"From what i have been reading am I correct in saying that I am able to open carry anywhere in the state of Ohio as long as I conform to the gun free zone restrictions just as I would if I carrying concealed?"
You got it. You can open carry. The only thing is, some places (i.e. stores) might not want you to open carry in their establishment. More than likely though, these places won't want you to carry in their establishment at all, open or concealed. You will know them when you see them. They will have a Criminals Welcome (gun buster) sign on the door.