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Old 04-21-17, 10:36 AM
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Garfield Heights D-3 District Rankings (Off-Season #1)

I love doing these rankings, but as it has been pointed out before, they are just for fun. To any wrestlers who read these and feel that they are ranked too low, you may be right.
I am bound to be wrong on many of the rankings, but fortunately they have absolutely no impact on how anyone will finish at any tournament this season or any other year.

These off-season rankings will start off with the wrestlers listed at the weights that they wrestled in the 2016-2017 season.
I’ll move wrestlers up and down as the off-season progresses (and add the incoming freshmen into the rankings eventually). Feel free to let me know if anyone has inside information about new weights, schools, or wrestlers that they think should be added.
I will also move teams up and down when the new divisional breakdowns are available.

* = unsure about participation

# = 2 wrestlers from the same team listed (I will add additional wrestlers to the rankings at these weights)

-The schools of the incoming freshmen are based off of the previous Yappi thread. Please let me know if any are wrong or have changed.

1. Boot Kuhlins- Tuslaw (8th state)
2. Jacob Edelman- Pymatuning Valley (SQ)
3. Jake White- Manchester (SQ)
4. Brandt Virden- Columbiana*
5. Kyle Keenan- South Range (SQ)
6. Zach Lahood- Black River (6th district)
7. Hunter Frederick- Mapleton (5th district)
8. Jackson Reineke- Hawken

It’s hard to pick a #1 for this weight with so many wrestlers beating one foe but losing to another. I went with Kuhlins due to the state medal that he earned this past season.
He posted an impressive 7-2 win over a tough Chase Caprella in his first consolation bout at the state tournament, and then he earned a 4-0 shutout of Jordan Crist in the blood round to guarantee placement. The win was his second over Crist who he also defeated 17-4 in the state duals quarterfinals.

1. Zach Larue- Manchester (6th, 6th state)
2. Robert Pinkie- Lutheran West (SQ)
3. Brandon Meade- Cuyahoga Hts. (5th district)
4. J.P. Hlifka- Hawken (SQ)
5. Dylan Ward- Smithville (6th district)
6. Blake Rising- Mapleton
7. Daniel Forbes- Loudonville
8. William Campbell- Pymatuning Valley

Larue closed out a quality sophomore season with his second 6th place finish in as many years.
He thoroughly dominated the fields at the sectional and district tournaments, pinning or teching all 7 foes including the 2 pins that he posted over Pinkie.
In Columbus, Larue earned wins over Jordan Bowers (12-5) and 2x state placer Klay Reeves (5-2) to reach the semifinals.
Over the course of the season, Larue also defeated state placer Cael Woods as well as state qualifiers Micah Dusseau and Ben Ruegg.

1. Brier Marthey- Tuslaw (SQ)
2. Andrew Zairns- Brooklyn (SQ)
3. Steven Ferguson- Elyria Cath. (5th district, 5th district 2016)
4. Nick Cianciola- Canton C.C. (SQ)
5. Luke Hopkins- Cuyahoga Hts. (SQ 2016)
6. Derek Houser- (Columbiana) Crestview
7. Keshaun Clark- Rittman
8. Colton Beaver- Smithville

Marthey earned his first set of state tournament tickets as a freshman last year, finishing 2nd to 2x state placer Dalton Leightner at both the sectional and district tournaments.
At the two events, he defeated Zairns (7-1), Cianciola (3-1SV) and Zack Shaffer (2-0).
Although he was 0-2 at the state tournament, Marthey hung tough with state placer Kalib Patterson (9-6) and 2x qualifier Dakota Blanton (2-0) in his two bouts.
I expect him to contend for a district title in 2018 as well as a spot on the state podium.

1. Niko Chilson- Rootstown (5th state)
2. Seth Majewski- Brooklyn (SQ)
3. Connor Brennan- Tuslaw (SQ)
4. Noah Campbell- Pymatuning Valley (6th district)
5. Colin Shaffstall- Wellington
6. Daulton Metheney- Waterloo
7. Clayton Baglia- Chippewa
8. Ryan Staton- Jackson-Milton

Chilson was impressive last year, placing 5th at state as a sophomore. In Columbus, he posted wins over Noah Inboden (4:45), Josh Newman (3-1), Josh Kahl (6-4), and Ruger Goeltzenleuchter (Default).
This came a week after he earned the district title when he defeated Majewski 6-2 in the finals.
Over the course of the year, Chilson posted a boatload of quality wins including victories over state placers Michael Sergent, Gavin Grime, and Isaac Elliott as well as state qualifiers Jihad Salti, Derek Dolph, and Connor Brennan

1. Logan Kissell- Garfield (3rd, 6th, 7th state)
2. Parker Watson– Lutheran W. (5th district)
3. Cael Rowland- (W.S.) Northwestern (6th district)
4. Evan Hostetler- Waynedale
5. Andrew Hardenbrook- (Columbiana) Crestview
6. Tyler Wilfong- Wellington
7. Michael Deventure - Manchester
8. King Seyou- VA-SJ

Incoming Freshman:
Joseph Pennington - Rootstown (8th middle school state)

Kissell placed at his 3rd straight state tournament last year, once again bettering his previous placement.
All 4 of his consolation wins at the state tournament were over wrestlers who now posses a state medal. Kissell defeated Trevor Scherf (8-2), Gavin Grime (8-4), Schuyler Caprella (18-4), and Isaac Elliott (7-2) on his run to the bronze medal.
He also defeated state placer Michael Yacapraro (9-7) for the district title and he bested state placer Brad Trescott (5-2) in the PTC finals.

1. Gavin Stika- Norwayne (3rd state, 8th state 2015)
2. Nick Burgard- (Ashtabula) St. John (SQ)
3. Jeremy Tracy- Mapleton#
4. Mason Wright- Wellington
5. Ryan Finney- Garfield
6. Brennan Shirley- Tuslaw (5th district 2016)
7. Wyatt Zimmerman- Orrville
8. Dalton Abfall- Mapleton
(9.) Tyler Jenkins- Rootstown

Incoming Freshman:
Dalton Duvall – Rootstown (2nd middle school state)

I was really impressed by what I saw out of Stika last season, and I expect him to be a strong candidate for a state title in 2018.
He placed 3rd at Medina where he defeated 6 different wrestlers who qualified for the state tournament. Let’s list em; Jacob Maslyk (9-2), Justice Freeman (3:00), Zain Tittle (3-2), Jax Leonard (4:08), Alex Isbrandt (4-0), and Tai Bloch (6-2). Leonard was a state placer in D-1 and Isbrandt was a state finalist in D-3.
Although he placed 3rd at the state tournament Stika actually knocked off state runner-up Noah Mattin 3-0 at St. Mary C.C., but he drew into the same half bracket as state champ Brady Barnett.
Stika defeated Brian Persinger in his final bout for 3 consecutive weeks, beating the Triway wrestler in the sectional and district finals before besting him in the 3rd place match at the state tournament.
He also defeated state placers J.D. McNett (2-1), Chase Sumner (4:36), and Jared Ford (3-1) at the state tournament while earning his second state medal.

1. Kyle Ryder- Tuslaw (SQ)
2. Trenton Mathew- Smithville (5th district)
3. Trent Duvall- Rootstown (6th district)
4. Beau Lefever- Mapleton
5. Mike Weston- Newbury
6. Brandon Feist- W. S. Northwestern (6th district 2015)*
7. Jimmy McClellan- Berkshire
8. Mouad Elouaddi- Liberty

Only a sophomore lat season, Ryder reached the state tournament at the end of a great season.
After pinning his way through sectionals, Ryder placed 3rd at the district tournament where he defeated a tough Thomas Forbes 11-0 in the consolation finals.
Ryder also defeated state qualifier Luke McKeon 10-1 while placing 5th at North Canton, and he posted an impressive 6-4 sudden victory win over 2x state placer Alex Neuberger in the finals of the state duals.

1. Jacob Lagoa- (Ashtabula) St. John (1st state)
2. Riley Smucker- Smithville (4th, 5th state)
3. Alex Lampert- Newbury (5th district)
4. Stephen Skeens- Tuslaw
5. Derek Duvall- (W.S.) Northwestern (5th district 2016)
6. Chad Brown- Pymatuning Valley
7. Nathan Shaw- Waynedale
8. MaCoy Stika- Norwayne*

Incoming Freshman:
Chris Anderson – Rootstown (2nd middle school state)
Kaden Kidd- Norwayne (4th middle school state)

I received a message after my initial pre-season ranking last season informing me that I had Lagoa ranked to low. I couldn’t confirm or deny this at the time, because it’s hard to know where to rank freshmen.
Lagoa ended up being one of the most impressive freshmen in the state last season.
His only 3 losses last year were to wrestlers who were nationally ranked at some point in the season.
Lagoa showed his excellence right out of the gate, winning a title at Solon where he beat state placers Kevin Contos (0:42) and Nick Vespucci (10-3) as well as a very tough David Johnson (12-1).
His 4th place finish at Brecksville boasted wins over state placers Connor Craig (12-6) and Anthony D’Alesio (15-1).
Lagoa placed 3rd at Top Gun where he pinned West Virginia state champ Zane Lanham in the consolation finals.
After he rolled through sectionals, only Smucker was able to keep his district match with Lagoa to a decision (8-3).
Not satisfied with a district title, Lagoa reached the state finals the next week with 2 tech falls and a pin before upending a very good Colt Yinger 6-3 to claim his first state title.

1. David Cumberledge- (Ashtabula) St. John (5th district)
2. Nick Mroczynski- Independence
3. Cameron VanBrunt- Orrville
4. Gavin Davis- Loudonville
5. Zion Matlock- Liberty
6. John Chambers- Newbury
7. Clayton Takacs- Grand Valley
8. Latrell Crute- Southern

Cumberledge’s season may have been a bit overshadowed by teammate Lagoa, but make no mistake, he had an excellent freshman campaign in his own right.
He finished 4th at Brecksville where he twice pinned state placer Tyler Speelman, defeated state qualifier Dalton Burns (6-4 OT), and downed 2x state placer Jake Henderson 17-12.
Cumberledge also earned placement at Top Gun where he beat state qualifiers Logan Broskie (7-2) and Jordan Hardrick (8-1).
He would finish 5th at the district tournament falling only to state placers Conkle and Sorboro while also picking up wins over state qualifier Bailey Blair (5:05) and Anthony Scurry (19-8).

1. Logan Stanley- Waynedale (3rd state)
2. Chris Langguth- Rootstown (6th state)
3. Christian Blank- Ash. St. John’s (SQ)
4. Nathan Whitehead- Columbiana
5. Jake Loar- Tuslaw (6th district)
6. Nick Scarl- Jackson-Milton
7. Bryce Randall- Brookfield
8. Cole Hurd- Waterloo

Incoming Freshman:
Sevi Garza – Rittman (2nd middle school state)

Stanley defeated state placer Manny Garza 4 consecutive weeks last year, besting him in the WCAL, sectional, and district finals before downing him in the consolation quarterfinals of the state tournament.
Stanley’s only loss at the state tournament was a quarterfinal setback to eventual runner-up Brett Vonderwell. He rebounded with the previously mentioned win over Garza as well as pins of Noah Baker and Chris Langguth. He then closed out his state tournament with a 5-3 win over former state finalist Cole Draper in the consolation finals.
Stanley will be among the state title contenders out of this district in 2018.

1. Nick Shephard- Fairless (SQ)
2. Michael Miller- Mogadore
3. Daniel Morgan- (Columbiana) Crestview
4. William Bailey- Warrensville Hts.
5. Nick Stanton- Loudonville
6. Jordan Krucek- Cuyahoga Hts.
7. Dionte Cowell- Brookfield
8. Collin Bachmann- Hillsdale

Shephard is the lone returnee from an excellent 182 weight-class at this district.
He claimed a sectional title at Rootstown last year after beating 2x district placer Caleb Rupert 13-3 in the finals.
A week later, he placed 3rd at the district tournament losing only to 2x state champ Zach Steiner (4-3) before beating state placer Tom McKale 7-5 in the consolation finals.
Shephard was a bout shy of placement at the Schott, besting district champ Austin Carroll 9-0 in their consolation bout.

1. Gaige Willis- Pymatuning Valley (1st, 2nd, 8th state)
2. Jacob Campbell- Black River (SQ)
3. Ty Straits- Waynedale
4. Anthony Czap- South Range (5th district)
5. Andy Barnett- Rittman
6. Chris Edmonds- Liberty
7. Kiras Kijauskas- VA-SJ
8. Mitch Sanders- Newbury

Willis capped off a perfect junior year with his first state title.
He defeated one impressive foe after another last season, downing reigning state champ Will Bolanz to claim a title at Jackson-Milton before defeating state placer Jerrell Martin 3-2 in the EOWL finals.
After rolling to a sectional title, Willis won one of the more impressive district tournaments in D-3. He collected a second win over state champ Bolanz (3-1) in the quarterfinals, pinned state qualifier Campbell in the semis, and then defeated state runner-up Logan Hall 3-2 in the title bout.
A week later, Gaige met fellow undefeated state placer Daniel Beemer in the state semifinals. Willis dispatched Beemer 5-1 to reach the state title bout for a second consecutive year. This time he would emerge victorious knocking off the excellent Logan Hall (3-1) for a second consecutive week to earn the gold medal.

1. Paul Skye- Mogadore (8th, 6th state)
2. Ryan Boyle- Rootstown (4th state)
3. Crawford Hamrick- Tuslaw (5th district)
4. Ben Farrar- Waynedale (6th district, 6th district 2016)
5. Sam Auble- Orrville
6. Landon Talbert- (Columbiana) Crestview
7. Dedric Isaac- Rittman (SQ 2016)
8. Ryan Thompson- (N.M.) Springfield

Incoming Freshman:
Chase Cottrell – Grand Valley (4th middle school state)

Skye and Boyle will be in the discussion of potential state champions for the upcoming season.
Boyle placed 4th after knocking off 3x state placer Reece Human in the consolation semifinals.
However, it was Skye who defeated him at the district tournament the week before. That victory was Skye’s 3rd win of the year over Boyle who he also defeated in the PTC finals and in the quarterfinals at the Dies. After the win at the Dies, Skye followed up with victories over state placer Austin Norris (5:20), and state finalist Spencer Berthold (3-1 SV) to claim the championship.

1. Pat Sheridan- VA-SJ (SQ)
2. Brayden Phillips- Tuslaw (8th state)
3. Joe Warren- Smithville (5th district)
4. Derrick Elrod- A. St. John’s (6th district)
5. Josh Stasek- Independence
6. Caleb Bean- Pymatuning Valley
7. William Lindsey- Hawken
8. Gavin Schlabach- Triway

Sheridan pinned his way through the sectional and district tournaments last season, defeating Stasek in the sectional final and defending district champ Austin Mathis in the district final.

Phillips is the highest returning state placer out of this district after finishing 8th a season ago. He pinned Mason Weldon in his first consolation bout and then avenged two earlier losses with an overtime pin over Tim Davin in the blood round.

1. Tuslaw
2. (Ashtabula) St. John
3. Pymatuning Valley
4. Rootstown
5. Waynedale
6. Smithville
7. Mapleton
8. (Columbiana) Crestview

The team rankings are based off of the returning wrestlers, and do not yet include incoming freshmen or last year’s reserve wrestlers who may be starting and contributing next season.

Tuslaw will be a strong favorite for the district title heading into the season. They return 2 state placers in Kuhlins and Phillips, state qualifiers Marthey, Brennan, Ryder as well as district placers Phillips, Loar, and Shirley. Add in a very good Skeens and they’ll be tough to unseat.
The more interesting plot line with this team will be following how high they finish at the state tournament.

I’m not sure which freshmen St. John will acquire next year, but their returning wrestlers will certainly have them in position to contend for a team trophy at this district.
Lagoa will be one of the biggest individual favorites, and I expect Cumberledge to contend for a title as well. Blank, Burgard, and Elrod will all push for district finals appearances.

Pymatuning Valley is lead by state champ Willis and they also returns Edelman who won the district title at 106 last season. The presence of the Campbells, Brown, and Bean make this a formidable squad that should push for a district trophy.

Rootstown may be adding 3 middle school state placers in Pennington, Duvall, and Anderson, which could potentially catapult them up the rankings if those 3 can contribute to the line-up immediately.
State placers Chilson, Langguth, and Boyle return, as does district placer Trent Duvall who will likely be at a more comfortable weight after being bumped up by Chilson and Trescott last season.

A special thanks to Boro Fan for all the insight into the weights of the wrestlers, Baum’s Page and Jake’s Wrestling for all of the results that they provide, and to any of the other wrestling nerds that actually read these things.

-Max Pearce
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Old 04-21-17, 10:49 PM
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Rootstown also has another incoming frosh that wrestled at 114 at OAC and was 1 match away from placing. Caleb Edwards. Tough kid, has some maturity issues to figure out but who doesn't at 8th grade.

No idea what weight class he would fit into next year.
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Old 04-22-17, 08:35 AM
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Was impressed you remembered Tracy from Mapleton since he was unable to wrestle last year due to injury. As long as he stays healthy he will be a force at this district next year.
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Old 04-22-17, 09:00 AM
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If Smucker can avoid Lagoa I believe Smithville could finally achieve their first state champ. The best they've had was 3rd by Craig Grimes in "99".
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Old 04-22-17, 10:24 AM
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Originally Posted by pinem07 View Post
Was impressed you remembered Tracy from Mapleton since he was unable to wrestle last year due to injury. As long as he stays healthy he will be a force at this district next year.
I wasn't sure where to start him in the rankings or what weight he'll be at, but I expect he'll be contending for state placement.

Smucker definitely has a shot at a state title. It'll be interesting to see where he and Yinger wrestle next season.
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Originally Posted by jmog View Post
Rootstown also has another incoming frosh that wrestled at 114 at OAC and was 1 match away from placing. Caleb Edwards. Tough kid, has some maturity issues to figure out but who doesn't at 8th grade.

No idea what weight class he would fit into next year.
Not cool brocephus. Pure speculation
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Old 04-22-17, 02:39 PM
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138 is a good spot to have Tracy. Will probably be there. Tough to rank him without any matches last year.
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Old 04-22-17, 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted by chinwhip View Post
Not cool brocephus. Pure speculation
Not sure what was speculation, he was one match away from placing at OAC, he is a very good wrestler, and I don't know where he will wrestle weight class wise in HS.
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