Less then a week remains before the start of the first state dual team tournament. In addition to a look at the brackets and seeds for the tourney, here’s our weekly compilation 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
Wrestler of the Week: Dalton Ishmael, North Baltimore, 195: Ishmael steamrolled through the field at the Perrysburg Invitational. Ishmael’s matches all were ended in the first period by pin. His fall in 1:54 in the finals set a state record for career pins at 144.
Perkins ekes out .5 win at Marion Elgin Invite
Perkins put 10 wrestlers in the top nine to claim a half point win over Waynedale.
Waynedale’s Zack Nelson was the Most Outstanding Wrestler in the lower weights while the squad made it a clean sweep of MOP awards with 170 Brenden Stanley winning the upper weight award. It wasn’t enough.
Perkins finished with 307 points while Waynedale was second with 306.5.
Dakota Stanley won the third title for Waynedale at 160.
Perkins got titles from Michael Snyder (152) and Ozzie Hermes (195) and placed eight others, with some timely bonus points, to eke out the win.
Dayton Christian’s Jacob Danishek was dominant once again in claiming the title. Danishek’s lone loss this season is in the finals of the Ironman to St. Ed’s Edgar Bright.
DC’s Christian Clary joined Danishek on top of the podium, claiming an all southwest final with a win over Forrest Brewer of Franklin.
Perrysburg claims own title
Host Perrysburg notched a 39-point win over runner-up Wauseon at the Perrysburg Invitational.
While the final team score was in the bag, all eyes turned to Dalton Ishmael.
The North Baltimore senior entered the 195-pound title match tied for the Ohio career record for pins. Ishmael ended the suspense early, recording a fall at 1:54.
Mario Guillen (113), Ryan Roth (145), JP Newton (152) and Rocco Caywood (170) claimed titles for the hosts.
Wauseon’s Austin Yarnell (138), Aaron Schuette (160), Alec Vonier (182) and Zane Krull (220) all climed titles for the runner-ups.
Graham cruises to title at Valley View
Graham claimed 11 titles in running up 310.5 points to claim the Valley View Invitational.
Carlisle got titles from Marcus Smith (195) and Darren Milligan (220) to be the only other team with multiple champs.
State Team Tournament ready to go
There were some close and interesting seeds throughout the state…
State Team Tournament Seed Surprises
*Division I: In Region 2-B, Wadsworth and Barberton tied for the top seed with the Grizzly getting the advantage through a tiebreak procedure. In 4-A, Mentor edged Madison by one point for the top seed while in 4-B, Uniontown Lake, Massillon Jackson and Hoover all tied for the second seed. Lake will be the two seed, Jackson the three and Hoover the four. Olentangy Orange claimed the third seed in 5-A after tying Ashland.
In Region 5-B, Westerville North and Hilliard Bradley tied for the second seed with North getting the advantage. In Region 6-A, Columbus West and Grove City tied for the three seed with West gaining the edge. In a closer than expected vote, Moeller was the top seed over Loveland by just five points and in Region 10-A, Padua Franciscan and Bay tied for the top seed with Bay ending up the second seed.
*Division II: In Region 11-B, the race was tight with Warren Howland and Walsh Jesuit tying for the top seed with Howland getting the top spot while Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary and Crestwood tying for the three seed, just three points back of the top two seeds.
In Region 14-A, Whitehall Yearling and Columbus South tied for the top spot with Columbus DeSales one point back. Yearling won the tiebreak for the top spot.
In Region 16-B, Greenville beat out Carroll by one point for the top spot.
*Division III: Upper Sandusky took a three-point advantage over Woodmore for the top spot in Region 18-A while St. Paul held a four spot edge on Western Reserve. In Region 20-A, Tuslaw held a one point edge on Rootstown for the top seed while Bloom-Carroll had the same edge on Coshocton for the top spot in Region 21-B.
In Southwest Ohio, the voting got interesting as no state ranked teams were seeded first despite being ranked in every state poll.
Carlisle was the second seed in 23-A, five points behind Reading. Dixie was a four point pick for the first seed over Blanchester in 23-B with state ranked Dayton Christian being seeded fourth. Troy Christian – ranked first in the state by JJHuddle and second in the state by the coaches – was the fourth seed in 24-B with Versailles claiming the top seed.
The Catholic Invitational hits the mat this weekend along with the prestigious Top Gun tournament in Alliance and the Dies Memorial.
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