JJHuddle State Wrestling Notes: Ironman results, Martinez makes an appearance and more

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JJHuddle’s Ohio High School Wrestling Notebook and Wrestlers of the Week

Graham saw its two year hold on the Ironman
broken over the weekend, as the Falcons finished third. Lakewood St. Edward and Blair Academy (NJ) battled for the title, which was won by…

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The Graham Falcons saw their two year stranglehold on the Ironman broken over the weekend, finishing third with 167 points. Instead of the Falcons chasing for the title, Lakewood St. Edward was the Ohio team going at it with Blair Academy for the overall title.

The Eagles fell 12.5 points short of the title, recording 240.5 points during the first major tournament of the season.

Moeller was fifth with 121.5 points while Massillon Perry rounded out Ohio teams in the top 10 with a ninth place finish after recording 90 points. Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy was 11th with 73.5 points. Brecksville-Broadview Heights (14th), host Walsh Jesuit (16th), Lexington (22nd), St. Ignatius (25th), Elyria (26th), Troy Christian (35th), Clay (37th), Padua Franciscan (38th), Wadsworth (40th), Miami Valley (44th), Akron St. Vincent – St. Mary (45th), Strongsville (47th), Oak Harbor (48th), Massillon Washington (48th), Swanton (50th), Parma Heights Holy Name (57th), Crestview (60th), Huron (61st), Rootstown (62nd), Avon (67th), Goshen (68th) and Washington Court House (72nd) also competed in the tournament for Ohio.

Miami Valley freshman Matthew Kolodzik, who entered the tournament as the 11th seed and is the only wrestler at his school, moved through to the finals at 106. He dropped a 3-2 decision in the title match.

CVCA’s Nathan Thomasello claimed the title at 113 while St. Ignatius’ George DiCamillo showed why he was the No. 1 seed with a 11-5 win over Graham’s Ryan Taylor in the finals at 120. St. Edward’s Dean Heil, who was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament, pinned top-seeded Julian Gulione in the finals at 126. St. Edward’s Edgar Bright was second at 132 while Walsh’s Nate Skonieczny held serve for the host by claiming the title at 138.

Graham’s Blake Kaistl entered as the fifth seed at 145, but advanced to the finals before falling to the second seed in the finals to start a trio of Falcons to reach the finals. Bo Jordan cruised to the title at 152 as did cousin Isaac Jordan at 160.

Mark Martin claimed a 2-1 win over the top seed to claim the 170 title for St. Ed while Dominic Aboundar advanced to the finals for the Eagles before falling to Huston Evans of Graham 2-1 in the finals. Evans had defeated Troy Christian’s B.J. Toal 5-2 in the semis. Greg Kuhar closed the night with the title at 285.

Slim picking for the Big’uns: There were just 27 wrestlers at 285, 220 and 182 and only 21 at 195 at the Ironman. Meanwhile, the middle weights were packed to capacity for the tournament.

Felipe Martinez is back: Felipe Martinez made his season debut for Genoa at … 195.
Martinez, who won his third state title last season at 152 after capturing titles at 130 and 140 as a freshman and sophomore, respectively, went 2-0 in the dual. He spent a total of 1:20 on the mat.

Edgewood Invitational: Middletown beat Simon Kenton (Ky.) by 31 points to claim the Edgewood Invitational on Saturday.

The Middies placed three on top of the podium, but the most-talked about performances of the weekend came from three teams not in the title chase.

Bellbrook freshman Cameron Kelly was dominating at 106, cruising through the tournament and closing it out with a 15-0 win in the finals.

Wayne senior Marcus Windsor is down at 120 and reports were he looked in mid-season shape. Windsor also had little problems maneuvering through the field.

Miamisburg’s Jordan Branham – wrestling up at 132 – defeated returning Kentucky state placer Drew Harris 19-9 in the finals.

On Deck: It’s North Canton’s turn to host their Holiday Tournament and the Cincinnati Coaches Classic takes to the mat this weekend before things get slow for the week of Christmas.

However, following Christmas, the true holiday begins for wrestling fans with Brecksville, Medina and the GMVWA Holiday tournaments. 

WRESTLERS OF THE WEEK

Huston Evans, 182, Graham – Dean Heil was impressive in being named the Most Outstanding at the Ironman, but Evans battled through a tough final two matches defeating returning D-III state runner-up B.J. Toal of Troy Christian 5-2 in the semi-final before handling St. Ed’s returning state champ in the final.

Jordan Branham, 132, Miamisburg – Dominated the competition at the Edgewood Invitational, closing things out with a 19-9 win over returning Kentucky state placer Drew Harris in the finals.

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