JJHuddle State Wrestling Notes: Medina, Brecksville and GMVWA Holiday tourneys loom on horizon


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

Normally, we have at-least two Wresters of the Week, but one individual gets the billing all to himself this time….see why.


Things get awful quiet this week with Christmas falling on a weekend, leaving coaches and wrestlers some extra time to fine tune things with Medina, Brecksville and the GMVWA Holiday tournament all looming on the horizon.

Glenn Sample Coaches Classic: Moeller is starting to show they will be a major force for the schools from the north to deal with come state tournament time.

The Crusaders claimed three titles including defending state champ Joey Ward, freshman Conner Ziegler and sophomore Dakota Sizemore.

Ziegler, entered the field at 106 unseeded, improved to 11-2 on the season with the title.

However, the weekend belonged to Ward.

Ward won his 150th career match in claiming the 132 title over returning state placer Matt Denlinger of Fairmont.

The Crusaders, ranked 18th in the InterMat Fab 50 poll, claimed the title with 267.5 points as 10 wrestlers made it to the second day of the tournament and four claimed third place finishes.

Loveland had a pair of winners, Gunner Lay at 182 pounds and Kylee Knabe at 195.
Elder’s Tyler Hardtke had one of the best finals of the night, edging Beavercreeks Nick Corba 3-2 in the finals at 160.

Fairmont got titles from Tommy Parrett and Tommy Kimbrell in making a strong debut at the tournament with a fifth place finish.

North Canton Hoover: Wadsworth bounced back from a down Ironman to finish second in the North Canton Hoover Holiday Tournament with 181.5 points.
Host North Canton Hoover was third while Edison rounded out the top five.

Kagan Squire, who missed the podium at Ironman, came back strong as well for Wadsworth, claiming the title at 132.

On the weekend, Squire was one of nine Wadsworth wrestlers to claim a spot on the podium, but was the lone champion. Two-time state champ Nick Tavanello dropped a 3-1 decision in the finals at 285 to Cody Klempay of Canon-McMillan.

Kyle Burns claimed the lone title for Milan Edison, claiming the title at 152


Joey Ward, Moeller, 132: Normally, we have at-least two Wresters of the Week, but Ward gets the billing all to himself this time. Not only did Ward claim the Glenn Sample title – earning Most Outstanding Wrestler honors along the way – he went un-scored on during the weekend. The lone points Ward yielded was on kick-outs. His win over returning state placer Matt Denlinger of Fairmont in the finals was his 150th in high school.

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