JJHuddle State Wrestling Notes: St. Edward strengthens hold on nation’s No. 1 spot

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

St. Edward, Graham and Moeller tackled national competition in Minnesota, while a slew of other Ohio teams defended their home turf. See who did what over the Holidays.

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What an incredible Holiday wrestling buffet the state of Ohio offered up
last weekend.

Heading into the New Year, St. Edward has solidified its
spot atop the Ohio – and national – heap, Washington Court House made a
strong comeback at the GMVWA Holiday Tourney, Massillon Perry showed its
mettle and Medina and Brecksville offered up a bevy of great matches to
cap it off.

St. Edward takes top spot at Clash: Lakewood St. Edward was one of three Ohio teams to travel to Rochester (MN) for the Clash National Duals.

The Clash brought in the top 32 teams in the nation – excluding Blair Academy – for two days of dual meet action. Teams were divided into pools of four based on their seed with the top seeds advancing to the A bracket finals and runner-ups to the B bracket finals.

All three Ohio teams advanced to the A or B bracket with St. Ed coming away as the sole survivor.

The Eagles entered as the top seed and opened the tournament with a 65-6 win over Punahou (HI), before shutting out Jefferson (GA), 58-0. St. Ed claimed their pool with a 51-10 win over Christiansburg (VA).

Graham, the fifth seed, opened with a 46-20 win over Prior Lake (MN), before defeating Kansa-Matorville (MN) 43-28. The Falcons, however, just missed advancing to the A bracket finals. Graham tied Clovis (CA) 36-36 in their pool final, but didn’t advance because it lost the fifth tiebreak criteria (most pins) to fall into the B bracket.

Moeller, the seventh seed, opened with a 54-18 win over Corona Del Sol (AZ) in the opening round before moving into their pool finals with a 41-18 win over Colonial Forge (VA). In the finals, the Crusaders dropped a 45-17 decision to perennial national power Apple Valley (MN).

St. Ed moved through the round robin portion of the Championship Bracket, beginning with a 36-13 win over Clovis before defeating Brandon 37-27 and clinching the title with a 32-22 win over Apple Valley.

Graham dropped its first match in the B bracket, 38-27 to Christiansburg, but rebounded to take a 36-32 win over Moeller and a 39-34 win over Smiley to finish sixth overall.

Moeller dropped its first two in the Silver bracket, falling 32-30 to Christiansburg in the second round before defeating Smiley 33-27 to finish seventh.

Ohio was well represented on the All-Tournament team with the Falcons leading the way with three members – Ryan Taylor (120), Bo Jordan (152) and Huston Evans (182). St. Ed had one member on the team in 220-pounder Ty Walz.

Washington Court House comes back strong at GMVWA: Washington Court House bounced back from an off-weeked to claim the Greater Miami Valley Wrestling Association Holiday Tournament title in a battle that went down to the wire with Centerville.

Miami Valley freshman Matthew Kolodzik claimed the title at 106, recording four pins and two technical falls en route to the title and the Most Outstanding Wrestler award in the lower weights.

Northmont senior Jonah Newburg was dominating in claiming the 170 pound title. The T-Bolt went un-scored on except for kickouts in cruising to his second title, earning Most Outstanding Wrestler in the upper weights.

Washington Court House 285-pounder Riley Shaw pinned his way through the tournament.

Perry finishes strong at Medina: Massillon Perry scored 202 points to finish second to Detroit Catholic Central at Medina. CVCA was third while Olentangy was fourth and Mason fifth.

Perry got titles from Zack Dailey, Jojo Tayse and David Bavery to help them to the runner-up spot.

Felipe Martinez, who began his season at 195, was the top seed at 170 at Medina. Martinez, however, lost in the quarterfinals 11-5 to David Gray of CVCA and was a forfeit the second day of the tournament.

Clay wins Brecksville: Oregon Clay scored 167 points to claim the Brecksville title by 6.5 points over Pope (GA). Milan Edison was third with Wadsworth fourth. Marysville rounded out the top five.

St. Ignatius’ George DiCamillo continued his stellar season by winning Most Outstanding Wrestler honors after claiming the 120-pound title.

Fairmont’s Tommy Kimbrell also had a great weekend, cruising to the title at 170 – including a 16-2 drubbing of returning state placer Austin Jones of Tri Valley in the finals.

WRESTLERS OF THE WEEK

Bo Jordan, Graham, 152: Jordan was dominating in going undefeated at the Clash National Duals against some of the best in the country.

Jonah Newburg, Northmont, 170: Newburg cruised to his second straight Holiday Tournament, going un-scored on throughout his tournament run. 

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