The second weekend of the wrestling season is in the books and so is another Ironman. Who had performances of note? What’s coming up? Who won last week? And who are the JJH Wrestler of the Week? It’s all here…
Wrestler of the Week
Alex Marinelli, Graham, Freshman, 152: For the first time, the GMVWA Holiday tournament seeded freshmen based on special criteria (top 3 placer at JH state or All-American in Fargo) and Marinelli was the top seeded freshman, earning the 3 seed at 152. Then, he got busy on the second day of the tournament. After beating returning state qualifier Benjamin Schram of Bellbrook in the quarters, Marinelli dominated former Ohio champ and current Kentucky defending state champ Stephen Myers in the semis before handing two time Kentucky champ Kevin Cooper a defeat in the finals.
Brecksville dominates own Holiday Classic
Brecksville had three champs en route to claiming the Brecksville Holiday Tournament by 60 points over runner-up Wauseon.
Aaron Assad was named the tournaments Most Outstanding Wrestler after cruising to the title at 113 as the third seed.
Austin Assad claimed the 106 title while Quentin Hiles (170) also claimed a title for host Brecksville.
Garrett Hancock (120), Jordan Marshall (152) claimed titles for Troy Christian as they finished seventh after leading the first day and part of the second day wrestling without BJ Toal. Toal is recovering from a knee surgery following Ironman.
Dayton Christian’s Jacob Danishek had no problems in claiming the 145 title, cruising to the finals before being in control throughout of a 6-4 win over Olentangy’s Jake Ryan.
Anthony Tutolo (126) claimed Lake Catholic’s lone title while Fairmont’s Matt Denlinger remained undefeated on the season, the fourth seed defeated top seeded Jason Sandlin of Carlisle 3-2 in the semis before defeating Kassee McDougal in the finals.
Marysville’s Noah Forrider knocked off top seeded Alex Mossing of Central Crossing 8-5 in the finals at 138. Jimmy Sandlin claimed the title for Carlisle at 160 as the second seed battled for a 5-3 overtime decision over Aaron Schuette of Wauseon in the finals.
Wauseon got their title at 220 from top seed Zane Krall.
Loveland’s Gunner Lay entered as the third seed, but held off Centerville’s Garrett Conner 5-3 in the semis before taking the title with a 3-2 win over top seeded Brad Smith of Clyde in the finals. Matthew Lybarger claimed the title at 195 and Travis Gusan of Hilliard Davidson claimed the 285 title.
St. Ed rallies for win
Massillon Perry had the lead through part of the second day at Medina before Lakewood St. Edward came back to claim the MIT title with 286 points. Perry faded down the stretch and finished 40 points back.
Second seeded Jose Rodriguez got things started off on the right foot for Perry, claiming the 106 title
St. Edward didn’t get its first title until Colin Heffernan claimed the 138 championship. Third seeded Edgar Bright made it two titles in a row, winning at 145 before Marcus Scheidel made it three straight titles for the Eagles. Domenic Abounander (182) and fourth seeded Ralph Nichols (285) also claimed titles.
Top seeded Nathan Tomasello of Wadsworth had no problems claiming the 120 title, cruising through the bracket before defeating Perry’s David Bavery 12-5 in the finals.
Nate Boggs entered 132 unseeded, but knocked off the eighth seed, the first seed, the fourth seed and the sixth seed in claiming the title. Jerald Spohn claimed a title for New Lexington at 170 before second seeded Josh Lehner upset top seeded Jojo Tayse of Perry in the finals at 195 with a fall in 1:11.
Graham rolls to Holiday title
Graham returned to the GMVWA Holiday Tournament after competing in The Clash National Duals last season and rolled to the title once again.
Graham placed 10 in scoring 295 points. Delta was second with 146.5.
The Falcons got titles from Eli Stickley (106), Micah Jordan (126), Alex Marinelli (152) and Bo Jordan. Marinelli knocked off defending Kentucky state champs in back-to-back rounds to claim the title.
Freshman Brent Moore lost a controversial 4-3 decision to Delta’s Kyle Keller at 120 for the Falcons as well. Tyler Fahrer made it two titles for Delta, claiming the 145 title.
Bellbrook standout Cameron Kelly kept Graham from winning the first two weight classes, handing Eli Seipel a 5-0 setback.
Miamisburg got titles from Jordan Branham (138) and Kyle Schmidt (170). Branham trailed returning state placer Mason Calvert of Sidney 5-0 with just over a minute left in the second period, but ran off six of the next seven points to force overtime before securing the win in sudden victory, 8-6.
Wayne senior Jarrod Hardrick claimed his first title at 195 while Urbana freshman Sam Harris knocked off the first and second seeds in claiming the 182 title.
Check the OHSAA…
People interested in following the new state team tournament should check the OHSAA website periodically as they continue to move teams from region to region.
Perhaps it would have been simpler had they followed which districts the teams are in during the individual portion of the tournament and broken them into sub-regions from there.
While the moves have made it possible for the big three in Cleveland to advance in D-I, it is not something that is done in other sports. How else would you explain the D-II boys basketball sectional in Southwest Ohio getting national attention last year. That sectional hosted three of the top five teams in the state (Dunbar, Franklin and Thurgood Marshall). Following the shuffling with the team tournament, those three teams would not meet in sectionals…perhaps not even in regional play if the same approach was taken for other sports.
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