The wrestling postseason begins this weekend with sectional tournaments and as usual, Lakewood St. Edward enters as the team to beat in Division I. The Eagles are searching for their 12th straight state title and 24th overall. Look for Massillon Perry and Cincinnati Moeller to push Eds.
Below we take a look at the D-I postseason and what teams and wrestlers to watch.
The wrestling postseason begins this weekend with sectional tournaments
and as usual, Lakewood St. Edward enters as the team to beat in
Division I. The Eagles are searching for their 12th straight state
title and 24th overall. Look for Massillon Perry and Cincinnati Moeller
to push Eds. Individual competition should be fierce.
Here is a look at some of the wrestlers to keep an eye on at each weight class (all classes in each division are based on projections as of mid-February; competitors may elect to wrestle at a different weight class than projected here).
* 103: The lower weight classes in the Buckeye State are a treasure trove of talent. One of many to watch is sophomore Gus Sako of Lakewood St. Edward, the favorite to win this class. But Sako will have tough competition from Jacob Corrill of Cincinnati Moeller, Korey Mines of Maple Heights, and Nick Hannan of Massillon Perry.
* 112: Seeing who comes out on top in this class will indeed be interesting. The crop is headlined by former state champs Steve Mitcheff of Elyria and Sam White of Massillon Perry as well as former placers and Jamie Clark of St. Edward. Another to watch is Jerome Robinson of Cleveland St. Ignatius.
* 119: This weight class seems to be a bit more wide open, with three of the top names being Garrett Henry of Solon, Kyle Ciccarello of Lyndhurst Brush, and Scott Fuller of Toledo Waite. Any of those competitors could win this class.
* 125: Led by four wrestlers who have a fourth-place state finish or higher to their credit, 125 is another class that should feature strong competition for the top spot. The names to watch – Dan Genetin of Massillon Perry, Tommy Pretty of Cincinnati Elder, Scott Mattingly of Uniontown Lake, and Pierce Harger of Cincinnati Moeller.
* 130: Whoever wins the 130-pound class will have earned it. Former state champion Brad Squire of Wadsworth leads the pack, along with the wrestler he defeated to win last year’s 119 crown, Ryan Fields of West Chester Lakota West, who will be trying to avoid his fourth straight second-place finish. Another to watch will be former state runner-up Nick Sulzer of St. Edward, as well as former third-place finisher Joe Parra of Barberton.
* 135: A common phenomenon in high school wrestling is a particular wrestler looming so large over a certain weight class that other wrestlers make it a point to compete elsewhere. Such is the case at Division I 135, which is expected to be the showcase for St. Edward junior Collin Palmer. Palmer as of press time had yet to lose a match this season and was ranked No. 1 nationally in this weight class. He is the overwhelming favorite to wrap up his third title in three years.
* 140: Yet another strong weight class, 140 features former state champ and runner up Richie Spicel of Brunswick. He’ll have to navigate a brutal field that includes former third-place finishers Kyle Lang of Brecksville and David Habat of Cleveland St. Ignatius, who are just two of the many strong competitors in this class.
* 145: History is likely to be made at 145, where nationally-ranked senior Tony Jameson of Austintown-Fitch is projected to become the 16th wrestler in Ohio history to win four state championships.
* 152: The decided favorite at 152 is Westerville North’s Jesse Dong, who fell in last year’s 145 finals to three-time champ Kevin Hardy of Solon. Dong’s closest competition could come from Massillon Perry’s Nick Heflin.
* 160: Regarded as being not as strong of a weight class as most of the lower weights, the 160 field seems a bit more open. The names to watch include Chris Klein of Westerville North, J.T. Rice of Hilliard Davidson, and Marc Bryan of St. Ignatius.
* 171: Senior Brian Roddy is expected to add another state championship to the St. Edward library in this weight class. Roddy is the defending champion at 171 and a strong favorite over the rest of the field.
* 189: This class could very well come down to two wrestlers who were undefeated as of press time – Cody Lamberg of Akron Kenmore and Andrew Tumlin of Harrison. Also watch for Greg Isley of Sylvania Southview.
* 215: The two names to watch here are seniors Adam Cogar of Barberton and Orlando Scales of Cincinnati Elder, who finished at second and third place respectively at 189 last year. Also watch for Cody Smith of Beavercreek to make noise here.
* 285: Lots of new faces dot the heavyweight class this year. The top four competitors could be Cody Beatty of Grove City Central Crossing, Josh Kline of Mason, Matt Pritchard of Clayton Northmont, and James Meder of Parma Heights Valley Forge.