The first annual state team tournament is in the books. Next up? The 76th annual individual wrestling tournament. Sectionals start this weekend. Here’s
our weekly compilation Ohio’s top performances and news. Who won last week? Who is the JJH Wrestler & Team of the Week? It’s all here…
Wrestler of the Week
Anthony Welty, 195, Graham: Using a move which coach Jeff Jordan calls the Weltinator, Welty recorded the big fall for the Falcons to wrap up the Division II state team title. Welty went 3-0 on the day as Graham claimed the title.
Team of the Week
Delta: Perhaps the most impressive team from start to finish at the state team tournament Saturday at St. John’s Arena. Delta won by 46, 21 and 35 points in taking the Division III title, showing a lot of pinning power along the way.
1st Annual State Team Tournament Recaps
Division I: As expected, St. Eds and Massillon Perry steamrolled their way to the finals of the state team tournament.
St. Eds advanced with a 66-4 win over Pickerington Central and a 48-15 win over Brecksville while Perry defeated Marysville 49-24 and Moeller 41-23. Moeller defeated Centerville 49-12 and Brecksville eliminated Clay 40-19.
For most of the finale, Perry had St. Eds where they wanted them… and then they let them off the hook.
Perry got wins from Jose Rodriguez, Jason Spencer and David Bavery to open a quick 9-0 lead on Eds. Dean Heil’s major decision helped the Eagles close the gap to 9-7 before Casey Sparkman defeated Colin Heffernan 5-4 to give Perry a 12-7 lead.
The Eagles, though, got a pin from Edgar Bright and a major decision from Markus Scheidel to give Eds a 17-12 lead. Perry came back with decisions by Tony Dailey and Bruno Millin to take a 18-17 lead. Gab Dzuro claimed a 3-1 decision before the two swapped forfeits at 195 and 220 to go into the 285 with Eds clinging to a 25-21 lead.
A tech or pin by Perry would have clinched the title for them, but the ending was anti-climatic as Ralph Nichols waltzed to a 4-2 sudden victory win for the final team points and a 28-21 Eds win.
Division II: Graham had to battle in order to put away Claymont in the finale.
A win by Tyler Warner at 106 over Eli Stickley, a pin by Cody Burcher (126) and back to back decisions by Drew Avery and Cadden Herron gave Claymont a 15-12 lead before Graham got a 19-4 tech fall from Alex Marinelli and a pin in :41 from Bo Jordan to start a run through the upper weights.
Lane Thomas followed with a major decision at 170, Josh Couchman claimed a 4-2 sudden victory and Anthony Welty recorded a pin in 5:08 to clinch the win.
Garrett Harding and Kyle Henry closed the match for Claymont with a pin and decision.
Graham had cruised into the finals with a 60-12 win over Athens and a 43-18 win over Toledo Central Catholic. TCC, the fifth seed, had advanced to the semis with a 37-30 win over fourth seeded Lexington.
Claymont opened with a 36-22 win over sixth seeded Perry before claiming a 48-22 win over Ross. Ross had opened the tournament with a 31-30 win over second seeded CVCA.
CVCA had led Ross 30-15 with three matches left, but the Rams got a decision from Tyler Bridwell at 195, a pin from Frank Heimkreiter at 220 and Gavin Peacock won by forfeit to tie the match at 30-30.
Ross moved on after winning the tiebreak with most six point wins, 3-2.
Division III: The most impressive team on the day claimed the DIII title.
Delta rolled through the field, including a 52-17 beat down of Tuslaw in the finals.
After the two went back and forth through the first five matches, Delta ran off pins from Christian Valentine, Tyler Fahrer, Todd Miller, Seth Colvin, Mark Francis and Devon Richards as well as decisions by Jared Mattin and Conner Keller as they won the final eight matches wrestled to break open a 11-10 match which Tuslaw was winning.
Delta’s closest match on the day came in the semis where they held off Versailles 45-24 after defeating Keystone 59-13 in the first round. Versailles defeated Upper Sandusky 40-30 in the opening round.
Tuslaw opened with a 51-27 win over Blanchester before defeating Johnstown Northridge 51-15 to reach the finals. Northridge had opened the day with a 35-33 win over third seeded Amanda Clearcreek.
1st Annual State Team Tournament Final Brackets
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