Tommy Rowlands

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Tommy Rowlands
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Personal information
Nationality Flag of the United States.svg American
Born (1981-06-03) June 3, 1981 (age 39)
Weight229 lb (104 kg)
Sport Freestyle wrestling
College team Ohio State Buckeyes

Tommy Rowlands (born June 3, 1981 in Columbus, Ohio) is a retired American wrestler.

Rowlands wrestled for The Ohio State University from 2001-2004. During his career at Ohio State, he was a 2x NCAA Champion, 3x NCAA Finalist, 4x NCAA All-American, and 2x Big Ten Champion. He is the career record holder at Ohio State for takedowns (705), wins (164), and team points (703). Rowlands graduated from Bishop Ready High School in Columbus Ohio 1999. He was a two-time Ohio state champion (1997-99) and the 1999 National High School champion with a career high school record of 167-10 with 98 pins. He was also 2001 Big Ten freshman of the year.

Following graduation from Ohio State in 2004, Rowlands had a successful international wrestling career. From 2004-2012, he was a University World Champion, Pan-Am Champion, 2x U.S. Open Champion, and 6x U.S. National Team Member. Rowlands was narrowly defeated in the finals of the Olympic Trials in 2008 & 2012 and became one of the few 2x Olympic Alternates in American wrestling history. He retired from competition following the 2012 Olympic Trials.

Rowlands co-hosted a weekly wrestling podcast with Ben Askren called the T-Row & Funky Show.

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