sponsor multiple Olympic champions and medalists, we know that some of the most meaningful victories occur by winning a state title. Together, we will ensure that wrestling continues to flourish in Ohio and aim to highlight the greatness of our beloved sport.”
SPECIAL GUESTS AT THE STATE TOURNAMENT
On Saturday, March 11, Team RUDIS members will be at the Schottenstein Center to be recognized and sign autographs near Section 113. Women’s team members in attendance include Sarah Hildebrandt, Amit Alor, Emily Shilson, Kennedy Blades and Korina Blades. The schedule includes:
Kyle Snyder Shoe Signing: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
RUDIS Women’s Team Poster Signing: Noon to 1 PM
Jordan Burroughs Shoe Signing: 6 PM to 8 PM
“We are excited to have RUDIS be a part of our state wrestling tournament and are pleased to connect them with our member schools,” said Doug Ute, OHSAA Executive Director. “We share the same philosophy with RUDIS in that high school sports prepare kids for life. We thank them for their support of high school wrestling and the OHSAA.”
“The OHSAA state tournament is potentially the greatest mix of quality wrestling, pageantry and attendance in our sport for this level,” said Tommy Rowlands, co-founder of RUDIS. “The founders forged their path at this event. We tasted our first meaningful gulp of success that was validated by developing the merits of the sport within us. The state tournament is embedded in the roots of our foundation and RUDIS is proud to be the official partner.”
“The OHSAA wrestling championships is the pinnacle for every wrestler in the state and is the dream for young wrestlers,” said RUDIS co-founder Jeff Jordan. “It is a dream not for days or months, but for years. The state tournament is also a reunion for coaches, wrestlers and fans that have forged lifelong memories. No state tournament in the county compares to Ohio. It is the best show in the country.”
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