The first weekend of the season is in the books, and there wasn’t a
lot of action as teams prepare to kick off the season this week in the
first full week of the season. There were however some performances of note…
The first weekend of the season is in the books, and there wasn’t a lot of action as teams prepare to kick off the season this week in the first full week of the season.
There were however some performances of note…
At the Edison Invitational, the hosts claimed the title by 36.5 points over Clyde despite claiming just four titles on the day. The Chargers moved up from Division III to Division II this season.
At Solon, Akron St. Vincent St. Mary was a mild surprise team champion over host Solon by three points. ASVSM, ranked third in Division II, managed to hold on over fourth-ranked Solon by out-scoring the Comets 52-0 at 220 and 285.
Hamilton Ross edged host Franklin at the Franklin Invitational in the first week by two points. Ross had just one champion, but placed six in the finals. In one of the better matches of the weekend, Valley View’s returning state qualifier Bryan Day held off Ross’ Tyler Bridwell 4-2 in the finals at 220.
Fremont Ross placed five wrestlers on the top of the podium in winning the Oak Harbor Invitational to open the weekend. The Little Giants ran up 226 points to edge the hosts by four points. Genoa finished fourth, 50 points back, and were without Felipe Martinez in the opener.
In a pair of dual meet tournaments in Southwest Ohio, Glen Este showed they may be one of the better teams in Cincinnati by defeating the hosts Harrison to win the Harrison Duals.
At Elder, Beavercreek finished off a perfect day to claim the team title with Sycamore second. In a showdown of returning state placers, Fairmont’s Tommy Kimbrell defeated Beavercreek’s Nick Corba 3-2. The two could meet, pending weight changes, at least four more times prior to the state tournament.
BUMPING UP: One interesting thing to watch during the course of the season will be the adaptation of the Assad brothers (defending state runner-up Aaron and freshman Austin) to Division I wrestling this season. Aaron was a state runner-up last season in Division III while at Bedford St. Peter Chanel. To get to the state tournament, the duo will now have to go through the meatgrinder of a district which includes St. Edward and Wadsworth.
IRONMAN UP THIS WEEK: The nation’s toughest and top tournament is this weekend at Walsh Jesuit where the prestigious Ironman will be contested. Graham is the defending champion. Other contenders include: Blair Academy (NJ), Massillon Perry, St. Edward and Wyoming Seminary.
WRESTLERS OF THE WEEK
Kyle Burns, 152, Edison – The defending state champ was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Edison Invitational after tearing through the competition, winning in the finals by technical fall.
Tommy Kimbrell, 170, Fairmont – Kimbrell went undefeated at the Elder Duals, including a 3-2 win over Beavercreek’s Nick Corba in a battle of returning state placers.