By Josh Lowe (@JoshMLowe)
Three state champions will be named Staurday; Who stacks up where in what Division?
Let the winter championships season begin! This Saturday will mark the crowning of the first three OHSAA state championship teams for 2014. The state wrestling dual team tournament finals will be held at St. John Arena on the campus of The Ohio State University.
Eight teams in each division qualified for the tournament finals last week, and were seeded one through eight by a committee with the pairings released this past Friday. Quarterfinals in each division will take place at 11:00 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., with semifinals set for 3:30, and the championship match in each division is slated for 7:30.
Three nationally ranked teams anchor the field in Division I: No. 7 Massillon Perry, No. 21 Brecksville, and No. 27 St. Edward. Massillon Perry is the first seed, Cincinnati Moeller the second seed, with Brecksville and St. Edward rounding out the top four seeds. The first round matches at 11:00 place Massillon Perry vs. Delaware Hayes, and St. Edward vs. Oregon Clay; while those at 1:15 place Cincinnati Moeller vs. Marysville, and Brecksville vs. Mason.
The top four seeds are projected to finish first through fourth in the individual state tournament in that order, while Marysville (7th) and Oregon Clay (8th) are among the top twelve. Six of the projected individual state champions compete for the state dual meet qualifying teams in Division I: Jose Rodriguez (Massillon Perry) at 113, Austin Assad (Brecksville) at 120, David Bavery (Massillon Perry) at 126, Casey Sparkman (Massillon Perry) at 152, Tony Dailey (Massillon Perry) at 160, and Chalmer Frueauf (Cincinnati Moeller) at 220.
Wrestlers ranked among the top sixteen statewide in Division I competing in the dual meet event are as follows:
106 – Allan Hart (St. Edward), Thomas Genetin (Massilon Perry), Jarod Bronstrup (Brecksville), Zack Donathan (Mason), and Nick Henneman (Oregon Clay)
113 – Jose Rodriguez (Massillon Perry), L.J. Bentley (St. Edward), Hayden Lee (Marysville), and Patrick Kearney (Mason)
120 – Austin Assad (Brecksville), Jake Newhouse (Massillon Perry), Conner Ziegler (Cincinnati Moeller), and Mason Daugherty (St. Edward)
126 – David Bavery (Massillon Perry), Connor Borton (Cincinnati Moeller), Jared Davis (Oregon Clay), Greg Brusco (Delaware Hayes), and Justin Demicco (Brecksville)
132 – Richie Screptock (Oregon Clay), Hunter Ladnier (St. Edward), Jacoby Ward (Cincinnati Moeller), Austin Hiles (Brecksville), and Jason Spencer (Massillon Perry)
138 – Nick Steed (Massillon Perry), David Sparks (Marysville), Sonny Lucas (Brecksville), Gavin Nelson (Oregon Clay), and Drew Hobbs (Cincinnati Moeller)
145 – Taleb Rahmani (Brecksville), Grayson Davis (Brecksville), Austin Phillips (Massillon Perry), and Ray Barr (St. Edward)
152 – Casey Sparkman (Massillon Perry) and Luke Strnad (Brecksville)
160 – Tony Dailey (Massillon Perry), Austin Strnad (Brecksville), Nick Stencel (Oregon Clay), Jordan Collins (Mason), and Raymond Simpson (Delaware Hayes)
170 – Quinton Rosser (Cincinnati Moeller), Isaac Bast (Massillon Perry), Troy Lang (Brecksville), and Kevin Khoma (St. Edward)
182 – Dakota Sizemore (Cincinnati Moeller), Matt Stencel (Oregon Clay), Gabe Dzuro (St. Edward), and Shawn Johnson (Delaware Hayes)
195 – Josh Murphy (Brecksville), Jerry Thornberry (Cincinnati Moeller), and Mike O’Malley (St. Edward)
220 – Chalmer Frueauf (Cincinnati Moeller), Austin Pfarr (Marysville), Parker Knapp (St. Edward), Andrew Sierwaski (Delaware Hayes), and Stefano Millin (Massillon Perry)
285 – Antonio Zapata (Oregon Clay) and Ralph Nichols (St. Edward)
The Division II field is anchored by a pair of nationally ranked teams, No. 5 St. Paris Graham and No. 31 Claymont. Those are the top two seeds, and strong favorites to repeat as last year’s state finalists in the dual meet tournament. St. Paris Graham won the championship last year with a 36-24 victory in which they won eight bouts. Returning individual state runner-up Perry (Lake County) is the third seed, while Toledo Central Catholic is seeded fourth.
First round matches at 11:00 place St. Paris Graham against Wilmington, with Toledo Central Catholic facing Lexington in a rematch from last year’s first round; the Irish won that one 37-30, holding on at the end after opening up 16-0 and 37-3 leads during the dual meet’s early segments. The 1:15 dual meets feature Claymont vs. Amanda-Clearcreek, and Perry vs. Padua.
The top three seeds are also projected to finish first-through-third in the individual state tournament, with fourth seed Toledo Central Catholic projected for fifth place. The fifth and sixth seeds, Lexington (9th) and Padua (10th) are also projected for a top 12 finish at The Schott. Nine projected state champions are featured among the field in the Division II team state tournament, which includes the five from St. Paris Graham.
All of the wrestlers ranked inside the top 16 are listed below, with an asterisk marking the projected state champions:
106 – Tyler Warner (Claymont)*, Justin Stickley (St. Paris Graham), Tony Decesare (Padua), and Josh Venia (Toledo Central Catholic)
113 – Eli Stickley (St. Paris Graham)*, Paul Petras (Padua), and Lane Peters (Claymont)
120 – Dustin Warner (Claymont)*, Collin Dees (Perry), Mario Kastl (St. Paris Graham), Nick Hoffman (Amanda-Clearcreek), and Rosendo Beltran (Toledo Central Catholic)
126 – Eli Seipel (St. Paris Graham), Kollin Clark (Claymont), Bryson Leynaud (Lexington), and Billy Shannon (Amanda-Clearcreek)
132 – Brent Moore (St. Paris Graham)*, Aaran Gessic (Perry), and Nate Hagan (Toledo Central Catholic)
138 – Kyle Lawson (St. Paris Graham)*, Cody Burcher (Claymont), Josh Mossing (Toledo Central Catholic), Zach Johnson (Wilmington), and Jon Watkins (Lexington)
145 – Micah Jordan (St. Paris Graham)*, Kyle Kaminski (Padua), Caden Herron (Claymont), Richard Jackson (Toledo Central Catholic)
152 – Alex Mossing (Toledo Central Catholic), Garrett Jordan (St. Paris Graham), Steven Fearnow (Amanda-Clearcreek), Eric Fasnacht (Padua), and Evan Schenk (Perry)
160 – Alex Marinelli (St. Paris Graham)*, Lucas Beauch (Toledo Central Catholic), and Caleb Horn (Amanda-Clearcreek)
170 – Alec Schenk (Perry), Lane Thomas (St. Paris Graham), and Matt Dennis (Claymont)
182 – Drew Kasper (Lexington), Colt Crall (Claymont), Jordan Leasure (Amanda-Clearcreek), Jake Hartman (Padua), Evan Hickey (Wilmington), and Kanan Sarver/Hayden Bronne (St. Paris Graham)
195 – Bailey Faust (Lexington)*, Kyle Kremiller (Perry), and Josh Couchman (St. Paris Graham)
220 – Garrett Harding (Claymont)
285 – Billy Miller (Perry)*, Kyle Henry (Claymont), and J’Quan Fisher (Toledo Central Catholic)
The Division III field is anchored by defending dual team tournament state champion Delta, which is currently ranked No. 48 nationally. The primary challenger to Delta, and seeded second, is Dayton Christian; the Warriors were third in last year’s individual state tournament (Troy Christian and Delta occupied the top two spots). Rounding out the top four seeds are West Salem Northwestern and last year’s dual team tournament runner-up Tuslaw.
First round matches at 11:00 are Delta vs. Blanchester and Tuslaw vs. Rootstown, while the 1:15 matches are Dayton Christian vs. Bishop Hartley and West Salem Northwestern vs. Lima Bath.
The top two seeds in the dual meet tournament are projected to finish first and second in the individual state tournament, while only Rootstown (11th) is also forecasted among the top 12 squads. Only four of the projected individual state champions are featured in this dual team tournament: Drew Mattin (Delta) at 106 pounds, Jake Spiess (Delta) at 113, Jacob Danishek (Dayton Christian) at 152, and Travis Linton (Rootstown) at 182.
The wrestlers listed below are all among the top 16 in the state at their weight class:
106 – Drew Mattin (Delta), Hunter Bray (Dayton Christian), and Shane Johnston (Tuslaw)
113 – Jake Spiess (Delta), Christian Clary (Dayton Christian), and Kristopher Hill (Bishop Hartley)
120 – Kyle Keller (Delta), Michael May (Dayton Christian), and Colin Ingram (Lima Bath)
126 – Noah Mattin (Delta) and Kyle Case (West Salem Northwestern)
132 – Dustin Marteney (Delta)
138 – Grant Rathburn (Bishop Hartley), Alex Becker (Dayton Christian), and Chance Marthey (Tuslaw)
145 – Nick Vestal (Dayton Christian) and Jesse Beverly (Delta)
152 – Jacob Danishek (Dayton Christian) and Derek Gregan (West Salem Northwestern)
160 – Tyler Fahrer (Delta) and Zach Ladich (Rootstown)
170 – Todd Miller (Delta), Brandon Breezley (Blanchester), and Tanner Topp (West Salem Northwestern)
182 – Travis Linton (Rootstown), Ryan Patchin (Delta), and Joey Meek (West Salem Northwestern)
195 – Kile Schaefer (West Salem Northwestern) and Scott Wohlheter (Tuslaw)
220 – Devon Richard (Delta)
285 – Nathan Jackson (Dayton Christian), Chance Vellor (Delta), and Matt Hunter (West Salem Northwestern)
CONFERENCE AND LEAGUE TITLES DETERMINED
In addition to the determination of the 24 teams to qualify for the state wrestling dual team tournament, many conference tournaments were held across the state this past weekend.
Among the highlights was Brunswick winning their second consecutive title in the Northeast Ohio Conference (NOC), as the Blue Devils placed thirteen wrestlers in an eighteen team field of notable Division I programs from the Greater Cleveland/Akron area. Winning weight class titles were Brett Thomas (126) and Nick Kiussis (132), while runner-up finishes were earned by Josh Heil (120) and Christian Camacho (138).
Even though Elyria earned four weight class titles, they still finished second in the team race by 38 points (252.5-to-214.5). Champions for the Pioneers were Armando Torres (120), who rode out Heil during the ultimate tiebreaker in what was otherwise a 0-0 bout; Mikah Price (138); Ben Darmstadt (152); and Kevin Vough (285). However, only five other wrestlers earned a placement finish, including tournament runner-up J.T. Brown (170).
Two other squads had multiple weight class champions, Parma with Kyle Workman (145) and Mike Lewis (182), as well as Cuyahoga Falls with Austyn Wilson (195) and Rudy Ware (220). Rounding out the weight class champions were Harry Feuer (106) from Mayfield, Daniel Clement (113) from Solon, Michael Coleman (160) from Hudson, and Craig Sloan (170) from Garfield Hts.
Division III state title favorite Delta had pretty much monopoly control on the Northwest Ohio Athletic League (NWOAL) tournament on Saturday, as the Panthers were in eleven weight class finals and won eight titles. Champions included Drew Mattin (106), Jake Spiess (113), Kyle Keller (120), Noah Mattin (126), Jesse Beverly (152), Tyler Fahrer (160), Ryan Patchin (182), and Chance Vellor (285). Finishing more than 80 points back in second was Wauseon (292-to-205), as the Indians were led by a trio of weight class champion: Wade Hodges (132), Aaron Schuette (170), and Tony Banister (195). Third place Archbold, 196 points, had the other three champions: Kenny Price (138), Logan Day (145), and Travis Jaramillo (220).
Another monopoly was had in northwest Ohio, as Perrysburg took 13 wrestlers to the Northern Lakes League (NLL) tournament, and came away with 11 weight class titles. The Yellow Jackets scored 273.5 points, which was over 150 points more than runner-up Anthony Wayne (121). The most notable match there on Saturday was at 113 pounds, where state runner-up Seth Beard of Napoleon upended state placer Mario Guillen of Perrysburg by a 5-3 score.
The Three Rivers Athletic Conference (TRAC), also in Northwest Ohio, featured a duopoly as Oregon Clay and Toledo Central Catholic combined to account for ten champions and twenty finalists (ten each). It was the Eagles winning the title yet again, despite only having four champions – Gavin Nelson (138), Nick Stencel (160), Matt Stencel (195), and Antonio Zapata (285). They had three additional wrestlers place third, while the Irish did have six champions from ten finalists, but only had one additional wrestler place third and fourth respectively. The highlight match of those finals was Nate Hagan of Toledo Central Catholic beating Richie Screptock of Oregon Clay at 132 pounds by a 3-1 score. It makes Hagan now 3-0 in the battle of junior state place-winners.
Centerville was repeat champions in the Great Western Ohio Conference (GWOC) tournament this weekend, after a close tussle with Springboro (225-to-217.5). Making the difference for the Elks was a 7-2 performance in the medal round, including 5-0 in championship finals. Even though Springboro placed 13 – as opposed to nine for Centerville – six of their placers were below fourth, and the Panthers went 1-4 in championship finals.
Winning titles for Centerville were Troy Barklay (113), Alexander Bair (160), John Andrews (170), Adam Tonkin (195), and Conan Jennings (285). Springboro’s lone title came from Jakob Ottaway (138). Finishing third in the team standings with 184 points was Kettering Fairmont, who was led by a pair of weight class champions in Colin Del Valle (120) and Josh Parrett (126).
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