MVP Wrestling Preview 2010

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Graham junior Issac Jordan is out to win a second straight D-II title.

Few regions of the country, let alone Ohio, are as blessed with
wrestling talent as rich as that of the Miami Valley. Every year the
state tournament is decorated with Dayton-area athletes and this year
will be no different.


Few regions of the country, let alone Ohio, are as blessed with
wrestling talent as rich as that of the Miami Valley. Every year the
state tournament is decorated with Dayton-area athletes and this year
will be no different. Here’s some names and teams you can expect to hear in
March…

MVP’S
TOP WRESTLERS

Jared Beatty, Arcanum, 130: Beatty was one of two Trojans
on the podium last season, but the only one returning. A year after
becoming the first Arcanum state placer in school history, he could be
the school’s first two time placer.

Andrew DeHart, Covington, 152: Signed and sealed to Duke,
DeHart seeks to gain the one thing that has eluded him… a state title.
DeHart earned his third medal at the state tournament last season, but
it was not the one he wanted. The Covington standout lost 5-3 to Kyle
Burns of Troy Christian in a tight final.

Ethan Hayes, Dixie, 215: Hayes burst onto the scene as a
sophomore by bulling his way to a second place finish at state before
winning it all as a junior. Hayes will have an even larger target on his
back this year as he aims to defend his title.

Jordan Marshall, Troy Christian, 140: The Eagle sophomore
is the lone wrestler back in the room with state experience, a first for
the program in quite some time. After a 1-2 performance at the big meet
last year, Marshall should find the podium this year.

Thomas Fullenkamp, Versailles, 160: Fullenkamp was third at
the state tournament last season, dropping a tough 3-0 decision in the
semis. Both of the wrestlers who placed ahead of him graduated. Combine
that with the work ethic associated with the Tiger program and
Fullenkamp could be the last man standing this year at the state
tournament.

Will Lebeouf, Oakwood, 160: A terror on his feet last
season, Lebeouf battled through a tough district tournament only to go
1-2 at the state meet. This season, the ‘Jack wrestler aims at a spot on
the podium.

Bryan Day, Valley View, 215: Now the only day on the
roster, Bryan Day returns after advancing to the state tournament last
season. He also has two more years to match big brothers third place
finish at the state tournament.  This could be the year that Bryan finds
a spot on the podium.

Nick Brascetta, Graham, 140: After winning it all as a
sophomore, Brascetta was caught by Ty Mitch in the finals at the state
tournament. The duo wrestled a trilogy of great matches last year with
Brascetta winning all of them except the final one. The Falcon senior
should be one of many to leave Columbus with gold around their neck.

Bo Jordan, Graham, 145: Jordan cruised to his first state
title last season as a freshman en route to posting a 39-1 mark. A
physical tactician, Jordan is once again one of the many in the Graham
line up who should leave Columbus with gold.

Isaac Jordan, Graham, 160: After a third place finish as a
freshman, Isaac claimed his first state title last season. He will be
one of three Jordan’s in coach Jeff Jordan’s line up. Isaac is a
thinking man’s wrestler. Very good at analyzing and using strategy in
breaking an opponent down during the course of a match.

Huston Evans, Graham, 189: A two-time state champ already,
Evans moves up to 189 giving the Falcons a more than suitable
replacement for the graduated Matt Thomusseit.

Kyle Rose, Centerville, 285: Rose was 10 seconds from
forcing overtime in the state title match last season before yielding a
late takedown. After committing to West Virginia for football, there was
some talk he would forego his senior year on the mat. Fortunately, the
former junior high state champ, is back to make sure those final seconds
in Columbus go a little differently his senior season.

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MVP’S
TOP TEAMS

With the cheers of the fall sports season swept away by the wind, the
action will begin to heat up in the gymnasiums. The area wrestling
scene will unfold with several questions in December and will conclude
with a crystal clear image in March at the Schottenstein Center on the
campus of The Ohio State University.

Can Graham repeat as National champs? Can any of the Dayton Division I
teams bang their way up the leaderboard at the state tournament, or
will the Cincinnati schools and Northeast Ohio domination continue at
the top half of the big board in Columbus? Who will be the surprise
freshmen … or even seniors for that matter? Who were one hit wonders and
who was just making their mark.

“Preseason” Top 10, regardless of division:

1. Graham: Duh. Graham has won 10 straight Division II state
titles including a ridiculous 2010 performance where they outscored the
second place team by 160 points en route to claiming their second
National Championship in three years. The Falcons return eight state
placers, including champions Ryan Taylor, Bo Jordan, Isaac Jordan and
Huston Evans. Add in newcomers Rusty Maness and Case Garrison – and
another Jordan, Micah (119) – and the Falcons could be looking at
placing 13 on the podium in Columbus. And, don’t be surprised if they
don’t put double digits on the top step – and challenge the 300 point
mark. The Falcons will face a stern test on the national level from
Apple Valley and Blair Academy (who they travel to this year) in their
pursuit of back-to-back titles.

2. Beavercreek: The Beavers enter the season with 11 returning
district qualifiers, including state placer Josh Stevens. Add in the
transfer of Carroll state qualifier Tommy Willis and a strong off-season
by 285-pounder Trey Hill, and the Beavers could make a lot of noise in
the Greater Western Ohio Conference and – more importantly – the
postseason.

3. Dixie: The Greyhounds return three state qualifiers in Josh
Vonbehren, Cody Johnson and Ethan Hayes. Johnson overcame a first round
loss in Columbus to win his next two matches to get on the podium at
285, but the biggest hitter for the Greyhounds is Hayes. Hayes bulled
his way to the 215 title last season, and should repeat this year. Add
in a strong nucleus of underclassmen (Dixie qualified for the State
Duals this year) and last season’s “surprise” team enters as one of the
stronger teams in the area.

4. Centerville: The Elks return six district qualifers, but
perhaps the biggest return is Kyle Rose. Rose, who has committed to West
Virginia to play football, was touch and go about wrestling this winter
after coming just eight ticks away from going overtime in the 215 pound
title match at the state tournament last season. Rose will move up to
285, but the Elks have plenty of other weapons back as well. Brendan
Watson was one match from a spot at the state tournament last season.
Add in Austin Castro, Dylan Rinderle, Nick Duffy and Jake Carman and the
Elks will once again challenge for the top spot among area Division I
schools.

5. Springboro: The Panthers return the most state experienced
wrestlers, but have a lot of question marks throughout the rest of their
line up. Off season move ins have since moved out, the Panthers have a
lot of youth and team leader Tyler Riegle graduated. Add in a late
uncertainty about head coach Ryan Root, and the Panthers seem to be in a
little limbo. Last season, the question was if they could get and stay
healthy by the end of the season. The Panthers did, and rolled through
the GWOC and Sectional tournaments. This season, there are other
questions they have to answer. However, the do return state placer Cody
Shivener as well as state qualifiers Josh D’Urso, Brandon Walker and
Ryan Jackson to give them firepower.

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