Taylor-Palmer author Hollywood script; 2009 Brakeman Report out

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Graham senior David Taylor is coming off a huge win over fellow national No. 1 Collin Palmer. (Photo by Greg Beers)

David Taylor got his bell rung Saturday. And it wasn’t from an opponent. “When I got that turn it was so loud it was echoing in my headgear,” Taylor said. “It was crazy. You always dream of that match – not be cheesy – but that match in Vision Quest when those guys wrestle and everyone goes crazy. That’s the image you think of in your head. And that’s what it was.”


David Taylor got his bell rung Saturday. And it wasn’t from an opponent.

“When I got that turn it was so loud it was echoing in my headgear,” Taylor said. “It was crazy. You always dream of that match – not be cheesy – but that match in Vision Quest when those guys wrestle and everyone goes crazy. That’s the image you think of in your head. And that’s what it was.”

Vision Quest is a famous wrestling movie that was released in 1985.

This past Saturday, Taylor and his foe – Collin Palmer – filmed their own script.

A senior at St. Paris Graham, Taylor bumped up a weight class and outlasted Palmer, a senior from Lakewood St. Edward, 8-5 at 140 pounds in Ohio’s only meeting ever between three-time state champions. Taylor usually wrestles 135. Both competitors are ranked No. 1 in the country at their respective weights.

A vocal and energized crowd packed Graham High School’s gymnasium to watch the event, which many since have called “the greatest wrestling match ever.” How popular was it? So far a thread on JJHuddle about it has generated over 20,000 views.

Although Taylor won the match, wrestling also won on Saturday.

“I wanted to go up and wrestle Palmer, because nobody does that,” Taylor said. “I thought it would be good for our program and look at all the people here. I bet there are people here that have never been to a wrestling match. That is awesome.”

Said Palmer: “It was a good crowd but it would have been better if we were at our place. It definitely brought in a lot of people and it’s good for the sport.”

A standing room only crowd watched Taylor rally from a 4-3 deficit after two periods to stake the win. After the match Taylor entered the bleachers to hug his parents and then went to the Graham student section to celebrate with class and schoolmates. They serenaded him with chants of “Da-vid Tay-lor.” Coach Jeff Jordan and Taylor’s teammates mobbed him as well.

“I dreamed about having a match like this in our gym,” Taylor said. “Not to brag about our team, but as good as we are, we don’t get that kind of crowd – ever. It was everything I ever dreamed of.”

Hollywood would have been proud.

2009 BRAKEMAN REPORT

The famed Brakeman Report was released recently. The annual state tournament preview/predictions produced by Brian Brakeman, the Brakeman Report is one of the most popular pieces of prep sports literature in the state. OK people, let’s send in those T-Shirts. Click Here To Download The Brakeman Report (PDF Format)

LATEST STATE POLL
Here’s the latest Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association State Poll (released 1/28/09):

Division I
1. Massillon Perry (4) 117
2. Wadsworth (7) 115
3. Lakewood St. Edward (2) 114
4. Brecksville-Broadview Heights 78
5. Cin. Archbishop Moeller 74
6. Elyria 57
7. Cle. St. Ignatius 39
8. Beavercreek 24
9. Grove City Central Crossing 15
10. Cin. Elder 14

Division II
1. St. Paris Graham  (10) 100
2. Hunting Valley University School 83
3. Uhrichsville Claymont 58
4. Walsh Jesuit 57
5. Medina Highland 48
6. Lexington 42
7. Oak Harbor 37
8. Parma Padua Franciscan 28
9. Cols. St. Francis DeSales 24
10. Harrison Central 17

Division III
1. Troy Christian (13)    130
2. Monroeville     109
3. Marion Pleasant 88
4. Cuya. Valley Christian Academy 83
5. Bedford St. Peter Chanel 73
6. Cuyahoga Heights 59
7. Elmwood 41
8. West Jefferson 37
9. Milan Edison 24
10. Massillon Tuslaw 21

AMATEUR WRESTLING NEWS PREP 40 (January 26, 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

17. Montini Catholic Ill.
18. Reynolds Pa.
19. Cumberland Valley Pa.
20. Park Hill Mo.

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