Many questions are unanswered about NCAA sports this fall. Colleges and universities across the country are struggling to figure out to safely reopen. But with the ongoing pandemic and public health issues a number of University campuses have announced online courses and cancellation of certain sports or postponement to the spring. Phillip Kue was looking forward to competing this season after being a redshirt his first year at the Ohio State University. His hopes to get a chance to compete on the mat for one of the top ranked NCAA wrestling teams may be delayed again due to the pandemic.
Last year Phillip committed to Ohio State University as part of the number one ranked recruiting class in the nation. A graduate of Centennial High School, Kue was one of the most accomplished prep wrestlers in Oregon state history. His high school record was 162-3 and he did not lose a match in his final two seasons. He captured three state titles and was named the 2019 Oregon Prep Wrestler of the Year after posting a perfect 55-0 record in the 132-pound weight class for the Eagles.
Phillip is studying education at Ohio State and plans to become a teacher and wrestling coach. He remains hopeful but like other student athletes he knows it will be hard to safely hold a season. He hopes to compete at the Team USA Wrestling Senior Nationals this October in Iowa. He also plans to compete at the USA Wrestling U.S. Olympic team trails in wresting that have been postponed to 2021.