The Ohio State University Men’s Rugby season will begin Labor Day (Sept. 3rd) Afternoon (3:00 p.m.) up north (no not up there!) at Bowling Green.

The Buckeyes are currently ranked by the D1A National College Rugby for the 2018 Season at 18. The hopes would have been to be higher, but solid work against a good Big Ten field will prop that number up.

The Buckeyes roster has changed a little, Captain Santino Cua, has graduated and moved on.  Gone also are Jack Bengel and JoJo Eramo.  Rosters do change and new blood arrives.  In the now – congratulations are in order for Spencer Krueger on being named an All-American by USA Rugby. Spencer will also serve as team captain for the Buckeyes this season; as the Sophomore begins his development following a wonderful Freshmen Season.
The Buckeyes Roster for the 2018 season will be:

Name                           Position                        Ht       Wt          Year                   Home-Town

Anderson, Jim             Lock                            6’2″      210        Sophomore      Monclova, OH
Becker, Albert              Flanker                        5’11”   200         Freshman        Rocky River, OH
Bell, Alex                       Lock                            6’6″     195         Sophomore     Cincinnati, OH
Bowman, Nigel            Prop                             5’8″     290         Sophomore     Columbus, OH
Bruce, Daniel                8 man/Flanker           5’11”   205         Sophomore     Hudson, OH
Campbell, Andrew       Lock/Flanker             6’0”      208         Sophomore     Boca Raton, FL
Casey, Xavier                Wing                            5’2      125         Sophomore     Columbus, OH
Chesko, David              Scrum-half                  5’9″     170         Freshman       Cincinnati, OH
Dawson, Nick               Prop                             5’11”   220         Freshman       Bartlett, IL
Forrestal, Ronan          Fullback                       5’11”   185         Senior             Cleveland, OH
Frazier, Bryce               Flanker                         5’8”     170          Junior             Springfield, OH
Garven, Liam                Flanker                         5’8       175         Junior          Middleburg Heights, OH
Gilhousen, Kev             Wing                             5’9”      188         Junior          Brunswick, OH
Gill, Gavin                      Fly-half                         6’1″      190          Freshman   Rocky River, OH
Heister, Nate                 Lock/8 Man                6’2″       215         Sophomore   Cincinnati, OH
Hess, Derek                   Hooker/Flanker          5’8″       185        Sophomore   Hudson, Ohio
Kirk, Joel                        Prop                              5′ 11″    245       Junior             Columbus, OH
Kreutzer, Aaron             Center/Wing                6’3″       190      Junior             Columbus, OH
Krueger, Spencer          Prop                              6’1″       235       Sophomore   Arlington Heights, IL
Kyser, Andrew               Prop                              6’5″       300       Senior            Columbus, OH
Mathews, Michael        Fly-half                         6’1″       185       Junior             Westlake, OH
Maul, Tyler                     Flanker                         5’5″       185       Junior             Darien, CT
McCabe, Bill                  Hooker                          5’6″       165       Freshman      Cleveland, OH
McLaughlin, Quinn       Hooker/Flanker           5’10”     190       Sophomore    Wadsworth, OH
Meadows, Joey            Wing/Center                6’1”         190       Sophomore    Miamisburg, OH
Mincher, Collen            Center/Wing                6’2″         195      Junior             North Royalton, OH
Mulholand, Sean          Lock                             6’4″          230      Junior            Worthington, Ohio
O’Brien, Josef               8 man/Flanker            6’1″         185       Freshman     Chagrin Falls, OH
Pera, Franklin               Fullback                       6’3″          220       Senior           Memphis, TN
Richards, Ben               Hooker/Flanker          5’10”        200       Sophomore   Barberton, OH
Romp, Boniface           Wing/Outside Center 5’9″         175        Freshman     Perrysburg, OH
Rychlik, PJ                    Scrum-half/Wing        5’10″        160        Freshman     Ridgefield, CT
Skelly, Nolan                Wing/Center                6’4″          215       Sophomore  Avon Lake OH
Smith, Nate                  Flanker/Inside Center 5’10”      205        Sophomore Cincinnati, OH
Stauder, Matthew        8 Man                            6’2″        200         Senior          Strongsville, OH
Stefancin, Kevin          Scrum-half/Prop          5’7″        160         Junior          Cleveland, OH
Taylor, Nate                  Scrum-half/ Wing        6’2”        170        Junior            Brunswick, OH
Trexler, Brad                 Fullback                        6’0″         170       Sophomore   Hudson, OH
Vanderhoof, Tim         Center/Wing                 5’8″         185       Sophomore    Lorain, OH
Varner, Mark                 Lock                              6’3″          220       Senior             Arlington, VA

2018 Schedule

9/3 @ Bowling Green 3PM                                      10/6 @ Illinois 1PM
9/7 H Cincinnati 6PM                                               10/13 @ Indiana 1PM
9/15 H Purdue 1PM                                                  10/20 H Wisconsin 1PM
9/29 @ Penn State TBD                                           10/27 H Michigan 1PM
11/10 @ Big Ten Championships

The D1A National Rankings are:

Rank                     Team                                                      Previous Rank

1                            Life                                                               1
2                            Cal                                                                2
3                            Lindenwood                                                3
4                            Saint Mary’s                                                4
5                            Penn State                                                   5
6                            Army                                                             7
7                            BYU                                                               6
8                            Navy                                                             8
9                            Arizona                                                        9
10                         Arkansas State                                           10
11                         Notre Dame College                                  12
12                         Grand Canyon                                             11
13                         Central Washington                                   14
14                         Indiana                                                         13
15                         San Diego State                                          16
16                         Cal Poly                                                        15
17                          Kutztown                                                     17
18                         Ohio State                                                    18
19                         Utah Valley                                                   N/Ranked
20                         UC Davis                                                       20

Let’s get ready Buckeye fans for some Rugby! I know I’m ready.