Josh Lowe is currently a national high school wrestling analyst for InterMatWrestle.com and was named the 2013 OHSWCA Media Service Award winner. JJHuddle.com is proud to announce he covers wrestling for us as well. Today we introduce a new column by Lowe that will appear weekly. The topic? High school wrestling. The writer? One of the sports best. Today we welcome Josh back to the roster.
By Josh Lowe (@JoshMLowe)
Super 32 Challenge offers Ohio wrestlers primer, who impressed?
Even though the first official day of practice for the 2014-15 high school wrestling season in Ohio is not until one week from Friday, many wrestlers are already training for the upcoming season. Furthermore, it can be argued that one of the target scholastic events of this school year came and went this past weekend. The Super 32 Challenge – which is held in Greensboro, N.C. – is arguably the best scholastic wrestling tournament in the country.
Even though it is technically a preseason tournament, it is wrestled at post-season intensity and rigor, with many of the nation’s best in attendance. Even though no Ohio wrestlers came home with a championship belt in the high school division, many wrestlers had impressive performances. The Buckeye State produced 16 top eight place finishers, which was the second most of any state (Pennsylvania led the way with 22).
Leading the way were four wrestlers earning a runner-up finish – state champion Noah Baughman (Wadsworth) at 113 pounds; three-time state finalist, and 2013 state champion, Jose Rodriguez (Massillon Perry) at 126; two-time state champion Alex Marinelli (St. Paris Graham) at 160; and two-time state runner-up Kollin Moore (Norwayne) at 182.
Rounding out the place finishers were the following:
FOURTH – Drew Mattin (Delta) at 106, Eli Stickley (St. Paris Graham) at 120, Ben Darmstadt (Elyria) at 182
FIFTH – Mitch Moore (St. Paris Graham) at 113
SIXTH – Tyler Warner (Claymont) at 120, Jack Harris (Urbana) at 182
SEVENTH – Jaden Mattox (Grove City Central Crossing) at 113, Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook) at 132, Brent Moore (St. Paris Graham) at 138
EIGHTH – Michael May (Dayton Christian) at 120, Jonathan Furnas (Olentangy Liberty) at 132, Richard Screptock (Oregon Clay) at 138
In addition to those that placed, another 14 wrestlers fell one match shot of earning a placement medal, and this is a tournament where even making the second day (finishing top 16) is a legitimate accomplishment:
106 – Justin Stickley (St. Paris Graham)
113 – Tommy Hoskins (Dayton Christian) and Ana Abduljelil (Whitehall)
126 – Evan Cheek (Milan Edison) and Eli Seipel (St. Paris Graham)
132 – Jarred Ganger (Covington) and Corey Shie (LaSalle)
138 – David Carr (Dayton Christian)
145 – Logan Lacure (Dayton Christian) and Zac Carson (Uniontown Lake)
170 – Andrew McNally (Uniontown Lake)
182 – Tim Knipl (Wadsworth)
195 – Drew Kasper (Lexington) and Jacob Worthington (Milan Edison)