The first weekend of the wrestling season is in the books, and there wasn’t a
lot of action as teams prepared for the
first full week of the season. There were however some performances of note. What’s coming up? Who won last week? And who is the JJH Wrestler of the Week?
WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
Hunter Bray, Dayton Christian, 106, Freshman: In his varsity debut, Bray claimed the title at 106 at the Franklin Invitational, pinning returning state qualifier Brandon Carter of Hillsboro in under a minute before claiming the title with a win over Kyle Bussard of Valley View.
IRONMAN COMING FRIDAY
It will be an interesting Ironman tournament this weekend at Walsh.
Traditional powers Blair Academy, St. Edwards and Graham – for once – don’t dominate the top seeds in each weight class. Blair has three top seeds while St. Eds and Graham each have one.
Brecksville’s Austin Assad is the top seed at 106 while his brother, Aaron, is the second seed at 113.
Of note, Matthew Kolodzik returns to the Buckeye State as a member of the Blair Academy team. An Ohio state champ last year at Miami Valley School, Kolodzik is seeded second behind CVCA’s Nathan Tomasello at 120.
Dean Heil is St. Ed’s lone top seed at 132 and could have a semifinal showdown with Graham’s Micah Jordan – the fourth seed.
Edgar Bright is the second seed at 145, and one of the biggest slights of the tournament – two time Ohio state champ Jacob Danishek of Dayton Christian is seeded ninth. Troy Christian’s Jordan Marshall also may enter with a chip on his shoulder – another slight – seeded ninth.
Bo Jordan is Graham’s only top seeded wrestler, grabbing the top spot at 160. St. Ed’s Domenic Aboundader is seeded second in a stacked 182 where he may face Troy Chrisitan’s BJ Toal (the third seed) in the semis. Add to that Centerville’s Garrett Conner who is a low 11th seed.
Moeller’s Jerry Thornberry is the second seed at 195 and could face Medina Highland’s Adam Kluk (the third seed) in the semis. Massillon Perry’s JoJo Tayse is the second seed at 220 while Chalmer Freauf (Moeller) is the fourth seed.
Wrestling begins at 1 p.m. Friday and continues at 10 a.m. Saturday with finals slated for 6 p.m.
WEEK 1 RESULTS OF NOTE
Little Giants come up big at Oak Harbor Invite: Fremont Ross claimed five weight classes en route to claiming the Oak Harbor title over the weekend with 225.5 points.
Indian Lake was second with 210 points while Genoa finished third and host Oak Harbor was a distant fourth.
Trayvion Scott (113), Bailey Menzinger (120), Jordan Weissinger (138), Trey Grine (145) and Trevor Brown (182) all claimed titles for Fremont.
Tuslaw holds off Western Reserve at Edison: Massillon Tuslaw hung on for a 290-288 win over Western Reserve to claim the title at the Edison Invite on the opening week of the season.
Tuslaw got titles from Dion Perez (126), Dylan Marthey (138) with 160-pounder D.J. Blair getting – perhaps the biggest win – pinning Western Reserve’s Cody Ramage at the 2:11 mark in the finals.
Western Reserve got titles from Tim Hunkley (170) and Ian Ramos (285).
Troy Christian got the titles they were expected to as returning state placers Jarred Ganger (113), Garrett Hancock (120), Jordan Marshall (152) and BJ Toal (182) all claimed first for the Eagles.
Back on the Mat: Former Lebanon state qualifier Casey Abrams is back on the mats.
Abrams, a math teacher, is the new head coach at Kings High School. After leaving professional baseball, Abrams got his Masters Degree in Education. His assistant wasn’t a bad wrestler either … three time state placer Chas Franz of Waynesville.
Meanwhile Abrams’ alma mater also has a new man in charge.
Former Lakota West state qualifier Tony Bradberry takes the reigns of his own program for the first time after helping out at Oak Hills last season.