St. Ignatius senior George DiCamillo won his second state title and maintained his No. 1 national ranking Saturday.
Ohio loves wrestling and Saturday the state celebrated the 75th annual
OHSAA State Championships. One school won its 27th team title, another
won its 12th in a row and another won its first ever. Several of the
country’s best wrestlers also took center stage…Here’s who did what.
12 PACK Graham won its 12th straight D-II team title and moved to within one of St. Edward’s record 13 consecutive championships. Graham wrestlers went 4-2 in finals. Lexington was runner-up.
Junior Bo Jordan, the country’s No. 1 ranked wrestler at 152, added another milestone to a resume that’s becoming one of Ohio’s best ever. Jordan won his third state title with a pin (3:51) of Milan Edison senior Kyle Burns. Burns was also a defending state champion.
Jordan – the son of Falcons head coach and four-time Ohio prep champ Jeff Jordan – is 133-1 in his career.
Jordan’s brother Micah, a sophomore, won his second state title at 126 and first cousin, Isaac Jordan, won his third state title at 160. Isaac Jordan is ranked No. 3 nationally.
As a family (fathers and sons), the Jordan’s have won 19 state wrestling titles.
Graham’s other state champion was senior Ryan Taylor who won his third state title as well. Taylor is the country’s No. 5 ranked wrestler.
EAGLES SOAR St. Edward wrestlers went 4-4 in finals as the Eagles won their 27th D-I team title. Massillon Perry finished runner-up for the eighth time
FIRST TIME WINNER Apple Creek Waynedale captured it’s first D-III team title. Troy Christian was runner-up. Waynedale only had one champion but placed six.
REMATCH DELUXE Goshen’s Chaz Gresham and Graham’s Huston Evans delivered. In arguably the most anticipated match of the finals – and certainly in D-II – Gresham decisioned Huston 3-2 in sudden victory in the D-II 182 final.
The match was a rematch of last year’s state final that Gresham took 5-2.
Evans (43-2) ends his career a four-time finalist with one title.
Gresham (32-0) is a four-time placer and two-time champ.
ELITE COMPANY Wadsworth senior Nick Tavanello joined an exclusive club when he won the D-I 285 title with a remarkable 6-5 UTB over Oregon Clay’s Garrett Gray. The championship was Tavanello’s third (paired with two at 215) and makes him just the third D-I wrestler in state history to win three state titles at 215 or above. The other two are Cleveland John Marshall’s Jim Dregalla (1954) and St. Edward’s Matt Koz (2003). The victory was also Tavanello’s 117th straight against Ohio competition. Tavanello’s only losses in two and half years have come in overtime against Cody Kemplay of Canon-McMillan, Pa., in December at the North Canton Hoover Holiday Tournament (3-1) and to Tank Knowles of Calvary Chapel, Calif. at the 2012 Walsh Ironman (3-2). Tavanello will wrestle at Ohio State.
200 WINS Padua Franciscan senior Brent Fickel capped his career off right. In his opening D-II 132 match, Fickel pinned Whitehall-Yearling sophomore Ashden Gibson in 4:32 to became just the sixth wrestler in Ohio history – and the first from Northeast Ohio – with 200 career wins. He followed that up with three more victories, including one over Lima Shawnee senior Colin McDermitt in the D-II state final to capture his first state title. Fickel (55-4 this year) is a four-time state placer.
OVERCOMING Coventry senior Jesse Gunter, who is legally blind, place third in D-II at 120 with a 5-0 win over Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s Mike Rix. Gunter finished the season 47-6.
NEWS, NOTES AND NATIONALLY RANKED WRESTLERS St. Ignatius senior George DiCamillo won his second state title and remained the country’s No. 1 wrestler at 120 with a 4-0 decision over Cincinnati LaSalle’s Max Byrd. DiCamillo, a four-time state placer, finished seventh and third at 103 as a freshman and sophomore and first at 112 as a junior. He was 37-0 as a senior. DiCamillo made the final by advancing through the first three rounds via pin (0:54), major decision (19-6) and pin (1:36). He’s headed to the University of Virginia… Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy junior Nathan Tomasello, the country’s No. 1 ranked wrestler at 113, moved one step closer to becoming a four-time state champion by beating Mentor Lake Catholic sophomore Anthony Tutolo 8-5 in the D-II final. Tomasello is 90-0 the last two years…Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) senior Nate Skonieczny won his second state title in D-I at 138. Skonieczny, ranked No. 2 nationally, was 140-1 the last three years and wrapped his career with a 179-6 record. He was state runner-up as a sophomore and third as a freshman…St. Edward junior Dean Heil won his third state title in D-I at 126. Heil, who has committed to Oklahoma State, is ranked No. 3 nationally…the final session attendance (13,520) and five-session total (59,446) were the lowest since the state tournament moved from Wright State’s Nutter Center in 1999.
UNDEFEATEDS There were a total of nine wrestlers who finished undefeated seasons. They were:
George DiCamillo, D-I, 120, St. Ignatius, 37-0
Nathan Tomasello, D-II, 113, CVCA, 47-0
Bo Jordan, D-II, 152, Graham, 48-0
Issac Jordan, D-II, Graham, 46-0
Chaz Gresham, D-II, 182, Goshen, 32-0
Riley Shaw, D-II, 285, Washington Court House, 42-0