although they are mostly at one school. Nine-time state champ St. Paris
Graham is locked and loaded, returning nine wrestlers who qualified for
the state championships in 2007. Included in that group are junior David Taylor and senior Ben Jordan who are going for thier third state titles. Oak Harbor senior Cody Magrum is also looking to cap his career with a trifecta.
Some of America’s finest wrestlers can be found in Division II, although they are mostly at one school. Nine-time state champ St. Paris Graham is locked and loaded, returning nine wrestlers who qualified for the state championships in 2007.
It starts with junior David Taylor, a two-time state champion at 103 who finished the 2006-07 campaign rated as the No. 1 wrestler in America at his weight class. Taylor (44-1) will be a heavy favorite to win his third title this year. Junior James Inghram of Hunting Valley University School, junior Alex Minnard of Lancaster Fairfield Union, and senior Wayne Garbrandt of Uhrichsville Claymont – the second-, third- and fourth-place finishers, respectively – will also be back this year.
The 112-pound class saw a freshman winner in Cody Garbrandt of Uhrichsville Claymont. Garbrandt bested Graham’s Zach Neibert, a sophomore at the time. Both will be names to watch from last year’s 112 bracket as will third-place finisher and three-time placer Johnny Papesh of Aurora (sr.) and two-time placers in senior Kyle Gilchrist of Jefferson Area, junior Jacob Garringer of Washington Court House Miami Trace, and junior Nate Westfall of Mentor Lake Catholic.
Champions from the 119 and 125 class have graduated, but some fine wrestlers return, including 119 second-place finisher Brad Wulkie (soph.) of University School, 125 second-place finisher Tieler Severance (sr.) of Thornville Sheridan, and 125 third-place finisher and two-time placer Brian Stephens (sr.) of St. Paris Graham.
Two talented and experienced wrestlers return from the 130 class – state champion Aaron Sulzer (sr.) of Parma Heights Holy Name and third-place finisher Chase Skonieczny (sr.) of Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit. The 135 class yielded a surprising result last year as senior Jeffrey Pelton of Bellevue upset two-time state champion Ben Jordan of St. Paris Graham, but Jordan (43-5) is back for his senior year and will be rated among the top wrestlers in the nation at his weight class of choice.
The top finishers at the 140-pound class all graduated, but plenty comes back from 145, starting with state champion Coby Boyd of St. Paris Graham. Boyd, a senior this year, finished the season 45-2 and was rated among the top 10 nationally at the 140-pound class. Also returning is runner-up Kirk Tank (sr.) of Oak Harbor and third-place finisher Danny Michaels (sr.) of Clyde.
One of the top returning wrestlers in Division II will be 152-pound champ Eric Cubberly (51-1) of Pemberville Eastwood. Cubberly came away with his first state title last season after placing as a freshman and sophomore. Also watch for another other one of the Uhrichsville Claymont Garbrandts, Zach, who placed fourth at 152 last year as a sophomore.
The 160-pound class lost perhaps the top wrestler in Ohio last year in three-time state champ Colt Sponseller of Millersburg West Holmes. But that weight class returns another Graham senior standout in fourth-place finisher Zac Thomusseit. Coming back from 171 will be one of the premier wrestlers of the higher weight classes in senior Cody Magrum (Oak Harbor), who won 171 as both a sophomore and junior and will be shooting for title number three, as well as third-place finisher Jeremy Foster of Pemberville Eastwood (sr.).
Among the names to watch from the upper weight classes are 189 second-place finisher Matt Fisher (sr.) of Sandusky Perkins, 189 fourth-place finisher Kevin Bailey of Walsh Jesuit (sr.), 215 fourth-place finisher Zach Pummill of Germantown Valley View (sr.), heavyweight runner-up and two-time placer John Hiles of Columbus De Sales (sr.), and Graham heavyweight and two-time placer Adam Walls (jr.).