JJHuddle Wrestling Notebook: Graham, St. Ed and Chanel capture State Duals titles

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Can Wadsworth and junior Nick Tavanello repeat as state champions?

The State Duals are over, and the picture remains the same as it was
before the day began. In Division I, St. Edward had no problems rolling to the title once
again. Graham was beyond dominant in D-II while St. Peter Chanel claimed
the DIII crown. The more interesting duals were what followed the title matches. Click here to see what happened and who the JJHuddle Wrestler of the Week is…


The State Duals are over, and the picture remains the same as it was before the day began.

In Division I, St. Edward had no problems rolling to the title once again. Graham was beyond dominant in D-II while St. Peter Chanel claimed the DIII crown.

The more interesting duals were what followed the title matches. Wadsworth was able to hold off  Moeller for third in D-I while Beavercreek took a banged up squad to the Duals and just missed beating Mayfield. The Beavers were not scheduled to be in the Duals but took Springboro’s place when the Panthers opted out citing “injuries.”

Beavercreek, without state placers Tommy Willis and Josh Stevens, opted to take their place despite injuries to see the competition they will see later in the season.

In D-III, Monroeville will be a contender at the state tournament based on their three hammers, but did not fare well at the duals losing twice, including to Dixie for the second straight season.

WRESTLER OF THE WEEK

Nick Tavanello, 215, Wadsworth: Facing off with some of the other big powers in the state at 215, Tavanello battled through a perfect day at the State Duals.

WRESTLING NEWS

Top Gun weekend: National No. 2 Graham headlines the field at the Top Gun tournament this weekend.

The tournament is just the start of a long road for the Falcons over the next 21 days as they also have duals at home with St. Ed and Wadsworth and a trip to Blair sandwiched in between.

Change Coming: Beginning in the 2012-2013 season, the Ohio High School Athletic Association is going to host two state tournaments in wrestling.

They will continue their traditional “individual” tournament which is now in place and will add a Team (dual) tournament which will begin in mid-January and conclude on Feb. 9 or 10. All teams with at least 8 wrestlers will be included with teams being seeded and placed into a bracket for advancement to the state championships.

The state will be aligned into eight regionals with the winner of each regional title advancing to an eight team bracket for a state title.

This new OHSAA sponsored event will not count against the 20 points teams get during the season and will replace the current state duals hosted by the OHSWCA. It is the finalization of a proposal which has been worked on since the early 1990s by former Versailles coach Bill Roll among others.

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