JJHuddle State Wrestling Notes: Graham wins sixth straight Top Gun title

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

The Graham wrestling team rolled to their sixth straight Top Gun title in Alliance over the weekend, running up 274.5 points. Here’s who else did what this weekend and more on one coach battling cancer…plus, the JJHuddle Wrestler of the Week.


The Graham wrestling team rolled to their sixth straight Top Gun title in Alliance over the weekend, running up 274.5 points.

The Falcons finished 72 points ahead of second place Perry with CVCA finishing third, Claymont foruth and Steubenville fifth.

Graham won six of the 14 weight classes during the weekend.

Ryan Taylor got things going for the Falcons, claiming the title at 120 with a 7-3 win over Cory Stainbrook of Walsh.

Micah Jordan (126), Blake Kastl (145), Bo Jordan (152), Isaac Jordan (160) and Huston Evans (182) also claimed titles for the Falcons on the weekend.

CVCA got titles from Nathan Tomasello at 113 and Matt Meadows (220) while Perry got their lone title from Jo Jo Tayse at 195.

Silvers honored: Eaton coach Mark Silvers was inducted into the Top Gun Hall of Fame prior to the finals Saturday night.

Silvers’ teams have been a fixture at the Alliance tournament.

Silvers led Wayne to a second place finish in the Division I state tournament in 1999.

Walker close: Springboro’s returning state placer Brandon Walker is closer to returning to the mat for the Panthers.

Walker, who tore the labrum in the first half of a week three loss to Butler in football, got the all-clear from the doctor this week and will begin working to get in shape.

The Panther senior still has to hydrate, but is expected to wrestle 170 or 182.

Root battling cancer: Springboro wrestling coach Ryan Root has not been with the team most of the season while undergoing treatment for colon cancer.

Orginally, Root had planned on missing just a couple of weeks a month of practices, but continued treatment has kept him away from the team.

Fred Boulton has taken over the reigns this year for the Panthers.

Kimbrell chooses Stanford: Fairmont returning state placer Tommy Kimbrell has committed to Stanford University.

Kimbrell is undefeated this season at 170.

WRESTLER OF THE WEEK

Nate Skonieczny, Walsh Jesuit, 138: The defending state champ cruised through the field at the Top Gun, claiming the 138-pound title with a 19-4 technical fall in the finals.

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