By Josh Lowe (@JoshMLowe)
Graham, Moeller, Wadsworth coming off big wins; SMCC, LCC invites headline huge small school docket
With the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend in the rear view mirror, the meat of the regular season from an individual standpoint is done. The remaining stuff from the individual side of things is a few tournaments, some dual meets, and the conference tournaments. However, the dual meet state series adds some juice to this last three week period before the individual state series kicks in.
State Duals start Wednesday night
The regional quarterfinals will be held at various sites across Ohio tomorrow night. For each sub-regional, two sites will be hosts, and one team from each will move onto the regional semifinal and final round. A full list of pairings and sites is available here, http://www.jjhuddle.com/2014/01/15/dual-team-state-tournament-seeds-and-match-ups-for-host-sites-who-when-where/.
That round will be held one week from tomorrow, and narrow the competition in each division from 32 to 8 squads.
While most of the teams advancing to next week’s competition are more or less obvious, there are a few sites where potentially interesting matchups exist. Sub-region 2A (Division I) has a likely matchup between Parma and Brunswick for the right to face Wadsworth in the region 2 semifinal next week. The two teams finished third and fourth in the Bill Dies Memorial this past weekend, and waged a tight battle for the title in last year’s NOC Tournament.
Another such likely matchup is in sub-region 5A (Division I) between Pickerington North and Lancaster. Both likely last matches in sub-region 12A (Division II) should be interesting, Perry vs. West Branch and Lake Catholic vs. Canfield. Last year both matches were decided by a single point, with both Perry and Lake Catholic winning the dual meets despite winning just six weight classes. While the most interesting likely sub-regional matchup in Division III comes from 23B – in the form of Mechanicsburg facing Versailles, who made the state final eight last year.
Delta continues excellent form in 2013-14, wins title at Maumee Bay Classic
Last year, Delta won the team state title in Division III and was runners-up in the individual state tournament. While obviously bolstered by two underclass transfers – junior Ryan Patchin (182), a state qualifier in 2012, and sophomore Chance Vellor (285), last year a state alternate – the Panthers still are starting four freshmen and four sophomores on a week-to-week basis.
Delta had a very solid runner-up finish at the Brecksville Holiday Tournament, placing seven wrestlers in arguably the state’s toughest tournament other than the Ironman; and that was before Patchin and Vellor were eligible to compete after the transfer. Last weekend, they were a narrow second place to Perrysburg at the Perrysburg Invitational, even though they had six champions and placed wrestlers in all fourteen weight classes.
This past Wednesday, the Panthers went up to Michigan and took on No. 18 Detroit Catholic Central in a dual meet. Said dual meet ended in a 36-36 draw, with the squads splitting seven weight classes apiece; however, the host Shamrocks won on the eighth criteria, which is most first points scored. Even though Detroit Catholic Central was without multiple projected starters, it was still an impressive outcome. For full results of the dual meet, http://www.trackwrestling.com/dualmeets/DualMeetDetail.jsp?dualMeetId=6516076
Then, over the weekend, Delta traveled to Oregon Clay for the Maumee Bay Classic. Even without the services of freshman Noah Mattin (126), who is projected to place high in the Division III state tournament, the Panthers were able to win a back-and-forth battle with the hosts from Oregon Clay by a single point (228-1/2 to 227-1/2). Each team had six finalists and ten overall placers.
The champion Panthers had wrestlers win titles in three weight classes: state champion Jake Spiess (113), with a 3-0 win over returning state qualifier Jake Donahue (Massillon); two-time state placer Kyle Keller (120), who beat state placer Collin Dees (Perry) 6-3; and three-time state placer Tyler Fahrer (160), whose pin at 7:47 in the tiebreaker against Nick Stencel (Oregon Clay) earned him Oustanding Wrestler honors. Another trio of Panthers finished as runners-up: freshman Drew Mattin (106), even after pinning state qualifier Jake Adkins (Johnstown Northridge) in the semis; freshman Jesse Beverly (145), even after beating returning state placer Heath Lange (145) 7-4 in the semis; and Ryan Patchin (182).
Weight class winners for runners-up Oregon Clay were Richie Screptock (132), who beat Aaran Gessic (Perry) 7-1 in a battle of two-time state placers, and Matt Stencel (182). Runners-up for the Eagles included Jared Davis (126), Gavin Nelson (138), Nick Stencel (160), and Tyler Koester (220). Antonio Zapata (285) finished third for Oregon Clay, with his only loss coming 2-1 in the ultimate tiebreaker against returning state placer Cale Bonner (Perrysburg), who was runner-up at the Ironman.
Finishing third in the tournament was Perry with 194 points, led by weight class champion Billy Miller, who is ranked No. 13 in the nation at 285. Three other Pirates finished as runners-up: Collin Dees (120), who pinned fellow state placer Jared Ingram (Lima Bath) in the semifinal; Aaran Gessic (132), who had a 5-2 win against fellow two-time state placer Wade Hodges (Wauseon) in the semifinals, but an earlier win against Screptock was avenged in the final; and Kyle Kremiller (195), who did have two wins against state qualifiers earlier in the tournament. In addition, Alec Schenk (170) and Brandon Truhn (220) did earn third place finishes.
Rounding out the weight class champions were Hunter Lucas (Lima Shawnee), who beat Drew Mattin 3-2 in the ultimate tiebreaker at 106 pounds; Josh Wimer (Grove City Central Crossing), who beat fellow 2012 state placer Jared Davis 5-2 in the 126 final; returning state qualifier Lane Hinkle (Mount Vernon) at 138; returning state placer Trey Grine (Fremont Ross) at 145; Lucas Staten (Mount Vernon), who won a 4-3 match against Mason Correll (Tiffin Columbian) in a battle of past state qualifiers; Seth Williams (Tiffin Columbian), an 8-5 winner at 170 over fellow returning state runner-up Aaron Schuette (Wauseon); Ross Lonsway (Holland Springfield), who beat returning state runner-up Isaiah Margheim (Sandusky) 10-4 in the semifinal before earning a 3-2 win over Kremiller in the 195 final; and Hunter Topolski (Sylvania Southview) at 220.
SMCC Duals to be showcase of Division III talent
The annual D3 Duals held at Sandusky St. Mary’s Central Catholic are always a showcase of some of the best Division III wrestling from multiple areas of the state. This year’s format will assign the 18 teams into two pools of nine with a single crossover match, so each team will have a total of nine dual meets.
Pool A will be led by Dayton Christian, who is in the hunt for a state individual title. Other teams in that pool include Brookville, Genoa, Hopewell Loudon, Huron, Mapleton, Mohawk, Reading, and Collins Western Reserve.
Pool B is led by Tuslaw, which has a shot of making the state dual meet final eight, and West Salem Northwestern. Other teams in that pool include Milan Edison, Monroeville, Montpelier, Norwayne, Sandy Valley, Sandusky SMCC, and Defiance Tinora.
A listing of the top wrestlers in the field is below.
106: Hunter Bray (Dayton Christian), Shane Johnston (Tuslaw), Damian Demillo (Genoa)
113: Christian Clary (Dayton Christian), Alex Smith (Sandusky SMCC), John Smith (Mapleton), Brysen Mansour (Huron), Brady Barnett (Milan Edison), Brandon Carbenia (Sandy Valley)
120: Evan Cheek (Milan Edison), Michael May (Dayton Christian), Zack Durbin (Mapleton), Evan Offenberger (Sandy Valley)
126: Joe Newman (Sandy Valley), Kyle Cayse (West Salem Northwestern), Alex Neuberger (Milan Edison)
132: Tyler Grys (Collins Western Reserve)
138: Alex Becker (Dayton Christian), Chance Marthey (Tuslaw), Max Reeder (Genoa), Grant Fidler (Monroeville), Mason Robson (Collins Western Reserve)
145: Nick Vestal (Dayton Christian), Derek Gregan (West Salem Northwestern), Zach Steiner (Norwayne)
152: Jacob Danishek (Dayton Christian)
160: Kollin Moore (Norwayne), Alex Day (Reading)
170: Travis Pickering (Mapleton), Tanner Topp (West Salem Northwestern)
182: Wyatt Dye (Sandusky SMCC), Joey Meek (West Salem Northwestern), Dylan Williams (Brookville), Devin Bouza (Defiance Tinora), Tim Hunkley (Collins Western Reserve)
195: Kile Schaefer (West Salem Northwestern), Hudson Cole (Sandy Valley), Scott Wohlheter (Tuslaw)
220: Jay Nino (Genoa), Cody Carr (Brookville), Mitch Murray (Norwayne)
285: Nathan Jackson (Dayton Christian), Cody Buckner (Genoa), Matt Hunter (West Salem Northwestern)
Wadsworth wins three tough dual meets last weekend, host GIT this weekend
During the past week, Wadsworth competed in three dual meet matches against teams seeded either first or second in their state duals sub-regional. The Grizzlies exited with a 3-0 mark. It started on Thursday night as Wadsworth maintained its iron clad grip on Suburban League dominance with a 34-21 victory over Nordonia in a battle of top ten teams in Northeast Ohio.
Key to the Wadsworth victory was the opening four weights, from which they exited with a 17-0 lead. Flipping Brandon Randolph and Noah Baughman into their dual meet combo of 106 and 113, as opposed to having Baughman at 106 like one will see at individual state, enabled the Grizzlies to start with a 9-0 lead; Baughman coming up with a key 4-3 victory over Andrew Coghill at 113 pounds. The next turning point came after three consecutive victories for Nordonia – from Nick Collica (132), Jake Urich (138), and Mike Decesare (145) – cut the lead to 17-11.
In the 152 pound weight class, district placer Robbie Bosley came up with an 8-5 victory for Wadsworth, as he beat returning state qualifier Heath Phillibert. That result made it 20-11 in favor of Wadsworth. Another key match came at 220 pounds, where Alex Carrell – up two weights from where he’ll wrestle during the state series – was able to hold returning state placer Alex Woicehovich to a 12-4 major decision. As a result, Wadsworth had a seven point lead before the last match of the evening, one that they won anyway with a fall.
Then, on Saturday, the Grizzlies traveled to Lexington to take on Hilliard Darby and the host Minutemen. First, Wadsworth upended Hilliard Darby 54-16, winning eleven of the bouts including a battle of state qualifiers at 182 pounds. Tim Knipl earned the 7-2 victory over Trevor Parker. The second match against Lexington was much tighter, as the teams won seven bouts each, but Wadsworth won 30-27 on the strength of five bonus point victories in comparison to three for the Minutemen. The match with most big picture relevance again came at 182 pounds where Drew Kasper of Lexington came up with a 2-1 victory over Knipl in a battle of Medina Invitational Tournament placers.
Then, after competing in the regional quarterfinals on Wednesday night, and most likely advancing to the Division I Region 2 semifinal and finals round for next week, Wadsworth will host its Grizzly Invitational Tournament on Saturday. It should be a two-team battle for the title between the host Grizzlies and Oregon Clay. The following is a listing of key individuals by weight class.
106: Noah Baughman (Wadsworth), Noah Wakser (North Canton Hoover)
113: Corey Simpson (Field)
120: Jonathan Furnas (Olentangy Liberty), Logan Erdman (Ryle KY), Connor Gray (Wadsworth), Aaron Henneman (Oregon Clay)
126: Giussepe Penzone (Olentangy Liberty), Jared Davis (Oregon Clay), Walker Chieffe (University School), Justin Jolliff (Findlay), Nathan Burns (North Canton Hoover)
132: Richie Screptock (Oregon Clay), Jake Evanich (North Canton Hoover)
138: Jimmy Kubitza (Field), Gavin Nelson (Oregon Clay), Gene Porter (Sandusky), Conor Thomas (Olentangy Liberty)
152: Robbie Bosley (Wadsworth), Jordan Radich (Warren Howland)
160: David-Brian Whisler (Warren Howland), Nick Stencel (Oregon Clay), Sean Black (Hilliard Darby), Shane Mast (Wadsworth), Jon Belk (Ryle KY)
170: Tim Knipl (Wadsworth), Tyler Maloy (North Canton Hoover), Clayton Ray (Hamilton Township), Zach Donatelli (Hilliard Darby), Johnny Mieman (Ryle KY), Nolan Kondik (Kenston)
182: Matt Stencel (Oregon Clay), Trevor Parker (Hilliard Darby), Alex Carrell (Wadsworth)
195: Isaiah Margheim (Sandusky), Clayton Brandenburg (Wadsworth)
220: Antonio Jewell (Hamilton Township)
285: Antonio Zapata (Oregon Clay), Mike Bell (Warren Howland), Tristan Roberts (GlenOak), Kostas Parrish (University School)
Graham outlasts home-standing St. Edward in battle of perennial powers
Ranked No. 5 in the nation, St. Paris Graham traveled to Lakewood for a Saturday afternoon dual meet against No. 26 St. Edward as a clear favorite. However, there was a clear path for the host Eagles to make it a very close dual meet, and possibly even seal it. Both parts of the commentary played themselves out during the match.
Starting at 126 pounds, the dual meet hit the wheelhouse of the Falcons lineup from the word go. The proceedings started with Eli Seipel getting St. Paris Graham on the board with a 10-1 major decision victory against Isaac Collier. The host Eagles came back with a key response as Hunter Ladnier rallied back from a 7-0 deficit to earn a 12-9 victory over returning state placer Brent Moore. The winning three-point near fall came during the last 40 seconds, a time in which Ladnier was also looking for a fall.
However, five consecutive victories for the Falcons would turn a 4-3 lead into a 28-3 lead after the 170 pound weight class. Kyle Lawson (138) and No. 1 Micah Jordan (145) had first period pins, Garrett Jordan (152) earned a 9-3 decision, No. 6 Alex Marinelli (160) scored a second period pin, and returning state placer Lane Thomas scored the 12-8 decision against Kevin Khoma.
An expected response from St. Edward came with a sweep of the back four weight classes, even though there were only two pins in that stretch, to cut the deficit down to 28-22. Gabe Dzuro (182) earned an 11-2 major decision, Michael O’Malley (195) rallied back from a 3-0 deficit to score a 5-3 decision over state alternate Josh Couchman, while Parker Knapp (220) and Ralph Nichols (285) scored first period falls.
A crucial swing match came at 106 pounds when Justin Stickley ended the Eagles’ four-match winning streak with a 2-0 victory over Allan Hart. That extended the Falcons lead to 31-22 with two matches remaining. The first of those matches was a battle of nationally ranked wrestlers at 113 pounds, which was won 2-1 by No. 11 L.J. Bentley over No. 16 Eli Stickley. As a result, St. Edward had a glimmer of hope headed into the last match, as a pin would tie the dual meet. Alas, Mario Kastl earned a 6-4 decision over Mason Daugherty at 120 pounds, and Falcons won the eighth match of the dual meet in a 34-25 victory.
State powers St. Edward and Moeller travel to face Fab50 teams on Saturday
St. Edward will travel to No. 1 Blair Academy, N.J. to take on the host Buccaneers and fellow Fab50 member, No. 23 Don Bosco Prep, N.J. as part of a super-quadrangular on Saturday afternoon. Wrestling starts in the Garden State at 12:30 p.m.
Cincinnati Moeller, which finally has most of their pieces back in place after a second consecutive state title run in football – and the lingering injuries thereof – travel to Novi, Mich. for a triangular against a pair of Fab50 nationally ranked teams. The Crusaders will take on No. 18 Detroit Catholic Central (Mich.) and No. 30 Marmion Academy (Ill.). Combining the wrestlers on these three squads that are out of the lineup and/or could easily use some time off from the lineup, one could yield a highly competitive lineup. Wrestling starts outside of Detroit at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Moeller wins fourth consecutive Catholic Invitational Tournament title
Even in a short-handed and somewhat work in progress state, Cincinnati Moeller was still able to clear the field in the Catholic Invitational Tournament held on Saturday and Sunday at the Wolstein Center on the campus of Cleveland State University. For a fourth straight year, and ninth in ten, the Crusaders led the standings at tournament’s end.
This time, it was a 30-1/2 point victory (239.5 to 209) over Toledo Central Catholic. Moeller was led by six finalists and ten placers, tournament highs in both categories. Winning titles for the Crusaders were Conner Ziegler (120), Jerry Thornberry (195), and Chalmer Frueauf (220). Runner-up finishes were earned by Connor Borton (126), Quinton Rosser (170), and Dakota Sizemore (182). It was the first major tournament competition of the season for Rosser, Sizemore, and Frueauf; while returning state placer Jacoby Ward (132) was held out this weekend due to injury.
The runner-up Irish were led by four champions, a tournament high, and nine placers. Those winning titles included Josh Venia (106), Nate Hagan (132), Josh Mossing (138), and Lucas Beauch (160). For Venia, his championship victory came in the form of a 6-0 win over returning state placer Tony Decesare of Padua; Hagan beat three-time state qualifier Lyle Plummer of Dayton Chaminade-Julienne 5-3; Mossing made an early second period reversal stand up in a 2-1 victory over two-time state qualifier Grant Rathburn of Bishop Hartley; while Beauch upset state alternate Matt Ludwig of Lake Catholic 3-1 on the strength of a last second takedown.
Oustanding Wrestler honors for the tournament went to Josh Mossing, who beat three state qualifiers and/or placers on the way to his weight class title. In the round of 16, it was a 3-1 overtime victory over state placer Tim Rooney of Columbus St. Charles; then after a pin in the quarterfinals, Mossing beat state qualifier Evan Morgan of Cincinnati Elder 3-2 in the semifinal; and followed it up with the aforementioned finals victory.
Four teams were less than five points apart for the third through sixth positions in the standings, with each team happening to have six wrestlers place in the tournament. Finishing third was Padua with 145.5 points, which came despite a 1-3 record in championship bouts; the lone champion for the host Bruins was Kyle Kaminski, who won a 6-4 overtime decision over Dakota Stephens of St. Xavier at 145.
Fourth place went to Cincinnati St. Xavier, which likewise had a 1-3 record in championship bouts on the way to 144.5 points. The lone champion for the Bombers was Joe Heyob, who placed at state in 2012 and was a Super 32 Challenge placer this past fall. Heyob earned a 4-3 victory over returning state runner-up Quinton Rosser in the final at 170 pounds.
Finishing fifth was Lake Catholic with 141.5 points, as the Cougars were led by the weight class title won by Anthony Tutolo at 126 pounds. He beat returning state qualifier Connor Borton 4-0 in the championship bout after a pin and two major decisions earlier in the tournament. Sixth place went to St. Ignatius with 141 points, and the Wildcats were anchored by the championship won by Anthony McLaughlin at 182 pounds. McLaughlin used a takedown late in the second period on the way to a 3-1 victory over defending state champion Dakota Sizemore.
Rounding out the event’s weight class champions were Khristopher Hill (113) of Bishop Hartley, along with Patrick Stover (152) and Patrick Garren (285) of Bishop Ready.
Lima Central Catholic Thunderbird Invitational is another huge DIII showcase
Along with the SMCC duals, the presence of the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbird Invitational, on the docket for this Friday and Saturday makes it an absolutely massive weekend within the Division III state wrestling landscape. Forty teams, mostly competing in the Bowling Green and Troy districts, make up the composition of this field.
Covington is your defending champions, and among the bona fide contenders for the title this year. They’ll be joined most notably in the title race by Archbold, Greeneview, Mechanicsburg, and Norwalk St. Paul.
Close to 30 wrestlers with state tournament experience are assembled in the projected field, with at least one such wrestler in all but one weight class (170 pounds). A tournament high four such wrestlers is featured in the 145 pound weight class, which is led by a pair of returning state runners-up in Logan Day (Archbold) and Logan Lacure (Greeneview). They are joined by state qualifier Corey Hawk (Dixie) and two-time state qualifier Jesse Gross (Norwalk St. Paul).
Another loaded weight in this tournament is at 138 pounds, where state runner-up Andrew Hoskins (Greeneview) and freshman sensation Kaleb Romero (Mechanicsburg) anchor the field; Romero earned a 1-0 victory over Hoskins this past week. They are joined by returning state qualifier Kenny Price (Archbold) and former state qualifier Evan Hansel (Newark Catholic), as well as state alternate Austin Rush (Miami East) and district placer Brandon Cole (Patrick Henry).
The other weight with three returning state qualifiers is 113 pounds which features returning state runner-up Evan Ullinski (Woodmore), along with state qualifiers in Damian Short (Archbold) and Dustin Taylor (Wayne Trace). Also here is state alternate Jay Uhlenake (Coldwater).
Two additional weight classes feature a pair of returning placers. Corey Durbin (Fremont SJCC) and Connor Careless (Norwalk St. Paul) anchor the 285 pound weight class, where they’re joined by state alternate Alex Shaffer (Columbus Grove). A pair of state fifth place finishers from last year – Austin Reese (Mechanicsburg), a three-time state placer, and Chance Sonnenberg (Van Buren) – is present at 160. They are joined by state alternate Dylan Hartman (Cory Rawson).
Below is a listing of the other state experience wrestlers, as well as those that lost go-to-matches last year.
106: George Clemens (Wayne Trace)
120: Tyler Sarreshteh (Liberty-Benton), Jett Heldebrand (Hillsdale), Nick Miller (Mechanicsburg)
126: Caleb Ohl (Newark Catholic), Francisco Alvarado (Defiance Ayersville)
132: Wes Fritz (Norwalk St. Paul), Zach Alvarado (CHCA), Ryan Ford (Covington)
152: Daniel Jennings (Covington), Logan Hartman (Mechanicsburg), Garrett Grime (Archbold), Tyler Showalter (Wayne Trace)
182: Armani Robinson (Greeneview), Ben Miller (Covington)
195: A.J. Ouelette (Covington), Devon Bergeron (Defiance Ayersville), Jack Huffman (Lima Central Catholic)
220: Justin Post (Coldwater), Travis Jaramillo (Archbold
Brecksville dominated their way to sixth consecutive Bill Dies Memorial championship, as they scored 324.5 points on the strength of five champions and eleven placers (10 inside the top three). Winning titles were Jarod Bronstrup (106), Austin Assad (120), Austin Hiles (132), Sonny Lucas (138), and Josh Murphy (195); second place finishes were had by Grayson Davis (145) and Luke Strnad (152); while finishing third were Jason Bronstrup (113), Austin Strnad (160), and Troy Lang (170). Second place went to Canfield with 190 points, while Brunswick finished third with 179. For full brackets and results, http://www.trackwrestling.com/predefinedtournaments/VerifyPassword.jsp?tournamentId=543076
No. 8 in the nation Massillon Perry finished second by fifteen points at the Alliance Top Gun to No. 4 Clovis (CA). This was despite the Panthers mustering a tournament-high four weight class champions: David Bavery (126), Casey Sparkman (152), Tony Dailey (160), and Isaac Bast (170). Outstanding Wrestler honors went to Hayden Lee of Marysville, who won the 113 pound weight class with a 3-0 win over defending state champion Jose Rodriguez of Massillon Perry. For a full recap of the happenings there, http://intermatwrestle.com/articles/12614
Host Mason won the annual James V. Horning Memorial Invitational by close to 100 points (306.5 to 207 for runner-up Kettering Fairmont). The Comets had eight finalists: four champions in Zach Donathan (106), Patrick Kearney (113), Matt Allgor (220), and Austin Morris (285); with four runners-up in J.J. Stamp (120), Caleb Walden (132), Jordan Collins (160), and Sheldon Sims (195). Three other schools had multiple champions: Centerville with three in Alex Bair (160), John Andrews (170), and Andrew Tonkin (195); Colin Del Valle (120) and Josh Parrett (126) won titles for Kettering Fairmont; while Kevin Leonhardt (152) and Drew Fenton (182) were champions for Lakota West.
Austintown Fitch will host its Josh Hephner Memorial Tournament this coming Friday and Saturday. Pre-tournament favorites from the 28-team field would be Uniontown Lake and Akron SVSM, who finished fourth and sixth in last weekend’s Top Gun. Additional teams to watch include Massillon Jackson, Lancaster, and Willoughby South.
Massillon Perry makes their annual trek to Central Ohio on Saturday for the Rieman Invitational at Delaware Hayes. Obviously the Panthers are the pre-tournament favorites; then again, they’re the favorites to win Division I state tournament titles this year. Other notables in the field include Delaware Hayes, which is potentially the best squad in Central Ohio; Kenton Ridge; Olentangy; and Cincinnati Elder.