The first week of the first state dual team tournament is in the books. Surprises? Some? Upsets? Some. In
addition to a look at the brackets and results for the tourney, here’s
our weekly compilation Ohio’s top performances and news. Who won last week? Who is the JJH Wrestler of the Week? It’s all here…
Wrestler of the Week
Eli Seipel, Graham, 113: Needing two points in the final minute of his match with Lakewood St. Edwards to record the bonus point the team needed to tie the dual in the finale, Seipel got more than he needed in a 14-4 win. The major decision tied the team score 29-29 with Graham winning 30-29 on the third tiebreaker.
With the state team tournament going on, I am adding a special team of the week award…
Team of the Week
Thurgood Marshall: When people think of Thurgood Marshall, they think of the high scoring offensive football squad that just missed playing for a state title this fall or the perennially strong boys basketball team. However, the wrestling team is nothing to snooze on. The Cougars came from behind to defeat third seeded Chaminade Julienne in the second round of the state team tournament to advance to the regional semis next week.
Graham edges St. Ed
In an incredible dual match that had to go to the tiebreak criteria to determine a winner, the Falcons snapped a two year losing streak, 30-29.
The lucky pulling of the stick for the beginning weight class was big in Graham being able to begin and end with their strength.
Mario Kastl recorded a late takedown to take a 8-6 win over Austin Hiles for a 3-0 Graham lead. Brent Moore handed Chance Driscoll a 9-1 set back for a 7-0 Graham lead heading into the marquee match of the night.
Dean Heil took a 3-2 lead on Micah Jordan into the third period, but Jordan recorded a takedown with 11 ticks left on the clock to go to 2-0 against him this year and give the Falcons a 10-0 lead.
Colin Heffernan cut the Graham lead in half with a 25-10 technical fall before Edgar Bright tied the match with a 17-2 tech fall. The Eagles took their first lead of the night when Marcus Scheidel upset Alex Marinelli 9-7.
It didn’t take Graham long to get the lead back as Bo Jordan needed just :31 to record the fall at 160. However, Robbie Rogers squeezed out a come from behind 6-5 win over Lane Thomas.
Coach Jeff Jordan opted to bump Josh Couchman up to 195, forfeiting to Domenic Abounader, but Couchman dropped a 10-8 decision to Gabe Dzuro and St. Eds had a 25-16 lead.
Graham cut the lead to 25-22 when Anthony Welty won by injury default, but Ralph Nichols claimed a 12-3 major decision at 285 to push the lead to seven heading into the final two matches.
Eli Stickley got Graham within four with a 5-4 overtime win at 106 before Seipel claimed a 14-4 decision to tie the match at 29-29.
Graham won the tiebreak based on most falls, forfeits or defaults, 2-1.
State team tournament kicks off
The state team tournament took to the mats on Wednesday night with the higher seeds, for the most part, holding serve.
The one thing that is unsettling in the results from across the state is the number of teams who have basically forfeited their kids chances to say they competed in the first state team tournament.
In all, 38 teams across all three divisions removed themselves from the tournament after undergoing the seeding process and being placed on the bracket.
Division I: State Dual Tourney Results
None of the top seeds were even close to being threatened in the early rounds, as it should be.
Top seeded Sidney will advance to one match short of the Region 1 finals without even stepping on the mat after Springfield dropped from the tournament and Fairborn followed suit, leaving 1B without the fourth or fifth seed.
The only upset came in 1A where sixth seeded Findlay claimed a 36-25 win over third seeded Fremont Ross.
The big upset in Region 3 came at North Royalton where the host entered as the second seed, but were dispatched 36-32 by seventh seeded Hudson.
North Royalton jumped to a 20-3 lead, but Hudson came back with a 27-0 run highlighted by pins by Sam Semenczuk and Michael Coleman at 152 and 160. North Royalton got pins from Jake Vogler and Garrett Snyder to take a 32-30 lead into the final match, but Peter Mougey gave Hudson the win with a fall in 1:11 at 285.
In Region 6, Central Crossing, the sixth seed, advanced to face second seeded Upper Arlington after dismissing third seeded Columbus West 55-24.
Division II: State Dual Tourney Results
In Region 10, sixth seeded Buckeye claimed a 37-27 win over third seeded University School, but it was nothing compared to Region 11.
Second seeded Walsh Jesuit was hammered by seventh seeded Ravenna 54-18.
In Region 16, sixth seeded Thurgood Marshall got pins from Brandon Flucas and Mario Bell to tie their match with third seeded Chaminade Julienne at 35-35, winning the match when Jeffrey Manly accepted the forfeit at 285.
Division III: State Dual Tourney Results
Region 19 produced two big upsets in the second round of the tournament.
Alex Scotton claimed a win by injury default at 220 and Paul Deely won by pin as sixth seeded Independence knocked off third seeded Cuyahoga Heights 39-33 in 19A. The bottom half also took a hit as seventh seeded Berkshire claimed a 36-27 win over second seeded Grand Valley.
In Region 20, sixth seeded Jackson Milton rolled to a 40-24 win over third seeded Akron Manchester. Third seeded Barnesville in Region 21 was also an upset victim, getting bumped from the tournament by sixth seeded Martins Ferry.
The strangest one comes in Region 22 where sixth seeded Mount Gilead advanced by forfeit over third seeded Newark Catholic in 22A while in 22B, sixth seeded Chillicothe Southeastern advanced by forfeit over third seeded Madison Plains. In Region 24, sixth seeded Spencerville rolled to a 45-21 win over third seeded Delphos Jefferson.
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