Dustin Carter and his quest to make Columbus. Mission accomplished. Carter, along with Ohio's other elite high school wrestlers, invade OSU's Schottenstien Center this weekend for the 71st annual State Wrestling Championships. Below we take a look at some of the top storylines and provide information all fans headed to the Schott need to know.
If you are a wrestling fan with a pulse you know about Hillsboro senior Dustin Carter and his quest to make Columbus. Mission accomplished.
Despite the loss of all four limbs to a rare blood disease (bacterial meningitis) at age 5, Carter attained his goal of reaching the state wrestling meet with a third place finish at the Division II Goshen district.
Carter takes a 39-2 record into Thursday’s 103-pound first round match with Cambridge sophomore Andrew Bertubin. Carter’s only two losses this season, both by one point, are to Graham freshman Nick Brascetta.
In addition to being showcased on national TV shows such as Inside Edition and being hounded by local, regional and national (New York Times) media, Carter has remained focused on making state.
Now his attention turns to placing.
Carter’s story isn’t the only one of note this weekend at the state wrestling championships, which will be held Thursday-Saturday at Ohio State’s Value City Arena.
Below we take a look at several other notable storylines and provide an in depth guide of what you need to know should you decide to head to the state meet.
RESTED AND REFRESHED
Dayton Christian senior Brennan Black is an unlikely entrant in the Division III 152-pound bracket. A senior, Black was a state qualifier as a sophomore but didn’t wrestle last season. He came back this year and is 43-0 heading into his first round match with Genoa Area senior Doug Wagner. Black, the Kettering Fairmont district champion, was left off of the Brakeman report.
Pemberville Eastwood senior Jeremy Foster and Oak Harbor senior Cody Magrum met for the third straight year in the D-II Fostoria district 189-pound final last weekend with Magrum earning a 4-1 decision. Don’t count out a possible state championship rematch. Magrum, a two-time state champion, is headed to Ohio State. Foster is a two-time state placer.
TWICE AS NICE
Milford senior Kyle Krummert is looking to become the school’s first two-time state placer. Krummert placed sixth at 125 pounds in D-I last year and takes a 39-4 record into his 135 first round match Thursday.
DIVISION I DOMINANCE
As usual Lakewood St. Edward commands respect and attention in Division I. The Eagles are going for their 12th straight D-I state title and 24th overall. St. Ed enters the state meet with 11 qualifiers and six district champions. The Eagles are powered by two-time state champion Colin Palmer ()junior, 135) and defending state champion Brian Roddy (senior, 171).
LONG TIME COMING
Dayton Jefferson Township senior Jacob Mendenhall is the first Broncos wrestler to compete in the state tournament since 1973. He takes a 43-7 record into his D-III 152-pound first round match.
FIRST TIME CHAMPION
Avon Lake senior Mark Tomanek became his school’s first D-I district champion last week when he manufactured a 9-4 decision over St. Ignatius’s Marc Bryan in the 160 pound final at the Marion Harding district. Tomanek (38-2) will try to keep the momentum going when he meets Austintown-Fitch senior Josh Pankewicz (25-12) in Thursday’s opening round. The Shoremen haven't had a state placer since Erik Mathisen was runner-up in D-II at 215 in 1997.
KEEP AN EYE ON
Bedford St. Peter Chanel qualified seven wrestlers to the D-III state tournament and four are freshman. Chanel finished second to Waynedale at the Maple Heights district.
STATE WRESTLING MEET VITALS (From OHSAA Reports)
WHAT: 71st Annual State Wrestling Tournaments
WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Value City Arena in the Jerome Schottenstein Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus (corner of Lane Avenue and Olentangy River Road)
TIME/EVENTS: Session 1—Thursday, 3:00 p.m.; Session 2—Friday, 10:00 a.m.; Session 3—Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Session 4—Saturday, 10:00 a.m.; Session 5—Saturday, 5:50 p.m.
ADMISSION: All-session and single-session tickets are currently available at the Ohio State University Athletic Ticket Office, located in the southeast corner of the Jerome Schottenstein Center. All-session tickets are $50 each (Terrace Level only) and single-session tickets are $13 each. There are additional processing fees for online and credit card orders. For more information, contact the OSU Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-GO-BUCKS, or order on-line at ticketmaster.com.
PARKING: With Ohio State classes in session and some lots not available during restricted hours, parking will be at a premium. Parking for the media in designed lots is limited and not everyone who is covering the event can be accommodated with special parking.
10TH YEAR AT THE SCHOTT: This will be the 10th year the tournaments will be held at The Ohio State University’s Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. Capacity is approximately 15,800 for the first four rounds and 16,300 for the finals when more floor seats become available for the three-mat layout. OSU was the home for the state tourney from 1959-69 and again from 1971-89, with most of those tournaments held at St. John Arena. Prior to moving back to Columbus, the tournament was held at Wright State University’s Nutter Center from 1991-98.
Matches will occur concurrently on 10 mats (a maximum of eight mats were used at Wright State) during the first two sessions, and the championship matches will take place concurrently on three mats during the fifth session, which begins at 5:50 on Saturday following the Parade of Champions.
The all-sessions record attendance of 75,582 was set in 2003.
MORE TOURNAMENT INFO: Six-hundred seventy-two wrestlers from 309 schools will participate in 1,260 matches to help determine state champions in 14 weight classes in each of the three divisions this weekend. The number of matches increased in 2005 when a seventh-eighth place match was added in each weight class.
JAMESON LEADS INDIVIDUAL STANDOUTS: Youngstown Austintown-Fitch (Division I) 145-pounder Tony Jameson is seeking to become the 16th Ohio wrestler to win four state championships. He has won past titles at 103, 119 and 135. Seven other wrestlers will be going for gold medal No. 3: Division I-Lakewood St. Edward junior Collin Palmer (135); Division II-St. Paris Graham Local senior Ben Jordan (145); Oak Harbor senior Cody Magrum (189), and St. Paris Graham Local junior David Taylor (112), and Division III-Casstown Miami East senior Ryan Gambill (135); Dayton Miami Valley School senior Daniel Kolodzik (130), and Marion Pleasant senior Jedd Moore (152).
TEAMS ON STREAKS: St. Edward (I) and St. Paris Graham Local (II) are looking to win their 12th and eighth consecutive state titles, respectively. Already Ohio’s wrestling leader, St. Edward is looking for its 24th championship overall, while Graham is looking to move into a tie for second place in Ohio with its 10th overall title.
TOURNAMENT HISTORY: As mentioned, this is the 71st year for the OHSAA state wrestling tournaments.
The following is a divisional breakdown of the tournament over the years:
1938-70 — OHSAA one-class tournament format
1971-75 — OHSAA two-class tournament format (Class AAA—large schools; Class A-AA—small schools)
1976-87 — OHSAA three-class tournament format (Class AAA—large schools; Class AA—mid-sized schools;
Class A—small schools)
1988- — OHSAA three-division tournament format (Division I—large schools; Division II—mid-sized schools; Division III—small schools)
MOST INDIVIDUAL TITLES IN SAME YEAR: Cleveland West holds the state tournament record for most individual championships in the same year when it had six in 1951 (121, 128, 134, 139, 155 and 165). The 128-pound champ was former lengendary OHSAA wrestling official and state rules interpreter Vince Matteucci, who will be present again at this year’s tournament.
ST. EDWARD SETS TEAM POINTS RECORD; GRAHAM BREAKS DIV. II MARK: St. Edward broke its own record for points for all divisions last year when it had 229, eclipsing the mark of 210 it had previously set in the 2006 state tournament. Graham Local’s 208.5 points set a new standard for Division II and was the first time a team had eclipsed the 200-point barrier in that division. Schools with over 200 points at the state ournament: St. Edward-229 (2007, Division I); St. Edward-210 (2006, Division I); St. Edward-209.5 (2005, Division I); St. Paris Graham Local-208.5 (2007, Division II), and Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit-203 (1995, Division I).
ALL-TIME CHAMPIONSHIPS: Fifty-four schools have won 140 state championships since 1938. The number of titles won and the schools: (23 titles/1 school)—Lakewood St. Edward (2007-06-05-04-03-02-01-00-99-98-97-92-89-87-86-85-84-83-82-81-80-79-78); (10 titles/1 school)—Maple Heights (1974-71-69-68-67-66-63-62-57-56); 9 titles/1 school)—St. Paris Graham Local (2007-06-05-04-03-02-01-98-82); (8 titles/1 school)—Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit (2000-99-97-96-95-94-93-91); (7 titles/1 school)—Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic (2006-05-04-03-02-00-94); (5 titles/2 schools)—Akron Coventry (1996-93-80-79-78), Cleveland West Tech (1953-48-46-45-44); (4 titles/4 schools)—Bedford St. Peter Chanel (1988-87-86-83), Cleveland John Hay (1943-41-40-39), Delta (1999-98-96-89), Richmond Heights (1984-83-80-79); (3 titles/4 schools)—Cleveland West (1951-50-47); Columbus St. Francis DeSales (1977-74-71); Euclid/Euclid Shore (1958-52-49); Summit Station Licking Heights (1985-77-76); (2 titles/6 schools)—Bridgeport (1988-59), Columbus Bishop Ready (1990-82), Garfield Heights (1994-60), Medina Highland (1981-75), Ravenna Southeast (1991-73), Toledo St. Francis DeSales (1970-64); (1 title/33 schools)—Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (2001),
Aurora (1995), Barnesville (1984), Bay Village Bay (1972), Bedford (1955), Bluffton (1981), Cadiz (1987), Chagrin Falls Kenston (1972), Cleveland Heights (1976), Cleveland John Marshall (1961), Cleveland St. Ignatius (1988), Cleveland Villa-Angela/St. Joseph (1990), Clyde (1995), Eastlake North (1975), Elyria (1973), Lakewood (1948), Macedonia Nordonia (1977), Mantua Crestwood (1976), Mentor Lake Catholic (1989), Middlefield Cardinal (1978), Newbury (1986), North Canton Hoover (1965), Oregon Cardinal Stritch (1985), Parma Valley Forge (1972), Ravenna (1993), Shaker Heights (1954), Solon (1990), Streetsboro (1997), Thompson Ledgemont (1992), Troy Christian (2007), Uhrichsville Claymont (1992), Wadsworth (1942), West Liberty Salem (1991).
2007 REVIEW: 70th Annual OHSAA State Wrestling Tournaments, Mar. 1, 2 and 3, 2007, Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus.
Division I: Lakewood St. Edward won the championship with a record 229 points, eclipsing the previous record of 210 points it set in 2006. It was the Eagles’ 23rd championship and 11th in a row, which broke its own state record when the school won 10 straight between 1978 and 1987. Head Coach Greg Urbas also won his 12th championship, which is the most for an Ohio grappling coach, breaking the mark of 11 held by his predecessor, Howard Ferguson. Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller finished second for the third time with 115 points.
Winning championships for St. Edward were sophomore Collin Palmer at 125, senior Sean Nemac at 160, junior Brian Roddy at 171 and senior Chris Honeycutt at 189. It was Nemac’s third title and Palmer’s second.
Others who won third championships were Youngstown Austintown-Fitch junior Tony Jameson (135) and Solon senior Kevin Hardy (145), while Massillon Perry senior Thomas Straughn (152) won his second crown. St. Edward’s Honeycutt and Wadsworth freshman Brad Squire (119) were the only big school wrestlers to finish with unbeaten records.
St. Edward won last week’s district tournament at Marion Harding and advanced 11 wrestlers to this week’s state tournament. Six of those wrestlers were district champions.
Division II: St. Paris Graham Local won its ninth state championship and seventh straight with a divisional record 208.5 points. Ravenna, state titlists in 1993, was second with 86 points. The old record for points was 191.5 set by Graham in 2003. Winning a second title for the Falcons was sophomore David Taylor (103), while senior Cordell Longstreath (119) and junior Coby Boyd (145) also won crowns. One of the school’s runners-up was junior Ben Jordan (135), who was seeking his third championship.
Millersburg West Holmes senior Colt Sponseller (160) won his third state championship, while winning second titles were Oak Harbor junior Cody Magrum (171), Beloit West Branch senior Nathan Sharp (285) and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy senior John Weakley (189). Sponseller, Galion senior Matt Clum (215) and Ravenna senior Matt Reedy (140) were the only undefeated wrestlers in the division.
Graham won last week’s district tournament at Goshen and advanced 13 wrestlers to this week’s state tournament. Eleven of those wrestlers were district champions.
Division III: A tight Division III race saw a first-time winner when Troy Christian, runner-up in 2006, edged Marion Pleasant, 154 to 151.5. It was the closest finish in the division since 2001, when Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary edged Bedford St. Peter Chanel by one-and-a-half points. The win by Troy Christian ended a streak of six consecutive titles for Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic, which placed third with 65.5 points.
Winning state championships for Troy Christian were junior Ben Sergent at 112, senior Casey Thome at 135 and sophomore Zach Toal at 140.
Capturing their second state championships were Casstown Miami East junior Ryan Gambill at 130, Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic senior Pat Harrington at 119, Dayton Miami Valley School junior Daniel Kolodzik at 125 and Genoa Area senior Nick Purdue at 189. Harrington was the only Division III wrestler to finish the season unbeaten.
Troy Christian won last week’s district tournament at Kettering Fairmont and advanced eight wrestlers to this week’s state tournament. Five of those wrestlers were district champions.
2008 TOP-RANKED TEAMS (State Wrestling Coaches Association Final Poll):
Division I — Lakewood St. Edward
Division II — St. Paris Graham
Division III — Troy Christian
RETURNING STATE CHAMPIONS
Tony Jameson, Sr., Youngstown Austintown-Fitch, 145 (2007-135, 2006-119, 2005-103)
Steve Mitcheff, Sr., Elyria, 112 (2006-103)
Collin Palmer, Jr., Lakewood St. Edward, 135 (2007-125, 2006-112)
Brian Roddy, Sr., Lakewood St. Edward, 171 (2007-171)
Richie Spicel, Sr., Brunswick, 140 (2005-130)
Brad Squire, So., Wadsworth, 130 (2007-119)
Sam White, Jr., Massillon Perry, 112 (2007-103)
Coby Boyd, Sr., St. Paris Graham Local, 152 (2007-145)
Eric Cubberly, Sr., Pemberville Eastwood, 160 (2007-152)
Cody Garbrandt, So., Uhrichsville Claymont, 119 (2007-112)
Ben Jordan, Sr., St. Paris Graham Local, 145 (2006-125, 2005-119)
Cody Magrum, Sr., Oak Harbor, 189 (2007-171, 2006-171)
Aaron Sulzer, Sr., Parma Heights Holy Name, 140 (2007-130)
David Taylor, Jr., St. Paris Graham Local, 112 (2007-103, 2006-103)
Ryan Gambill, Sr., Casstown Miami East, 135 (2007-130, 2005-112)
Daniel Kolodzik, Sr., Dayton Miami Valley School, 130 (2007-125, 2005-103)
Jedd Moore, Sr., Marion Pleasant, 152 (2007-152, 2006-140)
Zach Nelson, Sr., London Madison Plains, 145 (2006-130)
Ben Sergent, Sr., Troy Christian, 125 (2007-112)
Logan Stiebner, So., Monroeville, 119 (2007-103)
David Stiltner, Sr., Apple Creek Waynedale, 145 (2007-145)
Zach Toal, Jr., Troy Christian, 145 (2007-140)
Steve Wilson, Sr., Marion Pleasant, 160 (2007-160)