Oklahoma announces addition of Heflin to staff

Nick Heflin throws Bo Nickal at the U.S. Open (Photo/Tony Rotundo,

NORMAN -- Oklahoma wrestling coach Lou Rosselli announced Thursday the addition of Nick Heflin to his staff as an assistant coach.

Heflin joins the Sooners after spending the last two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at Princeton. Heflin helped lead the Tigers to their seventh top-25 finish in program history in 2016-17 after sending seven student-athletes to the NCAA Championships, including freshman All-American Matthew Kolodzik. In 2015-16 under Heflin's direction, 197-pounder Brett Harner earned the EIWA crown and reach the podium at the national tournament. The Massillon, Ohio, native, who competed collegiately at Ohio State University, also worked closely with Princeton's Regional Training Center.

"I'm very excited about being in Norman," Heflin said. "I get the opportunity to coach with someone who coached me. It's kind of crazy how life works out, and I'm excited to be joining Oklahoma and helping lead their program. Lou coming on staff is huge. He helped me tremendously throughout my career as a wrestler and helped raise my level as a competitor. I know Oklahoma made a great decision in hiring Lou, and I'm excited to be joining that staff and this new direction the Sooners are going in."

A three-time All-American for the Buckeyes and the 2014 NCAA Runner-Up at 197 pounds, Heflin wrestled for Rosselli at Ohio State from 2010-2014. After graduating, he worked as a strength coach with both the Ohio State football and wrestling teams and with the Ohio Regional Training Center before joining the Princeton staff.

"Nick will be a great addition to our OU program and this coaching staff," Rosselli said. "He will be able to train and coach our upper weights, so we are very excited about Nick's arrival in Norman."

Earlier this month, Heflin placed third at 86kg at the U.S. Open in Las Vegas. He has a degree in human nutrition from Ohio State.


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hostcity (1) about 1 year ago
Great to see him leave Columbus. By the way, you can get daily updates on the Ohio State football team from the team of 3 beat writers on the Cleveland Plain Dealer. This is the same paper that gives little or no respect to their local college athletes (15 schools within 1 hour drive of Cleveland). I repeat, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's sports page is so far up the rear end of Ohio State University that they cannot see straight. Just read the daily amount of articles on the Ohio State football team. Last July, it was 125 articles on the Ohio State football team and -0- on the 14 local college football teams.
BuckeyeWrestler2000 (1) about 11 months ago
I understand your sentiment, but the Plain Dealer covers THE Ohio State University because 1) Cleveland IS in the State of Ohio, 2) Ohio State is by far the largest university in Ohio and goes back and forth yearly with a handful of other schools as the largest university in the Nation, 3) is the only Big Ten school and Power 5 Conference School in Ohio (Cincinnati was one until the Big East was dismantled except basketball and the AAC is not a Power 5 conference), 4) the national media covers Ohio State regularly so why wouldn't the largest newspaper in the state cover it, and 5) Ohio State wins and people follow winners.

So as you can see, there are plenty of reasons to complain about their coverage, but all the Plain Dealer is doing is replicating any media coverage, which is covering the bigger stories. You don't see a bunch of Division II and Division III schools getting the bulk of the coverage on ESPN, do you? Well neither will the Plain Dealer cover more of the smaller schools in Ohio than the flagship university of the state and only school from a Power 5 conference that has a strong tradition of winning at the highest level of college athletics.