The team tournament is over, and the preliminaries leading up to the main event are done…It is time for the 76th state wrestling tournament which runs Thursday-Saturday at the Schottenstein Center on the campus of The Ohio State University. Who Won? Who is Next? And When?
76th STATE WRESTLING TOURNAMENT
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JJHuddle State Tournament Preview
The team tournament is over, and the preliminaries leading up to the
main event are done…It is time for the 76th state wrestling tournament
which begins Thursday at the Schottenstein Center on the campus of The
State University. Who and What to Watch…
It appears the Division I and Division II team races will follow close to the same suit as the team tournament, but Division III is shaping up to be a wild six team battle to end of Saturday night.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Lakewood St. Edward once again will be the team to beat after advancing 11 to the state tournament in hanging on to top Brecksville for the Lorrain district title 271-224.
Brecksville will be another major player at the state tournament after advancing nine out while third place finisher Oregon Clay takes seven to state.
One of the big surprises out of Lorrain was that St. Ed’s 106 pounder L.J. Bentley is not among the group of Eagles heading to the state tournament. Bentley advanced to the semifinals before falling to Austin Assad of Brecksville 7-2. Bentley then dropped a 7-5 decision to Mario Guillen of Perrysburg in the go-to match.
Moeller advanced nine out at Fairfield with Centerville being second with three qualifiers.
While Moeller got nine out, Dean Meyer did not advance after being DQ’d in the second round for biting. Meyer was just one of several shocking moments that took place at Fairfield.
St. Xavier’s Joe Heyob was a non-qualifier after losing in his go-to match to Middletown’s Jacob Globke, who was upset in the second round Friday night.
Perhaps the strangest event centered around Middletown’s LaTrell Davis and Moeller’s Wyatt Wilson.
Davis led Wilson in the semis at 152 when Wilson stood up. As Davis went to return him to the mat, Wilson tried a standing granby and landed on his head. The official blew his whistle right away and called it potentially dangerous, however, the assistant official called him over and talked him into changing it to illegal. Wilson stayed down, Davis lost his first match to an Ohio wrestler this year and then went off the deep end. Davis was ejected from the tournament after punching a scoreboard on his way out of the gym, ending his career.
Massillon Perry advanced nine in claiming the Mentor district.
Marysville advanced six while Maple Heights, Perrysburg and Westerville North each advanced four and Solon three.
Graham had a little bit of a battle on their hands at Goshen.
Normally, the Falcons have a triple digit lead heading into the finals, but his year Ross was just 50 points back going into the final session.
Graham did advance eight and will be close to being favored to win seven of the titles.
Ross moved five on, the first time in school history and could be a major player in the team race this year after advancing to the semis of the state team tournament.
Uhrichsville Claymont, who gave Graham a run for their money in the state team finals, advanced six to the state tournament and will be one of the contenders with Ross, ASVSM, CVCA and Steubenville for the runner up spot.
CVCA advanced eight to the state tournament while ASVSM six and Clyde six. Carrollton, Perry and Steubenville each advanced five with Oak Harbor and Kenton Ridge each taking four to the state tournament.
Division III could be a barn burner rolling deep into Saturday night.
Any one of nine teams could walk off with the title this year in the lone team race which appears worth watching.
Delta, the state team champ, advanced five to the state tournament as did Dayton Christian, Waynedale and Massillon Tuslaw. Amanda Clearcreek has eight going to start the tournament while Troy Christian and Upper Sandusky each have six. Add in Archbold with four and Greeneview with three and the team race will be interesting.
A lot of the team race will come down to how the brackets fall.
Each team has hammers who should advance to the finals on Saturday, making the key getting points from each wrestler who advanced. Bonus points will be even more important in the dogfight.