The wrestling season rolls on and the state dual tournamnet is quickly approaching. Here’s our weekly look back (and ahead) at Ohio’s top performances and news. What’s coming up? Who won last week? Who is the JJH Wrestler of the Week? It’s all here…
Wrestler of the Week
Wyatt Running, Clinton Massie, 170: Thought this kid was a good runningback? You ought to see him wrestle. Running ran through the field at the Ray Masanek Fairfield Invitational, winning his four matches by a combined score of 63-0.
Wild finish at Fairfield
The team lead changed hands five times in a wild down to the wire finish at the Ray Masanek Fairfield Invitational.
Host Fairfield and Centerville went back and forth for the lead with Campbell County lurking. The Kentucky team was able to squeeze into the lead for good when Centerville’s Garrett Conner had to injury default while leading his 182 title match against CC. The point swing lifted the Camels to the title and dropped Centerville to third.
CC finished with 176 points, Fairfield with 171 and Centerville with 170.
Middletown’s Anthony Jagel claimed his first title of the season, winning at 106 while teammate Jacob Globke finished first at 160. Middletown’s Latrell Davis dropped the 152 final on a controversial fleeing the mat call in his overtime match with Stephen Myers of CC.
Fairfield’s Demarco Davis claimed the 113 title with a 3-1 win over Butler’s Josh Heidkamp, while Centerville got its lone title from Brenden Watson at 120. Kendall Newell took the 132 title while Lorain’s Elijah Garcia defended his title at 138.
Joseph Jones was the first Ross wrestler to claim a title as the Rams finished fourth in the team race. Jones won at 145 while Tyler Bridwell won at 195. For the second time this year, Ross 220 Frankie Heimkreiter dropped a 3-2 decision to Austin Myers in the finals.
Truman Gutapfel of Harrison won the 285 title, but no one was more dominant than 170 champ Wyatt Running of Clinton Massie.
Running won his first two matches 15-0 and his last two matches 16-0 to finish the weekend out scoring his opponents 63-0 in four matches.
Kenton Ridge claims County bragging rights
Heading into the Clark County Clash tournament, Kenton Ridge coach Cameron Doggett was not sure what to expect.
The Cougars jumped to the lead right away and never relinquished it in claiming the title by eight points over Northwestern 380-372.
The Cougars placed all nine wrestlers they took to the tournament with five advancing to the finals and four claiming titles.
David Stroud (106), Brandon Townsend (113), Preston Bowshier (132) and Tyler Sowards (145) all claimed championships for the Cougars while Elijah Cochran (126) was second. Three others finished third and one finished fifth as the Cougars went 8-1 in finals to seal the win.
Northwestern finished with three champs as Devin Rogers (120), Brandon Rogers (182) and Zach Weekley (195) all claimed titles for the runner-ups. Catholic Central had a trio of champs with Anthony DeCarlo (138) being joined by Cameron Luther (160) and Matt Neiswinger (170). Springfield had a pair of champs with Devin Nye (220) and Aaron Cosby (285) winning titles.
Wade Smitty claimed Shawnee’s lone title at 126 and Tecumseh’s Chuck Buchanan won the title at 152 for the third place Arrows.
Blair upper weights do in Graham
Graham did more than hold its own against the lower portion of the Blair line up, but couldn’t claim anything above 160 in a 37-25 loss to the nation’s top ranked team.
Blair out-scored Graham 21-0 from 170 on up while the lower weights held a 25-16 advantage.
Graham got pins from Eli Stickley (106) and Micah Jordan (132) while Eli Seipel (113) and Alex Marinelli (152) recorded major decisions and Bo Jordan a technical fall.
Check the OHSAA…State Dual Brackets
The brackets for the OHSAA state team dual tournament will be released on Monday, Jan. 14.
Check the OHSAA website for more details.
Loveland heads the list of teams at the Charlie Moore Invitational this weekend at Reading while Avon Lake, Berea, Brooklyn, Brookside, Clearview, Cloverleaf, Columbia, Elyria, Hudson, Lakewood, Rocky River, Stow, Midpark all compete in the Len Pariano Invitational at Midpark.
Ada, Antwerp, Bath, Delphos Jefferson, Lima Senior, Lima Shawnee, Paulding, Rossford, Spencerville, Springfield Shawnee, St. Marys Memorial, Tinora, Tippecanoe, Upper Sandusky, Waite Wrestling Club and Woodmore head to Lima for the Spartan Invitational.
Carlisle and Graham are among the teams at the Valley View Invitational.
The Perrysburg Invitational welcomes in Clay, Defiance, Delta, Findlay, Fostoria, Hamilton, Hicksville, McComb, Mohawk, Napoleon, North Baltimore, Northwood, Oak Harbor, St. Joseph Central Catholic, Sylvania Northview, Sylvania Southview, Wauseon, Whitmer and Wooster.
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