The big week of Holiday wrestling is finally over. The Greater Miami Valley Wrestling Association Holiday Tournament and Medina went first on Tuesday and Wednesday before Brecksville closed things out on Wednesday and Thursday. Here’s what happened and who was named the JJHuddle Wrestler of the Week.
The big week of Holiday wrestling is finally over.
The Greater Miami Valley Wrestling Association Holiday Tournament and Medina went first on Tuesday and Wednesday before Brecksville closed things out on Wednesday and Thursday.
WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
Jonah Newburg, Northmont, 171: Newburg entered the GMVWA Holiday Tournament as the fifth seed, but beat an impressive trio of opponents to capture his first Holiday Tourney title. Newburg beat Kentucky state placer and No. 4 seed Court Mace of Ryle 6-2 in the quarterfinals and then defeated Graham’s returning state runner-up – and No. 1 seed – Kyle Ryan 7-4 in the semifinals. In the finals Newburg beat No. 2 seed (and returning state qualifier) Joe Brandt of Versailles 3-2 .
GMVWA Holiday: Graham placed 11 wrestlers in running away with the tournament title with 330.5 points.
The interesting race was for second overall – and first in the big school division – between Ryle (KY) and Centerville. Down nine points with two wrestlers left in the finals, the Elks were able to rally to tie for the title with 140 points after Kyle Rose claimed a major decision in the heavyweight finals over Butler’s Tanner Wright.
Dayton Oakwood also showed it is a deep team this year, placing three in the finals and getting titles from Kevin Lee and Josh Nelson.
Versailles also had a strong showing, finishing sixth overall and placing two in the finals. Both finalists had some of the more exciting final showdowns. Thomas Fullenkamp dropped a 3-2 decision to Matt Stephens of Graham while Joe Brandt lost 3-2 in the finals to Northmont’s Jonah Newburg.
Medina: The top of the leaderboard was a who’s who as St. Edward scored 288 points to outdistance Massillon Perry by 80 for the title. Oak Harbor was third with 155, 1.5 points ahead of CVCA.
St. Ed was represented in half of the title matches with Edgar Bright (112), Dean Heil (119), Matt VanCuren (145), Ty Walz (215) and Greg Kuhar (285) claiming titles.
Brecksville: Bedford St. Peter Chanel had three champs among its seven placers and won the team title by 24 points over Wadsworth at the Brecksville Broadview Heights Tournament. Chanel finished with 191 points to 167 for Wadsworth. Wadsworth also placed seven, but had just two champs.
Monroeville got titles from their big three, but that was it as they finished a distant sixth with 114.5 points.
In a battle of returning state champs, Wadsworth’s Nick Tavanello claimed a 3-2 win over Wapakoneta’s Logan Erb.
Taylor rolling: Former Graham standout David Taylor is off to a roaring start at Penn State. The Nittany Lion varsity 157 pounder is 19-0 and ranked fifth nationally heading into the Virginia Duals this weekend.