What’s going on in wrestling? Plenty. The 2011 Brakeman Report is out, the Showdown in St. Paris lived up to its billing; Felipe Martinez is back; and Elder visits Moeller tonight. Click here for more news, to see who the JJHuddle Wrestler of the Week is and to download the Brakeman Report…
The Showdown in St. Paris lived up to its billing.
Graham – the dominant Division II team in the state and the second ranked team in the nation and Lakewood St. Edward – back on top in Division I – ranked fifth in the nation battled it out in front of an capacity crowd in Graham’s “new” gym Saturday night.
The Falcons got on the board first as Ryan Taylor battled for a 4-2 overtime win at 112.
However, Dean Heil started a run for St. Ed’s with a commanding 5-0 win over Micah Jordan before picking up bonus points at 125 and 130 to claim a 11-3 lead.
Graham stormed back with a 11-4 win by Case Garrison before Nick Brascetta recorded a fall and Bo Jordan cruised to a 17-9 win over Matt Van Curen in a match that became interesting at the end. With Jordan leading 17-4, Van Curen threw him to his back late in the match, however could not secure the fall. Matt Stephens claimed a semi-controversial 2-1 overtime win at 152 on a stalling call as Graham took a 19-11 lead. Graham cut the lead to 19-17 on a fall by Dominec Abounader over Graham back up Robert Mannier at 160. Kyle Ryan and Huston Evans each claimed decisions for a 25-17 lead, but the Eagles won the final three matches of the night.
Ty Walz got revenge for a loss to Mark Meyer last season, claiming a 7-4 decision before Greg Kuhar cut the Graham lead to 25-24 heading into the final match with a 11-3 win at 285.
In the final match of the night, Anthony Stanley – who entered unranked in the state – clawed to a 7-4 overtime decision over Graham’s Chase Crabtree to end Graham’s three year winning streak in the series.
It doesn’t get any easier for Graham this weekend as they travel to Blair Academy before returning home to host Wadsworth.
WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
Anthony Stanley, 103, St. Edwards – Stanley, unranked in the state heading into the dual with Graham, sent a message win a hard fought overtime win over DII ninth ranked Chase Crabtree. The win gave the Eagles a 27-25 victory and snapped a three match Falcon winning streak in the series.
An annual “must” for the Ohio high school wrestling fan, the Brakeman
Report previews the upcoming state tournament and predicts winners of each weight class.
This year the predicted team winners are: St. Ed (D-I), Graham (D-II) and Bedford Chanel (D-III). Click here to see who Brakeman thinks will win invidiual titles.
He’s Back: Felipe Martinez is back, and will make things interesting in D-III at the state tournament.
Martinez, who won two state titles at Graham, had transferred to Clay in the spring before ending his journey – recently – in Genoa.
In his debut for the Comets, Martinez claimed the 160 pound title at the Maumee Bay Invitational, pinning Wauseon’s Luke Tanier in the finals in 17 seconds.
Title winners: Clay claimed the title at Maumee Bay with 217 points. Wauseon was second with 210. Meanwhile, Wapakoneta claimed their own title with 263 points.
Big Thursday: In the big dual this week, Cincinnati Elder visits Moeller. The two teams are ranked fourth and fifth in the current power poll. The match begins at 7 p.m.