For one last time, St. Edward and Graham got a chance to claim a
state dual meet championship ran by the Ohio High School Wrestling
Coaches Association. Next year, it will be for real.
For one last time, St. Edward and Graham got a chance to claim a state dual meet championship ran by the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association.
Next year, it will be for real.
Currently, the state duals are formatted based on points scored by underclassmen at the previous years sectional and district tournament. The top two teams from each district qualify for the state duals.
Beginning next year, the Ohio High School Athletic Association will hold a state duals tournament with all teams in the state being seeded into sectional tournaments in the same manner currently used for basketball. The OHSAA is also keeping the traditional postseason.
St. Edward, fresh off claiming the title at Clash National Dual meet tournament in Rochester, MN., cruised to the title at Wadsworth.
The Eagles, wrestling without Mark Martin and Greg Kuhar, opened with a win over Fairmont before dispatching of Wadsworth 49-12 and closing it out with a 44-13 win over second-ranked Moeller.
David Abounader (182), Lorenzo Bentley (106), Dean Heil (126), Edgar Bright (132), Nick Barber (138), Jacob Davis (160) and Ty Walz (220) all finished with 3-0 marks.
St. Ed’s enters their dual with Blair Academy on a roll, winning 15 straight dual matches this season.
The string continued for Graham as well.
Hosting the Division II Duals, the Falcons claimed their sixth straight title and 10th in 11 years.
Graham, who finished sixth at the Clash National Duals, opened with a 58-16 win over Perry before defeating Wauseon 59-7 to advance to the finals for the 11th straight season.
The Falcons claimed the title with a 38-30 win over Claymont.
Ryan Taylor (120) was named the outstanding wrestler after going 3-0, winning all three matches by technical fall and outscoring his opponents 61-18 on the day.
Taylor was joined by Micah Jordan (126), Nate Henkle (132), Blake Kastl (145), Bo Jordan (152), Isaac Jordan (160) and Huston Evans (182) with perfect days. Eli Stickley (106), Eli Seipel (113), Lane Thomas (170) and Darin Bovey (285) all went 2-1 on the day.
In Division III, Edison – now Division II – claimed the title with a 42-27 win over Archbold.
Applecreek Waynedale, the top ranked DIII team in the state, finished third after losing 43-30 to Edison in the semi’s.
WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
Edgar Bright, St. Edward’s 132: Bright continued a phenomenal season with perfect day at the Division I state duals. Bright won a battle of state champions in the finals match, dispatching of Moeller defending state champ Joey Ward 3-1.