From Dream Stage Entertainment
September 10, 2004
LOS ANGELES, California - PRIDE FIGHTING super star Kevin "The Monster" Randleman has been inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame of his alma mater, Ohio State University. Based on his impressive accomplishments as an amateur wrestler for OSU, Randleman was voted in by the Ohio State Varsity "O" Association. The class of 2004 will be officially inducted on Friday, September 10th and then introduced to the public during halftime of the Marshall-Ohio State football game in Ohio Stadium on Saturday, September 11th. Since 1993 a total of 59 women have been inducted; 210 men have been honored since 1977.

The 2004 class includes 12 new members (eight men and four women) ranging in sports from swimming to football. Randleman's OSU career spanned from 1991 to 1993 and he enters the hall of fame as one of the finest amateur wrestlers in the history of the university. His accomplishments include: being a two-time national champion in the 177-pound weight class in 1992 and 1993 ... finishing second in the nation in 1991 ... first two-time national champion in the history of Ohio State wrestling ... three-time All-American (1991, 1992, 1993) ... Ohio State's first three-time Big Ten champion ... three-time All-Big Ten selection ... finished the 1992 season with a record of 42-0-3, becoming the second Buckeye to record an undefeated season.

As a member of Mark Coleman's "Hammer House" team, Randleman translated this success as a wrestler into a career in mixed martial arts. His first MMA match was in 1996 and he later joined PRIDE FC in 2002. In 2004 he was invited to compete in PRIDE FC's prestigious heavyweight Grand Prix. Though he did not win the tournament, his knockout of Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic during the first round remains as one of the lasting images of the competition as well as one of the greatest MMA highlights in recent years.

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