Former Ohio State Wrestler Kirk Nail on Why He Rides in Pelotonia

Kirk Nail Ohio State Wrestler

Former Ohio State All-American Wrestler Kirk Nail has participated in Pelotonia the past four years, but for Pelotonia 16, he’s stepping it up a notch with the help of some fellow Buckeyes.

This year, Nail has formed a peloton of former Ohio State wrestlers to ride together with Team Buckeye.

“When you step back from the day-to-day life, you realize you’ve committed yourself to this ride and raising the money for this ride, and that what we are doing is making a positive impact on people’s lives,” Nail said. “And that is hands down the most important thing you can do.”

After a collective nine-year battle, Nail lost two grandparents to cancer in 2014 – both of whom were treated at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

It is from them that Nail draws his inspiration to ride.

“My family members who have been impacted by cancer motivate me to do something to make a positive change for future generations.”

Nail will ride 100 miles in Pelotonia 16 and raise money for cancer research at the same hospital where his grandparents were treated, with his “brotherhood” of wrestlers by his side.

“The most important thing is getting to our fundraising goal and knowing that 100 percent of the money we raise is going to support cancer research right here at Ohio State.”

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