Four-time All-American Tomasello joins Duke coaching staff

Nathan Tomasello (Photo/Tony Rotundo,

DURHAM, N.C. -- Head wrestling coach Glen Lanham announced the addition of decorated collegiate wrestler Nathan Tomasello to his coaching staff Thursday.

"Nathan is already known as a great wrestler," Lanham said. "In addition, he brings his great character to our program. We are excited to welcome him into our program."

Tomasello wrapped up his storied career at Ohio State a four-time All-American, a four-time Big Ten Champion, a four-time Academic All-American and the 2015 NCAA National Champion at 125 pounds. He became just the 15th wrestler in Big Ten history to cap their career with four individual conference crowns.

The national stage became common ground for this Parma, Ohio, native as he also placed third at the NCAA tournament in 2016 (125 lbs.), 2017 (133 lbs.) and 2018 (125 lbs.). To close out his collegiate accolades, Tomasello was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten recipient, a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2015 and 2016), a three-time NWCA All-Academic honoree (2015, 2016, and 2018), and a five-time OSU Scholar-Athlete (2014-18).

Tomasello joins the Blue Devil staff after serving one season as an assistant coach at Upper Arlington High School. There, he coached over 30 high school wrestlers at numerous tournaments throughout the state of Ohio. Tomasello also spent time as a camp counselor for the Ohio State wrestling camps where he planned, organized, and facilitated wrestling activities for boys ages 10-17.

In his redshirt senior season with the Buckeyes, Tomasello placed third at the NCAA Championships, downing four nationally-ranked opponents along the way. What was even more impressive was that he competed the entire season with a torn ACL suffered while wrestling in the U23 World Champion Team Trials the summer before.

During his last four years at OSU, Tomasello compiled a 100-8 overall record with 31 major decisions, 19 technical falls, and 11 falls. In his redshirt season (2013-14), he registered four open tournament championships at 125 pounds and posted a 18-0 record, which included nine major decisions, two technical falls, and three falls.

Prior to OSU, Tomasello was a two-time high school First Team All-American. He amassed a 178-5 high school record - 37-5 as a freshman, 42-0 as a sophomore, 47-0 as a junior and 52-0 as a senior. He graduated as Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy's school record holder for most career victories and most victories in a season.

Tomasello graduated from Ohio State in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. He also received a Master of Science degree in Sports Management from the school in 2018 as well.


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