Graham dominates GMVWA Holiday Tournament, wins 12 weight classes

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Graham’s David Taylor is the only four-time champion at the Walsh Ironman. (Photo by Nick Falzerano)

The Greater Miami Valley Wrestling Association Holiday Tournament may
be held over Christmas break, but there’s no denying the fact that
Graham wasn’t in a giving mood this past weekend. The Falcons rolled to another GMVWA title at the Vandalia-Butler
Student Activities Center by racking up 397 points to break their own
record for margin of victory. Graham had 12 champions.


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The Greater Miami Valley Wrestling Association Holiday Tournament may be held over Christmas break, but there’s no denying the fact that Graham wasn’t in a giving mood this past weekend.

The Falcons rolled to another GMVWA title at the Vandalia-Butler Student Activities Center by racking up 397 points to break their own record for margin of victory. Last year, Graham set the record with a winning margin of 238.5. This season the difference was 269. In all, 12 Falcons claimed titles.

Graham won both the overall and small school title, while Oregon Clay claimed the big school title, edging Miamisburg 128-125. Host Vandalia-Butler was fourth.

Among Graham’s winners were small school most outstanding wrestler David Taylor and freshmen Isaac Jordan, Felipe Martinez and Houston Evans. Issac claimed the title at 112 with a 23-6 technical fall over Tim Arthur of Greeneview, while Martinez won a tough 3-2 decision over top-seeded and defending D-I state runner-up Shawn Fayette (Miamisburg) at 130.

Evans turned in arguably the most impressive performance at 152 by beating D-I state runner-up and top-seeded T.J. Rigel of Tecumseh 6-4 in overtime before earning a 9-5 win over Princeton’s Charles Mason in the finals.

Graham, which had never had 12 individual champions before, wrapped up the overall team title during the quarterfinals.

Other individual champions for the Falcons were Nick Brascetta (103), Sheldon Kegley (119), Zach Neibert (125), Matt Stephens (140), Brian Stephens (145), James Mannier (171), Max Thomusseit (189) and Logan White (215).

West Carrollton senior Jordan Beverly won his 285-pound final en route to big school most outstanding wrestler honors.

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