While high school football wraps this weekend, arguably Ohio’s second most popular sport – wrestling – kicks off. As always, Ohio will be one of the nation’s leaders in individual talent. Here’s a slate of 15 guys you don’t want to miss this year or face on the mat.
2010 JJHuddle Wrestlers to Watch
1. Kagan Squire, Wadsworth – State runner-up last season, dropping a tough 8-3 decision in the finals against Jerome Robinson. Should be one of the big point scorers for the Grizzly this time around.
2. Kyle Rose, Centerville – Was 8 ticks from going to OT in the state finals last season at 215. Had debated not wrestling this season after committing to West Virginia for football, but will be back to try and finish his senior year on top of the podium.
3. Nick Tavanello, Wadsworth – His takedown with 8 seconds left handed Rose his title lost. If he remains at 215 should be a two time champ… if he moves up to 285 a rematch with Rose could decide the final match at the state tournament.
4. Felipe Martinez, Clay – The two time state champ at Graham has moved north. Will be as unstoppable in D-I as he was in D-II.
5. Dean Heil, St. Edward – battled to the state title at 103 last year. He returns to begin St. Ed’s run through the weights as they look to regain their title.
1. Johnni DiJulius, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit – Looking for his third title in his senior season.
2. Bo Jordan, Graham – Jordan cruised to the state title last season and will be one of three with the last name in coach Jeff Jordan’s line up. Strong, physical and aggressive, he should add his second title.
3. Ian Miller, Oak Harbor – Talk about cruising to a title… Miller claimed his first title with a 19-4 tech fall in the finals last season.
4. Huston Evans, Graham – Kind of the forgotten hammer in the Graham line up, Evans has won two state titles in his first two tries.
5. Logan Erb, Wapakoneta – Claimed the 215 title last season in ultimate tiebreak to avenge his loss in the district finals. Should claim gold number two.
1. Cam Tessari, Monroeville – Should claim his fourth state title when all is said and done.
2. Ethan Hayes, Dixie – After making the finals as a sophomore, he showed he was no one hit wonder claiming the title last season.
3. Hunter Stieber, Monroeville – Should claim his fourth state title just before Tessari gets a crack at his fourth.
4. Nathan Tomasello, CVCA – Got the first step to winning four titles out of the way last season with a thriller in the finals. Looks to continue the run this year.
5. Chris Phillips, Monroeville – Stop us if you’ve heard this before…Should claim his fourth state title after his two teammates Tessari and Stieber do.
Coming Wednesday: Top Teams and Storylines
Coming Thursday: JJHuddle Preseason Wrestling Power Poll