The last week of competition in the 2013 portion of this wrestling season was one full of exciting events and major stories, as the holiday tournaments took place all across the Buckeye State. This only served to expand the intrigue heading into the 2014 part of the season, which starts with a bang this coming weekend with some of the state’s powers facing stern tests.
Massillon Perry dominates at Medina even without their best
Four teams ranked in the InterMat Fab50 were among the 44 schools to participate this past Friday and Saturday in Medina for the 39th annual Medina Invitational Tournament. At the end of the tournament, No. 9 Massillon Perry ruled the roost with eleven placers, including three champs and seven top three finishers, garnering the title with 233 points.
Winning weight class titles for the Panthers were Mitch Newhouse (120), David Bavery (126), and Tony Dailey (160); while Thomas Genetin (106) and Isaac Bast (170) earned runner-up finishes, both losing to nationally ranked opposition in the finals, with third place finishes coming from Austin Phillips (145) and Casey Sparkman (152). Defending state champion Jose Rodriguez was missing from the Massillon Perry lineup at 113 pounds, where reserve wrestler Zach McCauley earned an eighth place finish. Additional placement finishes for the Panthers came from Jason Spencer (132) and Stefano Millin (285) who placed seventh, while McCauley and Brady Durieux (182) placed eighth.
Finishing second in the tournament was St. Edward with 200 points, an effort which was anchored by the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler L.J. Bentley, who ran a gauntlet of opposition on the way to a title at 113 pounds. Starting the tournament with two technical fall victories, he then earned a 3-1 overtime victory in the quarterfinals against returning state fourth place finisher Shakur Laney (Groveport Madison), before defeating a fellow nationally ranked in Dustin Warner (Claymont) by 1-0 decision in the semifinals, and following that up with a 3-2 decision over returning state runner-up Seth Beard (Napoleon) in the final.
Nine additional wrestlers placed for the Eagles. Hunter Ladnier (132), Gabe Dzuro (182), and Parker Knapp (220) each finished in third place; Ralph Nichols (285) finished fourth; Allan Hart (106) was fifth; Mason Daugherty (120) and Mike O’Malley (195) each took sixth; Isaac Collier (126) finished in seventh; and Kevin Khoma (170) earned an eighth place finish.
Finishing in third place was the other Ohio Fab50 team, Claymont, which earned 199 points led by three tournament champions in Tyler Warner (106), Cody Burcher (138), and Garrett Harding (220). Four additional Mustangs wrestlers earned a placement finish: Dustin Warner (113) finishing in third with Kollin Clark (126), Colt Crall (182), and Kyle Henry (285) each taking home fifth place.
Additional Ohio wrestlers to win weight class titles include Major Moore (Willard) at 132 pounds, Logan Day (Archbold) at 145, Travis Linton (Rootstown) at 182, Bailey Faust (Lexington) at 195, and Geno Rollo (Pickerington North) at 285.
Team Scores – http://www.baumspage.com/medina/2013/Team%20Scores.pdf
No. 1 in the nation Blair Academy (N.J.) travels to Ohio for showdowns on Friday and Saturday night
On Friday night, Blair Academy (N.J.) will make a trip to Stark County for dual meet against Massillon Jackson and Massillon Perry at Perry H.S. The triangular meet will start at 5:00 p.m. with the main event dual meet between two of the nation’s top ten teams, Blair Academy and Massillon Perry set to take place at about 7:00 p.m. Massillon Perry and Massillon Jackson will stage their Federal League conference dual meet at 5:00 p.m. with the Polar Bears facing Blair at around 6:00.
Then on Saturday, the top-ranked Buccaneers will travel down to Champaign County and take on fellow top ten in the nation St. Paris Graham in a 7:00 p.m. dual meet. Below is a list of the projected lineups for each of the four teams (national rankings as of 12-25-13).
106: Zach Sherman (B), Tanner Smith/Justin Stickley (G), Joey Misleh (MJ), Thomas Genetin (MP)
113: Requin van der Merwe (B), No. 7 Eli Stickley (G), Evan Snow (MJ), No. 3 Jose Rodriguez/Zac McCauley (MP)
120: No. 18 Chaz Tucker (B), Mario Kastl (G), Seth Whitehead (MJ), Jake Newhouse (MP)
126: No. 6 Matthew Kolodzik (B), No. 19 Eli Seipel (G), Caleb Woy (MJ), David Bavery (MP)
132: Jordan Kutler (B), Brent Moore/Nate Henkle (G), Justyn Bostic (MJ), Jason Spencer (MP)
138: No. 1 Joey McKenna (B), Kyle Lawson (G), Brandon O’Neil (MJ), Nick Steed (MP)
145: Walker Dempsey (B), No. 1 Micah Jordan (G), Garrett Poling (MJ), Austin Phillips (MP)
152: No. 8 Mason Manville (B), Garrett Jordan (G), Josh Bostic (MJ), No. 15 Casey Sparkman (MP)
160: No. 2 Dylan Milonas (B), No. 6 Alex Marinelli (G), Cullen East (MJ), No. 11 Tony Dailey (MP)
170: No. 17 Brandon Dallavia (B), Lane Thomas (G), Chris Head (MJ), Isaac Bast (MP)
182: Nicholas DiNapoli (B), Hayden Bronne (G), Caleb Tement (MJ), Brady Durieux (MP)
195: David Showunmi (B), Josh Couchman (G), TBD (MJ), Chris Ruby (MP)
220: Neil Putnam (B), Brandon Hayes (G), TBD (MJ), Stefano Millin (MP)
285: Will Cooley (B), Dylan Nave (G), Will Kanters (MJ), Seth Maylor (MP)
Host Bees win second consecutive Brecksville Holiday title
The 53rd annual Brecksville Holiday Tournament came to a conclusion on Monday night with Brecksville, ranked no. 27 nationally as of 12-25-13, outlasting 45 other teams including No. 19 Davison (Mich.) after two days of intense competition. The host Bees were led by weight class titles won by Austin Assad (120) and Austin Strnad (160), as well as a 5-1 semifinal round that saw Austin Hiles (132), Sonny Lucas (138), and Josh Murphy (195) also advance to the finals. Additional placers for Brecksville were Jarrod Bronstrup (106) and Troy Lang (170) finishing sixth, Eddie Sternad (220) taking seventh, and Grayson Davis (152) in eighth. Those nine placers led the Bees to 216 points.
It was not Davison that took second place, they took third with 174 points, but instead Delta was the tournament runner-up with 191.5 points. The Panthers were led by weight class titles won by Drew Mattin (106) and Jake Spiess (113), and had five other placement finishes: Tyler Fahrer (160) was third, Noah Mattin (126) was fourth, Todd Miller (170) was fifth, Kyle Keller (120) was sixth, and Dustin Marteney (132) was seventh.
The fourth place trophy went to Perry, last year’s state runner-up in Division II, who finished with 154 points. The Pirates were led by Billy Miller, who won the title at 285 pounds, with a 5-3 victory over a fellow state champion and nationally ranked wrestler Patrick Garren (Bishop Ready). Miller used takedowns in the first and third periods to earn the victory. Four other wrestlers joined Miller on the podium for the Pirates: Aaran Gessic (132) was third, Alec Schenk (182) and Kyle Kremiller (195) were fourth, and Collin Dees (120) took seventh.
Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament was awarded to Anthony Tutolo (Lake Catholic), who won the 126 pound weight class with an 8-6 victory in the finals over two-time state champion Lincoln Olson (Davison, Mich.). Other victories for Tutolo during the tournament included a technical fall, 7-0 decision, and two major decisions.
Rounding out the weight class champions from Ohio were Wade Hodges (Wauseon) at 132 pounds, Kade Kowalski (Tri-Valley) at 145, Jacob Danishek (Dayton Christian) at 152, Aaron Schuette (Wauseon) at 170, Tegray Scales (Colerain) at 195, and Austin Pfarr (Marysville) at 220.
Full results, brackets, etc – http://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/VerifyPassword.jsp?tournamentId=386076
Moeller travels to the Clash XII National Wrestling Duals in Minnesota this weekend
Ranked No. 13 nationally as of 12-25, Cincinnati Moeller will travel to Rochester, Minn. for the Clash XII National Wrestling Duals on Friday and Saturday. The Crusaders have been assigned to Bracket “D” for Friday’s competition, which means they will compete in dual meets at 5:00, 7:00, and 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time. They open the competition as the top seed in that bracket with a match against Woodbury Central, Iowa.
Following a likely win, they would then compete against either Grand Island, Neb. or Hastings, Minn. Moeller is also favored to win that semifinal, which would put them in the first place match of the bracket against most likely Bound Brook, N.J., which is ranked No. 12 nationally.
Their assignments for Saturday will be determined by Friday’s finish. The second day of the Clash features three dual meets against the teams that finished in the same position from the other brackets. Assuming a first or second place finish, it is extremely likely they will face three additional members of the InterMat Fab50 on Saturday.
Good news for the Crusaders is that Quinton Rosser and Dakota Sizemore should make their season debuts after recovering from the aches and pains of a state title run in football. They should man the 170 and 182 pound weight classes, with Jerry Thornberry likely to make the drop to 195 pounds. However, a setback for the squad is that defending state champion Chalmer Frueauf is not likely to return to the lineup at 220 pounds until the next week of competition. As a result, Jack Meyer will continue to start at 220, with Joe Hensley and Max Swoboda sharing duty at 285.
One can follow the Clash XII online at the following link, http://www.trackwrestling.com/teamtournaments/VerifyPassword.jsp?tournamentId=91804009
Graham upended at the GMVWA by southern upstart Archer, Ga.
Recent Greater Miami Valley Wrestling Association Tournaments might as well have been rebranded the “Graham Invitational”, as the Falcons have dominated the close to 50 other teams in the field; with the championship finals arguably a dual meet between St. Paris Graham and the field. However, this year was slightly different, with a second Fab50 team in the field to create a slightly different monopolistic feel.
Both Archer, Ga. (332.5 points) and St. Paris Graham (319.5) cracked the 300 point barrier, while third place in the tournament went to Springboro with 151 points. The champion Tigers had four champions, two others finish as runner-up, and 13 overall inside the top seven; while the runner-up Falcons had five win weight classes, three others take second, and 11 overall inside the top five.
St. Paris Graham champions included Justin Stickley (106), Eli Stickley (113), Eli Seipel (126), Micah Jordan (145), and Alex Marinelli (160); runner-up finishes coming from Garrett Jordan (152), Lane Thomas (170), and Josh Couchman (195); with Kyle Lawson (138) finishing third, and fifth place finishes from Mario Kastl (120) and Nate Henkle (132). The absence of Brent Moore, third at state last season and third in the Ironman earlier this month, was felt; he would have won the tournament at 132, where Henkle placed fifth. That team point margin would have created a virtual dead heat between the top two squads.
Outstanding Wrestler in the lower weights went to Andrew Hoskins (Greeneview), who won an absolutely loaded 138 pound weight class. His tournament started with a pair of pins, was followed by an 8-1 decision over district placer D.J. Campos (Trenton Edgewood), an 11-1 major decision against state qualifier Grant Rathburn (Bishop Hartley) in the quarters, a 3-1 decision against returning Kentucky state runner-up Kyle Lawson (St. Paris Graham), and a 4-3 finals victory over freshman sensation Dominick Demas (Dublin Coffman).
Additional weight class champions from Ohio were Garrett Hancock (Troy Christian) at 120 pounds, A.J. Kowal (Princeton) at 170, and Jack Harris (Urbana) at 182.
St. Edward to host Claymont, Wadsworth, and Westerville North on Saturday
Ranked No. 21 nationally as of 12-25-13, St. Edward will continue its season on Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. quadrangular meet against three other teams that were in the Medina Invitational field this past weekend: fellow Fab50 member Claymont, perennial Division I power Wadsworth, and Westerville North. Dual meets involving St. Edward, Claymont, and Wadsworth competing against one another should provide some intrigue.
The following is a listing of the projected lineups with notes based on Medina Invitational performances.
106: Tyler Warner (CL), Allan Hart (SE), Noah Baughman (W), TBD (WN)
-Warner was first, Baughman third, and Hart fifth; Warner beat Baughman 5-0 in the semis, while Baughman had two victories over Hart, 9-4 in the second round and 18-4 in the consolation semis
113: Dustin Warner (CL), L.J. Bentley (SE), Brandon Randolph (W), TBD (WN)
-Bentley was first, Warner third, and Randolph a match from placing; Bentley beat Warner 1-0 in the semis, his second victory over Warner this season
120: Lane Peters/Gus West (CL), Mason Daugherty (SE), Connor Gray (W), Santino DiSabato (WN)
-DiSabato was third, Daugherty sixth, Gray a match from placing, and Claymont had backup West not make the second day. DiSabato beat Gray 4-0 in the opening round.
126: Kollin Clark (CL), Isaac Collier (SE), Darrin Gilkerson (W), TBD (WN)
-Gilkerson placed second, Clark fifth, and Collier seventh.
132: Chandler Golec (CL), Hunter Ladnier (SE), Devon Gilkerson (W), Nick Durieux (WN)
-Landier was third, Durieux a match from placing, and Gilkerson two matches from placing.
138: Cody Burcher (CL), Joey Ciacchi (SE), Jordan Schleigh (W), Michael Kline (WN)
-Burcher was first and Schleigh one match from placing, Schleigh beat Kline 5-0 in the opening round.
145: Caden Harron (CL), Ray Barr (SE), TBD (W), Brandon Goldsmith (WN)
-Herron and Barr was one match from placing, Goldsmith two matches from placing. Herron beat Goldsmith 4-1 to eliminate him from the tournament.
152: Justice Avery (CL), D.J. Williamson (SE), Robbie Bosley (W), Hunter Sintobin (WN)
-Bosley was fifth, Avery and Williamson was one match from placing. Bosley pinned Williamson in the second round.
160: Clayton Paisley (CL), Adam Wukie (SE), Shane Mast (W), Mason Pillow (WN)
-Mast placed eighth, Wukie was one match from placing, Pillow two matches from placing. Mast beat Wukie 4-2 to eliminate him from the tournament.
170: Matt Dennis (CL), Kevin Khoma (SE), Tim Knipl (W), Jakob Hinz (WN)
-Knipl placed fifth, Khoma eighth, Dennis was one match from placing, Hinz two matches from placing. Knipl beat Hinz 11-4 in the second round, and Khoma beat Dennis 12-10 in overtime to eliminate him from the tournament.
182: Colt Crall (CL), Gabe Dzuro (SE), Alex Carrell (W), Parker Farrow (WN)
-Dzuro was third, Crall fifth, with Carrell two matches from placement. Crall and Carrell had pins over Farrow, Crall in the second round and Carrell in consolation; while Dzuro beat Crall 3-1 in the consolation semis.
195: Nate Gray (CL), Mike O’Malley (SE), Clayton Brandenburg (W), Nick Kramer (WN)
-O’Malley placed sixth, Brandenburg seventh, Kramer one match from placing, and Gray two matches from placing. Brandenburg beat Kramer 6-1 in the second round, while O’Malley beat Brandenburg 4-2 in the consolation quarters.
220: Garrett Harding (CL), Parker Knapp (SE), Kyle Green (W), Andy Struttman (WN)
-Harding was fifth, Struttman second, and Knapp third. Harding beat Struttman 3-0 in the final, and defeated Knapp 3-1 in overtime in the quarterfinal round.
285: Kyle Henry (CL), Ralph Nichols (SE), Jeremy Randolph (W), Gage Archer (WN)
-Nichols was third, Henry fifth, and Randolph two matches from placing. Nichols beat Henry twice, 3-1 in the second round and 9-3 in the consolation semis.