Three of the top five teams ranked in the Division I state coaches’
wrestling poll are scheduled to compete Saturday at the Delaware Hayes
Invitational. Massillon Perry, ranked No. 2 in the poll, will be joined by No.
4 Cincinnati Elder and No. 5 Wadsworth along with several other schools. Said Wadsworth coach John Gramuglia: “This is a first class event with top-ranked wrestlers.”
Three of the top five teams ranked in the Division I state coaches’ wrestling poll are scheduled to compete Saturday at the Delaware Hayes Invitational.
Massillon Perry, ranked No. 2 in the poll, will be joined by No. 4 Cincinnati Elder and No. 5 Wadsworth along with several other schools.
Clyde, Columbus DeSales and Hilliard Davidson are among others expected to compete.
“This is a first class event with top-ranked wrestlers,” Wadsworth coach John Gramuglia said.
The event will be a pool format with five guaranteed matches during the day of competition.
Wadsworth (8-1, 7-0 Suburban League), which was fourth at state in 2007, is led by state champion Brad Squire (130-135), who is 26-1 this eason.
Danny Foore (125), a state placer, is 21-8 and state qualifier Ben Buzzelli (275) is 19-5.
The Grizzlies will meet Elder for the first time this season.
“(Elder) is having an outstanding season and have a solid team after watching them at the state duals at Wadsworth in early January,” Gramuglia said. “I am sure they will be a force to contend with this weekend.”
The Panthers are led by senior Tommy Pretty (125) and junior Orlando Scales (215).
Pretty is 28-2 with 15 pins. Scales is 27-0 with 17 pins.
“We wrestled Pretty last year (Squire) and was glad (Pretty) was in the other bracket,” Gramuglia said. “He had a great state tournament. Scales is so athletic for a 215-pounder. Both should win the state title this year.”
Elder coach Dick McCoy told the Cincinnati Enquirer said he likes the format this weekend, but is being cautious with his lineup because of injuries.
“We are holding three of our starters out this week so they are hopefully ready for the GCL tournament next week,” McCoy told the Enquirer.
The Greater Catholic League tournament is Feb. 9 at Dayton Carroll.
Perry, which defeated Uniontown Lake 43-21 to capture the Federal League title Thursday, has been strong all season. Sam White (112), Mike Hillock (119), Danny Genetin (125) and Seth Horner (130) are among the top wrestlers for the Panthers, according to the Canton Repository.
White won the Division I state title at 103 last season.
“Besides Elder, Perry is number two in the state poll and could win the state this year,” Gramuglia said. “Clyde is always tough and Davidson and DeSales are always solid. What a one-day tournament.”
Also in the Cincinnati area:
-Lakota West, ranked No. 8 in the Division I state poll, defeated visiting Harrison 37-27 Thursday night.
-Host Moeller won two matches Thursday night when it defeated Mason 46-16 and Troy Christian 39-19. The Crusaders, ranked No. 31 nationally by Amateur Wrestling News, wrestled for the first time this week since it lost to No. 1 nationally-ranked St. Paris Graham 37-18 Jan. 26.