State Wrestling Preview: Division I


75th Annual State Wrestling Championships

The 74th annual Ohio High School State Wrestling Championships start
Thursday at the Schootenstein Center in Columbus. One of Ohio’s biggest
annd marquee events, the state wrestling tournament never dissapoints.
Here’s a look at Division I and who to watch, what to watch and when…


No real surprises as the top teams in the state lined up their hands for a run at the state title.

Lakewood St. Edward leads with 10 qualifiers while Wadsworth got nine out. Moeller and Massillon Perry each advanced eight while Olentangy Liberty had seven and Mason six.

St. Ed won the Lorain District title with 265.5 points while Wadsworth was second with 223.

The two teams met just three times in the finals at Lorain with Wadsworth holding a 2-1 edge as Kagan Squire (125) and Nick Tavanello (215) claimed titles with wins over the Eagles while St. Ed’s got their lone win at 285 by Greg Kuhar.

St. Ed held the overall edge on champions 6-4.

Perry had no problems with the Mentor District, running up 206 points to win the title by over 100 points even though they had just three champs (Zach Dailey (140), Anthony Wise (215) and Doug Mayes (285)).

Moeller pulled away late in a four team race at Fairfield.

The Crusaders finished with 187.5 points while Elder (146.5), Mason (137.5), Fairfield (126.5) and Fairmont (112.5) all provided stiff competition over the weekend.

Moeller finished with just one champ while Elder had four and Mason and Fairmont each had two.

The biggest news out of Fairfield was the DQ of returning state placer Eddie Noble of Lebanon.

After losing a controversial match in the quarterfinals, Noble was hit for a team point for throwing his headgear. After another controversial call in the consolation finals, Noble got up and flipped his headgear to his coaches underhand. The officials hit him for flagrant misconduct for “throwing” his headgear. Once tournament officials realized it was his second team point, they DQd him from the tournament long after he had received his award and filled out his state paperwork. Lebanon has appealed the decision but to no avail.

Olentangy Liberty outlasted the field at Hilliard, finishing with 128.5 points to outdistance second place Springboro by 27.5 points.

Liberty had just one champ, Craig Thomas (152), while Springboro, Hilliard Davidson and Marysville each had two champs.

The teams which traveled to Hilliard from Dayton claimed five of the 14 district titles and got 16 total qualifiers – roughly 30-percent – despite taking up just 25% of the field.






Thursday, March 3
8:00 a.m.: Ticket Office Opens
10:00 a.m.: Coaches packet pickup in Auxiliary Gymnasium – Enter SW doors. Scales
11:00 a.m.: Coaches meeting main arena.
11:15 a.m.: Weigh-ins begin in Auxiliary Gymnasium:
Div. III, 11:15-11:30 a.m.; Div. II, 11:30-11:45 a.m., Div. I, 11:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
12:15 p.m.: Weigh-ins end
2:00 p.m.: Doors open
3:00 p.m.: Session Number 1 (Championship Preliminaries and Consolations Round 1) begins: 10 mats
3:00 p.m.: Division III Championship Preliminaries
4:15 p.m.: Division II Championship Preliminaries
5:45 p.m.: Division I Championship Preliminaries
7:25 p.m.: Division III Consolation Round 1
8:00 p.m.: Division II Consolation Round 1
8:45 p.m.: Division I Consolation Round 1
Friday, March 4
8:00 a.m.: Ticket Office Opens
9:00 a.m.: Doors open.
10:00 a.m.: Session Number 2 (Quarterfinals and Consolations Round 2) begins: 10 mats
10:00 a.m.: Division III Championship Quarterfinals
10:40 a.m.: Division II Championship Quarterfinals
11:20 a.m.: Division I Championship Quarterfinals
12:15 p.m.: Division III Consolations Round 2
1:00 p.m.: Division II Consolations Round 2
1:45 p.m.: Division I Consolations Round 2
5:30 p.m.: Doors open
5:30 p.m.: Weigh-ins begin
6:15 p.m.: Special Awards Ceremony
6:30 p.m.: Session Number 3 (Semifinals and Consolation Quarterfinals) begins: 9 mats
6:30 p.m.: Divisions I Championship Semifinals Mats 1 & 2
6:30 p.m.: Divisions I Consolation Quarterfinals Mat 3
6:30 p.m.: Divisions II  Championship Semifinals Mats 4 & 5
6:30 p.m.: Divisions II Consolation Quarterfinals Mat 6
6:30 p.m.: Divisions III  Championship Semifinals Mats 7 & 8
6:30 p.m.: Divisions III Consolation Quarterfinals Mat 9
8:50 p.m.: Divisions I Consolation Quarterfinals continue Mat 1-3
8:50 p.m.: Divisions II Consolation Quarterfinals continue Mat 4-6
8:50 p.m.: Divisions III Consolation Quarterfinals continue Mat 7-9
Saturday, March 5
8:00 a.m.: Ticket Office Opens
9:00 a.m.: Doors open.
10:00 a.m.: Session Number 4 (Consolations) begins: 9 mats
10:00 a.m.: Divisions I, II and III Consolations Semifinals
11:00 a.m.: Divisions I, II and Third, Fifth and Seventh place matches will be wrestled concurrently.
4:15 p.m.: Doors open.
5:15 p.m.: Hall of Fame Ceremonies
5:30 p.m.: Session Number 5 (All Finals) begins: 3 mats
5:30 p.m.: Parade of Champions
5:45 p.m.: Divisions I, II and III First Place matches will be wrestled concurrently
Session 1: 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Session 2: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Session 3: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Session 4: 10:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Session 5: 5:30 p.m. – 9:45  p.m.

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