Wadsworth makes its case for No. 1; Grizzlies handle Massillon Perry, St. Ed

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Wadsworth beat Perry and St. Ed even without state finalist Brad Squire. (Photo by Nick Falzerano)

Heading into the new year Massillon Perry announced its legitimacy as a Division I state title contender. This past Sunday Wadsworth announced its candidacy too. The host Grizzlies beat both No. 1-ranked Perry and No. 2 St. Edward en route to the D-I State Duals title. See where the Grizzlies rank this week along with everyone else.


Heading into the new year Massillon Perry announced its legitimacy as a Division I state title contender. This past Sunday Wadsworth High School announced its candidacy too.

The host Grizzlies beat both No. 1-ranked Massillon Perry and No. 2 Lakewood St. Edward en route to the D-I State Duals title. Wadsworth is only the third school to beat St. Ed (12 straight D-I state titles) in a dual in 30 years, joining a short list with St. Paris Graham and Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit.

Here are how the bouts wrapped up.

Semifinals
Wadsworth 28, Massillon Perry 23

103: Alfredo Gray (Wadsworth) dec. Lyon (Perry) 9-2
112: Kagan Squire (Wadsworth) pin Newhouse (Perry) 2:42
119: Nick Hannan (Perry) dec. Alex Gray (Wadsworth) 7-5 OT
125: Sam White (Perry) dec. Clay Wenger (Wadsworth) 14-5
130: Dailey (Perry) dec. Dan Foore (Wadsworth) 3-1
135: Loudon Gordon (Wadsworth) dec. Mike Hillock (Perry) 12-4
140: Shane Foster (Perry) dec. Sheldon Brandenburg (Wadsworth) 6-4
145: Seth Horner (Perry) dec. Nate Ball (Wadsworth) 5-2
152: Aarick Jones (Wadsworth) dec. Petrime (Perry) 11-7
160: Courtland Harrison (Perry) dec. Snodgrass (Wadsworth) 7-1
171: Nick Heflin (Perry) dec. Bart Randolph (Wadsworth) 11-2
189: Busson (Wadsworth) dec. Phillips (Perry) 3-2
215: Nick Tavanello (Wadsworth) dec. Wise (Perry) 3-1 OT
285: Ben Buzzelli (Wadsworth) pin Mayes (Perry) 1

Championship
Wadsworth 27, Lakewood St. Edward 25

103: Alfredo Gray (Wadsworth) dec. Barber (St. Edward) 9-3
112: Kagan Squire (Wadsworth) dec. Gus Sako (St. Edward) 6-5
119: Jamie Clark (St. Edward) dec. Alex Gray (Wadsworth) 13-8
125: Clay Wenger (Wadsworth) dec. John Cobos (St. Edward) 8-6
130: Van Curen (St. Edward) dec. Dan Foore (Wadsworth) 4-2
135: Anthony Salupo (St. Edward) dec. Loudon Gordon (Wadsworth) 12-11
140: Scheidel (St. Edward) dec. Sheldon Brandenburg (Wadsworth) 11-6
145: Collin Palmer (St. Edward) pin Nate Ball (Wadsworth) 3:59
152: Nick Sulzer (St. Edward) dec. Aarick Jones (Wadsworth) 21-8
160: Cvetic (St. Edward) dec. Snodgrass (Wadsworth) 6-3
171: Bart Randolph (Wadsworth) dec. McCarty (St. Edward) 4-2
189: Busson (Wadsworth) pin Frantz (St. Edward) 3:15
215: Nick Tavanello (Wadsworth) dec. Mike Green (St. Edward) 4-2
285: Ben Buzzelli (Wadsworth) pin Greg Kuhar (St. Edward) 0:48

Last week Wadsworth was No. 3 in the state poll. This week? It still is… 

One thing that is for sure: Should all teams remain healthy, the D-I state tournament is going to be very, very competitive. Did we mention that Wadsworth did all this without arguably its best wrestler? Junior and two-time state finalist (2007 state champ) Brad Squire is out with an injury but expected to return soon.

In D-II, St. Paris Graham backed up its No. 2 national ranking with a dominating performance in the D-II Duals, which it hosted for the first time.

The Falcons beat Lexington 62-6 in the final after dismantling Medina Highland (56-10) and Perry (72-0) prior.

No shock Graham is No. 1 in the D-II poll.

The D-III Duals were postponed due to weather and will take place Jan. 25 at Metamora Evergreen High School.

Two-time defending state champion Troy Christian remains atop the D-III poll.

Here’s the latest Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association State Poll

Division I    
1. Massillon Perry  (6) 112
2. Lakewood St. Edward  (2) 106
3. Wadsworth  (4) 102
4. Brecksville-Broadview Heights 70
5. Cin. Archbishop Moeller 66
6. Elyria 56
7. Cle. St. Ignatius 33
8. Beavercreek 18
9. Cin. Elder 16
10. Marysville 10

Division II
1. St. Paris Graham (9) 90
2. Hunting Valley University School 74
3. Uhrichsville Claymont 56
4. Walsh Jesuit 51
5t. Medina Highland 35
5t. Oak Harbor 35
7. Lexington 30
8. Parma Padua Franciscan 28
9. Cols. St. Francis DeSales 19
10. Harrison Central 17

Division III
1. Troy Christian (11) 110
2. Monroeville 90
3. Marion Pleasant 81
4. Cuya. Valley Christian Academy 69
5. Bedford St. Peter Chanel 67
6. Cuyahoga Heights  46
7. West Jefferson  37
8. Elmwood 30
9. Clinton-Massie 18
10. Milan Edison 16

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