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Old 11-14-14, 11:56 AM
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Darby 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. Jaden Mattox-Central Crossing (1st, 1st, 1st middle school state)
2. Brakan Mead-Olentangy Liberty
3. Coleton Chase-Lancaster
4. Alex Lieb-Watkins Mem.
5. Tyler Norris-Thomas Worthington
6. Gio DiSabato-Davidson (4th middle school state 2013)

Last year, Jaden Mattox joined the rarified air of 3x middle school state champions. There have only been 8 in the history of the middle school state tournament, and theyíve included such powerhouse names as Logan Stieber and David Taylor. Jaden won the most recent state title in dominating fashion, earning a pair of pins, a 17-1 tech over Logan Heil who placed 6th, a 12-4 major over Alex Isbrandt (Miami E.) who placed 5th, and a 14-4 major over Josh Breeding (Elyria) in the finals. During his second state championship, Mattox stormed to the finals with a tech, a 14-4 major, a 29 second pin, and a 42 second pin over 2014 high school state alternate Lukas Stricker (Hoban). He closed out his 2013 run with an 8-3 victory over Jashon Hubbard (Steubenville) in the finals. Back in 2012, Jaden won his first middle school state title while defeating 2014 West Virginia high school state runner-up Jared Donahue 4-2 in the semifinals before majoring D-3 state bronze medalist Drew Mattin (Delta) 11-3 in the championship bout. In his first major high school tournament action, Mattox placed 7th at the incomparable Super 32 tournament. Jadenís very first match of the event was against Wisconsin high school state champ Paul Bianchi, who Mattox defeated by an 8-6 score. Two matches later, Jaden knocked off Texas state finalist Kennedy Monday 5-3 who had placed 7th at the Super 32 Tournament the year before. Mattox once again bested a state placer in the round of 16 when he majored New Jerseyís Garrett OíShea 13-5 to advance to the quarterfinals. Here, Jaden was upended by Indiana state finalist Garrett Pepple who pinned Mattox in the first period. Undeterred, Jaden won his first consolation bout 12-6 over Brandon Cray who was 4th at the New Jersey high school state tournament in 2014. He lost his next match to another Ohio freshman phenom in Mitch Moore (Graham) who beat Mattox 5-1 in a battle of multiple time middle school state champs. Jaden closed out the tournament strong with a 7-0 shutout over New York state placer Jay Albis to place 7th at the laborious event. Jaden originally registered for the event at 106 but later changed his weight to 113, so Iím guessing that he plans to eventually make the drop to the lower classification during the season. If he does, heíll be a state title favorite at this weight, and if he doesnít make the cut he will still be a title contender at the dense113 weight class.
It looks like Brakan Mead may make the drop back down to this weight after posting a solid freshman year for Liberty at 106. Last year, the former middle school state placer saw his first action at his home tournament, where he placed 5th. His two losses at the event were to state alternate Brandon Randolph (Wadsworth) and state placer Zack Donathan (Mason). Over the holidays, Mead won his first match at Brecksville 11-2 over central district foe Chase Lambert (Teays Valley), and then he fell in a respectable 12-7 match with state qualifier Daniel Roth (Lakota E.). Brakan claimed a win in his first consolation bout and then fell in a close 5-2 match with state qualifier Eric Beck (LaSalle) to end the tournament at 2-2. As Mead marched on with his season, he placed 5th at Wadsworth, only losing once in a 3-1 match with another former middle school state placer Nick Henneman (Clay). In the 5th place final, he picked up an impressive pin over Noah Georgian (Kenston) who finished a match away from placement at the Mentor District Tournament in 2014. Mead earned a runner-up finish at the sectional tournament, where he would defeat district placer Austin Oberly (Worthington Kilbourne) 4-1 in the semifinals before falling 3-0 to state qualifier Jackson Lakso (Central Crossing) in the championship. Brakan pinned Jakaria Hossan (Coffman) in the opening round at the Darby District Tournament to advance to the quarterfinals where he fell 8-4 to district champ C.J. Campbell (Bradley). Mead would be tripped up in his first consolation bout, suffering a first period pin at the hands of Tyler Norris (Thomas Worthington) to end his season. I expect bigger and better things from Mead in 2015. Under the tutelage of the Liberty coaching staff, I'd be surprised if Mead didn't advance to the state tournament this year.
Coleton Chase placed 3rd at Mount Vernon last November after losing a 7-5 match with state alternate Seth Transue (Jerome) in the semifinals. Over the holidays, he finished 1-2 at Medina where he picked up an 18-8 major over an improving Jordin James (Bedford) before falling to state finalist Tommy Genetin (Mass. Perry) and a tough Justin McNeely (Brunswick) 9-6 in consecutive matches. During the state duals process, Chase earned a nice 3-0 shutout over Alex Lieb, and teched Chase Lambert (Teays Valley) 15-0. A few weeks later, Chase won the sectional title at Watkins Memorial where he majored Alex Lieb 9-0 in the finals. Coleton started of his district tournament with a 6-1 win over Marcus Nasdusak (Grove City) but lost a tight 5-4 rematch with Seth Transue in the quarterfinals. Chaseís season ended on an 8-4 loss to district placer Austin Oberly (Worthington Kilbourne) in his first consolation bout.
Alex Lieb defeated a solid Kyle Davis (Pleasant) 10-4 at Marion County last year before faltering in a close 5-2 loss to state alternate Tyler Wirth (Waynedale) in the second round. Lieb finished 2nd to Anthony Haist (Licking Hts.) at West Jefferson but later bested Haist 4-2 in the sectional semifinals to reach the championship bout. Here he lost the previously mentioned bout to Chase to close out as the sectional runner-up. Lieb earned a solid 11-4 win over Tyler Norris in the first round of the district tournament, but he lost a tight 3-2 quarterfinal bout with Seth Transue in the next round. Alex pinned Jakaria Hossan (Coffman) in his first consolation bout before suffering a similar fate at the hands of Ben Tate who pinned Lieb in the third period of their consolation quarterfinal match.
Tyler Norris went 3-2 at Hoover early last season where he lost to state alternate Brandon Randolph (Wadsworth) and a tough Noah Wakser (Hoover) 9-2. Norris recovered from a 3-2 sectional semifinal loss to state qualifier Trent Gill (Davidson) with a pair of wins that included a pin over Marcus Nasdusak in the consolation finals. After his first round loss to Lieb at Darby, Norris picked up a pin over Chase Lambert and a surprising fall over Brakan Mead to reach the consolation quarterfinals. Here he was eliminated from the tournament in a 7-3 loss to district placer Austin Oberly.
Iím not too familiar with the incoming freshmen at this district, so Iím sure that there are at least a few names that Iíll overlook. One name to consider is Gio DiSabato who placed 4th at the middle school state tournament in 2013 while wrestling down at 74 pounds. Though he missed out on placing in 2014, he did get big enough to wrestle at 96 pounds, suggesting that heíll be a decent sized 106-pounder if heís at that weight this year. If he can make the seamless transition from talented youth to skilled high school wrestler we could see Gio in the state tournament as a freshman in 2015.


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1. C.J. Campbell-Bradley (SQ)
2. Ben Tate-Mt. Vernon (SQ)
3. Jackson Lakso-Central Crossing (SQ)
4. Seth Transue-Jerome (5th district)
5. Thomas Cooper-Upper Arlington
6. Austin Rayburn-Darby

C.J. Campbell made great strides last year on his way to a district title at Darby. This year heís looking to make his debut on the podium in Columbus as a senior for Hilliard Bradley. In between Christmas and the New Year, C.J. placed 5th at the stellar GMVWA tournament. He picked up a pair of wins over a skilled Drew Saunier (Springboro), a 9-3 win over state qualifier Chad Craft (Northmont), and a 10-1 major over Brady Wells (Campbell Co.) who placed 4th at the Kentucky state tournament. His two losses at the tournament were a 6-5 setback to Georgia state bronze medalist Vinny Artigues (Archer) and an 8-2 loss to state qualifier Skyler St. Peter (Athens). Campbell claimed an impressive 7-1 victory over D-2 state placer Noah Jay (Whitehall-Yearling) at Groveport Madison in late January, and then he seized a sectional title at Upper Arlington a few short weeks later. The sectional title encapsulated a pair of pins and a 3-2 win over state qualifier Trent Gill (Davidson) in the championship bout. After an opening round pin at Darby pushed Campbell through to the district quarterfinals, he picked up an 8-4 victory over Brakan Mead (Olentangy Liberty) to move onto the semis. C.J. claimed his first set of state tournament tickets when he beat Seth Transue (Jerome) 8-6 in the semis at Darby. For the second straight week, Campbell gutted out a close win over Trent Gill (2-1) in the finals, claiming his first district tournament title. At the state tournament, C.J. shelled Corbin Post (Madison) by a 15-4 score to reach the state quarterfinals. Unfortunately for Campbell, his final two matches would be lopsided losses at the hands of Jarod Bronstrup (Brecksville) and Alan Hart (St. Edward) by 11-2 and 11-1 scores. He could well earn his first state medal in 2015, and winning a second district title will move him that much closer to his goal if he can pull off the feat once again.
Ben Tate kicked off his freshman year with a runner-up finish at his home tournament where he was pinned by state alternate Josh Transue (Jerome) in the finals while wrestling up at 113. Tate trucked on to an 8th place finish at SWOWCA, where he lost 5-1 to state qualifier Eric Beck (LaSalle) in the opening round before slogging back through the consolation rounds with three straight wins. The first victory was a pin over a solid Eddie Collins (Hamilton), the second a close 8-7 win over Cody Butts (Fairmont), and the third a 15-5 shellacking of state qualifier Aaron Cox (Ross). After making the cut down to 106, Tate went 3-2 at Brecksville where he posted an impressive 14-0 drubbing of Cameron Duvall (Nordonia) and a 10-4 win over Jordan Walsh (Marysville) in-between losses to 2x state placers Hunter Bray (Dayton Chr.) and Joey Bowen (Manchester). A rough draw at Clay turned into a 1-2 tournament for Ben who lost to state placer Hunter Lucas (L. Shawnee) and state alternate Bruce Hrynciw (Oak Harbor). During the post-season, Tate won his sectional title with a 27 second pin over Vu Nguyen (Pickerington C.) and then defeated district placer Austin Oberly (Worthington Kilbourne) 5-2 in the opening round of the district tournament. Ben was pinned by senior Trent Gill in the quarterfinals, but would not suffer another setback in the tournament. In his first consolation bout, Tate stuck Nguyen in a rematch of the sectional finals. He followed that win with another stick, this one coming against Alex Lieb (Watkins Mem.) in the consolation quarters. Benís go-to-state match was a resounding 10-0 win for the Mount Vernon wrestler over Seth Transue, and he followed that win with a definitive 12-3 win over Jackson Lakso in the consolation finals. Tateís first two state tournament bouts were losses to Harry Feuer (Marysville) and Alan Hart who placed 8th and 7th in the state respectively.
Jackson Lakso earned a 7th place finish at Pickerington North last year where he knocked off Kentucky state placer Brady Wells, split two matches with Chase Lambert (Teays Valley), and lost a 3-2 overtime bout with state qualifier Trent Gill. Lakso had a rough MIT where he went 1-2, but he rebounded nicely at Clay where he placed 5th while posting a 1-0 win over state qualifier Brady Toth (Perry) and a 5-0 shutout of 2x state placer Jake Adkins (Northridge). Lakso avenged the earlier loss to Trent Gill with a 4-2 win over the same wrestler during the state dual meet tournament. Jackson won the sectional title after posting a 10-7 win over state alternate Seth Transue in the semis and a 3-0 shutout over Brakan Mead in the championship. Lakso handled Chase Lambert 14-4 in the opening round at Darby and then posted a 3-2 win over Alex Lieb in the quarterfinals. Jackson lost the rubber-match with Trent Gill 2-1 in the semifinals, but defeated Austin Oberly 5-3 in the consolation semifinals to punch a ticket to the state tournament. Lakso wrestled tough in both of his state tournament matches but ultimately fell 8-2 to state runner-up Tommy Genetin (Mass. Perry) and 6-4 to Eric Beck (LaSalle).
Seth Transue was a match away from state last year as a sophomore, and heíll be looking to punch through to Columbus in 2015. He started off last season with a runner-up finish at Mount Vernon where he defeated Coleton Chase (Lancaster) 7-5 in the semifinals. Transue later picked up a 3rd place finish at Marion County where he bested district placer Jordan Anthony (Buckeye Valley) 10-2 in the consolation finals after losing 9-4 to state placer Hunter Lucas in the semifinals. Seth finished 4th at Marion County, snaring a 1-0 victory over Dominic Rosin (Sand. St. Maryís C.C.). Transue placed 3rd at his sectional tournament, losing the previously mentioned match with Jackson Lakso before battling back to defeat district placer Austin Oberly 4-2 in the consolation finals. Seth won his first district bout 8-2 over Vu Nguyen and followed it up with a 5-4 win over Coleton Chase in the quarterfinals. Transue lost a close 8-6 semifinal bout to C.J. Campbell and then was tripped up 10-0 in the consolation semifinal bout with Ben Tate. Seth closed out his season on a high note with a 4-1 win over Austin Oberly to earn state alternate honors.
Thomas Cooper went 3-2 at Medina early in the season, where he picked up a nice 3-1 win over state qualifier Andrew Spicer (New Lexington) and a pin over Hunter Deshon (Hoover). He later split a pair of matches with a tough Ryan McElwee (Pickerington C.) at Scioto while placing 3rd. Cooper finished 3rd at his sectional tournament, where he majored Cortez Marshall (Grove City) 11-2 in the consolation finals. Though Cooper went 0-2 at Darby, both matches were close losses to tough wrestlers. The first was a 6-3 loss in the rubber-match with Ryan McElwee, and the second was a 4-2 sudden victory over Robert Valenti (Darby). I have no idea whether Cooper will be back down at this weight or not, but it seemed to make sense in terms of symmetry so weíll just have to wait and see.
Austin Rayburn placed 5th at Pickerington North last December while pinning Will Marshall (Grove City) along the way. He went 1-2 at Medina, wrestling well in all three matches. The first was a 7-1 loss to state qualifier James Wimer (Central Crossing), the second was a 5-2 win over state alternate T.J. Newsome (New Lexington), and the third was a 7-3 loss to district placer Brad Trescott (Rootstown). At the end of January, Rayburn placed 5th at Wadsworth where his only loss was a 6-4 sudden victory defeat at the hands of state alternate Brandon Randolph (Wadsworth). Austin placed 6th at a hellacious sectional tournament where he lost a 7-2 bout with state alternate Seth Transue (Jerome) and endured a 9-3 loss to state qualifier James Wimer before being pinned by Kristopher Volpe (Liberty) in the 5th place final.
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Old 11-14-14, 11:58 AM
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1. Cameron Lathem-Teays Valley (8th state)
2. James Wimer-Central Crossing (SQ)
3. Max Wright-Hayes
4. Kristofer Volpe- Olentangy Liberty
5. Austin Smith-Tri-Valley (6th district)
6. Andrew Hassel-Pickerington N.

Cameron Lathem posted an excellent season last year, and capped it of with his first state tournament medal at what was arguably the most difficult bracket in the state. Lathem earned an early season tournament title at Pickerington North where he beat Robert Valenti (Darby) 5-1 in the finals. He also teched a solid Domonic Hathaway (Reynoldsburg), majored Cortez Marshall (Grove City), and hammered Kentucky state qualifier Brad Krebs (Campbell Co.) during the tournament. A week later, Cameron went 2-2 at Brecksville. He posted an impressive 7-3 win over state qualifier Sam Williams (Elder) and a 3-1 sudden victory triumph over a sneaky good Kyle Henning (Mentor). After falling to Michigan state champ Devin Schroder (Cath. Cent.) in the quarterfinals, Latham lost a close 4-3 consolation bout with D-3 state finalist Kyle Keller (Delta) to close out his tournament. Cameron won a dual meet match 9-2 over Ryan McElwee (Pickerington C.) and then claimed the sectional title by the same score over McElwee a few weeks later. After pinning Cortez Marshall and Domonic Hathaway in the first two rounds at Darby, Lathem earned a statement win over returning state placer Santino DiSabato (Westerville N.), defeating the senior 4-3 to advance to his first state tournament. Cameron kept it close with the excellent Jon Furnas despite falling in the district finals by a 5-3 score. In the opening round of the state championships, Lathem squared off against returning state finalist Armando Torres (Elyria) and once again kept it close but ultimately fell 5-1. Cameron toughed out a narrow 2-1 victory over Tyler Newsome (Lakeside) in his first consolation bout to advance to Friday wrestling. In Lathem’s match to place, Cameron pulled off an awesome upset over a returning state placer for a second week in a row when he pinned Tyler Ziegler (Moeller). Lathem wrestled well but ultimately fell 7-2 and 5-1 in his last two matches to Austin Assad (Brecksville) and Moises Guillen (Perrysburg) to end the year with an 8th place medal. All in all it was a stellar season for Latham who I knew very little about entering the year. His upside is tremendous, and he may have just scratched the surface of how good he can be. I’m excited to see what he can do with two more chances at state placement.
James Wimer punched through to the state tournament for the first time as a sophomore in 2014, and he’ll be looking for his first district title in 2015 as his Central Crossing squad looks to win a team title at Darby. Wimer grabbed a 3rd place finish at Pickerington North last December losing only to 2x state placer Shakur Laney (Groveport Madison) along the way. James ended his tournament with a 12-11 win over state qualifier Zach Bussard (Valley View) in the consolation finals. Wimer wrestled well at Medina, posting a 9-1 win over a stout Juan Estrella (Willard), a 7-1 victory over Austin Rayburn (Darby), and a 6-5 triumph over Zach McCauley (Mass. Perry) in the 7th place final. His two losses at the tournament were to Shakur Laney and to D-2 state champ Dustin Warner (Claymont). James placed 4th at Oregon Clay where he pinned district placer Trayvion Scott (Fremont Ross) and state alternate Tanner Bey (Versailles) in consecutive consolation matches prior to a 3-1 loss to district placer Dylan Mansor (Oak Harbor) in the consolation finals. Wimer gritted out an impressive 4-2 sudden victory win over district placer Rob McGrath (Bradley) during the state duals tournament, and then soldiered on to a 3rd place finish at sectionals a month later. During his sectional tournament run; Wimer posted a dominating 18-2 tech over Kristopher Volpe in the opening round, claimed a 9-3 win over Austin Rayburn in the advancement match, and willed himself to a 2-0 victory over state alternate Josh Transue (Jerome) in the consolation finals. Wimer opened with a pin and a 4-3 win over Max Wright (Hayes) in his first two district bouts before falling to Shakur Laney. James ground out a tight 6-5 win over Austin Smith (Tri-Valley) in the consolation semis to earn his first set of state tickets, and then he closed out with a 5-2 win over Luke Nace (Teays Valley) to finish with the bronze. In Columbus, Wimer started off his state tournament with a tense 2-0 sudden victory win over Gage Branson (Glen Este) to advance to the quarterfinals. After a loss to district champ L.J. Bentley (St. Edward) in the quarters, James lost a 7-4 bout with Chris Doyle (Green) to finish a mere match shy of placement.
Max Wright looked like a freshman with a great deal of promise last year, and this year I’ll expect him to make the jump into the primetime of the state tournament. He earned an 8th place finish at the dense Top Gun Tournament while posting some impressive results along the way. Wright kicked off his tournament with a pin over state qualifier Josiah Hrusch (Minerva), but he was brought back to Earth in a 12-1 loss to California state placer Tristan Gilliland (Clovis) during his next bout. Max rolled back with three straight consolation wins that included a pin over returning state qualifier Cory Marshall (Dover). Wright lost a close 1-0 bout with senior state qualifier Andrew Coghill (Nordonia) in his next match before falling to state placer Lane Peters (Claymont) in the 7th place finals. Despite only being a freshman, Max won his first sectional title with a pair of pins and a 4-0 shutout over district placer Austin Smith (Tri-Valley) in the finals. Wright pinned his first district foe before dropping a 6-1 quarterfinal match with senior state qualifier Luke Nace. He posted another pin in his first consolation bout, this time over Tyler Pivetz (Westerville S.), advancing him into the consolation quarterfinals. Here, Wright lost a narrow 4-3 bout with James Wimer to end his season after a 2-2 district tournament. He wrestled at 145 at one point during the off-season, so it’s possible that he is up at a considerably higher weight than 120, especially at the beginning of the year.
Every group needs a wildcard, and Kristopher Volpe is this group’s wildcard. The talented junior missed out on qualifying for the district tournament last year, but it was at a sectional that housed the state champ, another state placer, a third state qualifier, and the state alternate. That’s a ridiculous sectional. Kristopher’s a prolific pinner when he gets going, and we can see evidence of this in his Wadsworth Tournament performance from last season. After a pin and a tech in his first two bouts, Volpe picked up a first period fall over state alternate Brandon Randolph (Wadsworth) in the semifinals. To prove that the excellent win over Randolph was no fluke, Kristopher stuck 2x state placer Cory Simpson (Field) in the championship match. Those two wins show just how Volpe can erupt when he’s at his best. If he can harness that type of performance at tournament time, we could see Kristopher pull off some major upsets at the state tournament. At sectionals last season, Volpe lost a surprisingly one sided 18-2 match with state qualifier James Wimer in the opening round. He bounced back with a 29 second pin in his first consolation match, advancing him to the consolation semifinals. Here he lost a 6-3 match with state alternate Josh Transue to fall into the alternate match. Volpe ended his year with another pin, sticking the tough Austin Rayburn in 32 seconds of their 5th place bout.
Austin Smith placed 3rd at Sheridan last December where he lost a close 11-10 match with 2x state placer Jake Adkins (Northridge) in the opening round before rattling off three straight consolation wins to claim the bronze. Austin went 1-2 at Brecksville, losing to state champ Christian Clary (Dayton Chr.) and a tough Collin Langer (Lake Cath.) during the event. At sectionals, Smith defeated Andrew Hassel 7-3 in the semifinals before losing the previously mentioned 4-0 bout to Max Wright in the championship. Austin pinned his first district foe and then fell in a 12-1 quarterfinal match with Josh Transue. Smith rebounded with a resounding tech to win his first consolation bout, and then he defeated Andrew Hassel (14-9) for a second straight week, earning him district placement. Austin suffered a close 6-5 loss to James Wimer and then endured a 5-2 setback in his 5th place match with Josh Transue to finish in 6th place.
Andrew Hassel placed 8th at Solon to start last year, picking up an impressive pin over district placer Austin Victor (Mentor) in the second round. He wrestled up at 120 for his home tournament where he placed 4th while picking up a pin over Domonic Hathaway (Reynoldsburg) and an 11-6 win over Cortez Marshall (Grove City). Andrew later placed 3rd at both Groveport Madison and his sectional tournament. Hassel won a 9-0 major over Devin Johnson (Pickerington N.) in the opening round of the district tournament before being pinned by state champ Hayden lee (Marysville) in the quarterfinals. Andrew pinned Riley Amador (Bradley) in his first consolation bout but fell to Austin Smith in the consolation quarterfinals.

126-
1. Shakur Laney-Pickerington N. (5th, 4th state)
2. Connor Thomas-Olentangy Liberty (5th district 2013)
3. Derek Sharp-Marysville (6th district)
4. Liam Dunlea-Jerome
5. Ryan McElwee-Pickerington C.
6. Robert Valenti-Darby

Shakur Laney was one of my favorite stories form the 2013 post season. After a 4th place finish at sectionals, he won his district tournament and advanced to the state semifinals before finishing an impressive 4th. Laney had more consistent success throughout last year but ultimately placed 5th at a tough 113 weight class. During his senior year, Shak will have a legitimate shot at becoming a state finalist. Now that he and 3x state placer Chandler Minnard have reportedly transferred to Pickerington North, they could also help their new school earn a district title. Last year, Laney placed 4th at Medina while posting wins over a tough Ethan Rivera (Brunswick), state alternate Brandon Randolph (Wadsworth), and state qualifier James Wimer (Central Crossing) along the way. The win over Randolph was especially impressive given the fact that it was a 13 second pin. Shakur's two losses were a 3-1 setback to state placer L.J. Bentley (St. Edward) and a 6-2 loss to D-2 state champ Dustin Warner (Claymont). In January, Laney racked up titles at Scioto and Groveport Madison, posting a 3-2 win over 2x state placer Ana Abduljelil (Whitehall-Yearling) at the latter tournament. Shakur placed 2nd at the Marysville Sectional Tournament, defeating James Wimer 6-3 in the semis prior to a 4-2 overtime loss to state champ Hayden Lee (Marysville) in the championship bout. A week later, Laney rolled to the district finals while posting a 13-3 trouncing of state qualifier Luke Nace (Teays Valley) and a third win over James Wimer (10-4). For a second straight week, the Groveport wrestler would fall to Hayden Lee in the finals, this time by an 8-3 score. In Columbus, Laney would be upset in the first round of the state tournament in a 9-6 loss to Troy Barkley (Centerville). Laney trudged back through the consolation rounds with an 8-3 win over Andrew Coghill (Nordonia) and a 3-1 defeat of a very tough Jake Donahue (Massillon) to earn state placement for a second straight year. Laney advanced to the consolation semis after a default victory over Garrett Lambert (Strongsville), but suffered his second loss of the year to L.J. Bentley (7-2) to drop into the 5th place final. Shak once again demonstrated his resolve with a solid 5-2 win over Patrick Kearney (Mason) to close out his junior year with a win and finish with a 5th place medal. I'll be pulling for Laney to make it to his first state finals as a senior in 2015. He has the talent and the toughness, now it’s up to him to make the most out of his last high school opportunity.
Connor Thomas will be a dangerous foe in 2015. After a 2013 season in which he finished as the state alternate out of this district, Connor was squeezed out of the line-up in 2014. Two time state placer Jon Furnas made the jump from 106 to 120, which I’m guessing was Thomas’s more natural weight. Connor didn’t have the option of wrestling up at 126 due to the fact that the starting spot was occupied by 2x state placer Giuseppe Penzone, and 132 wasn’t an option either with state qualifier Trey Grenier taking over starting duties at that weight. Thomas did have the opportunity to start all the way up at 138 during portions of the year, but he had only marginal success. He wrestled foes tough, but the significant weight advantage did him in. A perfect example of this was Brecksville, where Connor went 0-2 and was eliminated from the tournament in a close 3-2 loss to district placer Nick Collica (Nordonia). With Furnas wrestling at 132 this year, Penzone graduated, and Grenier likely at 138 or 145, Thomas should get an opportunity to wrestle at a more appropriate weight for the Patriots, like he did during his state alternate freshman season. During that first season, Connor earned a 4-2 win over 2014 state qualifier Juwan Minnifield (Perkins) early in the year and later pulled out a 3rd place finish at Wadsworth in late January. Thomas finished 2nd to 2x state placer Dakota Riley (Mt. Vernon) at his sectional tournament, after knocking off state qualifier Kyle Dooley (Teays Valley) 7-4 in the semifinals. Connor beat 2014 state alternate Josh Transue (Jerome) 4-2 at the district tournament to earn placement and won a 12-5 match with Rob McGrath (Bradley) in the 5th place final to finish as the state alternate.
Another wrestler that earned his first district placement as a freshman is Derek Sharp. He wrestled tough at SWOWCA early last season, losing only 4-1 to state qualifier Colin Del Valle (Fairmont) and state placer Tyler Ziegler (Moeller) while going 3-2 on the tournament. After a loss to Michigan state champ Devin Schroder (Cath. Cent.) in the second round of the Brecksville tournament, Sharp lost a tough 2-1 bout with state qualifier Slade Tyson (Teays Valley) in the consolation rounds. Derek posted a 2-2 Top Gun Tournament, where he hung tough with a very impressive Jeremy Rezabek (Strongsville) before falling 8-5. Sharp placed 2nd at the Marysville Sectional, beating Robert Valenti (Darby) 4-0 in the semis and losing 10-5 to state placer Jon Furnas in the finals. At Darby, Derek would win his first bout prior to his quarterfinal loss to state placer Santino DiSabato (Westerville N.). Sharp marched back with an 11-3 win over Tyler Davis (Mt. Vernon) and a 7-2 defeat of Robert Valenti to claim a spot on the podium. Sharp lost a 7-1 bout with Slade Tyson in the consolation semifinals and then fell 5-1 to senior Rob McGrath (Bradley) in the 5th place final.
Liam Dunlea looked tough throughout all of last season and finished just a match shy of placement at the Darby District in February. Over the holidays, Liam placed 3rd at Marion Harding where he picked up a 2-0 victory over district placer Preston Smith (Pleasant) in the consolation finals. Liam placed 3rd at his sectional tournament, while posting a 3-1 win over Robert Valenti in their consolation final bout. He would lose his opening round bout at Darby, but Dunlea battled back with wins over Cortez Marshall (Grove City) and Ryan McElwee (Pickerington C.) in his next two matches. Liam’s season ended in a 9-2 match with state alternate Rob McGrath, though he built an excellent foundation for his senior campaign.
Robert Valenti placed 2nd at Pickerington North last December after defeating Andrew Hassel (Pickerington N.) 3-1 in the semifinals. He hung tough in the championship bout before ultimately succumbing to state placer Cameron Lathem (Teays Valley) in a 5-1 loss. Valenti placed 4th at the Marysville Sectional Tournament, losing close matches to Derek Sharp (4-0) and Liam Dunlea (3-1). Robert opened his district tournament with a 7-3 loss to state qualifier Slade Tyson before bouncing back with a pair of wins. The first triumph was a 4-2 sudden victory win over Thomas Cooper (U. Arlington) and the second was a pin over Domonic Hathaway (Reynoldsburg) to push him through to the consolation quarterfinals. For a second straight week, Valenti fell to Derek Sharp (7-2), and this time it ended his season.
Ryan McElwee went 4-2 at the GMVWA Tournament last season, leaving district placer Tyler Armstrong (Kenton Ridge) in his wake after a 13-5 major decision. McElwee placed 4th at Scioto where he split two matches with Thomas Cooper and lost a 15-6 semifinal with Shakur Laney. Ryan finished as the runner-up to Cameron Lathem at the sectional tournament, where he defeated Tyler Davis (Mt. Vernon) 5-2 in the semifinals. McElwee won the rubber match with Thomas Cooper (6-3) in the opening round of the district tournament before falling to Slade Tyson and Liam Dunlea in consecutive matches.
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1. Jon Furnas-Olentangy Liberty (4th, 7th state)
2. Chandler Minnard-Pickerington N. (7th, 7th, 7th state)
3. Kyle Dooley-Teays Valley (6th district, SQ 2013)
4. Joseph Terry-Pickerington C. (5th district)
5. Zack Garrett-Darby
6. Jake Marsh-Marysville (4th middle school state)

Jon Furnas has really improved by leaps and bounds each year of his high school wrestling career. Congratulations to Liberty senior who will be continuing his wrestling career at Cornell which is both one of the top wrestling and academic schools in the country. Furnas placed 5th at his sectional tournament during his freshman year of wrestling. The next year, Jon made the leap from the sectional podium all the way up to the state podium, where he placed 7th as a sophomore. Furnas again made a jump in performance during his junior year, when he placed 4th in the state at what was likely the most competitive weight class at the Schott. This preseason, Jon again outdid himself with an 8th place finish at the prestigious Super 32 wrestling tournament. Furnas only actually lost 1 match at Super 32 but forfeited his last two matches after two days of rigorous wrestling. Hopefully the forfeit was not injury related, and he’ll be ready for the start of the season. Last year, Furnas placed an impressive 3rd at a loaded Brecksville tournament. He won an 11-3 second round match over state alternate Andre Herron (N. Royalton) sending him into the quarterfinals where he was defeated by returning state finalist Armando Torres (Elyria) by a 4-1 score. Jon journeyed back through the consolation bracket with four straight wins that included consecutive victories over 2x state placer Brad Taton (Lake Cath) 7-3, Michigan state champ Devin Schroder (Cath. Centr.) 5-2, and a 3-1 win over Armando Torres in the rematch for 3rd place. Later in the year, Furnas would thrash the field at Wadsworth on the way to a tournament championship. His finals bout was a 17-7 drubbing of Kentucky state runner-up Logan Erdman (Ryle). After winning the sectional title in convincing fashion, Jon picked up a pin and two techs at the district tournament to secure a second trip to the state championships. In the finals, Furnas posted a 5-3 victory over state placer Cameron Lathem (Teays Valley) to earn his first district crown. In an odd bit of coincidence, Furnas drew Moises Guillen in the first round of the state tournament, the brother of the wrestler who he faced in the first round of the state tournament the year before. Jon won his opening bout against Moises Guillen, just as he had over Mario Guillen the year before, though the margin of victory was one point higher the second time around. Furnas clamped down and won a tough quarterfinal bout with state placer Conner Ziegler (Moeller) by a 6-4 score in the sudden victory portion of overtime. In his next match, he lost a 6-4 semifinal bout with freestyle All-American Jake Newhouse (Mass. Perry) to fall into the consolation bracket, but Jon rebounded nicely with a 9-4 victory over 2013 bronze medalist Josh Heil (Brunswick) to reach the consolation finals. Here, Furnas fell 9-3 to freestyle national champion Austin Assad (Brunswick) to close out the tournament with a 4th place medal. A few weeks ago, Furnas earned placement at the hellacious Super 32 while knocking off New York state finalist Jesse Dellavecchia (E. Islip) 4-3 in the round of 32. His only loss of the tournament was a very impressive 3-2 defeat to Pennsylvania state champ Luke Pletcher (Greater Latrobe) who is currently ranked #1 in the nation by Flo Wrestling. During the consolation rounds, Furnas defeated New Jersey state placer Peter LiPari (Bergen Cath.) by a 9-3 score. LiPari is a wrestler who defeated 2x Ohio state champion David Bavery (Mass. Perry) at the Beast of the East Tournament last season. In the final match that he wrestled, Jon earned a tiebreak win over 2x Ohio state champ Jared Ganger (Covington) to secure placement. Due to the talent and depth at 132, fans should expect a very exciting and competitive state tournament. As good as the field will be, Furnas is as likely as anyone to walk away with the state tile
Chandler Minnard has placed at the state tournament each of his first three years of varsity wrestling. Oddly enough, each year it has been the same place, 7th. As good as he's been over his first three tours of varsity duty, I'm sure Minnard is not satisfied by his placement. I do have to give him credit for the fact that Minnard has won the last match of his season every year, which takes a certain kind of resolve. Last season, Chandler pinned his way to a tournament title at Sheridan, picking up five consecutive falls en route to the crown. Minnard went 2-2 at the always tough Brecksville Tournament, snaring a 13-2 win over state qualifier Josh Clary (Dayton Chr.) in the opening round. His two losses would be a 9-3 setback to 2x state placer Giuseppe Penzone (O. Liberty) and a 2-0 loss to an underrated Nico O'Dor (Elyria). He won a tournament title at the Pioneer Invitational where he defeated state qualifier Justin Jolliff (Findlay) 8-1 in the finals. Chandler looked impressive while earning a tournament title at the stout Dies Tournament. He overcame state alternate Brett Thomas (Brunswick) 8-2 in the semifinals and then won an exciting 8-7 finals bout with state placer Georgio Poullas (Canfield). Minnard began his post season with a sectional title at Licking Valley, where he completed a dominant tournament with a 12-0 trouncing of the tough freshman Luciano Mendicino (Granville) in the finals. A week later, Chandler plowed through to the district finals while beating state qualifier Tyler Jenkins (Meadowbrook) 10-5 in the quarters and state qualifier Hayden Matheney (Morgan) 12-1 in the semifinals. Minnard's run was halted abruptly in the finals when he lost a narrow 4-3 match to state placer Kollin Clark (Claymont) for the title. At the state tournament, Chandler drew fellow state placer Cole Tawney (Gallia Academy) in the opening round and was banished to the consolation bracket after a 7-4 loss. Minnard won his first consolation bout by a 4-2 score over Brandon Leynaud (Lexington) and then locked up his third consecutive state medal with a 3-1 win over Walker Chieffe (University). Chandler dropped his rematch with Georgio Poullas 4-2 to fall into the 7th place final yet again. Here, he got even with Cole Tawney in a 7-4 win, reversing the outcome of their first round bout. Minnard made the jump from D-3 to D-2 last year with the rest of his Bloom Carroll wrestling team, and this year he makes the leap to D-1 after transferring to Pickerington North. The state tournament will be even more difficult this year, but with his wrestling acumen and training partners like Shakur Laney, Minnard may finally earn at state place above 7th.
Kyle Dooley will look to return to the Promised Land in 2015 after just missing out on a second straight trip to the state tournament in 2014. He started off last season with an 8th place finish at Pickerington North, where he won one match and then defaulted out of the tournament. The injury kept him out until after the Brecksville Tournament, though he did look like he was in midseason form when he returned to the mat. Dooley picked up a pair of impressive wins during the state duals when he defeated state qualifier Tyler Hogue (Pickerington C.) 4-1 and state placer Greg Brusco (Hayes) by a 5-1 score. In mid February, Kyle placed 2nd at his sectional tournament where Tyler Hogue turned the tables on their previous match and defeated Dooley 5-3 in the finals. His first win at Darby was a 21-11 win over Nathan Smiley (Reynoldsburg), and he followed it up with a 7-6 win over Troy Messer (Marysville) to reach the semifinals. Dooley lost a one-sided affair (11-1) to 2x state placer James Wimer (Central Crossing) in the district semis, dropping him into a rematch with Greg Brusco in the consolation semis. Brusco avenged the earlier loss, sending Dooley into the 5th place final after a 5-2 loss. Kyle would be pinned in the alternate final with one second left in the match to finish in 6th place.
Joseph Terry will be looking to make the next step and reach the state tournament in 2015. Terry went 2-2 at the GMVWA tournament last season, posting a nice pin over Skylar Hester (Washington) to reach the quarterfinals. In his next match, Terry lost a 6-3 bout with Georgia state champion Grant Aycox (Archer) before falling to state qualifier Seth Cochran (Kenton Ridge) in the consolation rounds. After the New Year, Joseph won the tournament title at Scioto with a 4-2 victory over Garrett Blackburn (London) in the championship bout. Terry advanced to his sectional finals after surging to a 14-3 semifinal win over Andrew Ormistion (Teays Valley), avenging an earlier loss to the same wrestler. In the championship bout, Terry lost a 6-2 bout with state qualifier Matteo Lybarger (Mt. Vernon) to close out as the tournament runner-up. At Darby, Joseph won an 8-3 opening round match with Will Stratton (Bradley) and followed it up with an extremely impressive 8-2 win over an exemplary Jared Ferguson (Pickerington N.). Terry lost a heartrendingly close 7-6 bout with Trey Grenier (Liberty) in the district semifinals, and then endured a similar fate in an 8-6 loss to state placer Andrew Lieb (Watkins Mem.) during their consolation semifinal bout. Terry closed out his year on an upswing when he picked up his second victory of the tournament over the quality Jared Ferguson (10-4) in their 5th place final.
Zach Garrett posted a quality tournament at Pickerington North last year, where he won the championship by posting a 17-5 major over Kentucky state qualifier Bryan Spahr (Campbell Co.). During the Christmas break, Garrett went 2-2 at Medina where he lost to state qualifier Darrin Gilkerson (Wadsworth) and solid freshman Alex Defraine (Medina) along the way. Zach secured an impressive pin over Connor Gray (Wadsworth) during their dual meet in January, and he followed it up with a 6th place finish at Wadsworth a week later. Garrett placed 3rd at The Marysville Sectional Tournament where he lost to the explosive state placer Giuseppe Penzone (Liberty) in the semis. Zach picked up an impressive11-3 major over a respectable Troy Messer in the consolation finals. Garrett had a rough district tournament where he lost to district placer Michael Hines (O. Orange) by a 7-6 score in the opening round and was pinned almost immediately (14 seconds) by Kane Freeman (Lancaster) in the first consolation round. Despite his forgettable end to the year, Garrett is still a very good wrestler with legitimate state aspirations in 2015. If he can continue to improve, we could definitely see Zach end his senior year at the state tournament.
Marysville should be very deep at the middle weights this year, and it’ll be interesting to see how everyone fits into the line-up. Jake Marsh will likely be either at 126 or 132, and the talented freshman could make an immediate impact on the district climate for a Marysville team that will be looking for a top 3 finish at Darby. Marsh was a semifinalist at the middle school state tournament as an 8th grader, ultimately finish 4th in 2014. At the tournament, Marsh posted a nice pin over Marco Regalbuto and shutout Josh Jaeckin (Olmsted Falls) 6-0 in the quarterfinals to reach the semis. Here he lost an 8-2 bout with state champ Sandro Ramirez (Wauseon) to drop into the consolation rounds. Marsh won his consolation semifinal bout 4-2 over Emil Soehnlen (Mass. Perry) before falling 1-0 to Logan Kissell (Garfield) in the 3rd place final.
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1. Dominick Demas-Coffman (6th state)
2. Connor Borton-Olentangy Orange (SQ)
3. Greg Brusco-Hayes (SQ, 4th state 2013)
4. Andrew Lieb-Watkins Mem. (8th state)
5. Matteo Lybarger-Mt. Vernon (SQ)
6. Bradley Collins-Pickerington N. (5th district)

Dominick Demas stormed onto the varsity scene last year, emerging as a state semifinalist at 138. It appears that he's returning to that classification for the upcoming season, and he’ll be in the middle of the state title hunt in a deep weight class. Dominick, the brother of Ohio State starter and 2x state champ Josh Demas, is one of the more exciting freshmen in the state due to his ability to rack up points in clusters against even the highest caliber of wrestlers. Evidence of this scoring prowess can be demonstrated by Demas's 17-2 tech over 2x state placer David Sparks (Marysville) during their dual meet in mid December. When I first saw the score I thought that it must be a typo, but sure enough, Dominick got the ball rolling early in the year against top level competition with that tech fall against a returning state place-winner. Demas built off of that momentum at the GMVWA tournament, where he placed 2nd at possibly the deepest weight class. Dominick picked up a pin over state qualifier Zach Johnson (Wilmington) in the second round of the tournament. In the quarterfinals, Demas made headlines by teching Kentucky state champion Sean Fausz (Campbell Co.) in a statement 22-4 win. Dominick demonstrated that he was capable of winning the close matches in the semis where he defeated returning state finalist Preston Bowshier (Kenton Ridge) 6-2 in sudden victory to advance to the championship bout. Bowshier, a senior, was coming off of a season in which he had been a state finalist, and Demas showed that he was capable of hanging with even the state's elite. Dominick fell to another returning state finalist in Andrew Hoskins (Greeneview) by a 4-3 score in the state finals, and this was a match after Hoskins had upended D-2 state champion Kyle Lawson (Graham) in the semifinals. In mid February, Demas would earn his first sectional title with an 8-1 win over 2x state qualifier Lane Hinkle (Mount Vernon). After a pair of lopsided victories at the district tournament, Dominick lost a 3-2 rematch with David Sparks in the semis, dropping him into a do-or-die match with Noah Messerall (Thomas Worthington). Demas responded impressively, majoring Messerall 11-3 to punch his first ticket to state. In the consolation finals, Dominick claimed yet another quality win, when he beat 2x state placer Tim Rooney (St. Charles) by a 2-1 score to earn a district bronze. Demas drew Ryan Montgomery (Madison) in the first round of the state tournament and advanced with a 4-1 win over the Madison wrestler. Dominick did what he does best in the quarterfinals, racking up the points in an 18-5 win over the district champ Yassir Abdel-Salam. In his next match, Demas lost a heartbreakingly close 3-1 sudden victory bout with Nick Steed (Mass. Perry), dropping him into a consolation bout with senior Gavin Nelson (Clay). Against Nelson, Dominick lost another overtime bout, falling 2-1 in sudden victory to land in the 5th place final. Demas lost the rubber match with David Sparks to end the season in 6th place. Over the summer, Demas continued his run of excellence, picking up a bronze medal at the Cadet Greco-Roman national championships in Fargo and following it up with a 6th place finish in freestyle. It should be mentioned that Dominick was a semifinalist in freestyle but suffered and injury in the semifinal bout which subsequently caused him to drop to 6th place. With as young and as talented as Demas is, he'll be one of the favorites for a state title in 2015. However, 138 looks to be one of the deepest weights in Division 1, so he’ll have to continue to stay ahead of the curve if he hopes to snare his first gold medal.
Connor Borton returns to his original home high school for his senior year, seeking a spot on the medal stand in Columbus. After two years as a state qualifier for the Moeller Crusaders, Borton will be in the midst of the excellent 138 weight class at Darby while wrestling as a member of the Olentangy Orange squad. Borton finished 3-2 at the Ironman early last year, falling to Oklahoma state finalist Davion Jeffries 5-3 in sudden victory of their first match. Jeffries, an Oklahoma recruit, begins this season ranked 7th in the nation by Flo Wrestling. Connor battled back from the opening round loss with three straight consolation wins including a 9-5 sudden victory defeat of state placer Kollin Clark (Claymont). He was eliminated from the tournament after a close 6-4 loss to Danny Boychuck (Wyoming Sem.) who was 5th at the Prep National tournament in 2013. The next week Borton rolled to a title at the always tough SWOWCA Tournament. He earned a 9-1 major in the quarterfinals over district placer Cameron Crasto (Centerville), knocked off Kentucky state placer Elijah Owens (Simon Kenton) 7-3 in the semifinals, and controlled state alternate Ryan Gordon (St. Xavier) 10-4 in the championship. In mid January, Connor would finish as the tournament runner-up at the CIT, where his only loss was a 4-0 finals bout with 2x state champion Anthony Tutolo (Lake Cath.). On the road to that finals match, Borton picked-up an excellent 7-0 win in the semifinals over 2x state placer Caleb Ohl (Newark Cath.). Connor trekked to a conference tournament title at the GCL, where he posted an impressive 9-2 defeat of state placer Andrew Sams (LaSalle) in their championship finale. Two weeks later, Borton powered to the Lebanon Sectional finals with a pair of first period pins, slating him against hometown wrestler Quinn May. Connor toughed out a 2-1 victory over the state qualifier to advance to the Fairmont District Tournament as a #1 seed. Borton reeled of a pair of wins over Kris Green (Springboro) and Ryan Johnson (Stebbins) to reach the district semifinals where he was upended by state finalist Josh Parrett (Fairmont) by a 5-1 score. Borton's consolation semifinal would be a rematch of the SWOWCA finals with Ryan Gordon. The second match would be tighter than the first, but it was Borton once again coming away with the win in a 3-2 bout. This win locked up a spot in the state tournament for the second straight year for Borton, who earned a definitive pin over Andrew Sams in the consolation finals. In the first round of the state tournament, Connor drew the freewheeling 2x state placer Giuseppe Penzone (O. Liberty), a wrestler who puts up points in bunches and frequently pins opponents. Borton put forth a game effort, but it would be Penzone advancing with the 10-7 victory. Connor's first consolation bout was an 11-9 shootout win over Tyler Workman (Parma) on Thursday night. Unfortunately, Borton's next bout would be against eventual bronze medalist Alec Cotton (Lake) who eliminated Connor by a 3-0 score. Overall, it was an excellent year for Borton, but wrestlers of his caliber are not often satisfied by finishing a match shy of the podium. The upcoming season is a new year with new challenges, and we could see Borton right in the middle of a loaded weight class at Darby.
I expect Greg Brusco to bounce back in a big way this year. Despite dealing with injury issues last season, he still managed to qualify for his second straight state tournament by the end of the year. With an off-season to get healthy and another year of training, I think he'll give the state title contenders a run for their money by the end of the year. Brusco had a roller-coaster type of tournament at Top Gun last year. He opened the event with a dominant 18-2 tech over district placer Matt Salmon (Perkins) and it looked like he would pick up right where he left of his freshman year when he finished 4th at the state tournament. However, Greg's next match would be equally as lopsided, though it didn't end in Brusco's favor. Mark Molder (Mentor) would tech the Hayes sophomore 19-2 to send him into the wrestle-backs. It was a head-scratching result considering the fact that Molder is a quality opponent but Brusco had not been teched or pinned at the state tournament the year before despite wrestling the state champ Aaron Assad (Brecksville) and bronze medalist Nick Mancini (Boardman), both excellent seniors. Greg
rebounded with three consecutive consolation wins including a pin over state qualifier Chance Haynes (Buckeye Valley) and a 4-2 win over a solid PA wrestler, Tyler Kuzma (Ft. LeBoeuf). His last two matches would not be as successful, as Brusco suffered an 18 second pin in his match with state placer Kollin Clark (Claymont) before falling 9-7 to Ryan Yocum (Trinity, PA) to close out the tournament in 8th place. During the state duals, Brusco picked up a nice 3-2 victory over state placer Santino DiSabato (Westerville N.), though he was defeated 5-1 and 15-0 by state qualifier Kyle Dooley (Teays Valley) and state champ David Bavery (Mass. Perry) in the next two rounds. Greg won the sectional title at Watkins Memorial, while earning a 15-5 major over state alternate Bradley Collins (Pickerington N.) in the finals. Brusco claimed a pin in the first round of the district tournament to reach the quarterfinals. His match would not go according to plan as Brusco was teched by 2x state placer Giuseppe Penzone (O. Liberty), dropping him into the consolation rounds. Greg teched Nathan Smiley (Reynoldsburg) in his first wrestle-back bout and then snared a 5-1 win over district placer Michael Hines (O. Orange) to reach the consolation semis. Brusco's go-to-state bout would be a rematch with Kyle Dooley who had defeated him earlier at the state duals. This time, the Hayes sophomore would rise victorious, winning a 5-2 bout and earning a second trip to the state tournament. Brusco closed out his second district tournament with an 11-2 major over Tyler Hogue (Pickerington C.) to earn the bronze medal. The state championships would not be as fortuitous as his freshman campaign, as Brusco was bounced in two matches. It was a stark contrast to the 2013 run that saw Greg earn an 8-6 sudden victory win in his first state bout to earn a quarterfinal match up with state champ Aaron Assad. Though Assad won 20-10 and controlled the majority of the match, there was a moment during the bout where Brusco headlocked Assad and was close to pinning the senior, if only for a moment. The freshman wrestled like a seasoned veteran in the wrestle-backs, gutting out a 9-7 sudden victory win over returning state placer Jimmy Ferritto (St. Ignatius) to earn a spot on the podium. Brusco then hammered 2x state placer Anthony Milano (LaSalle) in the consolation quarterfinals before seizing an 8-6 last second victory over district champ Tyler Ziegler (Moeller) in the consolation semis. In the 3rd place final, he was routed 16-3 by senior Nick Mancini, but it was still one of the more impressive freshman runs at the state tournament that year. I expect to see a 2015 season closer to his freshman year than the injury riddled 2014 campaign. I believe it was reported that Brusco posted a 3-2 win over 2x state placer Jon Furnas (O. Liberty) at the Ashland Duals during the off-season, suggesting that he should be in contention with the top wrestlers at this weight in 2015.
Andrew Lieb surprised and impressed me last year, placing at the state tournament for the first time in what was a very dense weight class. Shortly after the New Year, Lieb placed 2nd at Marion County where he picked up a nice 10-6 victory in the semifinals over Nate Boggs (Perkins). His lone setback was an 8-4 championship loss to a sneaky good Antonio Mitchell (South). At sectionals, Andrew earned another runner-up finish, this time to district placer Jared Ferguson (Pickerington N.) in an 8-3 match. At Darby, Lieb rolled to a pin in the opening round before being brought back to Earth in a 4-1 quarterfinal loss to returning state finalist Bobby Smith. Andrew pulled out a nice 6-1 win over Donny Didion (Westerville N.) in his first consolation bout, and then he shellacked Will Stratton (Bradley) 13-1 to earn a consolation semifinal match. Lieb won his go-to-state bout with Joseph Terry (Pickerington C.) by an 8-6 score before falling 3-2 to Matteo Lybarger (Mt. Vernon) to finish in 4th place. At the state tournament, Lieb would lose an 8-1 opening round bout with state finalist Nick Kiussis (Brunswick), dropping him into one of those dreaded Thursday night matches. Andrew gritted out a 6-2 bout with Nick Broyles (Northmont) to stay alive and advance to Friday wrestling. Lieb’s second consolation bout was a rematch of the Darby consolation final against Matteo Lybarger which had been won by Lybarger. Andrew avenged the earlier loss with a 5-3 victory to lock up a spot on the podium. Lieb closed out his state tournament with a pair of tough close losses (6-4 and 4-3) to Jacoby Ward (Moeller) and Jason Spencer (Mass. Perry) to end the state tournament in 8th place.
Matteo Lybarger also made impressive strides last year, and he’ll be looking for greater things after finishing a match shy of placement during the previous season. Matteo won a tournament title at his home tournament last November and then trekked to a 4th place finish at the SWOWCA Tournament in mid December. At the latter tournament, Lybarger shutout state alternate Andrew Acuna (Lakota W.) 6-0 and bested a tough Kyle Ramsey (Lebanon) 10-4 during his tournament run. His only losses at the event were a pair of setbacks to state qualifier John Shirkey (LaSalle). Lybarger started off his Brecksville Tournament with a pin over Jesse Orantek and kept his second round loss to a decision against nationally ranked Nate Limmex (Cath. Central), who was a Michigan state champ. Matteo pinned state alternate Anthony Beier (Clyde) in his first consolation bout before being eliminated from the tournament in a tight 4-3 loss to 2x state placer Dustin Marteney (Delta). Lybarger had an uncharacteristic 1-2 showing at Clay in mid January, but he was well prepared for the post season when sectionals rolled around. Matteo won a sectional title with a 6-2 finals victory over state alternate Joseph Terry. He continued to roll in his first two district bouts, where he posted a 12-5 win and a pin to reach the district semis. Here, Lybarger was defeated 5-2 by returning state finalist Bobby Smith to fall into the consolation semis. Matteo posted an impressively lopsided 16-2 win over a very good Jared Ferguson to advance to his first state tournament, and then he close out with a bronze medal after the previously mentioned 3-2 win over state placer Andrew Lieb. In Columbus, Matteo won an impressive 13-10 shootout with Hunter Ladnier (St. Edward) in the first round of the state tournament to advance to the quarterfinals. He lost an 8-2 bout with 2x state placer Nolan Whitely (Walsh) in his next match and was eliminated by Andrew Lieb in the 5-3 placement match win.
Bradley Collins finished his sophomore year as the state alternate, and he should get even better this year with training partners like Minnard and Laney moving into the room. He started off a bit under the radar last year, placing 8th at Pickerington North. Collins exchanged starting time with Will Mason throughout the course of the year before locking up the starting spot for the post-season process. Bradley placed 2nd at the Watkins Memorial Sectional, posting an 8-4 win over Nathan Smiley (Reynoldsburg) in the semis before falling top state placer Greg Brusco in the championship bout. Collins ground out a close match in the opening round of the Darby District Tournament, winning 2-0 over Wyatt Garren (Logan). He fell to Josh Wimer in the quarterfinals but fought back with a pin over Kane Freeman (Lancaster) in his first consolation match. Collins won a tight 3-1 sudden victory bout over Troy Messer (Marysville) to advance to the consolation semis. Here, he fell 15-8 to Tyler Hogue (Pickerington C.) to drop into the alternate final. Collins closed out the year in impressive fashion, pinning 2013 state qualifier Kyle Dooley (Teays Valley) to finish as the state alternate.
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1. Tim Rooney-St. Charles (4th, 5th state)
2. Lane Hinkle-Mt. Vernon (SQ)
3. Trey Grenier-Olentangy Liberty (SQ)
4. Cody Notestine-Pickerington N. (5th district)
5. Ethan Leapley-Central Crossing (6th district)
*6. Mike Kline-Westerville N.*

Tim Rooney epitomizes the gamer mentality. You’ve gotta love a performer who saves his best for last and rises to the highest level when he’s on the biggest stage. Rooney qualified for state as a freshman despite being fairly unheralded around the state. He followed that performance up with a 5th place finish at the 2013 state tournament, where he came back to beat Chance Driscoll (St. Edward) for 5th place after losing to him in the quarterfinals. This past season, Rooney earned a 4th place finish at state after finishing 4th at the district tournament the prior week. Early in the season, Tim won a tournament title at Marion Harding after knocking off a tough Jimmy Staschiak (Findlay), a state placer in Grant Fidler (Monroeville), and an up and coming Jack Conway (St. Edward) in consecutive matches to win the gold. Rooney placed 4th at the CIT, where he was upended by state finalist Josh Mossing (Toledo C.C.) in a 3-1 sudden victory bout in the second round. Tim responded impressively, trooping back through the consolation bracket with 5 straight wins to reach the consolation finals. The most noteworthy of the wins were the 3-0 shutout of state qualifier Dalton Scott and the 5-1 triumph over state qualifier Evan Morgan. Though Rooney would lose a 3-2 bout with state qualifier Evan Hansel (Newark Cath.) in the consolation finals, it was still a praiseworthy consolation run that he strung together. A month later, Rooney cruised to the sectional final at Watkins Memorial, where he bettered Brandyn Dydek (Hayes) 3-0 for the championship. A week later, Tim won his first two bouts at Darby before being tripped up by Lane Hinkle in the semifinals. Rooney’s second go-to-state match was significantly more successful that his first, and he won the bout over Ethan Leapley by a 16-1 score. Tim’s last consolation bout ended in a 2-1 loss to state placer Dominick Demas (Coffman), positioning Rooney as the 4th place finisher exiting the district. At the state tournament, Rooney was slated to face Mike Kostandaras (Walsh) in the first round. Kostandaras won a 3-2 match on the way to claiming the state title, and Rooney fell into a tough consolation bracket at the very dense 138-pound weight class. Rooney patiently worked through his first four consolation bouts with aplomb. His first two wrestle-back wins saw him eliminate Christian Camacho (Brunswick) and district champ Yassir Abdel-Slaam (Lakewood) by scores of 7-3 and 6-5. In the consolation quarters, Rooney shutout Adam Salti (Olmsted Falls) by a 5-0 score to reach the top 6 for a second straight year. Tim wasn’t done yet. He posted a 3-2 win over district champ David Sparks (Marysville) to advance to the consolation finals and assure that he would outplace his previous year’s performance. Rooney’s final match was a narrow 3-2 defeat at the hands of Gavin Nelson (Clay), to close out his tournament with a 4th place medal. I’m intrigued to see what kind of performance Tim can conjure up in his final year over varsity wrestling, because as he’s shown before, when times get tough, he produces his best work.
Lane Hinkle put together an exemplary season last year while qualifying for the state tournament for a second consecutive year. Unfortunately, Hinkle was injured at the district tournament and could not participate in the state championships a week later. Lane kicked off last season with a runner-up finish at his home tournament, pulling a 2-1 victory over Nick Beyer (Hayes) in the semis prior to a championship bout loss to state placer Tanner Miller. Hinkle made the cut from 145 to 138 for the SWOWCA Tournament where he powered through to the finals before claiming an exemplary 6-5 victory over 2x state placer David Sparks in the championship. Lane had a rough tournament at Brecksville where he placed 8th. He posted a solid 15-6 major over Josh Daniels (Colerain) and pinned district placer Mikah Price (Elyria), but lost 2-0 to state finalist Josh Mossing in the quarterfinals and didn’t look the same in the consolation rounds. Hinkle won his first consolation match by an 8-1 score over Josh Romano (Perry) but then was walloped 10-0 by Colton Carroll (Teays Valley) and fell 5-3 to state placer Ryan Montgomery (Madison) in their 7th place final. In mid January, Lane wrestled an excellent tournament at Clay, where he won the title with a 6-5 win over state bronze medalist Gavin Nelson. Hinkle also shutout state qualifier Gene Porter (Sandusky) 4-0 in the opening round and routed district placer Tre’ Wheeler (Bath) 16-6 in the semifinals of the same tournament. Lane was pinned in a state duals rematch with Micah Price and then finished 2nd to state placer Dominick Demas at the sectional tournament after an 8-1 finals loss to the star freshman. At Darby, Hinkle kicked off his district tournament with a pair of major decisions that included a 10-2 win over Noah Messerall (Thomas Worthington), who replaced Hinkle at the state tournament when he was unable to wrestle. In the district semifinals, Lane won an impressive 7-1 semifinal bout over 2x state placer Tim Rooney to earn a second state trip. Lane defaulted in the finals match with David Sparks and subsequently did not participate in the state tournament the next week. I ranked Rooney ahead of Hinkle based off of his state tournament results from the past two year, but Hinkle has shown that he can defeat Rooney as well as many of the best wrestlers around the state. If he is healthy and consistent this year, Hinkle could very well enter the state tournament as the Darby District champion.
Trey Grenier qualified for the state tournament as a freshman last year for Liberty, who has become one of the more consistent teams in the state. I expect bigger and better things from the excellent sophomore this year, and we could potentially see a top 5 finish at the state tournament for the Patriot. Trey started his first tour of varsity wrestling with a 3rd place finish at his home tournament. His lone loss was a semifinal defeat in his match with state qualifier Darrin Gilkerson (Wadsworth). Grenier had an unceremonious 0-2 exit from the Brecksville tournament after dropping a respectable 6-3 match with returning state finalist Bobby Smith (Davidson) and a 9-6 loss to a solid Jesse Orantek (Elyria). Trey looked impressive while finishing 3rd at Wadsworth, where he avenged his earlier loss to state qualifier Darrin Gilkerson by defeating the state qualifier 7-4 to win their pool. His lone loss was a semifinal defeat at the hands of state champ Richie Screptock (Clay), but he followed it up with a pin over Jake Erdman (Ryle) who was a match away from placement at the Kentucky state tournament. At sectionals, Grenier pinned his way to the title, setting him up with a favorable district atmosphere. A week later, Trey posted a pin in the opening round of the district tournament, and he then followed up with an 8-3 win over Nate Longo (Coffman) to secure a spot on the district podium. Grenier toughed out a 7-6 decision in the semifinals over Joseph Terry (Pickerington C.), earning him state qualifier status and a spot in the championship bout. Here, Trey was pinned by Bobby Smith in a rematch of the opening round of the Brecksville Tournament. Grenier opened his state tournament with a first round rematch against state champion Richie Screptock. The Liberty freshman suffered a first period pin, dropping him into the consolation rounds. Trey earned an impressive 10-5 win over senior Chris Wymer (Solon) in his first wrestle-back match, but he fell just shy of placement after being pinned by Nick Boggs (Riverside) in the second consolation round.
Cody Notestine was a match away from the state tournament last year. That should provide sufficient motivation for the young man as he pursues his first state championship appearance during his final year of high school. Cody earned a silver medal at Pickerington North last December, where he picked up a 3-1 semifinal win over Kentucky state placer Stephen Maggard (Campbell County) prior to a championship bout loss to 2x state placer Josh Wimer (Central Crossing). Notestine continued to pick up hardware at Medina, where he placed 6th while earning a 6-4 win over state placer Adam Salti in the consolation rounds. Cody earned up a tournament title at Groveport Madison after defeating district placer Ryan McGrath (Bradley) 8-6 in the championship bout. He had a rough sectional at Watkins Memorial where he placed 4th after losses to Tanner Miller and Nick Beyer. Notestine looked impressive in the first round at Darby when he posted a 12-4 major over sectional champ Taylor Neely (U. Arlington). The week before, Neely had won his sectional title over an impressive field that had included Garrett McIlvain, state qualifier Ben Hooff, and district placer Brandon Goldsmith. Cody followed his first round with an 11-3 quarterfinal major over Willy Plaisir (Coffman). Notestine dropped his next two matches to state champ Kade Kowalski and Ben Hooff, to fall into the 5th place match. Cody closed out the year as the state alternate after a 9-4 win over Brandon Goldsmith. We’ll see if he can cobble together a post season run that leads to the state tournament in 2015.
Ethan Leapley seemed to gain momentum with each tournament that he wrestled at last year. He went 0-2 at Pickerington North early in the year, finished at 1-2 at Medina, closed out at 2-2 at Clay, placed 2nd at sectionals and 6th at the Darby District. Leapley hung tough with a solid Jimmy Staschiak (Findlay) before falling 10-8 at Clay. Later in the season, he picked up a 4-3 win over Max Hall (Olentangy) to reach the sectional finals, before forfeiting for some reason. Ethan was trounced 19-6 by Austin King (Teays Valley) in the opening round of the district tournament. But he gritted out a 9-8 win over Sam Beam (U. Arlington) in the first consolation round to stay alive. Leapley pinned Brandyn Dydek (Hayes) in his second consolation match and continued his run with a pin over Dylan Scott (Watkins Mem.) to reach the consolation semis. Ethan dropped his final two matches to Tim Rooney and Noah Messerall to close out the tournament in 6th place.
Mike Kline is a bit of a wildcard around this weight. He earned a 9-3 win over Max Hall during the state duals and went 0-2 at the MIT despite wrestling two close matches with tough wrestlers. One of the two matches was a 1-0 loss to state qualifier Jeremy Balboa (Oak Harbor) in the consolation rounds. Kline did not participate in the post season process for Westerville North as state qualifier Nick Durieux made the jump up to 138, which may have supplanted him from the line-up. Kline had been a district qualifier the year prior as a freshman, winning a bout in the process.

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1. Kade Kowalski-Tri-Valley (1st, 3rd state)
2. Taleb Rahmani-Marysville (4th, 7th, 4th state)
3. Tanner Miller-Lancaster (7th state)
4. Ben Hooff-Thomas Worthington (SQ)
5. Brandon Goldsmith-Westerville N. (6th district)
6. Logan Broskie-Olentangy Orange

Kade Kowalski braved the brackets of the Ironman tournament early last season, where he went 1-2. His two losses at the prestigious event were a 2-1 loss to Illinois state champ Chris Garcia (Montini Cath.) and a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Oklahoma state runner-up Tanner Bailey (Broken Arrow). Although they were both crazy close losses to excellent wrestlers, I’m sure they were not the results that Kowalski was looking for. Then again, that’s why you go to Ironman, to test yourself against some of the best wrestlers in the nation. Kade did not lose again all year. He crushed the field at Sheridan pinning and teching his way to the finals before pulling out an 11-1 major over district placer Travis Abner (Southeastern) in the championship bout. Kowalski won a thoroughly impressive tournament title at Brecksville, where he teched state qualifier Dalton Scott (Ready), bested 2x state placer Taleb Rahmani 5-2, and defeated state finalist Beau Minnick (Clyde) 4-3 in his final three bouts. Kade romped to a championship at Groveport Madison, where he handled Dalton Scott 17-4 and earned two tech falls over a very good Logan Broskie (O. Orange) on the way to the crown. Kowalski started off his post season streak with a title at the Watkins Memorial Sectional, picking up two techs and an 8-6 win over state placer Tanner Miller in the title bout. It would be more of the same at Darby where Kade defeated state qualifier Ben Hooff 5-3 in the first round, majored state alternate Cody Notestine (Pickerington N.) 10-0 in the semis, and knocked off Taleb Rahmani a second time (3-2) in the finals to earn the gold medal. At the state tournament, Kowalski methodically worked his way through a 5-1 first round win over Dakota Stephens (St. Xavier) and then followed that match with a 7-1 defeat of state placer Bo Ransom (Madison) in the quarterfinals. On Friday night, Kade pounded through to the state finals with a 9-1 major over Mike Decesare (Nordonia) in the semis. Kowalski made the most of his first match on the big stage, winning the state title with a 6-2 victory over the excellent Trey Grine (Fremont Ross). If Kade can continue this current climb in performance from year to year, it’ll be difficult to see anyone knocking him off of the top spot of the state podium in 2015.
If anyone can defeat Kowalski, Taleb Rahmani may be the most likely man to do it. Marysville gets the most out of their wrestlers and Rahmani has already placed at the state tournament thrice in his stellar career. Taleb looked solid at Ironman last year, picking up wins over state placers Sonny Lucas (Brecksville) and Caden Herron (Claymont) along the road. His two losses would be an 11-4 setback against Pennsylvania state champ Solomon Chishko (Canon-McMillan) and a 4-3 overtime loss to Missouri state placer Canten Marriott (Park Hill). Rahmani was the tournament champion at the always tough SWOWCA tournament where he majored state qualifier Dakota Stephens 16-6, knocked off state qualifier Caleb Dimmerling (Mason) 7-2, and powered past state qualifier Evan Morgan (Elder) 11-4 in the finals. Taleb had a rough tournament (by his lofty standards) at Brecksville placing 6th in an excellent field. He picked up a 5-3 win over Michigan state bronze medalist Dominic Russ (Davison) in the quarterfinals before falling 5-2, 6-4, and 3-2 in consecutive matches with state champ Kade Kowalski, state placer Kyle Kaminski (Padua), and state placer Nick Vestal (Dayton Chr.). Between Brecksville and Top Gun, Rahmani earned a nice 10-3 dual meet win over state qualifier Richard Jackson (Toledo C.C.). Taleb looked exemplary at Top Gun, where he advanced to the finals after sporting wins over Caden Herron, and Mike Decesare in the quarters and semis respectively. In the finals, Taleb lost a tight 4-3 bout with returning state finalist Zac Carson (lake) who was undefeated at the time. In mid February, Rahmani rolled to a sectional title with three falls and a 9-1 major over Matt Snyder (O. Liberty) in the finals. A week later, Taleb bounded to the district finals with a first round pin, and 11-1 major over Nick Beyer (Hayes), and a pin over Tanner Miller in the district semis. Here he was defeated a second time by Kade Kowalski finishing his tournament with a silver medal. In Columbus, Rahmani opened his state tournament with a pin over Stuart Morton (Moeller), setting him up with a quarterfinal rematch against Zac Carson. The second bout was even closer than the first, and Carson squeaked out a 5-4 tiebreak victory to send Taleb into the consolation rounds. Rahmani gritted out 9-4 sudden victory win over Grayson Davis in his first consolation bout, earning him a third consecutive state medal. He then defeated a pair of familiar foes in his next two matches, beating Tanner Miller 1-0 and Mike Decesare 3-1 to reach the consolation finals. Here, Rahmani faced another familiar opponent in Zac Carson who bested Rahmani for a third time on the year (6-2). If there’s anyone that can challenge Kowalski at this weight it is the explosive Rahmani who is always a dangerous foe. Will he improve enough between now and March to knock Kowalski form the top of the podium? Only time will tell.
Tanner Miller has improved like clockwork over his first three years of varsity wrestling. This season, he’ll be looking to work his way up the podium and make his first state finals appearance. Last year, Miller won an early season tournament title at Mount Vernon, hammering a good Lane Hinkle (Mount Vernon) 15-6 in their championship bout. He picked up several impressive wins on the path to the finals of the MIT, where he lost a close 5-2 match with returning state finalist Logan Day (Archbold). Miller’s wins at Medina included a 10-4 victory over state qualifier Zach Defraine (Medina), a pin over district placer Ethan Leapley (Central Crossing), a 5-2 triumph over state qualifier Austin Phillips (Mass. Perry) and a forfeit over Michigan state champ Miles Amine (Detroit C.C.). Tanner again finished as the runner-up at the Hephner Tournament, where he defeated state qualifier Walter Gisbon (SVSM) in the semis before losing a 3-1 finals match with Zac Carson. At Watkins Memorial, Miller advanced to the sectional finals with a 7-2 win over state alternate Cody Notestine (Pickerington N.) before a finals loss to Kade Kowalski. He started off his district tournament with a pair of impressive wins over Garrett McIlvain and Colton Carroll (Teays Valley) by 11-4 and 19-9 scores. After falling to Rahmani in the semifinals, Miller shutout Brandon Goldsmith 4-0 to punch through to a second state tournament. He then closed out in emphatic fashion with a pin over Ben Hooff in the consolation finals. Miller carried that momentum into the first round of the state tournament where he pinned Hunter Bryant (Piqua) in the opening round. Miller suffered a one-sided 15-4 loss to state finalist Trey Grine in the quarterfinals, but he soldiered back with a 9-1 major over Ben Hooff to earn state placement. Tanner lost a tight 1-0 bout with Taleb Rahmani to fall into the 7th place final where he won a 5-3 bout over Mario Graziani (Boardman) to finish in 7th place.
Ben Hooff wrestled tough last year during a junior season that ended at the state tournament. Last December, Hooff placed 5th at North Canton where he lost an 8-5 match with returning state finalist Zac Carson in the semifinals. A few weeks later, Ben surged to a tournament title at Marion Harding, where he posted three pins, a tech, and a 10-1 major over a solid Nick Flowers (Galion) in the finals. Hooff had a tough turn of events at the Upper Arlington Sectional Tournament, where he lost a 13-9 semifinal bout with district placer Brandon Goldsmith and then defaulted in his consolation final match to finish in 4th place. The fourth place finish caused Hooff to have an unfortunate draw at the district tournament, where he wrestled state champ Kade Kowalski in the first round. Ben wrestled tough but fell 5-3 in the match, dropping him into the wrestle-backs. Hooff picked up a 10-0 shutout over Dayrel Billingsly (Groveport Madison) and then followed up with a pin over a tough Colton Carroll in his second consolation match. Ben advanced past the consolation quarters with a 12-3 major over Nick Beyer (Hayes) and then punched through to the state tournament with an 8-4 win over Cody Notestine (Pickerington N.) in the consolation semis. Hooff fell to Tanner Miller in his consolation final match, resulting in a first round draw against district champ Dillon Leneave (Fairfield). At the state tournament, Miller lost a 10-4 match with Leneave, but stayed alive in the consolation rounds with a 10-1 major over Austin Tomoletz (Mentor) in his first consolation match. Hooff ended his year a match shy of state placement after falling to Tanner Miller for a second straight week.
Brandon Goldsmith seemed to hang tough with just about everyone that he wrestled last year. Despite only being a sophomore, Brandon finished the year as a district placer. He went 2-2 at Medina over the holidays, knocking off state alternate Luke Sorboro (Rootstown) in the consolation rounds before being eliminated in a 4-1 loss to state placer Caden Herron (Claymont). Goldsmith looked even better at sectionals, where he bested the excellent freshman Logan Broskie 14-10 in the quarterfinals and then defeated Ben Hooff 13-9 to secure a spot in the finals. Here, Brandon would be defeated by Taylor Neely (U. Arlington) in a 10-6 match, closing out the tournament in 2nd place. At the Darby District, Goldsmith lost an opening round bout 10-8 in sudden victory to Nick Beyer to fall into the consolation rounds. He climbed back through the wrestle-backs with a pin, an 18-6 major over Willy Plaisir (Coffman), and a gritty 4-3 win over Jordan Pieczynski (Pickerington C.) to earn a spot on the Darby podium. Goldsmith lost a 4-0 bout to state placer Tanner Miller in their go-to-state match and subsequently fell 9-4 in the 5th place match with Cody Notestine.
Logan Broskie posted some very impressive results during his freshman year while wrestling for Olentangy Orange. Broskie placed 3rd at Pickerington North where he pinned district placer Ethan Leapley and knocked off state alternate Nick Notestine 8-3 in the consolation finals. While going 2-2 at Brecksville, Logan picked up a 7-4 first round win over state qualifier Austin Tomoletz (Mentor) Broskie once again knocked off Nick Notestine at Groveport Madison where he finished 2nd to state champ Kade Kowalski. Logan was the victim of a competitive district tournament where he lost to Brandon Goldsmith and Garrett McIlvain while finishing 5th. If the former middle school state placer continues to improve at a consistent rate, it’ll be hard to keep him out of the state tournament in 2015.

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1. Alex Sepeda-Marysville (SQ)
2. Jimmy Thompson-Lancaster (6th district)
3. Nick Notestine-Pickerington N. (5th district)
4. Nick Hammond-Canal Winchester (SQ)
5. Lucas Staten-Mt. Vernon (6th district 2013, SQ 2012)
6. Josiah Harrell-Licking Hts.

This weight class is a mess of dense talent. We see several of the top wrestlers with wins over one wrestler in the rankings and losses to another wrestler in the rankings. Any of the top wrestlers could well walk away with the title. Regardless of who wins, this weight class should be lot of fun to watch at Darby this year.
Alex Sepeda has reached new plateaus of success each year, and could well walk away with his first district title in 2015. The Monarchs have an impressive track record of developing wrestlers, and they’ll be looking to put Sepeda in the state finals after picking up three individual state titles in the last two years with Noah Forrider, Hayden Lee, and Austin Pfarr. Sepeda had a rough Top Gun tournament in 2014. He did post a 7-5 win over Alex Arbogast (Dover), but he also lost a 10-0 bout with state placer Andrew McNally (Lake) and was pinned by Jacob Henry (Mentor) in the consolation rounds. In late January, Sepeda picked up an impressive 4-3 tiebreak win over district placer Jacob Keller (Beavercreek) in the regional semifinals of the state duals. After picking up two more impressive dual meet wins over Jonathan Tallarigo (Moeller) and Garrett McIlvain (Davidson), Alex earned a sectional title in his home gym. After a first round win at Darby, Sepeda fell 9-4 to the freshman sensation Jimmy Thompson. He bounded back with a 10-1 win over Will Coleman (Thomas Worthington) and a 4-2 defeat of Josiah Harrell to earn a go-to-state match. This consolation semifinal would pit Sepeda against Nick Notestine, and the Marysville junior gutted out a 3-1 win to book his spot in the state championships. Alex won his final district bout 3-1 in sudden victory over Nick Hammond to grab the bronze medal at Darby. At the state tournament, Sepeda won a 6-3 opening round bout with Jordan Paul (Loveland) to reach the quarterfinals. Here, he would fall in a lopsided 20-5 match with state champ Casey Sparkman (Mass. Perry). Alex lost his first consolation match by a close 5-3 score to the Wadsworth senior Robbie Bosley to end his state tournament at 1-2. Sepeda has a legitimate shot at the state finals in what could be a very competitive but very open weight class. We’ll see if Marysville can continue its run of priming seniors for their final season of varsity wrestling.
These freaking middle weights are ripe with talent at Darby, and 160 looks like a prime example. There are at least 6 wrestlers capable of walking away with the district title, and even more capable of qualifying for state.
If he keeps improving at the same rate each year, it’ll be hard for anyone to beat out Jimmy Thompson for the district title. After winning a middle school state championship in 2013, Thompson finished a match away from the high school state tournament as a freshman. Thompson started off last year with a tournament title at Mount Vernon, where he lost a 3-2 bout to Lucas Staten in the pool portion of the tournament before avenging the loss with a pin over Staten in the championship match. Jimmy had a rough start to his Medina Tournament, suffering a tech at the hands of 2x state placer Jairod James (Bedford) in the opening round. Thompson surged back with four straight wins to claim placement before falling again to James in the consolation quarterfinals. Among the four wins was a 3-0 shutout over a solid Ray Floyd (Brunswick) and a 4-3 defeat of state alternate Brice Locklear (Olmsted Falls). After the second loss to James, Thompson earned a nice 6-1 victory over state placer Jake Delorge (Lutheran W.) to close out the tournament in 7th place. During the state duals, Jimmy picked up a pin over state alternate Nick Notestine and a 7-4 win over a tough Colton Carroll (Teays Valley). Thompson claimed a runner-up finish at the Hephner Tournament where he was pinned by state placer Andrew McNally (Lake) in their finals showdown. At sectionals, Jimmy advanced to the finals after a tight 7-6 win over Josiah Harrell in the semifinals. Thompson suffered a pin at the hands of Nick Notestine in the sectionals to enter Darby as a 2 seed. Jimmy earned a 9-6 win over Lucas Staten in the opening round of the district tournament, and then he followed that up with a 9-4 win over Alex Sepeda to advance to the semifinals. Thompson would be pinned by the dangerous Caleb Llaneza (Westerville S.) in the district semis before being disqualified in his consolation semifinal bout with Nick Hammond. If the talented Lancaster sophomore can maintain consistency and keep his focus, we could see Thompson earn his first district gold in 2015.
Nick Notestine was very close to state qualification last season after making the late season jump from 145 to 152. He started the year a little rough, placing 4th at his home tournament while falling 14-8 to Garrett McIlvain and 8-3 to freshman Logan Broskie (O.Orange). Notestine looked solid while placing 8th at the MIT, where he earned a 9-5 win over state placer Ben Petersen (Oak Harbor). His three losses were to Michigan state placer Austin Vannatter (Richmond), state qualifier Zach Defraine (Medina) and state alternate Jake Keller (Beavercreek). Later in the season, Nick placed 3rd at Groveport Madison despite losing a second match to Logan Broskie. At Groveport, he would snag a pair of wins over state qualifier Dalton Scott (Ready) with the latter being an 8-0 major decision. Notestine was thoroughly impressive at the Watkins Memorial Sectional Tournament where he won the title after a 2-0 shutout of state qualifier Nick Hammond in the semis and a pin over district placer Jimmy Thompson in the finals. A week later, Nick won his first two district bouts to reach the semis at Darby where he fell 12-5 to Aaron Yarger (Pickerington C.), dropping him into the consolation bracket. Notestine lost a narrow 3-1 bout with Alex Sepeda to qualify for state before grabbing a 5th place finish while picking up a forfeit over Jimmy Thompson. Nick will be a legit threat to qualify for state out of Darby, and he’ll have a solid chance at state placement if he makes it out. We could see him back down at 152, but it will be a tough task to make it out of these dense weights regardless of class, though he’s certainly capable of it.
Nick Hammond earned a tournament title at Cambridge to start last season, securing a 13-1 victory over Kevin Scrudders (Cambridge) in the championship bout. He placed 2nd to Scioto shortly after the New Year, losing only to state bronze medalist Reyse Wallbrown (Indian Lake) at the event. Hammond claimed a respectable 3rd at his sectional tournament, losing only the previously mentioned 2-0 match with Nick Notestine before clawing back to claim a 10-3 win over Josiah Harrell (Licking Hts.) in the consolation finals. At Darby, Hammond lost a 13-6 first round bout with state qualifier Caleb Llaneza to drop into the wrestle-back rounds. After picking up a pair of lopsided victories, Nick won a nice 6-4 bout with state qualifier Lucas Staten to reach the consolation semifinals. Here Hammond would claim victory by disqualification over Jimmy Thompson to push through to his first state tournament. It was reported that Hammond had the match in hand at the time of the DQ. Nick fell in overtime to Alex Sepeda in the consolation finals to exit the district as a 4 seed. At the state tournament, Hammond lost his first bout in a close 5-2 match with senior Jake Connors (Elder) who would go on to place 6th. Nick drew another state placer, Robbie Bosley (Wadsworth) in his first consolation bout and fell 5-3 to the 8th place finisher. I may well have Hammond ranked to low here given the fact that he beat Thompson head-to-head. However, these middle weights are so deep and even that we see a lot of situations where wrestlers beat a higher ranked wrestler but lost to a lower ranked one, both by close scores. Hammond certainly is capable of winning this district and placing at the state tournament, but we’ll have to wait and see who emerges as the champ out of this dense weight-class.
Lucas Staten has already qualified for the state tournament once and placed at the district another time. He split two matches with Jimmy Thompson at Mount Vernon last November, winning the first before falling in the championship rematch to finish in 2nd place. Staten placed 4th at the tough SWOWCA tournament last December, picking up a 4-3 win over state placer Austin Siemon (Deer Park) in the consolation semifinals. He looked tough at Brecksville, where he picked up a pin over Nick Thrasher (O. Liberty) and an 8-2 win over state qualifier Heath Phillibert (Nordonia) before falling to 4x state champ Jacob Danishek (Dayton Chr.) and state qualifier Grayson Davis (Brecksville). He really impressed me at Clay where he picked up a tournament tile while snaring one solid win after another. Staten defeated Ben Fuller 10-7 in the opening round, pinned Brody Hennig (Oak Harbor), majored Evan Schenk (Perry) 13-5, defeated Robbie Bowers (Defiance) 3-0 and knocked off state qualifier Mason Correll (Columbian) 4-3 in the finals. Lucas placed 3rd at his sectional after falling 8-0 to Aaron Yarger in the semifinals. At Darby, he lost an opening round bout 9-6 to Jimmy Thompson before battling back with a pair of consolation wins. Staten lost the previously mentioned 6-4 bout to Nick Hammond to close out at 2-2.
Josiah Harrell is another wrestler to keep an eye one. He won a tournament title at Highland early last December, picking up an 8-2 win over state qualifier Will Martello (Ready). Harrell later trounced the field at Heath, where he pinned Kendre Powell (Brookhaven) in the finals after sticking all of his other opponents. He also finished as the tournament runner-up at the West Jefferson Invite where he took state qualifier Hunter Bryant (Piqua) into overtime before falling 5-3 in the championship. Josiah placed 4th at his sectional, losing to Jimmy Thompson (By one point) and Nick Hammond. After a first round loss to state placer Aaron Yarger at Darby, Harrell powered back with a pair of one sided wins that included a pin over Keith Neely (U. Arlington). Neely will also be a contender for qualification around this weight in 2015. Josiah’s season ended on a tight 4-2 loss to Alex Sepeda. That final match shows the density of this weight class. When the difference between the top ranked and the 6th ranked wrestler is two points, you’re bound to have an exciting tournament.

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1. Clayton Ray-Central Crossing (SQ)
2. Keegan Driscoll-Bradley (5th district)
3. Tyler McCafferty-Pickerington N. (SQ)
4. Marcus Williamson-Westerville S. (6th district)
5. Doland Martin-Lincoln (6th district)
6. Mason Pillow-Westerville N.

Clayton Ray has made the move from Hamilton Township to Central Crossing for his senior year, and he may be the deciding factor in the team race at the district tournament. During the Christmas break, Ray finished as the runner-up at Marion Harding where he pinned his way to the finals. Ray’s quarterfinal win was a first period stick over Jared Pack (Centerburg), and his semifinal victory was an even more impressive pin over D-2 state placer Dylan Hefner (L. Shawnee). Clayton would default in his finals match with state qualifier Wes Buettner (Delphos St. John’s) but came back a few weeks later to snag another 2nd place finish at Western Brown where he pinned Kentucky state placer Dustin Turner (Campbell Co.) in the semifinals. In mid February, Ray won a sectional title with a 6-5 decision over state qualifier Zach Donatelli (Darby). The next week, he started of his district run with a pair of pins, the second of which was a first period stick of Chris Martinez (Hayes). In the semis, Clayton lost a 14-11 dogfight with state placer Jake Stratton (Bradley) to fall into the wrestle-back rounds. Undaunted, Ray pinned Eric Deluse (Lancaster) to punch through to the state tournament and then majored Zach Donatelli 13-2 in a rematch of their sectional final to claim the bronze medal. Although he wrestled tough at the state championships, Ray would fall in consecutive matches to exit the tournament after the first day. His first setback was an 8-3 loss to returning state placer Craig Sloan (Garfield Hts.) and the second was a tight 7-6 loss to Kevin Khoma (St. Edward). Ray has a very good shot at placing this year, and if he can earn a district title, it will greatly help the Central Crossing cause as they pursue a team title.
Keegan Driscoll had an awesome season last year other than a rough district tournament. He seems like a prime candidate for a district title, and we could see him earn a state medal when all is said and done. Driscoll placed 4th at a tough GMVWA tournament, where he knocked off Ryan Penley (Sidney) 3-1 and Daniel Bullard (Archer) 10-5 in OT during consecutive matches. Daniel Bullard was a Georgia state champion in 2014, and is currently ranked 10th in the country by Flo Wrestling. In his next match, Driscoll lost a lopsided semifinal bout with 2x state placer Ben Schram (Bellbrook), but he bounded back with a 13-5 major over state alternate Andrew Honious (Springboro) in the consolation semis. Keegan lost a rematch with Daniel Bullard in the consolation final to close out with an impressive 4th place finish at the talent rich tournament. A month later, Driscoll won the tournament tile at Groveport Madison where he upended state qualifier Will Martello (Bishop Ready) 14-7 in their championship bout. Keegan rolled to a sectional title at Upper Arlington with a pin a tech and a 10-4 win over Mason Pillow (Westerville N.) in the finals. A week later, Driscoll won his first district bout before falling 14-3 to the explosive Cody Pollitt (Olentangy) in the quarterfinals. He bounced back with a tech and a quality 11-4 win over a tough Raymond Simpson (Hayes) in his first two consolation bouts. Keegan lost his go-to-state bout with 2x state placer Scott Deluse (Lancaster) by a lopsided 11-2 score. Driscoll ended his year on a high note with a pin over former middle school state finalist Marcus Williamson in their 5th place final. Keegan has shown that he is a very good wrestler who has the ability to be great at times. If he can harness that greatness for the post season tournament process next year, he could place in the top 5 at the state tournament.
Tyler McCafferty fluctuated between 152 and 160 last year, so we could see him below this class in 2015. He placed 5th at Pickerington North early last year, defeating Dayrel Billingsley (Groveport Madison) 3-1 in the 5th place final. The state qualifier went 2-2 at Medina last December, losing a pair of matches to state placers Jairod James (Bedford) and Jake Delong (Lutheran W.). McCafferty placed 3rd at the sectional tournament after a tough 6-5 loss to Raymond Simpson (Hayes) in the semifinals. He gutted out a narrow 3-1 match over Cameron Wallace (Scioto) to qualify and then followed it up with a 3-2 win over Matt Fellows (Tri-Valley) to claim the consolation final. The next week McCafferty was pinned in the opening round of the district tournament by state qualifier Cody Pollitt (Olentangy), but he battled back with a tech fall in his first consolation bout and a 3-2 tiebreak win over Mason Pillow (Westerville N.)in his second wrestle-back match. Tyler’s consolation quarterfinal win was a 4-2 defeat of Nick Rioch (Marysville), sending him into a do-or-die match with Marcus Williamson. McCafferty ground out a tough 6-5 tiebreak win over the stellar freshman to punch through to the state tournament before falling 3-0 to 2x state placer Scott Deluse (Lancaster) in the consolation finals. In Columbus, Tyler was pinned in his first state tournament match by 2x state placer Austin Strnad (Brecksville) before drawing a forfeit victory over Austin Bohenek (Moeller) on Thursday night. McCafferty’s placement match was a rematch with Scott Deluse. Though Tyler toiled valiantly, he ultimately fell in a razor thin 1-0 match to finish a bout shy of placement. However, 2015 is a new year, and the opportunity to grab a state medal will once again be there for McCafferty. If he can continue to demonstrate the ability to win close matches that he showed at Darby last year, Tyler’s season could well end on the awards stand in Columbus.
Marcus Williamson was the middle school state runner-up as an 8th grader in 2013. A mere year later, he finished just a match shy of his first state tournament despite being a freshman at a weight typically dominated by upperclassmen. Williamson went 2-2 at Marion Harding after a first round loss to state alternate Tre Wells (Pleasant). He rounded into form by sectionals, where he won the title with a pair of majors and a pin over Mason Kuffeld (Teays Valley) in the championship match. A week later, Williamson snagged a first round major over Connor Ryan (O. Orange) and then won a 17-13 shootout with Raymond Simpson to advance to the semifinals. Marcus was pinned by Cody Pollitt in the semis and then suffered a frustratingly close 6-5 tiebreak loss to Tyler McCafferty to drop into the alternate match. After falling to Driscoll in the alternate final, Williamson closed out his first year with a 6th place medal. He may have lost his final three bouts of the year, but for Williamson to achieve what he did as a freshman is nothing short of impressive. He’ll be at the steep end of the learning curve in 2015, and we’ll have to wait and see if he can give the upperclassmen at this weight a run for their money in the pursuit of a district title.
Doland Martin, like Williamson, was a match away from the state tournament as a freshman in 2014. Martin will be worth following this year because of the upside and potential of the young wrestler. He placed 5th at Pickerington North last December, losing a 4-3 bout to state qualifier Zach Donatelli in his lone setback of the tournament. He posted a quality 3-2 dual meet victory over Tanner Oller during the state duals and later placed 3rd at the Pickerington Central Sectional where he defeated Tommy Stone (Westland) 1-0 in the consolation finals. At the Darby District, Martin lost an opening round rematch with Zach Donatelli 8-3, plunging him into the wrestle-back rounds. Martin won his first consolation bout 7-3 in the tiebreak over the tough senior Christian Bobo (Whetstone), and then he avenged his lone sectional loss with a 6-1 win over Dylan McDowell (Pickerington C.). Martin locked up a spot on the district podium with a 4-3 tiebreak victory over Chris Martinez before losing a third bout with Zach Donatelli (4-3) in their go-to-state match. Martin dropped a close 3-1 bout with Eric Deluse to end the tournament in 6th place, but he provided an impressive preview of things to come with his solid consolation run.
Mason Pillow looks like another legitimate contender around this weight. He posted a 3-2 finish at Medina last year, where he was eliminated from the tournament in a 9-3 loss to Michigan state qualifier Austin Pawlak (Richmond). Mason picked up a pair of quality dual meet wins over Alex Jones (Wadsworth) and Raymond Simpson (Hayes) by 4-3 and 5-2 scores. Pillow placed 2nd at the sectional tournament where he fell to Keegan Driscoll in the finals. A week later, Mason won his first district bout with a 20-5 tech over Jordan Sprunger (Lincoln) but was pinned by Scott Deluse in the quarterfinals. Pillow would then fall in a tight 3-2 tiebreak loss to state qualifier Tyler McCafferty to end his season. If Pillow can step it up and qualify for the state tournament in 2015, he could serious help his team in their pursuit of a top three finish at Darby.
Nick Rioch (Marysville) is another wrestler to consider around this weight. He finished 2-2 at the district tournament last year while wrestling at 160, but it’s possible that we could see him down at 145 where he started last year before being bumped up by state qualifier Sepeda and state placer Rahmani.
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1. Nate Hall-Olentangy (6th state)
2. Jakob Hinz-Westerville N. (SQ)
3. Zach Donatelli-Darby (SQ)
4. Eric Deluse-Lancaster (5th district)
5. Patrick Yeo-Bradley
6. Tanner Oller-Teays Valley

Nate Hall has demonstrated a steady climb of excellence during his high school wrestling career. This season, we’ll get to see if that climb can result in a state finals appearance for the Olentangy senior. He started off last year with a runner-up finish at Hoover, pinning his way to the finals before being upended by state placer Traevon Dickerson (Mansfield Senior) in the championship match. Hall grabbed another silver medal in the midst of an excellent field at Medina. Nate pinned district placer Brady Durieux (Mass. Perry), defeated state placer Colt Crall (Claymont) 6-5, and hammered district champ Drew Kasper (Lexington) 17-4 in his final three matches leading up the finals. In the championship, Hall lost a respectable 6-2 bout with two time state champion Travis Linton (Rootstown) to close out as the tournament runner-up. Hall won the tournament title at the Pioneer Invitational with a 3-1 win over state placer Alec Eisnnicher (Big Walnut) in the championship. He earned another tournament championship at Hayes where he bested state qualifier Shawn Johnson (Hayes) 6-2 in the finals. Nate snared a second place finish at the excellent Top Gun Tournament, where he posted a 17-4 major over state qualifier Garrick Ginter (Sidney) in the quarters and a 5-1 decision over state qualifier Shawn Johnson in the semis. Hall lost in the finals to 2x state champion Aaron Adkins (SVSM) in a tight 3-2 match. Nate drubbed the field at his sectional tournament with a pin a tech and a 17-6 major over state placer Trevor Parker (Darby) in the finals. A week later at Darby, Hall would pin his first two district foes before earning a third win over Shawn Johnson (10-5) in the district semifinals to reach his second state tournament. Here he fell to state Matthew Lybarger (Mount Vernon), who started the year up at 220, in a 5-3 bout to end another tournament as the runner-up. Hall’s state tournament draw could not have started worse as he was slated against the eventual state champ Rocco Caywood (Perrysburg). He would be dispatched to the wrestle-backs after a rough 12-3 match, but Nate picked up a nice 10-5 win over a skilled Drew Fenton (Lakota W.) to stay alive in the tournament on Thursday night. Hall picked up an even better win over Mike Lewis (Parma) in the second consolation round, earning him his first state medal. In the consolation quarterfinals, Nate earned a second victory over Trevor Parker, this time by a decisive pin to advance to the consolation semis. For the second time in the tournament, Hall would face a state titlist after defending champ Dakota Sizemore (Moeller) was upset in the semifinals. Hall was on the undesired end of a 16-1 loss, dropping him into a rematch with Matt Lybarger in the 5th place final. Lybarger won the match by a 6-2 count, ending Hall’s season with a 6th place finish. Nate Hall has become markedly better with each season that he has wrestled. He’ll face a stern test on his quest for a state championship, but I definitely would not rule him out for the gold given his track record of success and improvement.
Jakob Hinz is another wrestler that keeps getting better and better. He went 2-2 at the MIT last December while picking up an 8-2 win over a solid Chris Head (Mass. Jackson) and a 16-2 thrashing of state alternate George Dial (Pickerington N.). His two losses would be an 11-4 loss to state placer Tim Knipl (Wadsworth) and a one-sided 13-1 setback against Blake Reid (U. Arlington). In January, Hinz pulled out two nice dual meet victories over Chris Martinez (Hayes) and state qualifier Shane Mast (Wadsworth) by 8-3 and 8-2 scores. He really rounded into shape for sectionals were he won the tournament title with a 14-9 decision over state placer Jake Stratton (Bradley) in the championship match. A week later, Hinz rolled into the semis of the district tournament where he defeated Zach Donatelli 9-3 to reach his second state tournament. Stratton avenged his sectional final loss to Hinz a week later for the district championship with a 6-4 decision in the finals. In the first round of the state tournament Jakob defeated Camran Rezapourian (Fitch) 8-6 to reach the quarterfinals. Here, Hinz lost a 3-1 sudden victory bout with Tim Knipl in a rematch of their Medina bout that Knipl won by 7. Jakob had a brutal draw with returning state finalist Quinton Rosser (Moeller) in his first consolation bout, and he would be defeated 6-3. Overall it was still a very good year for Hinz, and he’ll enter this season as one of the favorites to place out of this district. Now it’s up to him to see how high he can climb on the podium.
Zach Donatelli placed 2nd at Pickerington North early last season, knocking off district placer Doland Martin (Lincoln) 4-3 in the semis and a tough Jordan Fox (Sidney) 5-2 in the quarters and semis consecutively. His lone loss of the tournament was a 9-3 setback to state finalist Jesse Palser (Madison Senior) in the championship bout. Zach went 2-2 at Medina last December, losing to state qualifier Kevin Khoma (St. Edward) and a tough Michael Bekeney (Brunswick) during the tournament. At Wadsworth, Donatelli worked his way to a 3rd place finish, defeating a sturdy Josh Sokolowski (Buckeye Local) 8-5 in the consolation finals, two matches after losing 12-6 to state qualifier Nolan Kondik (Kenston) in the semifinals. Zach placed 2nd to state qualifier Clayton Ray (Hamilton Twp.) at the Marysville Sectional, losing a tight 6-5 match in the finals. The next week, Donatelli kicked off his district tournament with a pair of impressive wins over district placers Doland Martin (8-3) and Lancaster’s Eric Deluse (4-3) to reach the semifinals. Here, Zach would fall 9-3 to Jakob Hinz in his first shot at state qualification, but he would rebound with a 4-3 win over Doland Martin to qualify for his first state tournament. Donatelli lost a rematch with Clayton Ray in the consolation finals to close out the district with a 4th place medal. This set him up with an absurdly difficult pairing for the state tournament, where his first two matches were against the wrestlers that placed 3rd and 4th. Zach’s first bout was a 21-7 loss to 3x state placer Isaac Bast (Mass. Perry) who ended the tournament as the bronze medalist. His first consolation bout was against 2013 state runner-up Quinton Rosser, who defeated Donatelli by an 8-5 score. Zach endured a trial by fire at his first state tournament, which should help him prepare for his 2015 post-season run.
Eric Deluse is one of the prime contributors on a solid Lancaster squad that could see a number of their wrestlers qualify for the state tournament in 2015. He finished as the runner-up at Mount Vernon last November, picking up a notable 2-1 win over Chris Martinez (Hayes) in the finals before losing to Andrew Jewel (Toledo St. John’s Jesuit) in the finals. Deluse missed the MIT, but wrestled at the Hephner where he placed 5th while picking up a solid 6-3 win over Julius Henderson (Shaw) in his final bout. Eric won his sectional tournament with a pair of pins, a 3-1 win over state alternate George Dial in the semifinals and a second win over Chris Martinez (4-2) in the championship bout. At the district tournament, Deluse had a rough first round draw against Christian Bobo (Whetstone), but he pulled out a nice 7-0 shutout to reach the quarters where he fell to Donatelli. Eric marched onto the consolation semis with a 13-0 over Jake Crosby (Grove City) win and an 8-2 defeat of George Dial in a rematch of their sectional semifinal. Deluse would be pinned by Clayton Ray in their go-to-state match, but he finished out the tournament with a 3-1 win over Doland Martin to end the year as the state alternate. These weights will be very dense at Wilmington, but if Deluse maintains his current trajectory of improvement, it’ll be hard to keep him out of the state tournament in 2015.
Patrick Yeo posted a respectable 3-2 performance at the GMVWA Tournament last December, picking up a pin over state alternate Tristan Devlin (Troy Chr.) in the consolation rounds. His two losses were 8-4 and 3-1 decisions in bouts with state qualifiers Kevin McGraw (Troy) and Drew Fenton. Yeo trudged to a sectional title at Upper Arlington to kick off his post-season. At the tournament he defeated a sturdy Izak Wunderlich (U.Arlington) 6-2 in the semis and then pinned Demetrius Burrell (Whetstone) in the championship bout. The next week, Patrick pinned Tommy Hayden (Logan) in the first round at Darby before falling to Lucky Shaut (Kilbourne) 9-6 in the quarterfinals. After a 9-3 defeat of Kyle Arcaro (O. Liberty) in his first consolation match, Yeo would be eliminated by state placer Trevor Parker in the consolation quarterfinals.
Tanner Oller is another legit state qualification contender at Darby. He placed 5th at Pickerington North last season with a 12-10 win over Jake Crosby in his finals match. The only losses against his record at the tournament were to state placer Traevon Dickerson and state qualifier Kevin McGraw (Troy). Oller posted a 2-2 performance at Brecksville, where he picked up a nice 5-3 win over a solid Connor Keller (Delta) along the way. He would later hang tough with district placer Doland Martin in a 3-2 dual meet loss during the regional portion of the state duals. Oller finished 3rd at the Pickerington Central Sectional, losing to Dan Pastorius (Newark) in the semis before battling back to tech Tommy Hayden in the consolation finals. After an 8-5 first round defeat of Demetrius Burrell at Darby, Oller lost his next two bouts to state qualifiers Shawn Johnson and James Love (Reynoldsburg) to end his season in the consolation rounds.

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1. Nick Kramer-Westerville N. (SQ)
2. Robbie Fusner-Central Crossing (SQ)
3. Amir Mansour-Davidson (5th district)
4. Chris Martinez-Hayes
5. Shawn Norris-Lancaster
6. Connor Slade-Olentangy

Nick Kramer is a serious state placement contender out of Darby. The 2014 district champ will look to improve upon the 1-2 state tournament that he posted as a junior last year. He went 3-2 at the MIT last season where his two losses were to state placer John Workman (Perkins) and Clayton Brandenburg (Wadsworth) who was a match from district placement last year at Cleveland State. While at the MIT, Kramer also cranked out a 6-3 win over Blake Young (Olentangy), who will also be a contender at this weight if he’s participating this season. Nick avenged the loss to Brandenburg with a 3-2 win over the same wrestler in their dual meet showdown, and he also picked up a win over state qualifier Colton Richard during the state duals, albeit by disqualification. A few weeks later, Kramer lost a lopsided 14-5 match to Amir Mansour in the opening round of the sectional tournament, but he bounded back with a pair of wins to finish in 3rd place. After a 3-2 grind-it-out first round win over Jake Hale at Darby, Nick pinned Aaron Miller (Coffman) to reach the district semifinals. Here, Kramer avenged his sectional loss against Mansour with n 8-4 win to stamp his first ticket to the state tournament. He closed out the tournament with a tight 2-1 win over Robbie Fusner to lock up his first district title. In the opening round of the state tournament, Kramer was slated against Monterol Johnson (Maple Hts.) who he would defeat by a narrow 2-1 score to reach the quarterfinals. In his next bout, Kramer would be pinned by the excellent Jonathan Jones (St. Xavier), dropping him into the wrestle-backs. Here, he was pinned in a placement bout with Ross Lonsway (Holl. Springfield) to end his season. Kramer has already shown the ability to win the district, and he owns wins over both of his biggest two competitors. If he can put a stranglehold on this district and earn a second title at Darby, he should be well on his way to a spot on the podium in Columbus.
Robbie Fusner certainly looks the part of a state medalist going into this season. He qualified for the state tournament last season as a sophomore, and finished a match away from placement in a class dominated by seniors (7 of the 8 placers were seniors). He started last year up at 220, so he could well grow into that weight class this year, but we’ll just have to wait and see. While up at 220, Fusner placed 5th at Pickerington North, picking up a 3-1 overtime win over Raphael Turner (Reynoldsburg) in the process. Still up at 220, Robbie won his opening bout at the arduous Medina Tournament by a 5-4 score over D-3 state runner-up Moises Lopez (Willard). Fusner would subsequently drop his not two matches 3-2 to state placer Garrett Snyder (N. Royalton) and 9-5 to a solid Mike Berry (Beavercreek). After making the cut to 195, Robbie ground out a 6th place finish at a loaded Clay Tournament. Over the course of his run at Clay, Fusner picked up a pin over state placer Kyle Dieringer (Versailles) and a 2-1 victory over the skilled freshman Tony Banister (Wauseon). His three losses were to top level opponents; state placer Kyle Kremiller (Perry), state finalist Isaiah Margheim (Sandusky), and state qualifier Adam Kuchta (Lorain), and only the Margheim loss was by more that four points. Robbie claimed a 5-3 triumph over state alternate Amir Mansour during the state duals, and then he posted a pin over Jake Hale in the sectional finals a few weeks later. The next week at Darby, Fusner secured a first round pin and then picked up a 6-1 win over Shawn Norris in the quarterfinals. Robbie locked up his first state tournament trip with a gritty 3-2 semifinal win over senior state qualifier Colton Richard (Hayes). Fusner lost an equally close finals bout 2-1 to Nick Kramer to close out the tournament with a silver medal. The next week at the state tournament, Robbie toughed out a 5-3 sudden victory win in his first match over senior Drew Schiemann (Madison). Fusner put forth a game effort in the quarterfinals before losing a 2-1 match with state finalist and Ohio Football D-1 Defensive Player of the Year TeGray Scales (Colerain). Robbie dropped his first consolation bout 7-4 to another senior Yousef Mustafa (Westlake) to close out a win shy of the podium. I think that result will only be improved upon in 2015, as the excellent junior Fusner will enter the season as one of the state placement favorites.
Amir Mansour, like Fusner was a district placer last year as a sophomore. Mansour placed 4th at Pickerington North early last year, losing 4-3 to district placer Wyatt Starkey (Pickerington N.) in the consolation finals. At the Upper Arlington Sectional, Mansour would start his post season run with a pin over Alex Tepley (U. Arlington) before earning the surprisingly dominant 14-5 major over district champ Nick Kramer. Amir was pinned in the sectional finals by state qualifier Lenn’S Kamba (O. Orange), earning him a runner-up finish on the tournament. A week later, Mansour picked up an 8-5 win over Connor Slade (Olentangy) and a pin in a rematch with Wyatt Starkey to reach the semifinals. His first go-to-state bout was a rematch with Nick Kramer that the Westerville North wrestler won by an 8-4 score. The consolation semifinals saw Amir take on Kamba in a rematch of their sectional final bout. Mansour fell by a 7-5 score, narrowing the margin after the pin in the first bout. The 5th place final was a third consecutive rematch for Amir as he took on Wyatt Starkey in a rubber-match of their season series. Mansour claimed the victory, pinning Starkey with a second left in the match to finish as the state alternate. Amir has already defeated Kramer, and he was only two points behind Fusner in their match. Development will be everything in this weight class that could see a group of state placers in 2015.
Chris Martinez returns to an excellent Hayes line-up for his junior year looking to make his first trip to the Schott as a participant in the state tournament. He placed 3rd at Mount Vernon last November, winning three matches by first period pin around a 2-1 loss to state alternate Eric Deluse (Lancaster). Martinez claimed an 8th place finish at Top Gun that saw him earn both quality wins and suffer quality losses to excellent foes. Among wins at Alliance was a 7-2 defeat of district placer Kyle Myers (Northwest) and a 13-6 victory over state qualifier Alex Tetzloff (Perkins). His three losses were an 8-3 defeat at the hands of 3x state placer Isaac Bast (Mass. Perry), an 11-6 setback to state qualifier Camran Rezapourian (Fitch) and an 8-5 loss to state placer Brendon Winning (Ravenna). A month later at sectionals, Martinez defeated Cameron Moran (Tri-Valley) 4-1 in the semifinals before losing 4-2 to state alternate Eric Deluse in the championship bout. Chris won a tight 7-6 match with Jake Crosby (Grove City) in the opening round of the district tournament, but he would drop into the consolation rounds after being pinned by state qualifier Clayton Ray (Hamilton Twp.) in the quarterfinals. Martinez controlled his first consolation bout in a 10-4 win over Cameron Moran, but he was knocked out of the tournament in a 7-6 loss to Doland Martin (Lincoln) in the next round.
Shawn Norris spent most of last season wrestling down at 182, but he made a late season jump to 195 where he wrestled in the post season tournaments. Early last year, he powered his way to the finals at Mount Vernon with three pins and a tech, but he would fall 12-7 in his championship bout with Dan Pastorius (Newark). Norris placed 6th at Medina, pinning district placer Brady Durieux (Mass. Perry) in the consolation rounds as well as picking up a 6-4 win over state alternate Dylan Hermes (Perkins). Shawn also wrestled district champ Drew Kasper (Lexington) tough in two of his three losses (7-2 and 5-2 scores). Norris placed 4th at the Hephner Tournament in Austintown, where he took state qualifier Mike Mauser (South) into overtime before falling in the consolation finals. Shawn started his post-season run with a 3rd place finish at the Watkins Memorial Sectional, suffering a lone setback to district placer Wyatt Starkey in a 4-2 semifinal bout. A week later, Norris began his district tournament with a 6-3 win over Nick Schneider (Logan) prior to losing his quarterfinal bout 6-1 to Robbie Fusner. He advanced past his first consolation match with a 37 second pin over Jake Hale before suffering a tough 18-3 loss to Lenn’S Kamba in his consolation quarterfinal. Norris is a state qualification contender regardless of weight, but it’ll be worth following to see where he decides to wrestle. He could very well end up back down at 182, or even grow into 220 if he continues his upward trend.
Jake Hale, on the other hand, made the drop to 195 last season after starting the year up at 220. He placed 4th at his home tournament early last season and then posted a 2-2 result at Brecksville while still wrestling at 220. After making the cut to 195, Hale finished 3rd at Wadsworth while earning a solid 3-0 victory over Carmen Gianguzzo (Kenston) and losing only to district placer Andy Eckhart (Field). After a pair of pins to reach the finals at the Marysville Sectional, Hale would be stuck by Robbie Fusner in the sectional championship. Jake lost a tight 3-2 bout with district champ Nick Kramer in his opening district match but bounced back with a 10-6 win over Mike Hopewell (Licking Hts.) in his first consolation match. He then fell in the previously mentioned match with Shawn Norris to end at 1-2 for the tournament.
Connor Slade is another wrestler to consider at these upper-weights. He went 0-2 at Hoover early in the season, but both losses were close and one was a 5-4 setback to state qualifier Scott Wolheter (Tuslaw). Later in the season, Slade finished 2-2 at Top Gun, where he won an impressive 11-4 bout with state qualifier Colton Richard in the consolation rounds. Connor placed 3rd at the Marysville Sectional after losing a 13-3 match with Robbie Fusner in the opening round. Slade gave state alternate Amir Mansour a match in his 8-5 opening round defeat at Darby, but he rebounded with a 37 second pin of Andy Chau (Lincoln) in his first consolation bout. His next consolation bout was not as fortuitous, and Connor’s season ended in a 13-6 loss to Lenn’S Kamba.
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1. James Ford- Worthington Kilbourne (SQ)
2. Ras Lumpkins-Scioto
*3. Malcolm Solack-Groveport-Madison*
4. Brad Rutter-Lancaster
5. Nick Lee-Olentangy Orange
6. Sterling Roseberry-Coffman

Upper-weight wrestlers tend to have some of greatest climbs in performance from one season to the next due to the physical nature of the weight classes. James Ford is a prime example of this phenomenon. He finished 6th at his sectional tournament as a sophomore during the 2013 season, and man, did he ever get better in 2014. Ford showed improvement right out of the gate when he finished as the runner-up at the North Canton Hoover Holiday Tournament. He picked up a solid 9-7 victory over district placer Andy Eckhart (Field) in the quarterfinals and then forged a 12-6 triumph in the semis over a sturdy Chase Carter (Olentangy). James was pinned by state qualifier Marquise Copeland (Bedford) his finals match, but the tournament set the stage for an excellent season. In late December, Ford placed 3rd at Marion Harding, where he earned a 9-3 win over state alternate Jared Campbell (St. Edward) and bested a tough Casey Nelson (Marion Harding). His lone blemish at Marion was a close 7-6 setback to state alternate Dustin Baker (S. Highland), who was one of only two wrestlers to defeat D-2 state champ Troy Caldwell (Jonathan Alder) during the season. Ford just kept getting better as we could see in his sectional championship performance where he earned an impressive 12-5 semifinal win over state qualifier Chandler Evanichko (Grove City) before pinning another state qualifier Andy Struttman (Westerville N.) in the championship bout. A week later, James clawed his way a 6-5 opening round bout with Ras Lumpkins at Darby before being tripped up by Alonzo Jewel (Hamilton Twp.) in the quarterfinals. It’s worth noting that Jewel had been a heavyweight state qualifier during the 2013 season. Ford pinned Brad Rutter in his first consolation bout and then toughed out a 5-2 win over Chase Carter in the consolation quarterfinals. His go-to-state bout would be a rematch of the sectional finals with Andy Struttman, and like the first match, Ford would rise as the victor, although by a closer 4-2 score. In another sectional rematch, James would defeated Chandler Evanichko 10-4 in the consolation finals to finish 3rd on the district podium. Ford lost his opening round bout at state to Marquise Copeland, the wrestler who had beaten him earlier in the year at Hoover. However, this time Ford wrestled a much tighter 6-5 bout with Copeland after being pinned in the prior match. James bounced back with a pin in his first consolation bout with Mark Delas (Perrysburg) before falling in a close 1-0 bout with Stefano Millen (Mass. Perry), who moved on to finish 5th in the state. Not only did Ford improve from his sophomore to his junior year, but he displayed great improvement over the course of the season. If he can demonstrate that kind of growth and development in his senior year, we could see Worthington Kilbourne earn an individual state title by the end of the year.
Ras Lumpkins is wrestler who could jump onto the state scene in 2015. He went 2-2 at Darby last year as a sophomore, and he’ll be one of the prime contenders at this weight in 2015. Lumpkins won his home tournament last season after defeating Malcolm Solack 5-1 in the semis and besting Donnie Summers (Holl. Springfield) 7-6 for the title. Ras placed 4th at Marion Pleasant, snaring a 7-2 win over state qualifier Jared Croswell (Hartley) in the consolation semis. His two losses were tight 5-2 and 5-3 OT matches against Casey Nelson and Chris Williams (Harvey). Lumpkins defaulted his last match at sectionals but still finishing in 4th place. He gave state qualifier James Ford all he could handle in a 6-5 opening round loss at the district tournament and then bounced back with two consolation pins over Zach Wachalec (Westerville S.) and Caleb Branson (Logan). In the consolation quarterfinals, Lumpkins would fall to state qualifier Chandler Evanichko, ending his tournament at 2-2. Even a little improvement in 2015 could net Lumpkins a first trip to the state tournament.
Malcolm Solack didn’t participate in the post season tournaments last year, but he showed enough of a spark during the season to warrant a ranking if he is indeed returning to the line-up this year. Solack finished 3rd at Pickerington North last December, snagging a 7-3 win over state qualifier Robbie Fusner (Central Crossing) and pinning Nick Lee in the consolation finals. Malcolm’s lone defeat at the tournament would be a 4-2 setback to a burly Andrew Kostecka (Troy) in the semifinals. Solack also placed 5th at Scioto, where he lost to Lumpkins and a fast improving sophomore, Steven Major (Indian Lake) but picked up two wins over Edward O’Reilly (Tol. St. John’s Jesuit) including a fall in the consolation finals.
Brad Rutter shouldn’t be overlooked at this weight. He finished 2nd at Mount Vernon last November, posting a solid semifinal pin over Raphael Turner (Reynoldsburg) before falling to state placer Andrew Sierawski in the finals. Rutter posted a nice pin over a stout Matt Purdue (Brunswick) at Medina, but his next two matches would be against wrestlers that finished top three in the state. Despite losing both matches, Brad wrestled tough in a 4-3 loss to Travis Jaramillo (Archbold) and he followed it up with another tight 3-2 loss to state finalist Moises Lopez (Willard). Rutter finished 3rd at the sectional tournament where he posted a 6-5 win over Alejandro Velasquez (Licking Hts.), another contender at this weight, and then defeated Ras Lumpkins in the consolation finals, albeit by default. After a first round loss to Andy Struttman in the opening round at Darby, Rutter picked up a 5-3 consolation win over Nick Zawodny (Darby) before falling to James Ford in the wrestle-backs.
Nick Lee finished 4th at Pickerington North after losing to Kentucky state champ Austin Myers (Campbell Co.) in the semis and Malcolm Solack in the consolation finals. The next week, Lee had an 0-2 showing at Brecksville, but both losses were to tough wrestlers. After an opening round loss to Xavier Corbin (Clyde), Lee wrestler a tight 6-5 match before losing to Tyler Koester (Clay) in the consolation rounds, Koester will also be contending for state qualification this season, so we could see a rematch between these two at the state tournament in 2015. Lee placed 4th at the Upper Arlington Sectional Tournament with a pair of odd defeats. His two losses were to state qualifiers Andy Struttman and Chandler Evanichko, but the first was a forfeit and the second was a default. A week later at Lee lost his first district bout to state placer Andrew Sierawski (Hayes), but battled back with a 5-2 win over Sterling Roseberry in the consolation before ultimately falling to Chandler Evanichko in the second consolation round.
I’m hoping that Sterling Roseberry makes the state tournament just based on his awesome name. He finished 2-2 at the tough GMVWA Tournament last year while claiming an excellent 7-6 sudden victory win over state qualifier Reece Human (Carlisle) in the opening round of the tournament. Later in the year, Rosberry finished 2nd at the Pickerington Central Sectional Tournament, where he pinned Jordan Maynard (Pickerington C.) in the semis before falling 6-1 to Caleb Branson in the title match. Sterling lost his first match at Darby to Chase Carter and then dropped the previously mentioned consolation bout to Nick Lee. The win over Human shows me that Roseberry has what it takes to beat top level wrestlers. If he can consistently achieve those results at the end of this season, we could see the junior wrestling at the state tournament.


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*1. Chris Crumb-Olentangy* (SQ)
2. Gage Archer-Westerville N. (SQ)
*3. Brennen Sawicki-Scioto* (SQ)
4. Kameron Teacher-Central Crossing
5. Chad Miller-Darby
6. Christian Eubanks-Reynoldsburg

Heavyweight could be loaded at Darby this year, but it’s difficult to tell given what a state of flux the weight is in. It’s been reported that Chris Crumb and Brennen Sawicki may not wrestle this season, choosing to just focus on football going forward. It would be a disappointing outcome from a wrestling perspective, but I understand the decision if they plan on playing in college. It’s also been said that Gage Archer may make the drop to 220, which would add depth to that weight, but it could potentially mean that all three of the top ranked heavyweights are absent from this class.
Chris Crumb had an excellent sophomore year in 2014, and seems destined for a state medal this season if he decides to wrestle. He finished 3rd at North Canton Hoover early last season, picking up a solid 7-4 victory over Jeremy Randolph (Wadsworth) in the consolation semis and a pin over district placer Kamal Smith (Holl. Springfield) in their third place match. His only loss was a 7-4 defeat in his semifinal bout with state qualifier Tristan Roberts (Glen Oak), a defeat that he would later reverse. More on that later. Crumb earned a 3rd place finish in an excellent field at Medina. He opened the tournament with an impressive 12-6 win over Kameron Teacher but was dropped into the wrestle-backs with a tight 3-2 loss to state qualifier Geno Rollo (Pickerington N.). Crumb clawed back through the dense consolation rounds to earn one excellent win after another. First, he pinned state qualifier Seth Maylor (Mass. Perry) at the 2:12 mark to earn a spot on the awards podium. Next came a 6-3 win over state qualifier Jon Morgan-Cunningham (Bedford) and a pin over state qualifier Matt Hunter (W.S. Northwestern) to secure a spot in the consolation finals. Here, Chris would earn another excellent win, this one coming in a 3-1 bout with senior state qualifier Ralph Nichols (St. Edward) to lock up the bronze medal. Crumb would also earn a 3rd place finish at Top Gun, pinning state qualifier Josh Rohrbacher (Sandusky) in the quarters before falling 9-1 in the semis to California state champ Nick Nevills (Clovis) who was ranked #1 in the country last season. Chris trekked back with a default win over state qualifier Cody Hawkins (Ravenna) and a 10-1 major over PA wrestler Nate Conti (Ft. LeBoeuf) in the consolation finals. After pinning state qualifier Gage Archer in the regional quarterfinals of the state duals tournament, Crumb finished 2nd at the Marysville Sectional, pulling out a 7-1 win over Chad Miller in the semis before falling 11-7 to Kameron Teacher in the finals. He kicked off his district tournament with a 5-1 win over Quinten Wolfe (U. Arlington) and followed that up with an 8-5 victory over a very good Nick Nader. Crumb lost his semifinal bout with Gage Archer by second period fall, but he came back with a 4-1 victory over Darius Walker (Marysville) to punch through to the state tournament. Crumb was the beneficiary of a forfeit by Brennan Sawicki in the consolation finals, ending his district tournament with a 3rd place finish. Crumb wrestled very well at the state tournament but missed out on placement due to difficult bracketing. He lost his first bout 6-2 to Conan Jennings (Centerville) who would go on to finish as the state runner-up. Next, Crumb avenged his early season loss to Tristan Roberts by gutting out a tough 1-0 consolation bracket win. Chris’s season would end in a tight 2-1 defeat to 2x state placer Cale Bonner (Perrysburg) who would finish 4th in 2014. Despite coming up just shy of placement, Crumb had an exemplary season. Hopefully he’ll be participating this season, because he should be right at the heart of what should be an entertaining heavyweight group both at the district and in Columbus. .
Brennen Sawicki was overlooked by me last year, but he made a huge splash at the sectional tournament where he won the title over an excellent field. Earlier in the year he finished 2nd to district placer Kamal Smith at Scioto, where he handled all three of his other opponents by pin or tech fall. A few weeks later, Sawicki would claim the tournament title at Pleasant, where he pinned his way to the finals before picking up a 2-0 win over district placer A.J. Pinyerd (Grandview Hts.) to claim the gold. The previously mentioned sectional title saw Brennan pick up three first period pins on the way to the final including a semifinal fall over a hardy Christian Eubanks (Reynoldsburg). In the finals, Sawicki toughed out a tight 2-1 win over returning state qualifier Geno Rollo to claim the crown. After a 33 second pin in the first round of the district tournament to advance to the quarterfinals. Here he met Gage Archer and fell in an uncharacteristic 12-10 heavyweight shootout. Sawicki picked up a pin and then eliminated a tough Nick Nader 4-2 in the consolation quarterfinals. Brennan’s go-to-state bout would be a rematch of the tight sectional finals that he had with Geno Rollo. Sawicki earned his first trip to state with a resounding 3rd period pin over Rollo to make the consolation finals. I’m not sure why Sawicki forfeited his 3rd place match, but it resulted in a first round bout with state champ Andrew Alten (Loveland) in Columbus. Brennan kept the match to a respectable score, but eventually lost 3-1 to drop into the wrestle-backs. Here he would lose an even close 3-2 bout with senior Seth Maylor to end his tournament on Thursday. Sawicki should be at the heart of the Darby District title hunt and the state placement chance if he makes his return to the mat this season.
Gage Archer strung together a very proficient season last year, highlighted by a sensational district tournament title and his first appearance at the state championships. He went a luke-warm 1-2 at Medina last year, though to be fair, the two losses were to state qualifier Jon Morgan-Cunningham and state placer T.J. Lawrence (Oak Harbor). Archer picked up a quality 5-0 dual meet win over Jeremy Randolph shortly after the start of the New Year and collected a solid pin over Derek Louck (Hayes) in the regional semifinals of the state dual meet tournament. He would finish 2nd at the Upper Arlington sectional, pulling out a worthy 9-3 victory over Quinten Wolfe in the semifinals before falling 6-3 to Ryan Beveridge (Bradley) in the championship bout. Gage defeated four impressive wrestlers on the way to achieving a district crown at Darby the next week. First, he secured a pin over Chad Miller in the opening round. Next came the previously mentioned 12-10 dogfight win over Brennan Sawicki and the semifinal pin over Chris Crumb who had pinned him earlier in the season. Archer posted possibly his most impressive win in the finals where he pinned C.J. Kinzer at the 3:40 mark a week before Kinzer finished 7th at the state tournament. His first state championships was not as fortuitous as the district tournament, as Gage was pinned in both of his first two matches by Alex Dalton (Troy) and Josh Burger (Aurora) who finished 5th and 8th in the state respectively. It takes some wrestlers time to become acclimated to the state tournament climate, and Archer will now have valuable experience and motivation for his 2015 run. It’s been speculated that Archer mat make the drop to 220 after the graduation of his state qualifying teammate Andy Struttman from that weight. At either weight, Gage will have a legitimate shot at a district title and state placement, but we’ll have to wait until the season to see which weight he opts to wrestle.
Kameron Teacher is another excellent heavyweight at Darby. He placed 3rd at Pickerington North last December where he pinned Kentucky state finalist Nick Sinclair to finish first in his pool, and then he picked up a 4-3 victory over state placer C.J. Kinzer in the consolation finals. Teacher’s only loss would be a semifinal setback to state placer Alex Dalton. Kameron rolled forward with his season, finishing 3-2 at the MIT where his only losses were to state qualifiers Chris Crumb and Jon Morgan-Cunningham. After a 2-2 Clay Tournament where Teacher lost to 2x state champ Billy Miller (Perry) and district placer Kamal Smith, Kameron earned dual meet wins over state qualifier Chandler Evanichko, sectional champ Ryan Beveridge, and district placer Darius Walker (Marysville). Teacher won the sectional title while earning a 6-3 win over Darius Walker and avenging his MIT loss to Chris Crumb with an 11-7 victory in the finals. A week later, Kameron won his first district bout 5-2 over Logan Sadler (Davidson) but fell 7-4 in a rematch with C.J. Kinzer in the quarterfinals. Teacher won his first consolation bout 7-1 over Quinten Wolfe, but was tripped up in the consolation quarters 3-2 by Darius Walker who he had defeated twice before. Despite the 2-2 finish at Darby, Teacher showed that he can defeat anyone at this district, and he may well have been the most improved heavyweight at the district last year. We’ll see if he continues to ride that wave of improvement in 2015.
Chad Miller’s another quality wrestler to consider here at Darby. He went 1-2 at Pickerington North last year, but the two losses were to Nick Nader and state placer Alex Dalton. Miller moved on to place 8th at a densely populated MIT. At the tournament, he picked up pins over a solid Mark Riedel (Beavercreek) and sectional champ Will Kanters (Mass. Jackson) and an impressive 2-1 victory over state placer Nate Temple (Lexington). Chad claimed two wins over a capable Jeremy Randolph, with the latter coming at Wadsworth where Miller placed 4th despite defaulting his final two matches. At sectionals, Miller would fall 7-1 to Chris Crumb in the semis before battling back to take 3rd with a 3-2 win over district placer Darius Walker. After being pinned in the opening round at Darby by district champ Gage Archer, Miller suffered another pin in his first consolation match with Aaron Morefield (Pickerington C.) ending his season. It was a rough ending to an otherwise commendable season, and Miller will surely exceed that finish during the upcoming season.
Christian Eubanks is another legit threat at heavyweight. The Reynoldsburg senior won a tournament title at Mount Vernon last November while picking up a pair of wins over Derek Louck by 8-0 and 8-1 scores. Eubanks finished 5th at Kenston over the holidays, beating a quality Rashaun Searles-Fowler (Shaker Hts.) 3-1 in the 5th place final after losing a 5-2 bout with state qualifier Kostas Parrish (University) and a 7-3 match with state alternate Antonio Weatherspoon (Maple Hts.). Christian later trudged through Marion County where he beat a burly Tristan Schroeder (Galion) 1-0 and state qualifier Josh Rohrbacher (Perkins) 4-1 before falling to Nick Nader in the semifinals and losing a tight 3-2 OT match with state placer Nick Urban (South) in the consolation finals. Eubanks placed 3rd at the Watkins Memorial Sectional, losing to state qualifier Brennen Sawicki in the semis before slogging back through the consolation bracket with a pair of major decisions including a 9-1 victory over Derek Louck. Christian hung tough with Chris Crumb in the opening round of the district tournament but ultimately fell 7-5 to state placer C.J. Kinzer. He battled back with a 7-2 win over Logan Sadler (Davidson) before getting stuck by Nader in the second consolation round.


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Great stuff, thanks !
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Garrett McIlvain- Hilliard Davidson 145 Was a senior last year
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What weight do these guys project at ?

Carroll- Teays Valley
Kredzinski- Liberty
Neely- Upper Arlington
Dydek- Delaware
Snyder- Liberty
Beyer-Delaware
Knapp- Orange
Plaisir- Coffman
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Impressive as always!
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Garrett McIlvain- Hilliard Davidson 145 Was a senior last year
Thanks for the information. My fault, I had him listed as a junior last year. I've updated the weight to include Broskie.
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Dude, awesome analysis! Many thanks!
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Wow thanks for all info very nice write up.
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What weight do these guys project at ?

Carroll- Teays Valley
Kredzinski- Liberty
Neely- Upper Arlington
Dydek- Delaware
Snyder- Liberty
Beyer-Delaware
Knapp- Orange
Plaisir- Coffman
Hayden Knapp (Orange) will wrestle at 132 this season. He was a DQ at 152 last year.
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What weight do these guys project at ?

Carroll- Teays Valley
Kredzinski- Liberty
Neely- Upper Arlington
Dydek- Delaware
Snyder- Liberty
Beyer-Delaware
Knapp- Orange
Plaisir- Coffman
I'll give it a shot on some of these guys
Kendzerski 160, Plaisir 152, Beyer graduated, Dydek 145, Carroll 170
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Carroll- Teays Valley-170
Kredzinski- Liberty-160
Neely- Upper Arlington-170
Dydek- Delaware- 145
Snyder- Liberty-145-152
Beyer-Delaware- Graduated last year
Knapp- Orange-132
Plaisir- Coffman-152
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Mc7... Phenomenal job!!! What a great read and I haven't even had a chance to read all the weights yet. So thorough! What a way to kick start my wrestling phanatisism since football ended. Huge props and thnx!
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Cruiser might be sitting second seat now!
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Cruiser might be sitting second seat now!
I have no problem at all with that! This kind of stuff takes A LOT of time. ...a lot of time. HOURS upon HOURS. And he's done - or plans to do - all of the districts. That's legit.
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I have no problem at all with that! This kind of stuff takes A LOT of time. ...a lot of time. HOURS upon HOURS. And he's done - or plans to do - all of the districts. That's legit.
Fo sho! Many yrs ago before my kids wrestled HS, I used to put together a small sampling of just a few weights that I followed closer than others and that was a logistical head ache!
Just teasing you tho cruise! You r still #1 in my book for Cent Oh wrestling!
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#Smoochies!

I'll see you around before too long.
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Mc7... Phenomenal job!!! What a great read and I haven't even had a chance to read all the weights yet. So thorough! What a way to kick start my wrestling phanatisism since football ended. Huge props and thnx!
I appreaciate all the positive feedback. I'm happy to do the write-ups, and I'm glad that there are other folks getting as excited as I am for wrestling season!
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It will be weird to not start at the great Gatsbys for the pre warmer for the central district all star meet next week and seeing your cruiser in law serving them up! Reynoldsburg>Gahanna now??? Lincoln gym was finally growing on me after the upgrades. This is at the new Rburg school right?
Can't wait Mc7!
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Jacob Kendzerski from O-Lib is a name to watch here. Big sleeper in this district IMO
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I am new to wrestling and was matching up the Showcase against these predictions. There are some names missing from one or the other with different rankings. I know the rankings are opinion based as close you can get them.
This is cool, I like it.
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Cthelites: I have the address posted on the ITC website (I think!!!!) If not, I will. It should be under "Upcoming Events". And, since I'm pretty sure it's on there, it is a hyperlink to the map.

Man! I can't remember if I am dreaming putting it on there or if I actually DID put it on there. Wow...the season is upon us!!!

I'll be back...

EDIT: It was on there. Whew... Thought I was losing my mind.

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I am new to wrestling and was matching up the Showcase against these predictions. There are some names missing from one or the other with different rankings. I know the rankings are opinion based as close you can get them.
This is cool, I like it.
Some coaches do not put up there wrestler to wrestle in the all-star match and with so many new coaches some do not know the process plus freshman are not able to wrestle in it.
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