Conquering Columbus Podcast
About This Show
Conquering Columbus is a brand for those across Central Ohio who are determined to find a way to align their skills, values, and talents in order to make a lasting and long impact during their lifetime on the city of Columbus. With a podcast as our medium, we research and interview those across Columbus, and at times abroad, who have achieved success in areas ranging from business and athletics, to medicine and beyond.
The goals of the Conquering Columbus podcast is to document these individuals stories – from how they got to where they are today, to gaining a better insight into who they are and how they think – and provide our listening base in the city with valuable content to apply to their own lives. We have long term hopes that the podcast will become a central hub for all things extraordinary in Columbus, ultimately inspiring those across the city and connecting dots that otherwise may have been left unconnected for the worse.
Most Recent Episode
Episode 20 | 60 Minutes with Division 1 NCAA Champion and Openly Gay Male, Mike Pucillo
3 days ago
In this episode, we interview former Division 1 NCAA Wrestling Champion and openly gay male, Mike Pucillo. Mike is one of the most accomplished wrestlers to ever set foot on an Ohio State Wrestling mat. In high school, he was a 4 time OHSAA state placer, 3 time finalist, and a 189 lbs State Champion. He went on to be a 3 time All-American at Ohio State, winning a national title in 2008. Throughout his career, Mike also struggled with his identity as a gay male. In 2015, he came out to his friends, family, and the wrestling community. We cover with him what this journey was like, why he’s decided to open up, and what his hopes are for the future for others in the LBGT community that are struggling through the same obstacles he’s faced his entire life.
00:00 – Patreon and our Sponsor AWH
01:55 – Introduction
03:55 – What Mikey’s life is like today
05:00 – Growing up in Cleveland and Mikey’s younger years
07:00 – When did Mikey realize he could be a great wrestler?
09:30 – How Mikey ended up at Hofstra with Coach Tom Ryan
12:30 – Leaving Hofstra for Ohio State
16:05 – Being at Ohio State opened up Mikey’s career
17:38 – Mikey’s journey through college wrestling
19:30 – The first loss in college
21:00 – Teammates and friends
22:10 – Graduation, first job, and battling injuries
24:30 – Leaving wrestling behind
25:50 – Coming out as gay and how wrestling made it difficult
28:45 – Negative connotations and how they can affect people
30:00 – Fearing reactions of friends and family, and how they surprised Mikey
31:20 – The first person Mikey told, and Reece’s reaction to it
33:50 – Athlete Ally and coming out to the wrestling community
36:00 – Negative reactions and dealin