Kosta Karageorge

Memory of Kosta Karageorge lives on as Buckeyes win wrestling national championship too

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Ohio State’s dream season on the football field did not unfold without a horrible touch of tragedy. Lineman Kosta Karageorge was found dead in a dumpster behind his residence just days before Ohio State took on Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game. The Buckeyes went on to win the College Football Playoff national championship with Michael Bennett wearing Karageorge’s uniform number and the whole team wearing memorial decals in his honor.

On Saturday, it was Ohio State’s wrestling program that had a chance to celebrate and remember their former teammate.

Ohio State won its first NCAA wrestling national championship on Saturday. Karageorge was a member of the wrestling program for three years at the time he walked onto the football program. Similarly to the football team wearing Karageorge’s number on a sticker, the Buckeye wrestlers wore Karageorge’e initials on their uniforms.

Incredible for sure.

Buckeyes to honor Kosta Karageorge with memorial decal

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Ohio State players and coaches paid their respects to Kosta Karageorge today, putting their teammate to rest today, but it will not be their final show of respect. Ohio State players will wear a special memorial decal on the back of their helmets with Karageorge’s number 53 on it when the Buckeyes play for the Big Ten championship Saturday night against Wisconsin in Indianapolis.

The Associated Press reported the news of the decal. The report by the AP also mentioned there will be a moment of silence before the championship game between Ohio State and Wisconsin kicks off in Lucas Oil Stadium.

Karageorge went missing last week before Thanksgiving and was tragically found in a dumpster near his residence, the victim of a self-inflicted gun wound. Karageorge reportedly suffered from problems with concussions and was also a member of Ohio State’s wrestling program. He walked on to the football team this season. He had been a member of Ohio State’s scout team and had not played a down for Ohio State, but his energy and enthusiasm was respected by his teammates.

Karageorge was 22 years old.

Helmet sticker to Eleven Warriors.