Meeting of top-ranked U.S. wrestlers could happen Saturday in St. Paris

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National No. 1 wrestlers David Taylor (Graham, 135) and Collin Palmer (St. Ed, 140) squared off Saturday. (Photos by NF)

You remember those movies growing up as a kid that pitted Godzilla
against King Kong?  A meeting like that might actually take place
Saturday in St. Paris. Two of the country’s top wrestlers could square
off. According to the Graham wrestling website senior David Taylor will
bump up a weight class to tackle Lakewood St. Edward senior Collin
Palmer (Palmer is projected at 140 for St. Ed). We can only hope.


You remember those movies growing up as a kid that pitted Godzilla against King Kong?  A meeting like that might actually take place Saturday in St. Paris. Two of the country’s top wrestlers could square off. According to the Graham wrestling website senior David Taylor will bump up a weight class to tackle Lakewood St. Edward senior Collin Palmer (Palmer is projected at 140 for St. Ed). We can only hope.

In bright green letters on the Graham website it says “YES – THERE MAY BE A MATCH BETWEEN DAVID TAYLOR AND COLLIN PALMER. Taylor will be wrestling 140.”

Taylor has a career record of 125-2 and is ranked No. 1 in the country at 135 pounds by Amateur Wrestling News and Wrestling USA Magazine. He hasn’t lost since falling to St. Ed’s Jamie Clark as a sophomore. A three-time state champion and Iowa State recruit, Taylor is the only wrestler EVER to win four individual titles at the prestigious Walsh Ironman Invitational.

Palmer, also a three-time state champion, is ranked No. 1 in the country at 140 by Wrestling USA and No. 2 by AWN. He has never lost to an Ohio opponent. He’s headed to Ohio State.

Taylor and Palmer have never met before.

The tri-meet, which also includes Troy Christian, features all three defending state champions. St. Ed has won 12 straight D-I state titles, while Graham has won eight straight D-II titles. Troy Christian has won two straight D-III championships.

Wrestling starts with Troy Christian-Graham at 11 a.m. followed by TC-St. Edward (12:30 p.m.) and Graham-St. Edward (2 p.m.).

LATEST NATIONAL POLL
Ohio has four teams ranked in the Top 16 of Amateur Wrestling News’ Prep 40. The only state with more is Pennsylvania (five).

Amateur Wrestling News Prep 40 (January 19, 2009)
1. Blair Academy N.J.
2. St. Paris Graham Ohio
3. Apple Valley Minn.
4. Central Dauphin Pa.
5. Northampton Pa.
6. Central Mountain Pa.
7. Wyoming Seminary Pa.
8. Christiansburg Va.
9. Simley Minn.
10. Huxley Ballard Iowa
11. Brandon Fla.
12. St. Mark Del.
13. St. Edward Ohio
14. Blue Mountain Pa.
15. Wadsworth Ohio
16. Massillon Perry Ohio

LATEST STATE POLL
Here’s the latest Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association State Poll (released 1/21/09):

Division I
1. Massillon Perry  (6) 120
2. Lakewood St. Edward (2) 115
3. Wadsworth  (5) 111
4. Brecksville-Broadview Heights 76
5. Cin. Archbishop Moeller 73
6. Elyria 58
7. Cle. St. Ignatius 40
8. Beavercreek     26
9. Cin. Elder 17
10. Marysville 14

Division II
1. St. Paris Graham (10) 100
2. Hunting Valley University School 82
3. Walsh Jesuit 58
4. Uhrichsville Claymont 54
5. Medina Highland 47
6. Lexington 42
7. Oak Harbor 38
8. Parma Padua Franciscan 28
9. Cols. St. Francis DeSales 25
10. Harrison Central 17

Division III
1. Troy Christian (13)    130
2. Monroeville     107
3. Marion Pleasant 96
4. Cuya. Valley Christian Academy 82
5. Bedford St. Peter Chanel 81
6. Cuyahoga Heights 56
7. West Jefferson 41
8. Elmwood 35
9. Clinton-Massie 22
10. Milan Edison 21

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