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Old 11-26-14, 01:11 PM
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Fairmont D-1 District Preview 2014-2015

Iím going to attach this intro to all the breakdowns. I love the sport of wrestling. I love following it, I love watching it, and I love discussing it. However, these breakdowns are just my opinion, not facts. Enjoy them for what they are, a jumping off point for discussion, or feel free to tell me if Iím wrong or ignorant. To any wrestlers reading this, donít put too much stock in it. Use it to motivate you if you wish, but threads and rankings are generally just the opinions of old guys that are now usually 20+ pounds over our high school weights. Our expectations and opinions do not determine the outcome of the matches, you do. You are the ones doing all the work, and you deserve the credit for the levels of success that you will achieve this year. Good luck to all of the Ohio high school wrestlers during the upcoming season, and enjoy the sport while youíre in it, it goes by fast.
Keep in mind that I have no inside insight into what weights these wrestlers will be occupying this year. I group wrestlers based on a delicate process that combines watching where people on this forum think they will go and guessing based on no real criteria. Will some of the weights be wrong? Definitely. Are some of the wrestlers going to finish the season higher than I have them ranked right now? Of course. Do I sound like a bit of a D answering my own questions? Absolutely.
The first rankings are generally based off of how I think the wrestlers did last season, not how I think theyíll finish this year. There are many results that I donít know about and many that I may interpret differently than someone else reading the same results. Enough about the process. Letís get into it.

* = unsure about participation at this district


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1. Zack Donathan-Mason (6th state)
2. Zach Shupp-Fairfield (3rd middle school state)
3. Chad Craft-Northmont (SQ)
4. Drew Saunier-Springboro
5. Sam Kreider-St. Xavier
6. C.J. Brown-Harrison (6th district)

Zack Donathan pieced together an excellent freshman campaign that landed him his first of many state medals. He won an impressive early season tournament title at Olentangy Liberty where he defeated a pair of other excellent freshmen in Brakan Mead (Liberty) and state alternate Brandon Randolph (Wadsworth) in the semis and the finals consecutively. Zack earned a sturdy 3rd place finish at the SWOWC Tournament, where his only setback was a 12-6 semifinal loss to state qualifier Daniel Roth (Lakota E.). During the tournament, Zack posted an impressive 16-7 major over Kyle Green (Sycamore), a pin over Jonathan Quigley (Loveland), and a pair of wins over a good Remi Velasquez (Princeton). Later in the season, Zack won his home tournament, claiming the gold with a pin over Jensen Quinn (Lakota W.) in the championship bout. Donathan posted a 9-1 major over Drew Saunier (Springboro) in their state duals showdown, and then he claimed a tournament title at the GMC a few days later. Zack avenged his earlier loss to Daniel Roth with a 4-2 semifinal win over the Lakota East wrestler in the GMC semis. He then won the tournament outright after returning district champ Anthony Jagel (Middletown) was forced to default in the title bout. Donathan earned his most impressive win of the year when he pinned state placer Jarod Bronstrup (Brecksville) in the quarterfinals of the state duals tournament. Zack won his sectional title in comfortable fashion a week later, defeating Kyle Green 9-1 in the finals for his closest bout of the tournament. Donathan pinned Jonathan Quigley and A.J. Warner (Fairborn) in his first two district matches before posting a 4-2 victory over another excellent freshman, Eric Beck (LaSalle) in the semifinals. Zack settled the season series with Daniel Roth by posting a 3-2 win in the finals to earn him his first district title. In Columbus, Donathan had a tough first round bout with state placer Alan Hart (St, Edward), but he was up for the challenge, defeating Hart by a 7-4 score. Zack picked up another win over a state placer in the quarterfinals when he defeated Harry Feuer (Mayfield) by a 9-3 score to advance to the state semifinals. Here he met nationally ranked Noah Baughman (Wadsworth) who was a sizable 106-pounder after making the cut from 113. Baughman defeated Donathan by a 14-6 score on his way to the state title, sending Zack into a consolation semifinal bout with Devione Edwards (Lorain). Edwards, another large 106-pounder, defeated Donathan by a 3-0 score, sending him into the 5th place final. Zack's season ended on a 3-1 loss to Jarod Bronstrup who avenged the earlier loss that Donathan handed him in the state dual meet tournament. After an excellent freshman year, it appears that Donathan will make a return to 106 as he seeks state championship glory in 2015. It's difficult to know how the lightweights will all shake down this year, but Donathan will certainly be among the favorites for a state title in what should be an exciting 106-pound weight class.
Zach Shupp will be looking to make an immediate impact on the high school state wrestling tournament after a 3rd place finish at the middle school state tournament in 2014. During his 2014 state tournament run, Shupp earned a tech, a pin over Addison Fogle (Licking Valley), and a 13-0 major over Ryan Jakubiak (Marlington) to reach the semifinals. He lost a 9-2 bout with Josh Breeding (Elyria) in the semifinals but closed out strong with a 10-3 win over Logan Heil and a 4-1 win over Brandon Lucas (Western Brown) to claim the bronze medal. The year before, Shupp finished 4th at the middle school state tournament during his 7th grade year. He actually defeated 3rd place finisher Alex Rhine (Mechanicsburg) 7-3 in the quarterfinals, but lost to Rhine in their rematch for 3rd place. Shupp also picked up a 4-3 win over Nick Henneman (Clay) in the consolation semifinals of the tournament. Itís difficult to rate freshmen, but it certainly appears that Shupp will be in contention for state qualification out of the Fairmont District right out of the gate this season.
Chad Craft posted a 2-2 result at his first GMVWA Tournament falling to district champ Anthony Jagel and state qualifier C.J. Campbell (Bradley). Two weeks later he earned a 3rd place finish at Valley View, where his lone loss was to 2013 middle school state champ Tanner Smith (Graham), before he battled back with a 16-0 tech over Cory Alspaugh (Valley View) in the consolation finals. Craft was a tournament champion at the GWOC, where he defeated state alternate A.J. Warner (Fairborn) 12-6 in the semis and Drew Saunier 4-2 in sudden victory in the finals. Chad rolled to a sectional title at Centerville where his closest match was an 11-4 victory over Jensen Quinn (Lakota W.) in the finals. Craft advanced to the district semifinals with an 8-3 win over Colin Neuner (Beavercreek) and a 6-2 victory over district placer C.J. Brown. He defaulted in his semifinal bout with Daniel Roth but emerged as a state qualifier after knocking off A.J. Warner 8-2 in the consolation semifinals. Craft lost a 7-1 bout with Eric Beck in the consolation finals to end the tournament in 4th place. Chad was unlucky enough to draw state champ Noah Baughman in the opening round of the state tournament and soon fell into the consolation rounds after a 20-5 opening round defeat. Craft drew Trent Gill (Davidson) in his first consolation bout and lost a 10-0 bout to end the year in Columbus. It was an impressive first season of varsity duty for the Northmont freshman, and itíll be worth watching to see how much he can accomplish with another year of experience under his belt.
Drew Saunier lost an opening round bout to district champ C.J. Campbell at the GMVWA Tournament before rattling off 4 straight consolation bouts to secure placement. Among his string of wins was a 12-0 shutout over Coleman Foster (Eaton), a 15-2 major over Danny Assaf (Defiance), and a 4-2 victory over Tyler Senter (Xenia). Saunier lost a rematch with state qualifier Campbell by a 6-2 score before closing out the tournament with a 17-6 major over state qualifier Zach Davie (Troy Chr.) to finish in 7th place. Saunier rolled to the finals of the GWOC tournament with a 20-2 tech over Colin Neuner in the semifinals before losing a tight 4-2 sudden victory final with Chad Craft. Saunier pinned state alternate A.J. Warner in the semifinals of the sectional tournament before falling 7-0 to state qualifier Daniel Roth in the championship bout. Saunier defeated Tyler Senter by a 4-3 score in the first round at Fairmont, but he was tripped up in the next round where he lost a close 6-5 match with state qualifier Eric Beck. Saunier pinned Colin Neuner to stay alive in the consolation rounds before ultimately falling 8-5 in the rematch with A.J. Warner to close out the season a match shy of district placement. In September, Saunier defeated Sam Kreider 14-1 at the Hoosier Pre Season Open where he also majored Michigan state qualifier Kyle French (Marysville).
Sam Kreider has apparently changed from LaSalle to St. Xavier this season, and he should be in the hunt for state qualification after a season of wrestling up in weight. Sam started last season down at 106, where he placed 5th at the SWOWCA Tournament. He posted a pair of wins over Jonathan Quigley and defeated Jensen Quinn during his tournament run while only suffering losses to powerhouse Anthony Jagel and the skilled Remi Velasquez. Kreider was bumped up to 113 for the Top Gun Tournament after teammate Eric Beck made the cut down to 106. He lost a 7-0 bout to state placer Lane Peters (Claymont) in the opening round before posting a pair of consolation wins. That latter victory was a 3-1 triumph over district placer Justin Mitchell (West Branch). Kreider wrestled back down at 106 for the GCL Tournament, where he won the title with a pin over Cooper Graves in the championship bout. Sam was forced up to 113 for sectionals, where he lost a 5-1 bout with district placer Eddie Collins (Hamilton) and a 5-3 bout with a solid Parker Buschelman (Harrison) and ended up as the district alternate. Now at St. X, Kreider should be able to dictate his own weight this year and could be in the midst of the state qualification hunt at Fairmont.
C.J. Brown finished 1-2 at the SWOWCA Tournament last year losing a close 4-2 bout with Daniel Roth and a 10-3 match with Jordan Welch (Marysville). Brown later placed 4th at Fairfield while posting a 3-0 shutout over Kyle Green. His two losses were a setback (by pin) to Daniel Roth in the rematch and a 4-0 loss to Kentucky state placer Brady Wells (Campbell Co.). Brown pinned his way to the title at the SWOC Tournament with a 19 second pin over Jordan Pierce (Wilmington) in the finals. After an opening round pin at sectionals, Brown earned a 12-10 semifinal win over Jonathan Quigley to reach the title match. Here, he would fall by a 15-6 score to state qualifier Eric Beck to place 2nd. At Fairmont, Brown won a 17-14 shootout over Kenny Byers (Colerain) in the opening round, and then he suffered a 6-2 loss to Chad Craft in the quarterfinals. Brown gutted out a 4-2 sudden victory win over Tyler Senter in his first consolation bout before rolling to a pin over Jensen Quinn to reach the consolation semifinals. C.J. was pinned in his go-to-state match with Eric Beck, and closed out in 6th place after a 6-5 loss to A.J. Warner in the alternate final.

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1. Anthony Jagel-Middletown (SQ 2013)
2. Daniel Roth-Lakota E. (SQ)
*3. Remigio Velasquez-Princeton*
4. Austin Murphy-Elder
5. A.J. Warner-Fairborn (5th district)
6. Ryan Boulton-Springboro

Anthony Jagel had the potential to make the state finals last year, but unfortunately, he was injured before the postseason process. The good news is that Jagel will get another shot at state placement as he searches for a spot on the big stage in 2015. Last season, Jagel rolled through the field at Franklin, where he pinned Cory Alspaugh (Valley View) and majored Kentucky state placer Brady Wells (Campbell Co.) 21-8. The next month, he looked even more impressive at the SWOWCA Tournament where he won the title while trouncing all 4 opponents. Among Anthonyís wins was a 24-9 tech fall over Sam Kreider (LaSalle) in the semis and a 17-7 major over Daniel Roth (Lakota E.) in the championships bout. Jagel placed 3rd at the GMVWA Tournament a week, later, losing only to Georgia state bronze medalist Vinny Artigues along the way. Jagelís GMVWA wins included a pin over state qualifier Chad Craft (Northmont), a 13-5 major in the rematch with Brady Wells, and a 9-5 win over state qualifier Skyler St. Peter (Athens) in the consolation finals. Two weeks later, Jagel won the tournament title at Fairfield where he knocked off Brady Wells a third time and Daniel Roth a second time in the semis and finals respectively. Jagel deserved some sort of Ironman award for the level of competition that he wrestled at Top Gun. He wrestled 7 matches at the event, and all seven were against wrestlers who were district placers or higher. In the first round, Jagel teched state alternate Drew Fairbanks (Fitch) by a 26-11 score, and he followed that win with a stellar 7-6 victory over state finalist Tommy Genetin (Mass. Perry).Anthony lost a close 7-6 match with California state champ Justin Mejia (Clovis) in the quarterfinals who is currently ranked #6 in the nation by Flo Wrestling. Jagel didnít suffer a letdown in his first consolation bout as he teched state alternate C.J. Brady (Carrollton) 19-4 to secure placement. Anthony won his next two matches 7-1 and 16-5 over state qualifier Eric Beck (LaSalle) and returning state qualifier Dante Ginnetti (Poland) to advance to the consolation finals. Jagel lost the rematch with Tommy Genetin 5-2 to close out the tournament in 4th place. Genetin had a bit of extra incentive during the match due to the fact that Perry was locked in a tight team race with Clovis. Two weeks later, Jagel powered his way to the finals of the Greater Miami Conference Tournament with tech falls over Dylan Urk (Oak Hills) and Jensen Quinn (Loveland) as well as a 17-4 major over Kyle Green (Springboro). Anthony was forced to default in his championship match with state placer Zack Donathan (Mason) and was not able to recover in time for the postseason process.
Daniel Roth qualified for his second straight state tournament in 2014 and closed out the year a match away from the podium. Early in the year, Roth posted a 2nd place finish at the brawny SWOWCA Tournament, where he earned a 4-2 win over a tough C.J. Brown (Harrison) and a 12-6 victory over state placer Zack Donathan on his way to the finals. Roth lost a lopsided 17-7 final to 2013 district champ Anthony to finish as the runner-up. Over Christmas break (Or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or winter break depending on religious affiliation) Roth placed 8th at the brutal Brecksville Tournament, while defeating a quality Brakan Mead (O. Liberty) 12-7 and besting state qualifier Brady Toth (Perry) 6-2. Roth picked up a pin over C.J. Brown in the semifinals at Fairfield before narrowing the margin in a 9-3 finals loss to Anthony Jagel. Daniel had a rough tournament at the GMC where he lost a 4-2 bout with Zack Donathan and a 5-4 match with Kyle Green (Sycamore) while placing 4th. Roth sharpened his performance at the sectional tournament, winning the title with a 7-0 triumph over Drew Saunier (Springboro) in the finals. At Fairmont, Roth earned an opening round pin before avenging his earlier loss to Kyle Green with a 6-3 quarterfinal win over the quality freshman. A victory by default over Chad Craft (Northmont) in the semifinals advanced Roth to his second straight state tournament before a 3-2 finals loss to Donathan closed out Daniel's tournament with a second place finish. In Columbus, Roth lost a 7-4 opening round bout to state placer Jarod Bronstrup (Brecksville) to fall into the consolation bracket, but he rebounded with a pin over Corbin Post (Madison) in his first consolation match to stay alive on Thursday night. Daniel's match to place would be a 9-6 loss to a tough Harry Feuer (Mayfield), ending his year a bout from placement.
Iím guessing that Remi Velasquez isnít wrestling this year, which is unfortunate since he would be among the state qualification contenders out of this district. However, until I hear otherwise, or see him out of the line-up at the beginning of the year, Iíll keep him in the original rankings. Velasquezís lone major tournament action last year was a 4th place finish at the SWOWCA Tournament, where his only two losses were a 2-0 match and a 9-4 match with state placer Zack Donathan. After his first loss to Donathan, Remi pinned Cooper Graves (Moeller), teched Jensen Quinn (Lakota W.) and defeated Sam Kreider 6-3 to reach the consolation finals. The year prior, Velasquez had finished 1-2 at the district tournament and posted wins over 2014 state qualifiers Sam Roth, Nathaniel Kehn, and Gage Branson during the season.
I may be ranking Austin Murphy too high to start off, as itís always tough to tell how well freshman will adapt to varsity wrestling. However, he posted a solid 3-2 performance at the Super 32 Tournament a few weeks back, and he certainly warrants a serious look going forward. Among Austinís wins was a 7-0 shutout of Brad Sowsy (Lexington) who placed 5th at the Massachusetts state championships and an even more impressive 7-5 win over Iowa state champ Drew West (Highland) who defeated former Ohio wrestler Justin Portillo in the finals of the Iowa state tournament. By comparison, Portillo defeated Sam Kreider 9-0 at the Hoosier Pre Season Open (in September), and lost a 3-2 bout with Ohio state placer Hunter Lucas (Dayton Chr.) at the same tournament. Murphyís two losses were both to top level competition, as he fell to Florida state finalist Caleb Smith (Lake Gibson) and Indiana state finalist Garrett Pepple (E. Noble) whoís currently ranked 15th in the nation by Flo Wrestling. Weíll have to wait to see just how good this promising freshman can be this year.
A.J. Warner started off his freshman year in sterling fashion, winning tournament titles at Bishop Fenwick and Tippecanoe. Warner pinned both Jordan Pierce (Wilmington) and Kentucky state qualifier Austin Nixon (Dixie Hts.) on the way to the finals at Bellbrook, where he lost a 13-6 match to state qualifier Tyler Adkins (Western Brown). Warner claimed another tournament title at Greenon after defeating district placer Jaylin Cameron (Urbana) 12-8 in the championship bout. A.J. placed 3rd at the GWOC Tournament where he lost a 12-6 semifinal match with state qualifier Chad Craft before reeling off a 10-2 win over Tyler Senter (Xenia) and an 8-5 victory over Colin Neuner (Beavercreek). Warner placed 3rd at the sectional tournament two weeks later where he once again bested Neuner in the consolation finals after losing to Drew Saunier in the semifinals. He started his district run with a 10-7 win over Jensen Quinn before suffering a quarterfinal defeat at the hands of Zack Donathan. Warner trekked back with a 12-3 win over Dylan Urk (Oak Hills) and an 8-5 win over Drew Saunier to avenge the sectional loss. Warner lost an 8-2 bout with Chad Craft to drop into the 5th place final before ending his season with a 6-5 win over C.J. Brown to close out as the state alternate.
Ryan Boulton picked up a big dual meet pin over state qualifier Troy Barklay (Centerville) early last year and then earned a 7th place finish at the GMVWA Tournament a few weeks later. His two losses at the GMVWA were to state placer Chris Doyle (Green) and Georgia state placer Gio Fernandez. Boulton picked up a 9-0 shutout over Cody Butts in the GWOC semifinals before falling to Troy Barklay 11-4 in the rematch and ending the tournament in 2nd place. His first two matches at sectionals would mirror his final two at the GWOC where he defeated Butts and then fell to Barklay. Boulton battled back to make the consolation finals before losing a 6-2 bout to state alternate Blake Biteman to finish in 4th place. Ryan lost his opening district bout to state placer Patrick Kearney but battled back with a 10-0 shutout of Chase Craft in his first consolation match. Boultonís season ended on a 6-1 loss to Blake Biteman in the second consolation round.
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1. Conner Ziegler-Moeller (SQ, 6th state 2013)
2. Patrick Kearney-Mason (6th state)
3. Gage Branson-Glen Este (SQ)
4. Sam Roth-Lakota E. (SQ)
5. Blake Biteman-Tecumseh (5th district)
6. Eddie Collins-Hamilton (6th district)

Conner Ziegler will look to outdo his previous state placement of 6th during his senior year for the Crusaders. He went 2-2 at the Ironman Tournament early last season, where he posted an impressive 4-2 win over state finalist Jake Newhouse (Mass. Perry) in the consolation rounds. His two losses at the tournament were to the wrestlers that finished 1st and 2nd at Prep Nationals later in the year in Chaz Tucker (Blair) and Eric Hong (Georgetown Prep.). Ziegler wrestled 8 matches in two days while placing 4th at the SWOWCA Tournament in mid December. Both losses were to Kentucky state finalist Logan Erdman (Ryle), though he did rack up some impressive consolation wins along the way. Ziegler teched district placer Derek Sharp (Marysville) 16-1, pinned state qualifier Alec Logsdon (Lebanon), and shutout state qualifier Colin Del Valle (Fairmont) 3-0 in consecutive matches during the wrestle-back rounds. Conner earned a 4-1 win over state qualifier Sam Williams (Elder) during their dual meet, and then rolled to a tournament title at the CIT later in the week. His CIT championship contained wins over state qualifier Rosendo Beltran (Toledo C.C.) and 2x state placer Brad Taton (Lake Cath.) who he defeated 5-2 and 5-1 in the semis and finals consecutively. Ziegler placed 2nd at the GCL Tournament where he fell in the finals to the powder-keg known as Corey Shie after pinning Sam Williams in the semifinals. He rolled to a sectional title with a 10-0 shutout of district placer J.J. Stamp (Mason) in the semis and a forfeit win over Alec Logsdon in the championship match. At Fairmont, Conner opened his district run with an impressive 17-3 drubbing of a good Dylan Sharp (Butler). He then pinned Sam Williams in the quarterfinals and defeated T.J. Bean 3-1 to reach the title match and book a rematch with Corey Shie. Ziegler fell by a close 3-2 score to finish 2nd in the district which was a far cry from their first match that ended with Shie pinning the Moeller junior. In Columbus, Ziegler earned a respectable 5-0 shutout over Noah Schaub (Green) in the opening round before suffering a heartbreakingly close 6-4 sudden victory loss to 2x state placer Jon Furnas ((Liberty) in the quarterfinals. I didn’t see the bout, but it was reported that Ziegler was building a solid lead in his placement match with Cameron Lathem (Teays Valley) when Lathem stuck Ziegler. Regardless of the heartrending loss to end the season, Ziegler will bounce back in 2015, and should be among the favorites to place at what will be a very competitive weight class in Division 1 for a second straight year.
Patrick Kearney started off last year with a 2nd place finish at Olentangy Liberty where his lone setback was to state champ Noah Baughman (Wadsworth) in the title match. Kearney earned 3 pins in his first 3 matches at the SWOWCA Tournament, sticking district placer Eddie Collins in the middle of the three bouts. He then posted a solid 9-3 win over state qualifier Gage Branson in the semifinals to punch through to the championship bout. Here he suffered a resounding 12-0 loss to state champ Hayden Lee (Marysville) to close out the tournament with runner-up honors. Patrick won the James Horning Memorial with a finals win over state qualifier Troy Barklay (Centerville). Kearney picked up a pin over Troy Barklay during the state duals and then posted a tournament title at the GMC Tournament with a 17-4 finals victory over Eddie Collins later in the week. After pinning his way to the sectional title, Kearney picked up another pin in the opening round at Fairmont. Patrick earned a 9-2 win over Eddie Collins in the quarters, claimed an 8-3 victory over Troy Barklay in the semis, and triumphed over Gage Branson 3-2 in the finals to earn his first district title. Kearney looked sharp in his first two rounds at the state tournament, pinning both Luke Nace (Teays Valley) and state placer Garrett Lambert (Strongsville) to advance to the semifinals. Here he lost a rematch with Hayden Lee by an 11-1 score to drop into the consolation rounds. Kearney then closed out the tournament with a 7-2 loss to 2x state placer Mario Guillen (Perrysburg) and a 5-2 loss to 2x state placer Shakur Laney (Groveport-Madison) to finish in 6th place. Like his teammate Donathan, Kearney will be looking to get over the hump in the semifinals as he seeks a state championship appearance during his senior campaign.
Gage Branson made his first state tournament in 2014, and he’ll look to make the most out of his senior year as he strives to make the state podium. Branson placed 3rd at the SWOWCA Tournament last year, where he defeated state qualifier Sam Roth twice and state qualifier Troy Barklay (Centerville) by a 6-3 score in the consolation finals. His lone setback of the tournament was a 9-3 semifinal loss to state placer Patrick Kearney who has been a thorn in Branson's side over the last two years. Gage followed SWOWCA up with another 3rd place finish at the GMVWA a week later. At the latter tournament, he snared a 9-7 win over Kentucky state placer Mason Smith (Walton Verona) in the second round and a 4-2 win over Nick Berry (Carroll) to reach the semifinals. Here, Branson lost a 15-0 bout with state champ Eli Stickley (Graham) to fall into the wrestle-backs. Gage picked up a solid 4-0 shutout over Blake Biteman in his first consolation match, and then he bested state placer Chris Doyle (Green) 3-2 in the 3rd place final. Gage Branson placed 3rd at the James Horning Memorial Tournament where he lost to state qualifier Troy Barklay during the pool portion of the tournament before pinning Cody Butts in the consolation finals. After earning and ECC Title, Branson rolled to a sectional title with four straight pins, the final one coming against district placer Eddie Collins in the finals. Branson teched his first district foe and then defeated Blake Biteman by a 4-3 score to reach the semifinals. Here, Gage picked up another 4-3 victory, this one coming against Sam Roth, to earn his first trip to the state tournament. Branson lost a 3-2 finals bout to nemesis Patrick Kearney to finish as the tournament runner-up. In Columbus, Branson lost a tight 2-0 sudden victory match to James Wimer (Central Crossing) in the opening round. He toughed out a 3-2 win over Daniel Clement (Solon) in his first consolation bout but then lost an equally tough 2-1 match with Garrett Lambert (Strongsville) to finish a match shy of placement.
Sam Roth wrestled a rigorous schedule last year, but the toils of a trying season paid off at tournament time when he qualified for his first state championships. Roth placed 6th at the SWOWCA Tournament in mid December, where he picked up consecutive wrestle-back wins over Parker Buschelman (Harrison) and state qualifier Ben Tate (Mt. Vernon) to advance to the consolation semis. Here, he would lose a 3-2 bout with state qualifier Gage Branson (Glen Este) which narrowed the margin after a first period pin by Branson in their second round showdown. Roth ended his tournament on a 6-4 loss to another state qualifier, Eric Beck (LaSalle). After an opening round win at Brecksville, Roth was stuck by state champ Hayden Lee (Marysville) dropping him into the wrestle-backs. He posted a pair of consolation pins over Brecksville wrestlers and then lost a 4-2 bout to state qualifier Andrew Coghill (Nordonia) to end his tournament at 3-2. Sam advanced to the finals at Fairfield before losing an 8-7 bout with Kentucky state qualifier Brad Krebs (Campbell CO.) to finish in 2nd place. Roth's semifinal win at Fairfield was a 9-0 major over district placer Justin Gibbs (Clinton-Massie). Sam placed 2nd at the GMC Tournament after losing a narrow 9-7 sudden victory semifinal to Eddie Collins (Hamilton). He then snared a 2nd place finish at his sectional tournament where he defeated state alternate Blake Biteman (Tecumseh) 8-4 in the semifinals prior to a 14-6 championship loss to Troy Barklay (Centerville). Roth got off to a fast start at Fairmont with an opening round tech and a 13-5 major over former middle school state placer Elijah Perkins (Miamisburg). Sam lost a narrow 4-3 semifinal bout to Gage Branson, but looked impressive in his consolation semifinal bout with Eddie Collins. Collins had defeated Roth in sudden victory at their league tournament, but it was Roth who posted an 11-1 major in their go-to-state bout. For a second straight week, Sam lost his final bout to Troy Barklay, though this time it would be by a closer 8-7 score. An unfortunate draw for Roth landed him a first round bout with state champ Hayden Lee, who pinned the Lakota east wrestler in the second period. His first consolation bout was impressively close, but he still fell in a 4-3 match with 2x state placer Mario Guillen (Perrysburg) who went on to claim the bronze.
Blake Biteman lost an early season match with D-3 state placer Michael Sergent (Troy Chr.) who pinned Biteman in 36 seconds. Blake reversed that result at the GMVWA Tournament where he defeated Sergent by a 4-2 score in the consolation quarterfinals. Biteman lost his next match by a 4-0 score to Gage Branson, but then closed out the tournament with a 6-2 win over Georgia state placer Gio Fernandez (Archer) to finish in 5th place. Blake placed 2nd at both Valley View and the CBC Tournament, where he won handily over all foes other than state champion Eli Stickley, who defeated him in the finals of both events. At sectionals, Biteman rebounded from a semifinal loss to Sam Roth with a pin over Cody Butts (Fairmont) and a 6-2 win over Ryan Boulton (Springboro) to finish 3rd. He kicked off his district tournament with a pin before falling 4-2 to Gage Branson in the quarterfinals. Blake won his first consolation bout 6-1 over Ryan Boulton, and then he pinned the talented freshman Elijah Perkins (Miamisburg) to earn district placement. Biteman then lost a lopsided 14-4 bout with Troy Barklay in the consolation semifinals, but he ended the year on a positive note, defeating Eddie Collins by a 15-6 score to earn state alternate status.
Eddie Collins also finished a single match away from the state tournament last year. He went 1-2 at the SWOWCA Tournament in December, where his two losses were to state placer Patrick Kearney and state qualifier Ben Tate (Mt. Vernon). Collins pinned district placer Justin Gibbs while placing 4th at Western Brown, and then he defeated state qualifier Sam Roth 9-7 in sudden victory to advance to the finals of the GMC Tournament two weeks later. Collins finished 2nd at the GMC after losing to Patrick Kearney in the championship bout, and that is the same place that the achieved at sectionals two weeks later where he lost in the finals to Gage Branson. Eddie won his opening bout at Fairmont 6-3 over Chase Craft (Northmont) but subsequently lost to Patrick Kearney in the quarterfinals. Collins bounced back with a pin and a 13-4 major over Parker Buschelman to earn a spot on the district podium. He lost a lopsided rematch with Sam Roth by an 11-1 score and fell to Blake Biteman to end the tournament with a 6th place finish.

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1. Eric Beck-LaSalle (SQ)
2. Brandon Tucker-Loveland (5th district, SQ 2013)
3. Dylan Sharp-Butler
4. Alec Logsdon-Lebanon (SQ 2013)
5. Sam Williams-Elder (SQ 2013)
6. Logan Brown-Lakota W.

Eric Beck looked impressive in his first season of high school wrestling, closing out the year a bout shy of his first state medal. Beck started the season up at 113, where he placed 5th at the SWOWCA Tournament. At the event, Eric earned a 5-1 opening round win over state qualifier Ben Tate but was then dispatched to the wrestle-backs by state champ Hayden Lee who defeated Beck by an 11-3 score. He rolled back through the next four consolation rounds with a 19-6 major and three straight pins with the final fall coming over Jaren Rutherford (Edgewood). Beck was pinned by state qualifier Troy Barkley in the consolation semifinals before ending his night with a 6-4 win over Sam Roth in the 5th place final. After making the cut down to 106 for the Brecksville Tournament, Beck lost a 4-0 opening round match with state finalist Hunter Bray (Dayton Chr.). As he had at the SWOWCA Tournament, Eric responded to the loss by stringing together four straight consolation wins. The last of the victories was a 5-2 triumph over middle school state placer Brakan Mead, though his next bout would be 7- 2 defeat at the hands of state placer Jarod Bronstrup. At Top Gun, Eric once again lost an early match and strung together three consolation wins. The most impressive victory was likely the 3-2 win over state alternate Drew Fairbanks (Fitch), though his 9-7 win over Noah Wakser (Hoover) was also a quality victory. After a consolation quarterfinal loss to Anthony Jagel, Beck defeated PA wrestler Tristan Buxton (Trinity) in the 7th place finals, avenging the second round loss to the same wrestler. Two weeks later, Beck claimed the GCL Tournament title with a nice 8-6 finals win over a tough Nick Berry (Carroll) while wrestling up at 113. Eric rolled to a sectional title with a 15-6 major over C.J. Brown in the finals. Eric pinned his first foe at Fairmont and then defeated Drew Saunier 6-5 in the quarters. A 4-2 semifinal loss to state placer Zack Donathan dropped Beck in the consolation rounds where he pinned C.J. Brown in 31 seconds to secure a spot in his first state tournament. Eric won his final bout by a secure 7-1 score over Chad Craft to close out the district tournament with a bronze finish. In Columbus, Beck drew eventual bronze medalist Devione Edwards (Lorain) in the first round and was relegated to the consolation rounds after a 4-1 loss. Beck won a 6-4 match over Jackson Lakso (Central Crossing) in his first wrestle-back round but then forfeited his next bout for some reason, ending his year. Now up in weight, Beck will look to punch through and earn his first spot on the podium in 2015.
After missing a significant portion of last season, Brandon Tucker returned in mid January. He suffered a rough 11-1 setback in his dual match with state finalist Armando Torres (Elyria), but rounded into shape by the ECC Tournament where he pinned his way to the finals. In the championship bout, Tucker defeated Avery Jones (Glen Este) by a 7-3 score. Two weeks later, Brandon pinned state qualifier Sam Williams in the sectional semifinals to earn a championship showdown with the explosive Corey Shie. Shie controlled the match with, winning 18-7, leaving Tucker as the tournament runner-up. At Fairmont, Brandon pinned Austin Schoeffler (Lakota E.) in the first round, but he then fell 7-5 to state qualifier T.J. Bean (Edgewood) in the second round. Tucker battled back with a 12-3 major over Austin Sper (Fairfield) in his first consolation bout and then pinned Sam Williams for a second straight week, in the consolation quarterfinals. Brandon suffered a frustratingly close 4-3 loss to Colin Del Valle (Fairmont) in the go-to-state bout, but mustered the resolve to win his 5th place final by a sound 10-2 score over J.J. Stamp (Mason), ending his season as the state alternate. I fully expect Tucker to make a return trip to the state tournament this year with a full season under his belt. If he can win the district title here, it will go a long way towards landing a spot on the state podium.
Dylan Sharp had a sneaky good season last year, but a rough post season tournament process left him a match away from placement at Fairmont. Entering this year, he’ll be among the favorites to qualify for the state tournament. Sharp pulled an early season pin over district placer J.J. Stamp (Mason) at Olentangy Liberty. A few weeks later, Dylan had the misfortune of drawing state bronze medalist Mario Kastl (Graham) in the opening round of the GMVWA Tournament. He lost the bout, but battled back with 4 consecutive consolation pins before falling to Kentucky state finalist Logan Erdman (Ryle) in the wrestle-back rounds. Sharp looked very impressive at Fairfield, winning the title while pinning his way through the field. His biggest win came in the finals where he stuck returning state qualifier Alec Logsdon at the 3:44 mark. Sharp continued to roll at Western Brown, where he pinned state qualifier Andrew Spicer (N. Lexington) in the opening round, defeated Alec Logsdon a second time (5-4 in OT), and pulled out a tight 1-0 victory over Kentucky state placer Bryan Holden (Campbell Co.) in the semifinals. Dylan’s run ended in the finals where he was defeated by state placer Ryan Kelley (Hillsboro) by a lopsided 15-0 score. Two weeks later, Sharp placed 2nd at the GWOC Tournament where he snagged a third victory over Alec Logsdon (6-1) in the semifinals before falling 6-3 to state qualifier Colin Del Valle (Fairmont) in the championship bout. Sharp placed 4th at his sectional tournament where he was upset 4-3 in the opening round by Nathan Palmer (Miamisburg) who he had defeated earlier in the year at the GMVWA Tournament. He earned a spot in the district tournament before losing 6-4 in overtime to Logan Brown (Lakota W.) in the consolation finals. The rocky sectional tournament yielded a rough district draw for Sharp, who fell 17-3 in an opening round match-up with state placer Conner Ziegler. He rebounded with a 5-4 win over Cody Back (Little Miami) and then overcame Alec Logsdon for a fourth time albeit by default in the second consolation round. Sharp’s season ended on a tight 3-2 loss to J.J. Stamp, a wrestler who he had pinned earlier in the year. If Sharp can peak for the postseason in 2015, he’ll almost certainly advance to his first state tournament.
Alec Logsdon also posted some excellent results last year, but had the misfortune of defaulting out of the district tournament. He finished 2nd to state qualifier T.J. Bean (Edgewood) at Edgewood, losing a 2-0 bout in the finals after pinning his first three foes. Logsdon placed 7th at the SWOWCA Tournament a few weeks later, defeating D-3 state placer Aric Peters (Bethel-Tate) 6-3 in the consolation rounds. In January, Logsdon finished 2nd to Dylan Sharp at Fairfield and 3rd at Western Brown where his lone loss was also to Dylan Sharp. During his run at Western Brown, Alec defeated Kentucky state placer Bryan Holden by a sound 12-2 score. He also knocked off state qualifier Andrew Spicer 5-3 and shutout Nick Miller (Mechanicsburg) 2-0 in the consolation finals. Logsdon placed 3rd at the GWOC Tournament, where Dylan Sharp once again proved to be his Achilles heel, defeating him in the semifinals. He finished 2nd to Conner Ziegler at the sectional tournament where he forfeited his finals match. A week later, Logsdon won his opening district bout 7-6 over Logan Brown before defaulting out of the tournament. Hopefully, Logsdon is back healthy this year, because he’ll be a prime candidate to return to the state tournament after a one year hiatus.
Sam Williams will also be looking to return to the state tournament after missing out a year ago. He started last season up at 126, where he won his first three bouts at SWOWCA before falling 4-2 to state placer Andrew Sams (LaSalle) and 9-5 to Brandon Smith (Glen Este) in consecutive matches to exit the tournament at 3-2. Williams made the cut to 120, where he wrestled for the Brecksville tournament, going 1-2 and falling to state placer Cameron Lathem (Teays Valley) and Aaron Henneman (Clay) in the process. Sam placed 4th at the CIT, where he defeated a sound Peter Nichols (St. John’s Jesuit) 2-0 in the consolation semifinals. His two setbacks were an 8-4 loss to 2x state placer Brad Taton (Lake Cath.) and a 5-4 loss to state qualifier Rosendo Beltran (Toledo C.C.) in the consolation finals. Williams placed 3rd at both the GCL and sectional tournaments, losing to Connor Ziegler at the former and Brandon Tucker at the latter. At Fairmont, Williams won an opening round bout 10-6 over Cody Back before being relegated to the consolation bracket after a quarterfinal loss to Connor Ziegler. Williams bounced back with a 4-0 shutout over Logan Brown but subsequently bowed out of the tournament in a loss to Brandon Tucker.
Logan Brown went 1-2 at SWOWCA where he lost a bout to state placer Aric Peters and a 10-9 match with district placer Derek Sharp (Marysville). Brown finished 1-2 at the GMVWA Tournament a week later where he lost a 6-3 match with state qualifier Noah Schaub (Green) and a close 3-1 match with a solid Ryan McElwee (Pickerington C.). Logan earned a 3rd place finish at the GMC Tournament where he lost a 5-2 bout to Austin Schoeffler (Lakota E.) in the semifinals. At sectionals, Brown lost a semifinal bout to state qualifier T.J. Bean but rebounded to take third with defeating Dylan Sharp 6-4 in overtime. Brown lost a one-point match with returning state qualifier Alec Logsdon in the opening round of the district tournament prior to a 5-2 consolation win over Brandon Hertle (Glen Este). His season would end on a 4-0 loss to another returning state qualifier Sam Williams.
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1. Corey Shie-LaSalle (5th state)
2. Quinn May-Lebanon (SQ)
3. Deonte Evans-Lakota E.
4. Brandon Smith-Glen Este
5. Jake Meredith-Elder
6. Sam Meddings-Fairfield

Corey Shie was expected to be an immediate impact performer on the state level as a freshman last year, and he certainly didn’t disappoint. On of the more dynamic wrestlers in the state, Shie posted a dominant performance at SWOWCA, to earn his first major tournament title. Among Shie’s victims at the event were; D-3 state placer Aric Peters (Bethel-Tate) who Shie defeated by an 11-3 major, Kentucky state finalist Logan Erdman (Ryle) who Corey drubbed 16-2, and state qualifier T.J. Bean (Edgewood) who He shutout 10-0 in the finals. Over the holidays, Shie continued his run of excellence at Brecksville, where he finished 2nd to freestyle national champion Austin Assad (Brecksville). On his path to the finals, Corey defeated state finalist Kyle Keller (Delta) 7-5, state placer Colin Dees (Perry) by an 8-2 score, and Michigan state champ Devin Schroder (Cath. Cent.) by a 4-3 score. Shie’s finals loss was a tight 3-2 bout with the 2x state finalist Assad that demonstrated how close Corey was to the top talent in the state. Shie showed no signs of slowing down at the prestigious Top Gun Tournament where he teched a solid Cameron Canonico (Minerva) 20-2 in the second round, pinned D-2 state champ Dustin Warner (Claymont) in the quarterfinals, teched PA state qualifier Jarrett Carter (Ft. Leboeuf) in the semifinals, and then ran down state champ Alex Mackall (Walsh) 11-6 in the championship bout. A few weeks later, Shie won the GCL Tournament with a pin over state placer Conner Ziegler in the finals. He continued to dominate at sectionals, where he pinned his way to the finals before defeating state qualifier Brandon Tucker by an 18-7 score. Three matches resulted in three pins for Shie on his road to the district finals. The semifinal stick came at the 2:59 mark over state qualifier Colin Del Valle (Fairmont), and Corey followed it up with a second win over Connor Ziegler, though this one was a much closer 3-2 score. In Columbus, Shie pinned Tyler Newsome (lakeside) in his opening bout, and then he pulled out an excellent 4-3 win over returning state finalist Armando Torres (Elyria) in the quarterfinals to secure his first state medal. In the semifinals, a rematch of the Top Gun championship bout with Alex Mackall awaited. The second match would not fare well for Shie as he lost a 17-9 bout to fall into the consolation rounds for the first time in his high school career. Corey’s next match was another phenomenal foe, and he fell 9-3 in a rematch with Austin Assad, dropping him into the 5th place final. Shie ended his year on an upswing, defeating Josh Heil (Brunswick) in the 5th place final, albeit by default. Shie has been busy this off-season. Never one to rest on his laurels, he placed 4th in the nation in both freestyle and Greco at the Cadet National Championships in Fargo. A few weeks ago, he placed 2nd at Pre-Season nationals, where his only loss was to Sean Cannon (Green Valley, NV) who is currently ranked 13th in the nation by Flo Wrestling. Shortly after that tournament, Shie finished a match shy of placement at Super 32 which is the premier pre-season tournament in the nation. His two losses at the event were a 3-1 setback to PA state champ Luke Pletcher (Latrobe) who is currently ranked #1 in the nation and Florida state champ Jared Prince (Palm Harbor University HS) who is ranked #5 in the country by Flo. Among the excellent wins that Corey racked up at the event were a 4-0 shutout of Ben Hornickle (Burlington) who was 4th in the Wisconsin state tournament. Shie also posted a tech over Florida state bronze medalist Robert Consegura (Jesuit Tampa), and he earned a pin over Peter Lipary (Bergen Cath.) who was 6th in the state of New Jersey last year. 132 should be a very exciting weight at the state tournament, with several contenders who boast contrasting styles of wrestling. It’s impossible to know who will walk away with gold at this time, but the ever improving Shie will certainly among the most likely to earn the top spot on the podium.
After a sophomore year in which Quinn May came up just shy of state qualification (2-1 loss to Jacoby Ward), the Lebanon junior was able to punch through to his first state tournament in 2014. May won a tournament title at Edgewood early last season where he pinned Josh Hartmier (Dixie) in 38 seconds for the title. Quinn had a rough tournament at SWOWCA, where he split two matches with a solid Brandon Smith (Glen Este) and lost a 2-1 bout with freshman Colin Schuster (Mason) to place 8th. A few weeks later, May earned a 5-1 semifinal win over Sam Meddings at Fairfield before falling 9-7 in sudden victory to Deante Evans in the championship match. May advanced to the finals at Western Brown, where he lost a close 1-0 bout to 2x state placer Cole Tawney (Gallia Academy) to finish as the runner-up for a second straight week. Quinn defeated district placer Cameron Crasto (Centerville) 12-7 in the semis of the GWOC Tournament before losing a 6-3 finals bout to state finalist Josh Parrett (Fairmont). May avenged his earlier loss to Colin Schuster with a 6-2 win over the freshman in the sectional quarters, and then he followed the win with a pin over state alternate Ryan Gordon (St. Xavier) in the semifinals. Quinn finished 2nd at the tournament after suffering a tight 2-1 finals loss to Connor Borton (Moeller) in championship match. May started off his sectional tournament with a worthy 5-2 victory over Cameron Crasto, and he followed it up with a 6-4 win over Dylan Buis (Oak Hills) in the quarterfinals. May posted possibly his most impressive win of the year in the district semis where he defeated state placer Andrew Sams (LaSalle) 3-1 in overtime to stamp a ticket to the state tournament. For a fifth straight tournament, May placed 2nd after falling 7-1 in a rematch with Josh Parrett in their championship bout. In Columbus, May picked up an impressive 6-2 win over state placer Greg Brusco (Hayes) in the opening round before falling 7-3 to 2x state champ David Bavery (Mass. Perry) in the quarterfinals. Quinn’s season ended on a close 4-3 loss to Andrew Sams in a rematch of their district semifinal bout.
Deante Evans was a wrestler who caught my attention last year while picking up some very impressive wins throughout the season. This year, he'll look to reach the next plateau and qualify for the Big Show in Columbus. Evans saw his first major tournament action at SWOWCA where he yielded a worthy 5th place finish. Deante lost a 4-2 second round match to state alternate Ryan Gordon (St. Xavier) before reeling off 4 straight consolation wins. Among those wrestle-back victories was a pin over district placer Cameron Crasto (Centerville) and an 11-2 major over the up-and-coming Colin Schuster (Mason). Evans lost a 4-1 consolation semifinal bout with state placer Andrew Sams (LaSalle) prior to closing out the event with a 7-2 win over Brandon Smith (Glen Este). Later in the year, Deante earned and impressive tournament title at Fairfield where he knocked of Kentucky state qualifier Bryan Spahr (Campbell Co.) 13-4 in the semifinals before winning a 9-7 sudden victory championship bout over state qualifier Quinn May (Lebanon). Evans rebounded from a semifinal disqualification at the GMC Tournament to place 3rd while picking up wins over Dylan Buis (Oak Hills) and Colin Schuster. Two weeks later, he rolled into the sectional finals with a pair of pins and a 6-0 shutout of district placer Cameron Crasto. In the championship bout, Deante would fall by an 8-1 score to state finalist Josh Parrett (Fairmont) to close out as the sectional runner-up. Evans had the misfortune of drawing state alternate Ryan Gordon in the opening round at Fairmont, and he would drop into the wrestle-backs after a close 3-2 loss. Deante bounced back with a major and a 6-0 shutout of Ryan Johnson (Stebbins) to reach the consolation quarters. Evans would drop a 5-3 bout to Cameron Crasto to end his tournament at 2-2, just a bout shy of placement.
Brandon Smith logged a 6th place finish at the SWOWCA Tournament last season, where he split two matches with state qualifier Quinn May, defeated state qualifier Sam Williams by a 9-5 score, and wrestled a tight 7-5 match with Kentucky state placer Elijah Owens. He posted a 4-2 result at the GMVWA where his only losses were to state champ Eli Seipel (Graham) and Ryan Johnson (Stebbins) by a 13-6 score. Smith defeated Peter Vuyk 4-2 in the sectional semifinals before falling 9-3 to state placer Andrew Sams for the title. Smith opened his district tournament with a tech but then fell to state finalist Josh Parrett and district placer Cameron Crasto in consecutive matches to close out at 1-2.
Jake Meredith made an impressive impact of the district climate once he solidified a starting roll on the Elder wrestling team. He went 2-2 at the CIT, though the losses were an 11-0 setback to 2x state champion Anthony Tutolo (Lake Cath.) and a 5-0 loss to state alternate Jake Gutierrez (Cath. Centr.). Jake earned an impressive 9-8 dual meet win over Dylan Buis, and then knocked off the same wrestler twice at the sectional tournament a month later. Meredith placed 3rd at that sectional losing to Andrew Sams in the semifinals. He lost a 6-3 showdown with Ryan Johnson (Stebbins) in the first round at Fairmont prior to posting a 5-4 win over Kris Green (Springboro) in the first wrestle-back round. Jake’s season ended in a loss to state alternate Ryan Gordon in his second consolation bout, but it was still an impressive start to a young career full of potential.
Sam Meddings finished 3-2 at his first SWOWCA, where his two losses were to state alternate Ryan Gordon and to Connor Craig (Reading) who finished a match away from placement at his district tournament while wrestling at 145 after starting the year at 126. Meddings posted a 3-2 finish at the KIT over the holidays as well, and he later placed 4th at his home tournament where he lost a respectable 5-1 match with Quinn May. Meddings posted possible his most impressive event at the state duals, where he defeated Deante Evans 5-4 and Colin Schuster (Mason) 4-3 on the same day. Those are the type of foes that he’ll have to overcome to qualify for the state tournament in 2015. Meddings won the GMC Tournament with a default victory over Salaman Isakov (Sycamore) in the finals a round after he posted a second win over Colin Schuster. Meddings lost a 5-2 opening round rematch with a tough Salaman Isakov at the sectional tournament. He bounced back with a pair of wins before falling 9-1 to Ryan Gordon in the go-to-district bout. Sam ended his season with a 2-1 win over Isakov to claim the season series and finish as the district alternate.
Dylan Buis started off last year with a couple of close wins at SWOWCA, where he fell 11-7 to Brandon Selmon and 3-2 to Daniel Ramirez while finishing 1-2 on the tournament. Over the holidays, he placed 5th at Marion Harding where his two losses were by decision to state qualifier C.J. Ball (Rossford) and Devin Rogers (Spr. Northwestern). He earned a third period pin over state alternate Ethan Ice (Pleasant) in the consolation quarterfinals and later defeated district placer Ian Maund (Black River) 3-1 in their 5th place final. Buis earned a tournament title at Sycamore, where he lost to Zach Macella in the pool portion of the tournament but turned around and defeated Macella 4-0 for the title. Dylan went 1-2 at the GMC tournament before earning a 4th place finish at sectionals. He defeated Peter Vuyk (Loveland) in the consolation semis of the latter event, where he lost a pair of matches with Jake Meredith. Buis bested Austin Palmer (Miamisburg) 6-4 in the first round of the district tournament before falling by the same score to Quinn May in the next round. Dylan pinned Colin Schuster in his first consolation match, to avenge an earlier loss. His season ended on an 8-4 loss to Ryan Gordon in the consolation quarterfinals, just a bout shy of the medal stand.

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1. Jacoby Ward-Moeller (4th, 8th state)
2. Jon Shirkey-LaSalle (SQ)
3. Caleb Walden-Mason (6th district)
4. Andrew Acuna-Lakota W. (5th district)
5. Bradley Carroll-Fairmont
6. Ryley Regan-Miamisburg

I love how the Ward family always seems to peak for the post season. Joey Ward won two state titles over excellent wrestlers who had beaten him earlier in the year (Kagan Squire and Edgar Bright). In two years over varsity wrestling, Jacoby has placed 8th and 4th. I wasn't sure Jacoby would qualify for the state tournament as a freshman in 2013, but he picked up a state medal. Last year he was in the middle of a loaded weight class, and I wondered how high he could place at such a loaded weight. He finished the season with a 4th place medal after defeating a returning state finalist at the state tournament. I'm intrigued to see what else he can accomplish in his final two years of high school competition. Ward went 1-2 at Ironman, but the one win was a 3-2 win over 2x Delaware state champ Tyler Carney (Smyma). He lost his next match 6-4 to Missouri state finalist John Erneste (Park Hill), and then he was eliminated from the tournament by state alternate Hunter Ladnier (St. Edward) in a 7-2 match. Ward looked very impressive while winning the SWOWCA Tournament. He teched both Robbie Oswald (Elder) and Kyle Ramsey (Lebanon) on the way to the finals. In the championship bout, Jacoby knocked off start qualifier Brandon Selmon (Princeton) by an 8-6 score to earn the tournament title. Ward pinned Oswald in the semis of the GCL Tournament but defaulted in his finals match with John Shirkey (LaSalle). He earned a high quality win in the state duals semifinals when he gritted out a 1-0 win over Austin Hiles (Brecksville). At the sectional tournament, Ward advanced to the finals with a 1-0 win over Caleb Walden but was tripped up by Brandon Selmon in a 2-1 loss during their finals match. Jacoby advanced to the district semis with wins over Anthony Williams (Stebbins) and Dylan Roth (Oak Hill). In the go-to-state match, Ward defeated John Shirkey 5-4 to advance to the finals where he bested Nick Broyles (Northmont) 3-1 to win his first district title. Ward toughed out a 5-2 overtime win over Chris Wymer (Solon) in the first round of the state tournament. He would lose a close 4-2 quarterfinal match with state champ Richie Screptock (Clay), but bounced back with a 3-2 win over John Shirkey to earn placement, a 6-4 win over Andrew Lieb (Watkins Mem.) and a thoroughly impressive 1-0 win over Bobby Smith (Davidson) to reach the consolation finals. Here he lost a 4-1 bout with Nolan Whitely (Walsh) to finish the season in 4th place.
John Shirkey earned his first Ohio state tournament appearance after placing 3rd in the state of Kentucky during the 2013 postseason. He started off last season with a 3rd place finish at the SWOWCA Tournament. Here he would pull off two wins apiece over both district placer Caleb Walden and state qualifier Matteo Lybarger (Mt. Vernon). His only loss at the event was a 10-9 dogfight with Brandon Selmon in the semifinals. John posted a solid 8th place finish in a loaded weight class at Brecksville. Here he defeated Michigan state placer Derek Humphrey (Davidson) 8-2 and 2x state placer Wes Fritz (St. Paul) 10-6 in the consolation rounds before falling 3-1 to state champ Nate Hagan (Toledo C.C.) in his consolation quarterfinal bout. Shirkey lost a second round bout to state placer Jason Spencer (Mass. Perry) at Top Gun before boomeranging back with 5 straight consolation wins. The final three victories came against; state qualifier Bryson Laytart (Trace) by a 13-7 score, district placer Michael Nagy (Lake) by a 4-1 score, and a 4-2 win in the rematch with Jason Spencer in the consolation semis. John ended the tournament in 4th place after a 1-0 loss to 2x state placer Nolan Whitely (Walsh). Shirkey was the tournament champ at the GCL, where he defeated D-3 state finalist Lyle Plummer (Chaminade-Julienne) 5-3 in the semifinals and picked up a default win over Jacoby Ward in the finals. Two weeks later, John won the sectional title with a pin over Robbie Oswald (Elder). A week later at Fairmont, Shirkey advance to the semifinals with a pair of 11-4 wins over Gage Whitt (Tecumseh) and Kyle Ramsey (Lebanon). He lost a 5-4 semifinal bout with Jacoby Ward to drop into the consolation rounds, but he bounced back with an 8-2 win over Andrew Acuna in the consolation semis and then defeated Brandon Selmon 11-10 in the consolation semis to avenge the earlier loss at SWOWCA. Shirkey lost a 13-2 bout in the opening round of the state tournament to 2x state placer Nick Boggs (Riverside) before winning his first consolation bout 5-2 over Joey Bernosky (Avon Lake). His season would end after a close 3-2 loss to Jacoby Ward in the placement round of the state tournament.
Andrew Acuna is another wrestler that seemed to improve more and more as the season wore on. He finished 2-2 at the SWOWCA Tournament where he lost 6-0 to state qualifier Matteo Lybarger and 7-1 to district placer Caleb Walden. Andrew also finished 2-2 at the GMVWA Tournament where he knocked off Luke Bowen (Stebbins) 7-1 before falling to state qualifier Chase Mayabb (Milton U.) and Kyle Ramsey. Acuna placed 3rd at the GMC Tournament where he lost 3-2 to Dylan Roth in the semifinals before earning a nice 5-3 win over Daniel Ramirez (Hamilton) in the consolation finals. Two weeks later, Acuna knocked off Anthony Williams (Stebbins) 7-2 in the sectional semifinals before falling to state qualifier Nick Broyles and finishing 2nd. Andrew lost his opening bout at Fairmont 3-1 to Kyle Ramsey, but showed great perseverance with a 6-3 win over Gage Whitt, a 12-3 major over Vincent Meng (Centerville) and a 7-1 victory over Mitch Case (Springboro) to earn district placement. Acuna fell to John Shirkey in the go-to-state match but ended the season with a 4-2 win over Caleb Walden avenging his losses at SWOWCA and Mason while finishing as the state alternate. I had Walden ranked higher based on his 2-1 record versus Acuna, but Andrew did win the last match of the year to place higher at Fairmont, so there’s not much separation between the two of them.
Caleb Walden kicked off last season with a runner-up finish at Olentangy Liberty where his only stumble was a finals loss to state qualifier Darrin Gilkerson (Wadsworth). Walden took a long and rigorous road to place 6th at the SWOWCA Tournament where he wrestled 8 matches. He lost a pair of bouts with John Shirkey and fell 5-3 to Kyle Ramsey in the 5th place finals, but he also posted some impressive victories along the journey. Walden earned a nice 7-1 win over state alternate Andrew Acuna, he later teched Kentucky state qualifier Colin Roth (Walton Verona) and picked up a 13-11 shootout victory over Robbie Oswald. Caleb placed 2nd at Mason, where he knocked off Andrew Acuna 10-4 during the pool portion of the tournament prior to a loss to district placer Jared Ferguson (Pickerington N.) in the finals. After posting a solid 12-6 win over Mitch Case during the state duals, Walden won a GMC title where he defeated Daniel Ramirez 7-6 in the semis and Dylan Roth 8-6 in the finals. Walden placed 4th at a tough sectional tournament where he lost a close 1-0 bout to Jacoby Ward in the semis and was defeated 13-3 in the consolation semis by Kyle Ramsey. At Fairmont, Caleb lost his opening match by a 7-5 score to state qualifier Nick Broyles prior to racking up three straight consolation wins. The first was a 13-5 major over Bo McIntosh (Harrison), and the second was a 3-2 win over Kyle Ramsey, avenging the loss at sectionals the week before. Walden secured placement with a 6-3 win over Dylan Roth in a rematch of the GMC finals before losing a close 3-2 match with Brandon Selmon in the consolation semifinals. Walden ended his season on a 4-2 loss to Andrew Acuna to close out with a 6th place medal.
The middle weights are so dense at this district, and I found it hard to rank a top 6 due to all of the parity that we see among the wrestlers. I may have to up the next rankings up to 8 weights, but I’m sure to leave a few names out even then. I have Brad Carroll ranked at this weight more for symmetry and dispersion of the weight rather than any actual knowledge, so he could well be 145 or higher. He had a solid SWOWCA tournament last year where he went 4-2 but missed out on placement. Carroll lost a 6-4 bout to Dylan Roth in the first round, who is another of the wrestlers that could very well earn a spot in the state tournament despite not being listed in the top 6 at this time. After the four straight wins, Carroll’s tournament ended on a loss to Ben Heyob, who’s always dangerous in the consolation rounds. Carroll soldiered to an impressive 6th place finish at a crazy competitive Brecksville Tournament. He pinned district placer Nick Collica (Nordonia) in the opening round and reeled off two more wins before running into a buzz-saw in the form of Michigan state finalist Justin Oliver (Davison) who pinned Carroll in the first period. Brad rebounded with a pair of impressive major decisions over stellar freshman Christian Valentine (Delta) and state qualifier Lane Hinkle (Mt. Vernon) by 9-0 and 10-0 scores. Carroll’s tournament ended with back-to-back losses to state placers, as he fell 6-2 to 2x state placer David Sparks (Marysville) and 2-0 to state finalist Josh Mossing (Toledo C.C.). He earned a 4th place finish at Mason, where he lost to state placer Dominick Demas (Coffman) in the pool portion of the tournament and to state alternate Cody Notestine in the consolation finals. Brad finished 2nd at the GWOC Tournament a month later, losing a tight 3-2 finals bout with state qualifier Jakob Ottaway (Springboro). Two weeks later, Carroll again finished 2nd to Ottaway, this time at the sectional tournament. He suffered a first round pin at Fairmont where he lost to Steven Lewis (Butler) who is another major contender at these middle weights. Carroll earned a pin over Hunter Purdue (LaSalle) in his first consolation bout before falling in a 5-1 bout with state alternate Drew Hobbs (Moeller) in the next round.
Ryley Regan is another contender to consider around this weight. He placed 5th at Hoover early last year wrestling a tough 3-0 bout with Darrin Gilkerson in a loss. At the same tournament, Regan was able to post an impressive pin over Michigan state placer Mino Trevino (Holt) in the consolation quarterfinals. Ryley picked up a host of solid dual meet victories that included a 3-1 overtime win over state alternate Shawn Murphy (Washington), a 10-2 major over Anthony Williams (Stebbins) and a 4-2 win over Derek Barklay. Regan placed 2nd at the GWOC Tournament where he earned an impressive 4-3 win over Kyle Ramsey in the semifinals before falling 6-2 to Nick Broyles for the title. Unfortunately, Ryley did not participate in the post season tournament process, though I’m hopeful that he’ll be back wrestling for Miamisburg this season.
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1. Andrew Sams-LaSalle (8th state)
2. Ben Heyob-St. Xavier (SQ)
3. Jakob Ottaway-Springboro (SQ)
4. Drew Hobbs-Moeller (5th district)
5. Matt Sicurella-Glen Este (6th district, SQ 2013)
6. Max Meddings-Fairfield

Andrew Sams posted a very impressive freshman campaign that ended with him on the medal stand in Columbus. His first major tournament action was at SWOWCA, where he placed a praiseworthy 3rd in the midst of a solid field. Among his 5 wins was a 4-2 quarterfinal defeat of state qualifier Sam Williams, a 4-1 victory over an ever improving Deante Evans in the consolation semis, and a 7-3 win over Kentucky state placer Elijah Owens (Simon Kenton) in the consolation finals. His lone setback was a 4-0 semifinal defeat at the hands of state alternate Ryan Gordon. Over the holidays, Sams had an up and down Brecksville Tournament. He lost a first round bout to Brecksville’s back-up Tom Thornton by a 6-2 score before rebounding with 4 straight consolation wins. Among those wins was an 8-6 defeat of Brock Jones (Perrysburg), a 4-2 win over Cameron Slattman (Wauseon), and a 3-1 triumph over district placer Cameron Crasto (Centerville). He lost a pair of 5-0 decisions to state placer Jared Davis (Clay) and an underrated Nico O’Dor (Elyria) to close out the tournament in 8th place. Andrew finished 1-2 at Top Gun a few weeks later where he lost a close 4-3 decision to a very good David Erdelac (Strongsville) and a 6-4 match to state alternate Joe Koontz (SVSM). He avenged two previous losses to state alternate Ryan Gordon with a 5-3 win over the St. Xavier wrestler in the semifinals of the GCL Tournament. Sams closed out the tournament in 2nd place after falling to state qualifier Connor Borton in the finals. Two weeks later, Andrew won the sectional title at Hamilton with a 9-3 decision over Brandon Smith (Glen Este) in the finals. At the district tournament, Sams started off with a pin in the opening round, and he followed that win with a 3-1 quarterfinal win over Ryan Gordon to even the season series. Andrew lost a tight 3-1 overtime bout with Quinn May in the district semis to fall into a do-or-die consolation semifinal with Cameron Crasto. Sams defeated Crasto by a 3-0 score to qualify for his first state tournament, but he would be pinned by Connor Borton in the consolation finals to close out in 4th place. Andrew drew 2x state placer Josh Wimer (Central Crossing) in the opening round of the state tournament and suffered a rough 13-0 loss to fall into the consolation rounds. I really admire the resolve that Sams demonstrated in his first two consolation bouts. Not only did the freshman overcome the pressure of potential elimination, but he knocked off two wrestlers that had defeated him earlier in the year to securing a spot on the podium. Andrew’s first win was a 2-1 win over senior Jared Davis who had defeated Sams in the consolation quarterfinals at Brecksville. Next, Sams defeated Quinn May by a 4-3 score a week after May had bested him in the district semifinals. Andrew lost his final two matches to Justin DeMicco (Brecksville) and Alec Benedetti (North Royalton) to end the tournament with an 8th place medal. I really admire the fact that Sams was able to defeat top level wrestlers who had beaten him earlier in the year. That attribute will be useful as he continues to make strides towards the goal of being a state champ.
Ben Heyob won an early season dual meet over state qualifier John Shirkey by an 11-6 score to set the tone for what would be another solid overall season. He placed 5th at the SWOWCA Tournament in mid December where he pinned Brad Carroll and Aaron Edwards and knocked off Luke Bernhardt 4-0 and Hunter Purdue 9-3. The win over Bernhardt avenged an earlier 10-4 loss to the same wrestler in the quarterfinals, and Heyob’s only other loss would be an 8-3 setback to state alternate Drew Hobbs in the consolation semifinals. Heyob dominated his way to a tournament championship at Troy where he earned 4 pins and a tech in 5 matches. He would not fare as well at the CIT, where he won his opening round bout before losing a pair of 3-1 matches to state qualifier Evan Morgan (Elder) and Drew Hobbs. Heyob earned a runner-up finish to Evan Morgan at the GCL Tournament, where he was finally able to exorcize the Drew Hobbs demon with a 4-3 semifinal win over the freshman. Two weeks later, Ben won the sectional title at Lebanon with a 9-4 victory over Max Meddings in the semis and a 7-3 win over Josh Daniels in the championship match. At Fairmont, Heyob won an 8-6 opening round bout over Hunter Purdue and a quarterfinal bout over Steven Lewis (Butler), whom he pinned. Ben lost a 7-5 semifinal bout with Evan Morgan before earning a 3-1 victory over Drew Hobbs to punch through to state for a second straight year. Heyob closed out his district run with a 3-1 win over Jakob Ottaway in the consolation finals to earn a 3rd place finish. Ben lost his opening round bout at the state tournament by a 5-2 score to state bronze medalist Gavin Nelson. He bounced back with a 10-5 win over Ryan Kaminski (Green) on Thursday night before bowing out of the tournament on a 9-5 loss to senior Adam Salti (Olmsted Falls).
Jakob Ottaway got better and better as the season wore on last year, eventually qualifying for the state tournament as a sophomore. He went 4-2 at the GMVWA Tournament, where his most impressive result was a 2-0 sudden victory win over district placer Ryan McGrath (Bradley). His two losses at the tournament were an opening round 13-6 setback to Georgia state runner-up Sam Bullard (Archer) and a 10-5 defeat to multiple time Kentucky state champ Sean Fausz (Campbell Co.). Ottaway picked up a tournament championship at the GWOC where he defeated Brad Carroll by a 3-2 score in the title match. A few weeks later, Jakob again defeated Carroll in a tournament final, this time by a 7-1 score in the sectional championship match. Ottaway earned an opening round pin at the district tournament, and then he gutted out a tough 5-4 tiebreak win over state alternate Drew Hobbs. Jakob lost his semifinal bout by a 12-7 score to D.J. Campos (Edgewood) but rebounded with a 3-2 win over returning state qualifier Matt Sicurella in the consolation semis to punch a ticket to state. After exiting the tournament as the 4th place finisher, Ottaway drew district champ Yassir Abdel-Salam (Lakewood) in the first round of the state tournament, where he fell by a 15-3 score. Jakob’s first consolation match would be much closer, though he eventually dropped the match by a 3-1 score in a sudden victory match with state placer Ryan Montgomery (Madison).
Drew Hobbs underwent a trial by fire in his first major high school tournament where he finished 2-2 at the hellacious Ironman. The most impressive result for Hobbs may have been the close 3-0 match that he wrestled with state bronze medalist Gavin Nelson. It showed that Hobbs was immediately able to compete with state caliber wrestlers. Drew placed 4th at his first SWOWCA Tournament with a 5-3 win over state qualifier D.J. Campos, and he followed up with a 3-2 win over Tanner Rahm (Goshen) and a 9-1 win over Josh Daniels in the quarterfinals. Next, Hobbs tested 2x state placer David Sparks (Marysville) in the semifinals before falling by a 2-1 score. He then rebounded with an 8-3 win over state qualifier Ben Heyob before a 9-0 loss to D.J. Campos in the rematch of their first round bout. Drew placed 6th at the CIT where his three losses were all close setbacks to top level competition. The first was a 7-4 overtime defeat to Grant Rathburn (Hartley), the second a 3-1 loss to state qualifier Evan Hansel, and the third was a 3-1 loss to district champ Evan Morgan. His wins at the tournament included a 3-1 defeat of Ben Heyob and a 9-0 shutout of the quality freshman Cal Miller (St. Ignatius). At the GCL, Hobbs lost his first bout to Ben Heyob, before rolling back to take 3rd with a 2-1 sudden victory win over Hunter Purdue. Drew lost 2-1 in overtime to Josh Daniels (Colerain) in his semifinals at the sectional tournament but bounced back with a 7-2 win over Max Meddings in the consolation finals to take 3rd. Hobbs had the misfortune of drawing state qualifier Matt Sicurella in the opening round of the district tournament, but he made the most of it, gutting out a 3-1 win to reach the quarters. After the quarterfinal loss to Ottaway, Drew defeated Brad Carroll 5-1 and Nick Robinson (Turpin) 6-1 to reach the consolation semis. He lost his go-to-state bout 3-1 to Ben Heyob, but closed out with a 2-1 win over Matt Sicurella in the 5th place final to finish as the state alternate.
Matt Sicurella looks to make a return trip to the Promised Land in 2015 after finishing a bout shy last season. Matt placed 8th at the GMVWA Tournament where he earned a solid pin over Tony Kitchen (Urbana). His three losses at the event would come to high level competition; the first was an 11-2 defeat by eventual state champ Kyle Lawson (Graham). The second loss was a 4-3 setback in his match with state placer Grant Rathburn (Hartley) and the third was a 7-2 setback to Georgia state finalist Sam Bullard. Matt placed 2nd at Mason where he knocked off state alternate Cody Notestine 3-2 during the pool portion of the tournament before falling to state placer Dominick Demas (Coffman) in the finals. After defeating Drew Hobbs 3-1 during the regional semifinals of the state duals, Sicurella pinned his way to a tournament title at the ECC. His finals pin at the ECC was a defeat of Nick Robinson, a wrestler who he defeated two weeks later in the sectional semifinals. Matt lost his sectional finals bout 3-2 to district champ Evan Morgan to enter Fairmont as 2nd place finisher. Sicurella lost his first district bout to Hobbs but rebounded with 3 straight consolation wins. Among the wins was a 15-1 major over Steven Lewis and a 3-1 win over Josh Daniels. He would close out with one-point losses to Jakob Ottaway and Drew Hobbs to end the tournament wit ha 6th place finish.
Max Meddings earned an impressive 5th place finish at SWOWCA last year where he split two matches with state qualifier Caleb Dimmerling (Mason), defeating the senior by a 6-5 score in the 5th place final. Over the holidays, Meddings placed 4th at the KIT, where the much improved Blake Dixon (Brush) was the only wrestler to defeat Meddings. Max earned a solid 7-3 win over Danny Cromleigh (Strongsville) at the tournament and also pinned district placer Tyler Cross (Geneva) over the course of the event. Meddings looked at home while pinning his way to the tournament title at Fairfield where none of his four matches made it out of the first period. The impressive semifinal and finals wins were over Steven Lewis and Josh Daniels respectively. Max again defeated Daniels in the finals of a tournament at the GMC event where he bested the Colerain wrestler by a 7-3 score for the championship belt. Meddings finished 4th at a sturdy sectional tournament, losing to state qualifier Ben Heyob and state alternate Drew Hobbs along the way. Meddings lost a tight 7-6 opening round bout to district champ Evan Morgan at Fairmont. He bounced back with a pin over Derek Barklay (Centerville) in his first consolation bout before falling 3-0 to senior Nick Robinson in the second round of consolation matches.

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1. Dillon Leneave-Fairfield (SQ)
2. Hunter Bryant-Piqua (SQ)
3. Steven Serbinski-Lebanon (6th district)
4. Logan Calvert-Sidney
5. Josh Daniels-Colerain
6. Hunter Perdue-LaSalle

Dillon Leneave won his first district title as a junior in 2014, but this season he’ll have state placement on his mind after coming up a match shy at the end of least year. Dillon started the season wrestling up at 152 where he placed 3rd at the grueling SWOWCA Tournament. Leneave lost his quarterfinal bout to state placer Austin Siemon (Deer Park) but then rattled off four straight victories in the consolation rounds. Among the wins was a 9-3 victory over state qualifier Jordan Paul (Loveland) and a 5-1 win over state qualifier Lucas Staten (Mt. Vernon). Leneave earned the same placement at Kenston over the holidays where he knocked off a tough Anthony Mancini (Boardman) 11-5 and defeated former middle school state runner-up Marcus Howell (Crestwood) 7-3 before falling 14-9 to Shamiko Samidan (Garfield Hts.) in the semifinals. Dillon bounced back nicely with pins over state alternate Amier Cobb-Bradley (Shaker Hts.) and a tough Justin Gildar (Orange) to close out with the bronze. Leneave pick up a cluster of pins at his home tournament before knocking off district placer Steven Serbinski 3-1 in the championship. Dillon earned a 4-3 dual meet win over state qualifier Caleb Dimerling (Mason) and then bested Dimerling 5-3 a week later for the Greater Miami Conference Tournament title. Leneave defeated Serbinski 9-1 in the sectional semis prior to pinning state qualifier Stuart Morton (Moeller) for the sectional championship. After an opening round pin at the district tournament, Dillon defeated state alternate Jake Keller (Beavercreek) 13-8 to reach the semifinals. Leneave powered through to the state tournament with a pin over Serbinski in the district semifinals and then won the district title outright with a 5-0 shutout of Hunter Bryant in the finals. In Columbus, Dillon won his opening match at the state tournament by a 10-4 score over Ben Hooff (Thomas Worthington) to earn a quarterfinal appearance. Here, Leneave lost a tight 6-5 bout with Mike Decesare (Nordonia) and then ended his season on a 9-4 loss to Mario Graziani (Boardman) in the second round of consolation matches.
Hunter Bryant made an impressive jump in performance from his freshman to his sophomore year, earning his first trip to the state tournament along the way. Bryant started the year with an impressive title at Edgewood, where he knocked off hometown wrestler Nick King 4-3 in the finals after besting state qualifier Joe Miller (Wayne) 2-1 in the semifinals. Hunter surged to the finals of another tournament at Valley View with a 6-1 win over Justis Brewer (Preble Shawnee) in the semis. He was met and defeated by 4x state champ Micah Jordan (Graham) in the championship bout to close out with runner-up status. Bryant trekked to an impressive tournament title at the GWOC with an impressive 7-2 win over Cameron Earley (Springboro) in the semis and a 3-2 victory over state alternate Jacob Keller (Beavercreek) in the championship bout. Hunter earned a sectional title at Centerville where he defeated a good Chad Salzer (Springboro) by a whopping 16-6 score in the semifinals, and then he followed that win with a second 3-2 victory over Jacob Keller. At Fairmont, Bryant posted a nice 13-6 victory over Andrew Cress (Lakota W.) in the opening round and a 10-4 quarterfinal win over state qualifier Stuart Morton (Moeller) to secure a district medal. In Hunter’s semifinal bout, he won an impressive 3-1 match over Dakota Stephens to earn a spot in the finals and the state tournament. Bryant lost his championship bout by a 5-0 score to Dillon Leneave to end the tournament as the runner-up. In his first state tournament match, Hunter was pinned by state placer Tanner Miller (Lancaster). His first consolation match would be a 7-3 loss to another state placer Mario Graziani (Boardman), ending his season on Thursday night. An interesting side note that I mentioned in the Mentor district write-up is the fact that Graziani’s brother wrestled Bryant’s brother in the state tournament back in 2011.
Steven Serbinski was impressive throughout last year, and he’ll be working to outdo himself and qualify for the state tournament as a senior in 2015. Serbinski was the tournament champ at Edgewood early last year, knocking off state qualifier Corey Hawk (Dixie) 7-5 in overtime in the semis and beating state placer Tyler Wiederholt (Bellbrook) 10-3 in the championship. Steven advanced to the quarterfinals of the SWOWCA Tournament before being pinned by state alternate Jacob Keller. He earned a consolation pin before falling 3-2 to state qualifier Stuart Morton in the consolation quarters. Serbinski closed out his tournament with a 4-2 win over Andy Cress to finish in 7th place. After a 2-2 performance at the GMVWA, Steven picked up a 2nd place finish at Fairfield where he fell 3-1 in the finals to district champ Dillon Leneave. Serbinski rolled on to a 3rd place finish at Western Brown and a 5th place finish at the GWOC Tournament in the month of January. At sectionals, he claimed a 4th place finish after losing to Leneave and state qualifier Dakota Stephens, the latter by a 4-3 score. Serbinski won a 7-5 opening round bout at Fairmont over sectional champ Angelo Scarlato (Harrison), and then bested Chad Salzer 8-6 in the quarterfinals to pick up placement. After suffering a semifinal pin at the hands of Dillon Leneave, Serbinski lost a tight 3-1 go-to-state match with Stuart Morton. He then ended the season with a loss to Jacob Keller in the state alternate final to finish with a 6th place medal.
Logan Calvert picked up a 2nd place finish at Pickerington North last year where he defeated the dangerous freshman Logan Broskie (O.Orange) 10-9 in the semifinals before defaulting in the championship match with Garrett McIlvain. Over the holidays, he battled through an excellent field at the GMVWA Tournament where he placed 4th. His opening match was a 14-3 major over Kentucky state qualifier Mike Lester (Moore), and he followed that up with a 10-5 win over district placer Marcus Hummel (Brookville) in his second match. Calvert lost his next bout 8-2 to state placer Tyler Wiederholt before reeling off 5 straight consolation wins. Even more impressive was the fact that the final two wins were a 6-2 win over state qualifier D.J. Campos (Edgewood) and a 2-1 victory over state qualifier Tyler Sowards (Kenton Ridge). Despite the excellent run, Logan’s tournament ended on an 8-2 loss to Kentucky state finalist Clay Brown (Walton-Verona), earning Calvert a 4th place finish. After a rough Top Gun Tournament in which Logan went 1-2, he posted a 4th place finish at the GWOC Tournament and a 3rd place finish at sectionals. The latter tournament saw Calvert defeat a solid Andy Cress 7-0 in the consolation finals to secure the 3rd place finish. Logan lost a tense 10-8 overtime bout with Jacob Keller in the opening round of the district tournament. He grasped a 7-1 consolation win over David Kuhlmann (Mt. Healthy) in his first wrestle-back match before being defeated by Stuart Morton 5-4 in the next bout.
Josh Daniels placed 8th at the SWOWCA Tournament last year where he snagged a 5-2 win over the quality freshman Hunter Purdue. The next week, he went 2-2 at Brecksville where he defeated another superb freshman Cal Miller (St. Ignatius) 4-2 in their first wrestle-back match. Daniels placed 2nd to Max Meddings (Fairfield) at Fairfield after posting a 4-2 win over Luke Bernhardt (Harrison) in the semifinals. Josh again finished 2nd to Meddings at the GMC Tournament where he avenged and earlier loss to Aaron Edwards (Lakota W.) with a 3-1 win over the West wrestler in the semifinals. At sectionals, Daniels pulled out an impressive 2-1 overtime win over state alternate Drew Hobbs (Moeller) in the semifinals before finishing second to state qualifier Ben Heyob (St. Xavier). Daniel suffered an opening round loss to Nick Robinson of Turpin at Fairmont before rebounding with a pair of consolation wins over Caje Kindred (Piqua) and Lawrance Dudgeon (Xenia). Josh’s season ended on a close 3-1 loss to state qualifier Matt Sicurella (Glen Este) in the consolation quarterfinals.
Hunter Purdue posted a respectable 3-2 tournament at his first SWOWCA last December. After going 0-2 at Brecksville over the holidays, Purdue finished a solid 3-2 at Top Gun where he earned a nice 3-1 win over Bruno Spotleson (Poland) and a very impressive 2-1 win over state alternate Jimmy Kubitza (Field). Hunter placed 4th at the GCL Tournament where he took state alternate drew Hobbs into overtime in a 2-1 sudden victory loss. Purdue picked up a 9-5 win over Luke Bernhardt at the sectional tournament where he placed 4th after a pair of losses to Nick Robinson. At Fairmont, he lost a close 8-6 opening round bout to Ben Heyob before suffering a consolation pin at the hands of Brad Carroll. I expect bigger and better things for the young wrestler in his second stint of varsity wrestling this season.
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1. Jordan Paul-Loveland (SQ)
2. Andrew Honious-Springboro (5th district)
3. Michael Herbert-Tecumseh (6th district)
4. Mark Kimbrell-Fairmont
5. Jeremiah Slagle-Sidney
6. Sam Wyche-Moeller

Jordan Paul returns to the Loveland line-up after qualifying for the state tournament as a sophomore in 2014. Paul earned a 7th place finish at the SWOWCA Tournament early last season, posting a pair of wins over Mark Kimbrell and a 9-7 win over state qualifier Andrew Dunn (Ross) along the way. Jordan went 3-2 at Brecksville, where he lost a pair of lopsided matches with 4x state champ Jacob Danishek (Dayton Chr.) and state placer Bo Ransom (Madison). However, he did claim a nice pin over state qualifier Heath Phillibert (Nordonia) in the third round of consolation wrestling. Paul seemed to improve as the season wore on, and we could see evidence of this at Troy, where he claimed the tournament title. His semifinal win at Troy was a 10-5 victory over district placer Jack Peura (Tippecanoe) and his finals win was a 19-3 tech over state qualifier Joe Miller (Wayne). Jordan lost a high scoring 18-13 bout with state finalist Ben Darmstadt (Elyria) during their dual meet, and a few weeks later he pulled out an impressive pin over Jonathan Tallarigo (Moeller) during the regional semifinals of the state duals. Paul pinned his way through the ECC Tournament, where he stuck Quinn Hoenie (Turpin) in the finals. After pinning his first two sectional foes in the first period, Jordan lost a narrow 5-4 bout with state placer Jake Conners (Elder) to finish as the sectional runner-up. A week later, Paul pinned Nick King in the opening round of the district tournament. This result is significant due to the fact that King had defeated Paul in a 6-5 match at the SWOWCA Tournament earlier in the season. Paul followed the pin with a nice 11-5 win over state alternate Andrew Honious in the quarterfinals before registering a 5-3 win over state qualifier Caleb Dimmerling (Mason) in the semifinals. For the second straight week, Jordan lost a finals match to Jake Conners closing out the tournament as a district silver medalist. At the state tournament, Paul lost a first round bout 6-3 to Alex Sepeda (Marysville) and then fell in a close 7-5 rematch with Heath Phillibert to close out the year on a Thursday night in Columbus. This year the junior will be among the district title favorites and a threat to finish the season on the state podium.
Andrew Honious started off last season with a tournament title at Bishop Fenwick where all four of his matches ended in a first period pin. He continued this pinning trend at the GMVWA Tournament where he stuck his first three foes before being pinned by 2x state champ Alex Marinelli in the quarterfinals. Andrew won his first consolation bout by a 7-1 score over Kentucky state runner-up Casey Cornett (Simon Kenton), and then he followed that win with a stick over Daylonn Dudgeon. Honious was defeated 13-5 by a tough Keegan Driscoll (Bradley) in the consolation semis, but he closed out the tournament with a 4-2 win over Kentucky state placer John Belk (Ryle) to finish in 5th place. Andrew trekked through to the GWOC finals before finishing 2nd to state placer Alexander Bair (Centerville). Two weeks later, Honious pinned district placer Michael Herbert in the sectional semis and then shutout Mark Kimbrell 6-0 for the championship. After a win in his first bout at Fairmont, Andrew lost to Jordan Paul in the district quarterfinals. Honious bounced back with a nice pin over returning state qualifier Joe Miller and then earned a 7-6 win over Noah Phillips (Butler) in the consolation quarterfinals. Andrew lost a narrow 4-2 bout with state placer Kevin Leonhardt (Lakota W.) in the consolation semifinals, but ended the year on an upswing after pinning Michael Herbert in the 5th place final to achieve state alternate status.
Michael Herbert is a third wrestler at this weight with a previous district medal to his name. He pinned his way to a tournament title at Troy Christian early last season, notching a fall over Daylonn Dudgeon in the finals. He pinned his first two foes at the GMVWA Tournament before losing 11-4 to Kentucky state placer John Belk and falling 3-1 in a rematch with Dudgeon. Herbert made the drop from 160 to 152 where he wrestled at Valley View, placing 2nd to state qualifier Garrett Jordan (Graham). After a 6th place finish at the CBC Tournament Michael finished 4th at his sectional tournament, losing to Andrew Honious and Hunter Smith (Centerville). Herbert lost a one-sided 15-0 bout with state qualifier Caleb Dimerling in the opening round at the district tournament before rolling up three straight consolation victories to earn district placement. His first two wins were a pair of falls in which he defeated Ryan Sizemore (Harrison) Hunter Smith. Michael toughed out a 9-4 win over Nick King in the consolation quarterfinals to earn placement before losing by the same 15-0 score in a rematch with Caleb Dimerling to advance to the state tournament. Herbert’s season ended in a pin as he fell to Andrew Honious in the 5th place final.
If Mark Kimbrell’s freshman season is any indication, it’s only a matter of time before the talented youth graces the mats of the state tournament as a representative from this district. He lost his first round bout at the SWOWCA Tournament last season to state qualifier Jordan Paul but then rattled off four straight consolation wins. Among the wins was a 2-1 squeaker over Quinn Hoenie (Turpin) and a 4-3 win over Chris Albert (Colerain). Kimbrell lost his last two bouts to state credentialed wrestlers in Jordan Paul and Lucas Staten (Mount Vernon) who both defeated Kimbrell by identical 5-3 scores, landing the freshman on the 8th spot on the podium. Mark went 3-2 at Brecksville where his losses were to 2x state placer J.P. Newton (Perrysburg) and to state qualifier Heath Phillibert. After posting a 5-4 dual meet win over state qualifier Joe Miller, Kimbrell placed 2nd at the GWOC Tournament. At the GWOC, he defeated Hunter Smith 7-1 in the semis before dropping a narrow 1-0 bout to Jeremiah Slagle in the championship. Two weeks later, Kimbrell defeated Hunter Smith again, this time by a 2-1 score to advance to the sectional title bout. In the championship match, Mark lost a 6-0 match with state alternate Andrew Honious to finish as the sectional runner-up. Kimbrell won his first district bout by a 5-1 score over Chris Albert but he dropped his next two matches 7-1 to district champ Jake Conners and 2-1 in overtime to Nick King to end the tournament at 1-2.
Jeremiah Slagle earned an impressive 2nd place finish at Pickerington North last December, where he knocked off state qualifier Tyler McCafferty (Pickerington N.) 4-0 during the pool portion of the tournament. His lone setback of the event was a 4-2 finals loss to Colton Carroll (Teays Valley) in the title match. He later finished 2-2 at the GMVWA Tournament last season, losing close matches to district placer Hunter St. Peter (Athens) and a solid Mason Kooser (Chaminade-Julienne). He earned the same 2-2 result at Top Gun before claiming an impressive tournament title at the GWOC, where he knocked off Chad Salazar (Springboro), Noah Phillips, and Mark Kimbrell in consecutive matches on the way to the gold. Jeremiah hit a snag at the sectional tournament where he had an unfortunate draw, losing consecutive matches to Noah Phillips and Joe Miller by 10-9 and 4-2 scores to drop into the alternate match. Slagle closed out his season with a 13-5 major over Samuel Grayson (Springfield) to end the year with a victory. He should fare better at the end of this season and could well earn a trip to the Schottenstein Center when all is said and done.
Sam Wyche was a middle school state champion last year as an 8th grader, and he’ll make his high school debut for a young Moeller team looking to replace a host of talented seniors. During Wyche’s state title run, he pulled off a 5-1 win over Walsh’s Dominic DiPietro, bested Gage Willis (Pymatuning Valley) 2-0 in the semifinals, and bested Green’s David Heath 3-2 for the title. If he can develop into a state caliber wrestler immediately, Wyche can help Moeller to reapply their stranglehold on the district title.

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1. Jordan Collins-Mason
2. Riley Etherington-Stebbins
3. Julian Daniels-Northwest
4. Brett Bryant-Moeller
5. Daylonn Dudgeon-Xenia
6. Josh Weaver-Fairfield

Jordan Collins picked up several excellent wins over the course of his junior year for Mason. Though it didn’t translate into a state tournament appearance in 2014, it showed that he can hang with anyone in this district and it established Collins as one of the district title favorites in 2015. Jordan started off last season with a tournament title at Olentangy Liberty over David Eippert (W. Geauga). Two weeks later he earned a very impressive 3rd place finish at the SWOWCA Tournament where he pinned state qualifier Kamran Alexander (Deer Park) and knocked off Kentucky state placer Jon Belk (Ryle) 7-5 to reach the semifinals. In the semis, Jordan suffered a loss to state finalist A.J. Kowal (Princeton), sending him into the wrestle-backs. Collins won his first consolation bout 5-1 over state placer Jake Conners (Elder) and the followed up with a 9-3 victory over state qualifier Austin Bohenek (Moeller) in the consolation finals to earn the bronze. Jordan placed 2nd at Mason where he majored Brandon Boykin 14-3 before falling to state placer Alex Bair (Centerville) in the finals. During the state duals, Collins snared impressive 4-1 and 3-2 victories over Josh Weaver (Fairfield) and state qualifier Joe Kylin (Springboro). Jordan won the Great Miami Conference Tournament with a pin over Demarco Smith (Princeton) a week before defeating the stellar freshman Luke Strnad (Brecksville) 13-7 during the quarterfinals of the state duals. Collins won a 3-1 sudden victory semifinal over Julian Daniels at the sectional tournament before falling 14-4 to A.J. Kowal in the title match. At the district tournament, Jordan won his first bout 12-4 and then lost a 9-4 match with Dominic Rivera (Harrison) in the quarterfinals. Collins gutted out a 6-2 win over Jacob Paul (Loveland) in his first consolation bout before falling in an agonizingly close 1-0 bout to Austin Bohenek in the consolation quarterfinals.
Riley Etherington is another wrestler like Collins who was on the precipice of district placement last year, and should be on the short list of potential district finalists in 2015. Riley claimed a respectable 7th place finish at the GMVWA Tournament last year, losing only to 2x state champ Alex Marinelli (Graham) and Georgia state champ Daniel Bullard (Archer), both of whom are ranked nationally by Flo Wrestling. Among Etherington’s wins at the event was a 5-0 shutout of sneaky good freshman Robbie Bowers (Defiance) and a 10-1 win over Daylonn Dudgeon in the 7th place final. He placed 3rd at Mason where he lost a 6-4 bout with state placer Alex Bair before pinning Brandon Boykin in the consolation finals. Riley snared a 3rd place finish at a dense CBC Tournament, pinning off district placer Michael Herbert (Tecumseh), majoring another district placer in Luke Matthews (S. Shawnee) by a 9-0 score, and defeating a very good Cole Smith (Tippecanoe) 2-1 in the consolation finals. His lone loss was a semifinal setback to state bronze medalist Reyse Wallbrown (Indian Lake). Two weeks later, Etherington won the sectional title while picking up a 12-1 major over Daylonn Dudgeon in the championship bout. At Fairmont, Riley snagged a 6-1 first round win over Julian Daniels before falling in a heartbreakingly close 5-3 sudden victory quarterfinal to Brandon Boykin (Fairmont). Etherington earned an impressive consolation pin over Dudgeon in his first consolation bout, but was tripped up by Joe Kylin in a close 4-3 consolation quarterfinal match to bow out of the tournament at 2-2.
Julian Daniels is another excellent wrestler around this weight capable of standing atop the podium at Fairmont. He placed 5th at the SWOWCA Tournament in mid December losing and 8-4 match with state placer James Caniglia (Loveland) and a 3-1 bout to a high quality Ronnie Williams (Sycamore), while also winning five other matches. Among his wins was an 8-6 victory over state alternate Dominic Rivera (Harrison), a 5-4 victory over another state alternate in John Andrews, and a 2-1 win over state qualifier Dalton Jones (Ross) in the 5th place final. Daniels advanced to the finals of the Valley View Tournament with an 8-3 victory over a tough Rocco Baker (Oakwood) before falling to state placer Lane Thomas (Graham) in the championship. At Sycamore, Daniels advanced past Ronnie Williams and defeated district placer Dakota Jarrell (Wilmington) by a 12-4 score to reach the finals. Julian’s championship opponent was Kentucky state champ Johnny Meiman (Ryle), who defeated Daniels by a 9-3 score. He reached the finals of the SWOC Tournament but defaulted in his finals match with Dominic Rivera to place 2nd. Julian placed 4th at a loaded sectional tournament, losing in overtime to Jordan Collins and falling 5-1 to Austin Bohenek in the consolation finals. At Fairmont, Daniels rebounded from the first round loss to Riley Etherington by pulling out a 9-7 win over Jack Noll (Milford). However, his next match would be a rematch of his sectional bout with Bohenek, and Daniels suffered a second period pin to end the year.
Brett Bryant fluctuated between 170 and 182 last year, so it’s possible that we see him at a higher weight. It’s also possible that he’s lighter given the fact that he was likely filling in for starters in the midst of a crowded line-up at Moeller. Now that I’ve established how little I know about his weight, I can talk about Bryant’s wrestling acumen. This excellent freshman went 2-2 at SWOWCA last year while pulling out a pin over Demarco Smith in the first round. He hung tough with state qualifier Dalton Jones before losing a 5-3 bout and lost another decision to state alternate John Andrews in the wrestle-backs. In possibly his most impressive tournament, Bryant won the title at Valley View while knocking off Graham wrestlers in both the semis and finals. Brett’s semifinal victory was n 8-3 defeat of state qualifier Hayden Bronne (Graham), and he followed up with a 6-2 triumph over fellow freshman Kavan Sarver, who was the Graham starter at times last year. Bryant even got a starting opportunity at Ironman, where he wrestled tough before falling 6-4 to Colorado state champ Tony Silva (Avarda W.) in the opening round. By comparison, Silva pinned his way to the state finals and then won an 18-10 championship match to earn the state title. Brett’s first consolation bout was a 7-5 loss to Michael Clavier (Caesar Rodney) who placed 3rd in the state of Delaware. A rough but impressive start for freshman with a great deal of potential. I remind me of my little brother’s first match at Ironman in high school. He had to wrestle the #1 ranked wrestler in the nation at his weight, Adam Frey from Blair Academy. Needless to say it didn’t end well, but he was a tougher competitor for having gone through the trial by fire.
Daylonn Dudgeon powered his way into the finals of the Troy Christian Tournament last December before finishing as the runner up to district placer Michael Herbert. Dudgeon placed 8th at the GMVWA Tournament three weeks later, where he reeled off five consecutive consolation wins after an opening round loss to 2x state champ Alex Marinelli. In the fifth of his five wins, Dudgeon avenged the loss to Herbert with a 3-1 defeat of the Tecumseh wrestler. Daylonn placed a respectable 4th at the GWOC Tournament where he split two matches with district placer Brandon Boykin and defeated Ryan Penley (Sidney) 1-0 along the way. Dudgeon posted the same 1-0 score over Penley in the sectional semifinals before falling to Riley Etherington in the tournament championship. At the district tournament, Daylonn picked up an 11-3 major in a consolation bout with Nathan McClanahan (Elder) that was sandwiched in between losses to Austin Bohenek and Riley Etherington.
Josh Weaver started at 160 for Fairfield at their home tournament where he placed 5th after losses to Dominic Rivera and Dalton Whitaker (Butler). He made the jump up to 170 where he resided for the sectional tournament, placing 3rd. His lone sectional loss was a 9-1 setback to returning state finalist Quinton Rosser (Moeller), and he rolled back with a pin and a 15-9 win over Seth Warwick (Mason) to claim the consolation final. Josh kicked off his district tournament with an 8-3 win over Savion Tuitt (Elder). He lost his next match with state alternate John Andrews by a 13-9 score before picking up a default victory over Larry Curtis (Fairmont) in his first consolation bout. Weaver’s season ended in a tight 4-3 bout with district placer Anthony Palacio, coming up just a match shy of placement.
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1. Gary Traub-Sycamore
2. Garrick Ginter-Sidney (SQ)
3. Nathan Bush-Edgewood
4. Matt Kennedy-Glen Este
5. Mark Adams-Elder
6. Mason Quinn-Lakota W.

Gary Traub has demonstrated consistent improvement over his first two years of varsity wrestling, jumping to higher and higher plateaus with each season. During his junior year, Traub will strive to earn his first district title and land a place on the state podium at the end of the season. Gary earned a 3rd place finish at the SWOWCA Tournament in mid December last year where he won a pair of matches (7-4 and 2-1) over returning state qualifier Adam Tonkin (Centerville) and earned a 5-2 victory over Mark Adams. His lone setback was a 4-3 semifinal loss to district placer Matt Sannella (Kings). Traub placed 3rd at Fairfield as well, losing to district placer Nick Svarda (Carlisle) before battling back to defeat Kentucky state finalist Elisiah Matthews (Campbell Co.) by a 9-7 score in the consolation finals. A week later, Traub hoisted a title at his home tournament where he defeated state alternate Evan Hickey (Wilmington) 4-2 in the championship bout. Gary finished as the runner-up to state qualifier Drew Fenton (Lakota W.) at the Greater Miami Conference Tournament, where he lost a narrow 3-2 bout. Traub advanced to the sectional semis with a 7-4 win over Matt Sannella, to avenge the semifinal loss at the SWOWCA Tournament. In the finals, Gary lost a 13-4 bout with returning state champ Dakota Sizemore (Moeller) to finish as the sectional runner-up. After an opening round pin at Fairmont, Traub lost his quarterfinal showdown with 2x state placer Michael Weber (Loveland) to fall into the wrestle-back rounds. Gary defeated Dillon Edwards (Northmont) by a 9-1 score to advance to the consolation quarters, but here he would be defeated by Adam Tonkin (10-5) to end the tournament at 2-2.
Garrick Ginter fluctuated between 182 and 170 last year, ultimately opting for the lower weight while seizing a spot in the state tournament. Ginter had possibly his most impressive performance of the year at Pickerington North, where he won the tournament title while wrestling up at 182. Garrick pulled off back to back pins over state qualifier Kevin McGraw (Troy) and state placer Traevon Dickerson (Mansfield Senior) in the quarters and semis respectively. Ginter closed out the tournament with a 5-1 win over Kentucky state finalist Elisiah Matthews to claim the tournament crown. At the GMVWA Tournament, Garrick posted a pin over state qualifier Hayden Bronne (Graham) in the second round before losing a 13-11 dogfight with state finalist Jack Harris (Urbana) in the quarterfinals. Ginter dropped into the consolation rounds where he lost his first match by a close 5-4 score to state qualifier Drew Fenton. Garrick netted the same 2-2 result at the Top Gun Tournament, where he lost to state placer Nate Hall (Olentangy) and district placer Lucky Shaut (Worthington Kilbourne) in consecutive matches. Down at 170, Ginter placed 2nd at the GWOC Tournament, where posted a pin over Chris Neiswender (Xenia) in the semis before falling 14-7 to John Andrews (Centerville) in the title match. Two weeks later, Ginter pinned his way to a sectional title at Centerville, where he stuck Nathan Bush and Austin Brewer (Middletown) in the semis and finals consecutively. Garrick suffered a suspect first round pin to Derek Bernard (Springboro) at Fairmont before reeling off 4 straight consolation wins. After a pin in his first match, Ginter majored Nathan Bush 13-3 in the second round of wrestle-backs. He then stuck Savion Truitt (Elder) in the consolation quarters and avenged his earlier loss to John Andrews with an 11-6 win to punch through to the state tournament. Ginter lost his consolation finals bout 7-2 to state placer James Caniglia (Loveland), placing him 4th on the district podium. At the state tournament, Garrick lost his first round bout to state placer Tim Knipl (Wadsworth) by a 17-6 score. He rebounded with a 7-2 consolation win over Camran Rezapourian (Fitch) in his first consolation bout before being eliminated by state bronze medalist Isaac Bast (Mass. Perry) in a 12-4 match.
Nathan Bush posted a solid 2nd place finish at his home tournament in early December. At the event, he pulled off a semifinal pin over district placer Nick Svarda prior to losing 5-0 in the finals to state alternate Evan Hickey. Bush went 3-2 at the SWOWCA Tournament last year where he earned a 5-3 win over Mark Adams. A week later, Bush went 2-2 at the GMVWA Tournament where he pinned state alternate Tristan Devlin (Troy Chr.). His two losses at the event were a 10-4 loss to 2x state finalist Armani Robinson (Greeneview) and a 9-4 loss to Kentucky state placer Mikey Smith (Moore). Bush trekked on in the season to finish as the runner-up at the SWOC Tournament where he lost to district placer Chase Sayers (Ross). Nathan earned two victories over Chris Neiswender at sectionals where he finished 3rd and suffer his lone setback to Garrick Ginter. Bush picked up a 7-4 opening round win over Anthony Palacio (Lakota E.) at Fairmont before losing a close 6-4 match with state placer James Caniglia in the quarterfinals. Nathan closed out the tournament with a 13-3 loss to Garrick Ginter in the second consolation round.
Matt Kennedy earned a 7th place finish at the SWOWCA Tournament last December, where he started off the tournament with a first round pin over district placer Chase Sayers (Ross). He lost a 9-2 bout with district placer Matt Sannella in the quarterfinals before a bounce-back 9-1 win over Nolan Zeinner (Harrison). Kennedy lost a 9-4 bout to state qualifier Adam Tonkin prior to rounding out the tournament with an 8-6 victory over Adam Wall (Mason) in the 7th place final. Matt also went 3-2 at the GMVWA Tournament losing 7-4 and 8-3 matches with state placer Ben Miller (Covington) and state qualifier Drew Fenton respectively. Kennedy placed 3rd at the ECC Tournament where he lost a 15-13 shootout with state placer Michael Weber in the semifinals. Kennedy pinned his way through to the championship bout of the sectional tournament before falling to Michael Weber in the title match. His semifinal pin was a fall over a solid Gage Brock (Elder) who will also be contending for state qualification in 2015. Kennedy was pinned in the opening round of the district tournament by Julian Little (Springboro), which is not a result that I would have expected. He subsequently defaulted out of the tournament in his first consolation bout. If Kennedy is at 100% this year, he’s got a legitimate shot at the district finals and a podium spot in Columbus.
Mark Adams is another high quality wrestler to consider at this weight. He placed 6th at the SWOWCA Tournament early in the year. After a first round loss to Nathan Bush, Adams defeated district placer Chase Sayers 3-2 in his first consolation match, knocked off Kentucky state qualifier Derek Hicks (Simon Kenton) 5-4 and pinned Adam Wall (Mason) during his consolation run. Adams closed out the tournament with a 5-2 loss to Gary Traub and a 2-1 loss to Mason Quinn (Lakota W.). Mark dropped his first match at Brecksville 4-0 to state qualifier Jake Hartman (Padua) before reeling off 3 straight consolation wins including a 3-2 victory over state alternate Jimmy Suhayda (Brecksville). Adams also pulled off an 8-3 win over the stellar freshman Brett Bryant (Moeller) during their January dual meet. I’m not sure why Adams didn’t wrestle in the post season, but he should make a significant impact on the state qualification scene if he’s in the line-up this year.
Mason Quinn is tough to get a read on, but he can certainly do some damage when he’s at his best. It’s definitely possible that I’ve ranked him too low at this weight given the fact that he has beaten both Bush and Adams, but a rough sectional tournament left him as the alternate for Fairmont. Quinn earned an early season dual meet victory over district placer Anthony Palacio (Lakota E.) by a 3-1 score in sudden victory. He placed 5th at SWOWCA a few weeks later, defeating Nathan Bush 9-5, Adam Wall 9-7, and Mark Adams 2-1 over the course of the tournament. Mason lost his first match at the GMVWA Tournament 8-4 to Joe Kylin (Springboro) before slogging back with 4 straight consolation wins. Among his wins was a 10-5 victory over Jordan Fox (Sidney) and a 3-1 victory over state alternate Heath Newman (Wapakoneta). Later in the year, Quinn finished 4th at the Great Miami Conference Tournament, losing close matches to Ronnie Williams (Sycamore) and Anthony Palacio. Mason won his first round bout at sectionals before being pinned by Austin Brewer in the semifinals. He lost another bout 13-7 to Chris Neiswender in the consolation semifinals before closing out with a win to finish as the district alternate. Both Brewer and Neiswender return this year and could also place at this weight, but we’ll have to see who can rise to the occasion at tournament time in 2015.

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1. Drew Fenton-Lakota W. (SQ)
*2. Cole Sutton-Sycamore*
3. Sheldon Sims-Mason (5th district)
4. Trevor Jackson-Xenia
5. Jacob Daniel-Stebbins
6. Logan Kemp-Centerville

Drew Fenton looked excellent last year as he made his first appearance in the state tournament. This season he’ll be looking to end his year on the big stage on Saturday night. He started last season up at 195 where he went 2-2 at the SWOWCA Tournament losing one-point matches to state finalist TeGray Scales (Colerain) and Logan Kemp in consecutive bouts. After making the cut down to 182, Fenton placed 7th at the GMVWA Tournament. He lost a close 2-0 match with 2x state finalist Armani Robinson (Greeneview) in the second round before reeling off three straight solid consolation wins. The first victory was an 8-3 victory over Matt Kennedy (Glen Este), the second was a 3-1 triumph over Patrick Yeo (Bradley), and the third win was a 5-4 state qualifier Garrick Ginter. His consolation run was halted in a 6-1 loss to Kentucky state finalist Elisiah Matthews (Campbell Co.), dropping him into the 7th place finals. Fenton ended his tournament with a 9-2 win over D-3 state placer Dylan Williams (Brookville) to close out in 7th place. Drew won a tournament title at the Great Miami Conference Tournament where he knocked off Adam Wall (Mason) 9-6 and then defeated Gary Traub 3-2 in the finals. Two weeks later, Fenton won another title, this time at the sectional tournament. Here he picked up a pair of pins on his way to the finals where he knocked off returning state placer Kyle Schmidt (Miamisburg) 4-1 for the sectional crown. A week later, Drew started off his district tournament in impressive fashion with a 5-3 win over Adam Wall and a pin over state qualifier Kevin McGraw (Troy). Fenton wrestled well before losing a 5-3 semifinal bout with returning state champion Dakota Sizemore (Moeller), sending him into the consolation semis. For a second time at the district tournament, Fenton defeated a returning state qualifier, as he knocked off Adam Tonkin (Centerville) 7-4 to power through to his first state tournament. Drew lost his rematch with Kyle Schmidt in an 8-5 overtime match to finish in 4th place for the tournament. Fenton’s first round state tournament bout was a narrow 3-2 tiebreak loss to returning state placer Anthony McLaughlin (St. Ignatius), and he followed it up with a 10-5 loss to state placer Nate Hall (Olentangy) in his first consolation bout.
Cole Sutton finished an impressive 4th at the SWOWCA Tournament last December, losing only to state placer Jonathan Jones (St. Xavier) along the way. Among his wins at the tournament was a 5-3 win over Logan Kemp and a 4-2 defeat of state alternate Sheldon Sims. Sutton advanced to the finals at Fairfield but defaulted in his match-up with TeGray Scales. Sutton would not wrestle in the post season process and may have sustained an injury during his finals match with Scales. Hopefully, he’ll be back at 100% this season, because he’ll be a legit threat to qualify and place at the state tournament.
Sheldon Sims started the year up at 220 where he won the tournament title at Olentangy Liberty while defeating Austin Guthrie (River Valley) and Jake Hale (Liberty) along the way. Sims made the cut to 195 shortly after, placing 5th at the SWOWCA Tournament. Here he pinned Logan Kemp and Nathan Stone (Glen Este) on the way to the semis where he lost an 8-4 bout with 2x state placer Gunner Gambill (Loveland) and then fell 4-2 to Cole Sutton in the consolation semifinals. Sims closed out his tournament strong with an 18-2 tech over Gage Brock in the 5th place final. He placed 2nd at Mason where he defeated district placer Wyatt Starkey during the pool portion of the tournament before falling 6-4 to Adam Tonkin in the finals. Sheldon pinned his way to the finals of the Greater Miami Conference Tournament where he lost a 10-4 bout with TeGray Scales. Sims finished 4th at sectionals losing only to TeGray Scales and state placer Jonathan Jones (St. Xavier) by identical 4-2 scores. At the district tournament, Sims pinned Logan Kemp and Sam Wilcox (Northmont) in his first two matches to reach the semifinals where he lost a 10-4 match with TeGray Scales. Sheldon was pinned by 3x state placer Gerald Thornberry in the consolation semifinals, sending him into the alternate match. Here Sims picked up the win by forfeit over Gunner Gambill to close out the tournament in 5th place.
Trever Jackson kicked off last season with a tournament title at Troy Christian where he pinned his way to the finals with three first period pins and then earned a fourth pin over Zack Michael (Urbana) to claim the crown. Jackson pinned his way into the quarterfinals of the GMVWA Tournament where he lost a 9-5 bout with D-3 state bronze medalist Kyle Dieringer (Versailles). After an 11-2 win over Jordan Mikesell (Bath) in his first consolation bout, Jackson would be pinned by state qualifier James Ritchie (Carlisle). Trever stuck Nathan Stone in the 7th place final to end the tournament on a high note. Jackson pinned his way to the finals of the GWOC Tournament before falling to Adam Tonkin in the championship bout. Trever rolled through the sectional tournament, where he defeated Sam Wilcox 15-9 for the tournament championship. Jackson won his first district bout 13-3 over Brendan Marchetti (Oak Hills) before getting pinned in the quarterfinals by state placer Jonathan Jones. Jackson Pinned Logan Kemp to stay alive in the consolation rounds, but the relief was short lived as he was tech 16-0 by Gerald Thornberry in the second round of consolation bouts.
Logan Kemp placed 8th at SWOWCA last year while earning an impressive 2-1 win over state qualifier Drew Fenton along the way. Kemp had a rough Brecksville tournament where he went 0-2 after losses to state qualifier Jeremiah Jones (Trace) and the stellar freshman Tony Banister (Wauseon). Lee placed 3rd at Mason while picking up an 8-1 victory over Matt Kennedy during the course of the tournament. After he posted a 4th place finish at the GWOC Tournament, Kemp earned the sectional title with a default victory over state qualifier Vincent Long. Logan was pinned by state alternate Sheldon Sims in his first district bout, before posting a 7-4 consolation win against Casey Boyle (Harrison) and closing out with a loss to Trever Jackson.
Gage Brock had a bit of a rough end to his season, but all in all it was a quality year for the Elder sophomore. He placed 6th at the SWOWCA Tournament early in the year, where he picked up a pin over Kenny Schenk (Ross) and a 10-1 major over a solid Nathan Stone. At Brecksville, Brock finished at 2-2 while earning an 8-1 win over state alternate Amir Mansour (Davidson). Gage later placed 6th at the CIT, where he lost to defending state champ Dakota Sizemore, state qualifier Jake Hartman (Padua) and a tough Tyler Gumbert (McNicholas) 1-0. Brock avenged the loss to Gumbert at the GCL Tournament where he picked up the pin before falling 5-1 in the finals to state placer Dean Meyer (Moeller). Gage finished 4th at his sectional tournament losing a 4-1 consolation final bout with Nolan Zeinner (Harrison). An unfortunate draw at Fairmont matched Brock up with state qualifier Adam Tonkin in the first round and Gage would lose the match by a 6-2 score. Brock’s first consolation bout was a 5-2 loss to district placer Matt Sannella (Kings) that ended his tournament at 0-2.
Another name to consider around these weights is Jacob Daniel from Stebbins. Daniel placed 2nd at Mason where he defeated Logan Kemp and Matt Kennedy on the way to the finals. Jacob defeated Joe Rindfleisch (Bellefontaine) on the way to the finals of the CBC tournament where he lost to state finalist Jack Harris. Daniel placed 3rd at sectionals where his only loss was to state placer Kyle Schmidt. A week later, he went a solid 2-2 at the district tournament where he pinned Julian Little (Springboro) and majored Justin Unser-Baumann (Lakota E.) in between losses to Gary Traub and Matt Sannella.
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1. Jonathan Jones-St. Xavier (4th state)
2. Jack Meyer-Moeller (6th district)
3. John Floyd-Springboro
*4. Cody Smith-Xenia*
5. Ryan Cloud-Northmont (6th district)
6. Thomas Baker-Beavercreek

A year after Joe Heyob won a state tournament title after finishing the year undefeated, Jonathan Jones has a legitimate shot at picking up another individual gold medal for the St. Xavier wrestling team. Jones placed 3rd at the SWOWCA Tournament last December where he pinned his first three opponents including Cole Sutton (Sycamore) on the way to the semifinals. Here, Jones lost a 5-3 bout with state finalist TeGray Scales (Colerain) before bouncing back with a pin over Gage Brock (Elder) and a second win over Cole Sutton in the consolation finals. In mid January, Jones pinned his way to the finals of the CIT where he lost a 6-3 bout with 3x state placer Gerald Thornberry (Moeller). Two weeks later, Jones defeated Thornberry 5-3 to win the tournament title at the GCL Tournament. Jonathan advanced to the semifinals of the sectional tournament where he lost a 2-0 sudden victory match with Thornberry. Jones bounded back with a pin and a 4-2 win over state alternate Sheldon Sims (Mason) to finish in 3rd place. At Fairmont, Jones pinned state qualifier Vincent Long (Fairmont) in the opening round and then stuck Trever Jackson (Xenia) in the quarters. Jones won a huge semifinal match 11-9 over 2x state placer Gunner Gambill (Loveland) to advance to his first state tournament. Jonathan closed out the tournament with runner-up status after falling 5-3 in the finals in a rematch with TeGray Scales. In Columbus, Jones impressed in his first two state tournament bouts, pinning state placer Yousef Mustafa (Westlake) and sticking district champ Nick Kramer (Westerville N.). Jones lost a respectable 8-5 semifinal match with state champ Kyle Conel (Lakeside) to drop him into the consolation semis. Here he had the last laugh in his season series with Gerald Thornberry, defeating the Moeller senior by a 5-2 score to punch through to the consolation finals. Though Jones lost his last match with Kadin Llewellyn (Perrysburg) to finish in 4th place, it was still an excellent season for the junior. During his senior year, Jones will be among the state favorites at what should be an open weight class.
Jack Meyer squeezed himself into the starting line-up for the Moeller Crusaders by the end of last season, albeit at a weight above his normal classification. He started the year at 220, where he filled in for returning state champ Chalmer Frueauf until he was ready to return from football. Meyer hung tough with state qualifier Matt Kuhlmann (St. Xavier) in the opening round of the SWOWCA Tournament before falling 11-10 and forfeiting his first consolation bout. Jack won a tournament title at Valley View where he picked up three first period pins on three matches including a fall over Ryan Cloud (Northmont) in the semifinals. After wrenching the starting duties away from Joe Hensley at heavyweight, Meyer won the GCL Tournament with a 3-1 win over Brain Kelly and a 6-4 victory over Robert Overbeck (LaSalle). He wrestled back down at 220 during the state duals quarterfinals, where he lost a 7-1 bout to state champ Austin Pfarr (Marysville). The next week, he bounced back up to heavyweight for the sectional tournament where he finished 2nd to state qualifier Austin Morris (Mason) after a 3-2 finals defeat. Meyer won his first district bout by an 8-5 score over Gunnar Parr (Fairborn) before falling 8-1 in the quarterfinals to state champ Andrew Alten. Jack bounded back with a pin over Mike Berry (Beavercreek) and a 4-0 shutout over Robert Overbeck to advance to the consolation semis. Meyer wrestled a tight match but ultimately fell 3-1 in sudden victory in his go-to-state match with Austin Morris. Jack ended his season with a 6th place district medal after losing his 5th place final to senior David Sittason. Meyer will dictate how the line-up breaks down at these Moeller upper-weights, but I’m hoping that he opts for 220 so that he and Hensley both fit into the starting squad. If they both find a home as starters, we could potentially see the Moeller juniors both on the medal stand in Columbus.
Another talented junior at this weight could be Cody Smith. Although he pieced together a solid season last year, he didn’t participate in the post-season tournaments, leaving his participation in question for the 2015 season. Smith pinned his way through Troy Christian and started his GMVWA Tournament off with a one-sided 13-4 win over Mark Huff (Wilmington) before falling in a one point match with Sterling Roseberry (Coffman) and a 7-3 match with state qualifier Mike Crockett (Franklin). Cody pinned Thomas Baker during the state duals and then placed 4th at the GWOC Tournament. At the latter event, Smith stuck both Ryan Cloud and Cody Ball (Fairmont) while only losing to 2x state placer Devin Nye (Springfield) and Andrew Kostecka (Troy).
John Floyd is another junior ranked at this weight-class who will have legitimate state qualification aspirations in 2015. Floyd finished a commendable 6th at the GMVWA Tournament last season, where he lost his first round bout to state qualifier Adrian Harding (Greeneview) before rattling off 6 straight wins in the consolation rounds. Among the victories was a 6-0 shutout over Sterling Roseberry and a 6-5 win over state qualifier Cory Carr (Brookville). He lost a rematch with Harding and then fell 3-2 to Andrew Kostecka in the 5th place final. Floyd trekked on to a second place finish at the GWOC Tournament, where he defeated Thomas Baker 10-8 in overtime and avenged the earlier loss to Kostecka with a 10-1 major in the semifinals. His only loss of the tournament was to the pinning machine known as Devin Nye. Floyd made the drop from 220 to 195 for the sectional tournament where he recovered from an opening round default loss with a pair of consolation wins to place 3rd. John lost his first district bout 8-3 to 3x state placer Gerald Thornberry before pulling off a pair of consolation pins to reach the consy quarterfinals. Floyd’s season ended a match shy of district placement when he lost a 6-4 bout with state qualifier Vincent Long.
Ryan Cloud began his GMVWA Tournament with a nice 10-5 win over district placer Kyle Llahmon (Bath), and he followed that first victory up with two more wins to reach the quarterfinals. Cloud would lose his final two matches to Kentucky state qualifier Tucker Muller (Simon Kenton) and district champ Michael Crockett. Later in the season, he marched on to take 4th at Valley View and place 5th at the GWOC Tournament. At the latter event, Cloud defeated Thomas Baker 4-2, pinned Alejandro Charette (Centerville), and split two matches with Cody Ball, including a 7-1 win in the 5th place final. Cloud pinned his way to the sectional final before falling to Devin Nye. A week later, he picked up a 6-3 win over Thomas Baker in the opening round of the district tournament before falling to Tinashe Bere (Sycamore) in the quarterfinals. After a pin in his first consolation bout, Cloud earned a 6-4 win over Ryan Durham (Lakota E.) to secure a spot on the district podium. His final two losses would come to Devin Nye and Tinashe Bere, as Cloud finished his year with a 6th place medal.
Thomas Baker seemed to get a late start to the season last year, but looked sturdy when he appeared on the mat in January. Thomas placed 3rd at Mason where he defeated Cody Ball 5-2, pinned Alejandro Charette, and stuck Sterling Roseberry. Despite going 1-2 at the GWOC Tournament, Baker lost an overtime bout with Jonathan Floyd and a two point match with Ryan Cloud. He pinned Alejandro Charette in the first round of the sectional tournament before giving Andrew Kostecka a match in a 3-1 semifinal loss. After a pin to punch through to the district tournament, Baker defeated Charette again in a 3-2 consolation final bout. After his opening round district loss to Ryan Cloud at Fairmont, Thomas pinned Oliver Contreras (Winton Woods) in 22 seconds during the first round of consolation matches. Baker’s season ended on a 4-0 loss to state qualifier Matt Kuhlmann, closing out his district tournament with a 1-2 record.

285-
1. Joe Hensley-Moeller
*2. Clayton McCune-Glen Este*
3. Tristan Taylor -Tecumseh
4. Coltyn Keairns-LaSalle
5. Ke’Eryon Deal-Mt. Healthy
6. Brad Booher-Lebanon

Joe Hensley could well win the district title in 2015, but he may have to beat out teammate Jack Meyer just to participate in sectionals. I’m hoping the Meyer wrestles 220 so that both of these excellent wrestlers get the opportunity to compete for district titles. Hensley started off last year with a solid 2-2 performance at the Ironman Tournament, picking up an opening round pin of state qualifier Josh Rohrbacher (Perkins) at the event before falling 7-1 to state bronze medalist Chase Henderson (Franklin) in the next round. Hensley picked up a respectable 6-1 consolation win over Missouri state qualifier Anthony Enriquez (Park Hill) before falling by the same score to Pennsylvania state placer Gene Ringer (Reynolds) in his second consolation bout. Joe soldiered through a very dense weight class to make the finals of the always tough SWOWCA Tournament. He pinned D-3 state qualifier Nick Gelhaus (Madiera) in the opening round, knocked off state qualifier Austin Morris (Mason) 7-5 in the quarterfinals, and defeated state qualifier Gavin Peacock (Ross) 5-3 in the semifinals. Hensley lost a 6-3 finals match with state champion Andrew Alten (Loveland) to close out as the tournament runner-up. In mid January, Joe produced another 2nd place finish at Valley View, where he knocked off Calvin Poffenberger (Belmont) in the semis before falling 4-2 to Tristan Taylor in the finals. Hensley finished 3rd at the CIT a week later, where his only loss was a 2-1 setback to state placer J’Quan Fisher (Toledo C.C.). He battled back to claim a 4-3 overtime win over Brian Kelly (Elder) in the consolation finals to earn the bronze. Hensley also earned a nice 9-8 overtime win over district placer Darius Walker (Marysville) during the quarterfinals of the state dual meet tournament. Unfortunately, he was bumped out of the line-up by teammate Jack Meyer who was a 220-pounder but wrestled off at 285 with returning state champ Chalmer Frueauf occupying the starting spot at the lower weight. If Hensley can earn the starting roll for the Crusaders in 2015, we could see him end his season with his first state medal.
Clayton McCune missed a large portion of last season. Hopefully, he was able to recover and will be participating this season. He finished 8th at the SWOWCA Tournament last year, where he knocked off Robert Overbeck (LaSalle) 3-2 in the second round and then lost a close 3-2 match with Andrew Alten. Overbeck was a match away from placement at the district tournament last year, and Alten won the state title at the end of the season. McCune pinned Brian Kelly in his first consolation bout but defaulted out the tournament in the consolation quarters and then did not participate in the post season process. As a freshman, McCune was a district qualifier at 220, where he went 1-2. His first round loss was in overtime to 2014 state runner-up Conan Jennings (Centerville), and he followed up with an awesome 6-4 win over a very good Seth Brennock (Loveland) in the first round of consolation matches. To add further intrigue to the mystery at heavyweight for Glen Este is the fact that they had another quality, young heavyweight in 2013. As a freshman, Seth Crissman went 1-2 at the district tournament in 2013 while wrestling for Glen Este. I didn’t see any results from him last season, so it’s possible that he’s done with the sport, but hopefully at least one of these two young men will be wrestling for Trojans in 2015.
Tristan Taylor posted a solid season last year, but unfortunately, he had a rough sectional tournament and did not qualify for the district event. Early last season, Taylor won the title at Troy Christian with an 11-7 finals victory over state qualifier Ben Ferguson (Miami E.). Tristan advanced to the quarterfinals of the GMVWA Tournament after a stick of Arron Morefield (Pickerington C.), but here he would be pinned by Georgia state champ M.J. Couzan (Archer). Taylor rebounded with a 9-4 win over state alternate John Seibert (Defiance) to reach the placement rounds, but then he fell to Charles Broderick (Bellbrook) in the consolation quarters to land in the 7th place final. Tristan closed out his tournament on a high note, defeating Caleb Neal (Bath) 10-4 to finish in 7th place. After pinning his way to the finals at Valley View, Taylor picked up a nice 4-2 win over Joe Hensley to earn the title. That match could well be a preview of the district finals this year. In early February, Taylor placed 3rd at the CBC Tournament, where his lone setback was a 4-3 loss to Corbin McCune (S. Shawnee). Tristan was upended in a 3-1 loss to Jean Nsanzimana (Fairmont) in the opening round of the sectional tournament. He pulled out a pin in his first consolation bout, but lost a head scratching 3-2 bout with freshman Jon Spaulding (Lakota E.) to end his season.
There are a lot of unknown factors around Coltyn Keairns this season. He was reported to be a freshman from Conner, Kentucky who transferred to LaSalle last year. However, he was injured before the season and did not participate during the regular season. Kearns was a match away from the Kentucky high school state tournament as an 8th grader in 2013. His two losses at the regional tournament were to senior Brad Weber (Ryle) who finished 8th in the state and Nick Sinclair (Campbell Co.) who was the state runner-up in 2014. There has been a lot of fluctuation in the LaSalle line-up recently and it’s difficult to know if Kearns will indeed be wrestling for the Lancers. I’m not even sure if I spelled his name right, as it’s been listed as both Kearns and Keairns on different sports sights. Coltyn is listed on the roster for the football team, so that seems like the most definitive evidence that he is indeed still at LaSalle. If he is wrestling this season, Keairns should help provide depth to this district tournament at heavyweight for the upcoming year.
Ke’ Eryon Deal looks like he could be a solid prospect for state qualification out of Fairmont. He finished 2nd to Corbin McCune at Madison Middletown last year in early December and then pinned his way to a title at Madiera shortly after the New Year. In the finals at Mediera, Deal pinned state qualifier Nick Gelhaus at the 4:27 mark. A week later, he pinned his way to finals at Reading before losing to Kentucky state champ Branden Johnson (Dixie) in the title bout. His semifinal win was a pin over district placer Austin King (Reading). Deal reversed his finals loss at Sycamore, where he pinned Branden Johnson in the pool portion of the tournament. He lost a 6-4 bout to the excellent state qualifier Tinashe Bere (Sycamore) in the semifinals before earning a default victory over Cohen Canter (Amelia) in the consolation finals. Ke’ Eryon posted an impressive pin over state alternate Davis Sittason (Harrison) in the semifinals of the SWOC tournament where he finished 2nd to state qualifier Gavin Peacock (Ross). Sittason reversed that result in the first round of the sectional tournament, sending Deal into the wrestle-back rounds. Deal pinned his first consolation foe, before losing a close 3-1 bout with senior Robert Overbeck to end his season.
Brad Booher accomplished something last season that no one else in these heavyweight rankings did, and that was to win a bout at the district tournament. Booher placed 6th at Edgewood early last year before suffering a tough 0-2 tournament at SWOWCA. In fairness, the two losses were to district placers David Sittason and Austin King. Brad finished 2nd to Gunnar Parr (Fairborn) at Tippecanoe, where he defeated state qualifier Ben Ferguson 5-4 in the quarterfinals. Booher placed 6th at Western Brown and claimed a 4th place finish at the sectional tournament. After an opening round loss to state finalist Conan Jennings at the district tournament, Booher picked up a pin over Tim Tanner-Blair (Lakota W.) in his first consolation bout. Brad lost his second consolation bout to Robert Overbeck to end the tournament at 1-2. However, Booher was only a sophomore last year, and has positioned himself among the contenders for state qualification at this district in 2015.


A special thanks to Baum’s Page, Track Wrestling, Boro Fan and Jake’s Wrestling, for being extremely helpful in compiling wrestling results and weight class information and of course a thanks to the Godfather, Brian Brakeman who started it all.

-Max Pearce
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Wow! Thanks for the time that it must have taken to complete this. Discussion materials are always appreciated on Yappi.
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Very impressive presentation McClearn7 and your picks are very well made. I know how much time and attention this took and for all of us SW Ohio fans we really appreciate the effort. Thank you. May the debates begin as the season is just around the corner!
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Great job! Thanks for the good reading material and entertainment for the night.
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Great in-depth analysis! Will be interesting to come back and check this thread out in 3 months or so...
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