‘Gas Tank Gary’ Traub leaves Ohio State for Oregon State

COLUMBUS - Making the best of a bad situation and flipping the script is an admirable talent in any discipline, let alone sports.

By the quirks of the coronavirus pandemic and the leniency of the NCAA through their transfer portal rules, former Sycamore wrestler and Ohio State fan-favorite "Gas Tank Gary" Traub will flip more opponents, just not in Columbus.

Gary Traub of OSU goes up against Jack Heyob of Northwestern in the heavyweight class Feb. 9, 2020, at the Covelli Center. Traub won his match over Heyob, a graduate of Cincinnati St. Xavier.

With NCAA athletes being granted an extra year due to COVID-19 and coming off a limited season due to injury and illness, heavyweight Traub will pack his lunch bucket and work ethic and head 2,278 miles away for Corvallis, Oregon, home of the Oregon State Beavers.

When reached about his new opportunity out west, Traub was fishing for bluegill in Blue Ash. Corvallis has bigger ponds and bigger fish and Traub is happy he took the bait to visit and receive their offer. 

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