State Wrestling Tournament Notebook: Stieber wins fourth title; Graham rolls


Monroeville’s Logan Stieber became the 19th wrestler in history with four state titles. (Photo by Nick Falzerano)

Led by the final performance from one of the state’s all-time greats –
senior Logan Stieber – Monroeville captured its first Division III team
title with relative ease Saturday at the 73rd annual Ohio
State Wrestling Tournament. Did we say ease? Of course Graham won in D-II again…

Led by the final performance from one of the state’s all-time greats –
senior Logan Stieber – Monroeville captured its first Division III team
title with relative ease Saturday at the 73rd annual Ohio
State Wrestling Tournament.

Although the Eagles were thought to
get challenges from Bedford Chanel and Cuyahoga Valley Christian
Academy, they didn’t.

Monroeville finished with 116 points, while
runner-up CVCA had 76.

Stieber, an Ohio State recruit, won his
state record 171st straight match with a pin of Miami East’s
Zane Goldberg in the 125 final. He finished his high school career with
an overall record of 174-1. Stieber’s lone defeat is a 7-3 setback as a
freshman in the finals of the 2006 Ironman to current Penn State
freshman and four-time state champion David Taylor (Graham).

who has been ranked No. 1 in the country in his weight class for the
last three years, has been especially dominant on the sport’s final
weekend. In 16 state matches, Stieber won nine by pin and seven by tech

“It’s a lot harder then people think. There’s a lot of
stress,” Stieber said. “But I was relaxed this week and I felt good and I
usually wrestle better when I’m like that. I was thinking about it in
the tunnel, but freshman year I was all stone-faced and nervous before I
came out and this year I was joking around with people and trying to

“Ever since I was a little kid one of my main goals has
been to win four state titles. No one likes to lose. It’s very easy to
get motivated.”

Monroeville was also powered by its trio of
monster juniors, who each added their third state titles.

brother Hunter won at 119, while Cam Tessari and Chris Phillips won at
140 and 171, respectively.

On the season the quartet of the
Stieber brothers, Tessari and Phillips went a combined 190-1.

Clark added points with a seventh place finish at 135.

title ends a string of three straight by Troy Christian. The Eagles
finished fifth.


A year after breaking a 58-year old
record for most individual state champions with seven, the Falcons fell
one short of tying their record with six. The consolation prize was the
program’s 10th straight D-II state title and 12th
overall. The Falcons scored 223 points to runner-up Oak Harbor’s 78.5.

Individual champions for the Falcons were Ryan Taylor (so., 103), Bo
Jordan (fr., 130),  Issac Jordan (so., 135), Felipe Martinez (so.,
140), Huston Evans (so., 171) and Max Thomusseit (sr., 189).

also appears to have wrapped at least a share of its second national
championship as well. Tied with Apple Valley (MN) for No.1 in the
Amateur Wrestling News national poll, expect the Falcons to stay there
once the final rankings are released in a week following the
Pennsylvania State Championships next weekend.


In a meeting of defending state champions,
Aurora’s Ty Mitch won his third championship with a 7-4 victory over
Graham’s Nick Brascetta in the D-II, 119 final. Despite having lost to
Brascetta twice earlier this year, Mitch came out fast and scored on a
takedown seconds into the match. He never let up or trailed.


The third, fourth
and fifth times weren’t the charm for Kenton Ridge senior Tucker
Armstrong. Neither was the sixth. In a bout between state champions,
Armstrong fell to Graham’s Martinez for the sixth time this year in the
D-II 140 final. It was the fourth straight week the duo had met in the
finals (Central Buckeye Conference, Tipp City Sectional, Goshen District
and State). Martinez’s 7-1 win was also the most lopsided of the duo’s
six meetings, three of which had been decided by a point.


There were a total of seven wrestlers who finished undefeated
seasons. They were:

B.J. Miller, Sr., Defiance (54-0,
D-II, 112):
Miller is the school’s first state champion since 1971.

Stieber, Sr., Monroeville (55-0, D-III, 125):
Stieber as noted above
won his fourth state title.

Felipe Martinez, So., Graham (38-0,
D-II, 140):
The championship is Martinez’s second.

Cam Tessari,
Jr., Monroeville (53-0, D-III, 140):
Tessari won his four state matches
3:41, 1:22, 9-2 and 10-0.

Nick Sulzer, Sr., Lakewood St. Edward
(40-0, D-I, 160):
Sulzer’s title was his first after finishing second
twice and third once.

Chris Phillips, Jr., Monroeville (42-0,
D-III, 171):
Phillips dominated his competition again, winning his four
state matches 20-5, 1:25, 26-12 and 7-5.

Nick Miller, Sr.,
Centerville (21-0, D-I, 189):
Miller dropped 51 pounds to get down to
189 for the season. He was a fullback for the Elks and played football
at 240. The dedication and sacrifice far outweigh the doubt now. He is
Centerville’s first state champion since 1985.


There were several wrestlers who made history or
snapped long exiles from the state podium for their school. The list

Artem Timchenko, Olentangy Orange, D-I, 112: The
freshman became his school’s first state placer with a seventh place

Brian Spangler, LeGrange Keystone, D-III, 103: The
sophomore is his school’s highest state placer ever after finishing

Matt Perez, London, D-II, 119: The senior became his
school’s first state placer with a seventh place finish.

Beatty, Arcanum, D-III, 125:
The junior became his school’s first state
placer ever after finishing eighth.

Thomas Butryn, Ashtabula
Edgewood, D-II, 125:
The senior became his school’s first state placer
since 1998 with a sixth place finish.

Tyler Luft, Asheville Teays
Valley, D-I, 145:
The senior became the Vikings first state placer
since 1999 by finishing fourth.

Caz Gresham, Goshen, D-II, 152:
The senior’s third place finish was the highest by anyone from Goshen
since 1979.

Waquiem Comar, Twinsburg, D-I, 152: The senior’s
state title was the first for a Twinsburg wrestler since 1988.

Raber, Orrville, D-III, 160:
The senior became his school’s first state
champion since 1986.

Logan Erb, Wapakoneta, D-II, 215: The
junior’s state title was just the second in school history and first
since 2000.

John Sullenbarger, Arcanum, D-III, 189: The senior
became his school’s second placer and it’s highest ever by finishing


The Dayton-based Greater Western Ohio Conference had a banner year
at the state tournament in D-I.

Last year the GWOC had just two
wrestlers finish in the Top 3 and this year it had five, including
Centerville teammates Nick Miller and Kyle Rose who placed first and
second, respectively, at 189 and 215.

Other top 3 finishers were
Miamisburg’s Fayette (third at 135), Springboro’s Cody Shivener (130)
and Beavercreek’s Josh Stevens (125).

Centerville’s Brian Mathews
was fourth at 152.

In all, 11 GWOC wresters placed.


There were three
freshmen that won state titles his year. Heil from St. Edward, Bo Jordan
from Graham and Nathan Tomasello of CVCA (D-III, 103).


The finals and overall attendance for the state tournament was the
lowest its been since the event moved from Wright State’s Nutter Center
in 1999.

A crowd of 14,886 witnessed Saturday’s finals, while
the five-session total was 64,617. Last year crowds of 14,787 and 64,914
took in the finals and tournament, respectively. The largest
five-session total ever is 75,582 in 2003.

the state wrestling championship (Session 5) remains the single highest
attended OHSAA state championship event, eclipsing finals in both
football and basketball.


The 74th annual state wrestling championships will be held March
3-5, 2011 at the Schottenstein Center.


For Ohio High Magazine’s Winter State Tournament
Commemorative Issue
due out in early April. The special supplement will
include a recap of the entire state tournament and feature a photo
gallery of every state champion in every weight class in each division.
We’ll also unveil our JJHuddle/Ohio High All-State Tournament Team and
name our Ohio High/Huntington Bank State Wrestler of the Year. Click
here for more information.

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