State Wrestling: Defending and Returning State Champions

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After what was (as always) a drama-filled weekend of district tournament wrestling, the 672 participants have been determined for the 2014 OHSAA State Wrestling Individual Tournament. This 77th edition of the championships (to be held Thursday-Saturday at Ohio State) has its set of narratives that will keep fans intrigued. Here are some wrestlers to watch…

DEFENDING STATE CHAMPIONS

*18 overall in 17 different weight classes

Division I
113: Jose Rodriguez (Massillon Perry)
182: Dakota Sizemore (Cincinnati Moeller)
220: Chalmer Frueauf (Cincinnati Moeller)

Division II
106: Tyler Warner (Claymont)
126: Eli Seipel (St. Paris Graham), Anthony Tutolo (Lake Catholic)
145: Micah Jordan (St. Paris Graham)
152: Alex Mossing (Toledo Central Catholic)
160: Alex Marinelli (St. Paris Graham)
182: Aaron Adkins (Akron SVSM)
285: Billy Miller (Perry)

Division III
113: Jake Spiess (Delta)
120: Garrett Hancock (Troy Christian)
126: Jarred Ganger (Covington)
152: Jacob Danishek (Dayton Christian)
170: Ryan Harris (Beachwood)
182: Travis Linton (Rootstown)
285: Patrick Garren (Bishop Ready)

2013: 11 defending state champions repeated out of 17 total (16 possible); 2012: 19 defending state champions repeated out of 23 total (19 possible) – excludes Felipe Martine;, 2011: 13 defending state champions repeated, out of 16 total; 2010: 15 defending state champions repeated, out of 21 total (20 possible); 2009: 13 repeated out of 15 total; 2008: 11 repeated out of 18 total (17 possible)

RETURNING STATE CHAMPIONS

Division I
126: David Bavery (Massillon Perry)

Division II
126: Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook)

Division III
132: Sammy Gross (Beachwood)

2013: 0 of 1 regained a state title; 2012: 0 of 1 regained a state title, that individual lost to defending state champion in final; 2011: 1 of 3 regained a state title; 2010: 2 of 3 regained a state title, the other was in a weight class with a defending state champion preset; 2009: 1 of 2 regained a state title, the other was in a weight class with a defending state champion; 2008: 2 of 4 regained a state title, the other two lost in weight classes with defending state champions

 

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