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Old 12-05-14, 02:58 PM
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Garfield Hts. D-3 District Preview

This is bound to be sloppier and less edited than the previous write-ups due to time constraints, but I wanted to get it out as soon as possible.

* = unsure about participation at this district


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1. Shane Johnston-Tuslaw (5th, 6th state)
2. Gavin Stika-Norwayne (5th middle school state)
3. Alec Bailey-Manchester (8th middle school state 2013)
4. Dakota McCloskey-Girard (SQ)
5. Christian Wellman-Waynedale (5th district)
6. Brandon Williamson-Kirtland

Shane Johnston earned a dominant tournament title to start off last season, winning at Edison with a pair of pins and a pair of tech falls. Two weeks later, he earned a 2nd place finish at Hoover, defeating state placer Hunter Kosco (Northwest) 14-9 and a tough Joey Oswald (Lake) 11-3 on the way to the finals before suffering a championship bout loss to state placer Devione Edwards (Lorain). Johnston secured a pin over state qualifier Colton Bethel (Ridgewood) and defeated another state qualifier Brandon White (Harrison C.) 15-3 over the course of the state duals. Shane was forced to default in his sectional finals bout with Christian Wellman, placing 2nd. At the district tournament, Johnston teched Dalton Leightner (Rootstown) and pinned Zack Shaffer (Columbia) in the first two rounds. He suffered a 17-2 semifinal loss to state champ Sebastian Vidika (Black River) in the semifinals, but bounced back with a 5-3 victory over Christian Wellman to secure a state tournament spot. Shane closed out the tournament with a 16-1 tech over Dakota McCloskey to finish as the district bronze medalist. Johnston started off his state tournament with a 4-2 win over state placer Jordan Burkholder (Crooksville), but then lost a 15-6 quarterfinal bout with bronze medalist Drew Mattin (Delta). He earned state placement for a second straight year with a 6-1 win over Damian D’Emilio (Genoa) and then knocked off an excellent Joey Bowen 4-2 to reach the consolation semifinals. Shane lost his next match 6-2 to Jake Adkins (Northridge) but closed out the year with a 7-2 win over Greg Quinn (Shadyside) to finish 5th, a spot higher on the podium from the previous season.
Gavin Stika placed 5th at the middle school state tournament last year as an 8th grader. He knocked off returning middle school state placer Alec Bailey 2-1 in the consolation rounds to secure placement and then bested Matt Lewis 4-0 to reach the consolation semifinals. Here, he would fall to Lake Catholic’s Hunter Ryan before closing out the tournament with a 1-0 win over Wadsworth’s Luke Baughman.
Alec Bailey placed 8th at the middle school state tournament back in 2013 as an 8th grader, but came up a match shy after falling in the previously mentioned bout with Stika. During his 2013 state tournament, Bailey eliminated Hunter Ryan (who beat Stika the next year) 3-2 in the consolation rounds and also posted a 2-0 win over Alex Isbrandt (Miami E.) to secure a spot on the medal stand.
Dakota McCloskey earned a 4th place finish at Riverside last year, where he defeated district placer Ben Kitay (Beachwood) by a 5-0 score. He advanced to the finals of the EOWL Tournament in early February, where he finished 2nd to D-1 state alternate Drew Fairbanks (Fitch). Two weeks later, McCloskey was a sectional champ after racking up a 4-2 semifinal win over Dalton Leightner and an 8-4 finals triumph over Nick Kortis (Canton C.C.). He pinned his first opponent at the district tournament and then defeated a solid Tre Combs (Cuyahoga Hts.) 8-1 to reach the semifinals. McCloskey was defeated by Joey Bowen in his first go-to-state match, but rolled back with a 5-2 win over Ben Kitay in the rematch to punch a ticket to his first state tournament. Dakota would finish 4th at the tournament, behind three state placers. He then drew 2x state placer Jake Adkins in the first round of the state tournament and was pinned in his first state tournament match. He fell to Damian D’Emilio in the first round of consolation bouts to end the season.
Christian Wellman finished as the tournament runner-up at Marion County where he earned a 14-6 major over state qualifier Zach Davie (Troy Chr.) and defeated state alternate Seth Transue (Jerome) on his way to the finals before ultimately falling to state finalist Hunter Bray (Dayton Chr.) in the championship bout. Wellman won the sectional title over state placer Shane Johnston, though his victory over Johnston in the finals was by default, so I’m sure what the story was on that. He pinned his first district foe before falling to Joey Bowen in the district quarters. Wellman trudged back with a pin over Nick Kortis and a 2-1 win over Tre Combs to reach the consolation semifinals. Here he fell 5-3 to Shane Johnston before ending his year with a 3-0 win over Ben Kitay to finish as the state alternate out of this district.
Brandon Williamson placed 5th at Willoughby South in mid December last season and later lost a tight 2-1 bout with Tre Combs at CVC Tournament during the consolation rounds. He placed 2nd at the sectional tournament where he fell 9-4 in his finals match with Trent Mast, which demonstrated progress after he had been pinned by Mast a few weeks earlier at the CVC Tournament. Williamson lost his first bout at Garfield Hts. by a 6-4 score to Tre Combs. He rolled back with a 10-0 win over Kyle Corfman (Orrville) and a 15-0 tech fall over Zack Shaffer to reach the consolation quarters. Here he would fall in a 5-3 bout with Ben Kitay, ending his season a bout shy of district placement.

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1. Joey Bowen-Manchester (7th, 7th state)
2. Brad Trescott-Rootstown (6th district)
3. Trent Mast-Cardinal
4. Tre Combs-Cuyahoga Hts.
5. Riley Smucker-Smithville (7th middle school state)
6. Ben Kitay-Beachwood (6th district)

It looks like Manchester will once again be an impressive D-3 team this year, and a major contributor to that cause is the junior 2x state placer Joey Bowen. Bowen placed an exceptional 3rd at the loaded Brecksville Tournament last year during the festive holiday season. Among his 6 wins at the event was a 15-0 tech over district placer Quade Rasmussen (St. Ignatius), a 6-1 win over state alternate Nick Henneman (Clay), a pin over state qualifier Ben Tate (Mt. Vernon), a pin over state qualifier Daniel Roth (Lakota E.), a 3-1 win over state placer Jarrod Brezovec (Aurora), and a 1-0 win over Josh Venia (Toledo C.C.) who placed 3rd at the state tournament. That would be an excellent season’s worth of wins, and Bowen notched them all at one tournament. His lone setback was a 4-2 quarterfinal loss to another state bronze medalist Drew Mattin (Delta). Bowen snagged another 3rd place finish at the Gorman where he majored state qualifier Mike Baumberger (Madison Comp.) 10-0, twice defeated state qualifier Dominic Rosin (St. Mary C.C.) and only lost a 5-1 bout to state placer Charlie Nash (Norwalk). At the Dies Tournament, Joey claimed yet another bronze medal while posting 6 consecutive consolation wins after a 2-1 second round loss to state placer Jarod Bronstrup (Brecksville). Among the wins was a pin over Tre Combs, a stick over district placer Eric Bartos (Buckeye), an 11-3 major over a solid Luke Dimuzio (Twinsburg), a 6-0 shutout over D.J. Skiba (Brunswick), and another 6-0 shutout over senior Tanmay Shah (Copley). Bowen pinned state qualifier Dakota McCloskey during the state duals and then posted another pin over Tre Combs in the sectional semis a few weeks later. Joey was tripped up in the sectional finals where he lost an 8-3 bout with state champ Sebastian Vidika (Black River). The next week he came back strong with two major decisions and a tech fall to reach the district finals. The first major was a 14-3 win over Ben Kitay, and the second was a 10-0 shutout of Christian Wellman. The semifinal tech was a second win over state qualifier Dakota McCloskey, and it locked up a second consecutive state tournament appearance for Bowen. Joey narrowed the margin (4-2) but fell for a second straight week to Vidika in the finals to end the tournament with a silver medal. Bowen started off his state tournament with a 4-2 win over Greg Quinn (Shadyside) who actually ended up placing higher than Bowen (6th) due to bracketing. Joey lost a 5-1 quarterfinal match with state finalist Hunter Bray (Dayton Chr.) but responded with a 10-2 major over Kaden Moore (Willard) to secure a second state medal. Bowen lost a narrow 4-2 bout with fellow 2x state placer Shane Johnston to drop into the 7th place final, but he finished strong with a 6-0 shutout over Jordan Burkholder (Crooksville) to claim a second 7th place finish.
Brad Trescott began his freshman year with a 5th place finish at Aurora where he teched Connor Requa (Geneva) and majored Kevin Kelly (N. Olmsted) 13-3 while only falling to state placer Harry Feuer (Mayfield). Trescott went 3-2 at both the Medina and Dies tournaments, picking up a solid 7-3 win over Austin Rayburn (Darby) at the former and losing a close 1-0 bout with state alternate Lukus Stricker (Hoban) at the latter. During Rootstown’s state duals run, Trescott defeated state qualifier Mitch Skleres 3-1 in sudden victory, triumphed over state qualifier Dakota McCloskey 11-4, and majored Ben Kitay 14-5. Brad won the PTC Tournament while wrestling down at 106, where he conquered Jake Ondash (Crestwood) 8-7 in the semis and overcame Sean Kuklisin (Streetsboro) 2-1 in the finals. While wrestling up at 113, Trescott majored Luke Ezzo 16-2 in the semifinals and then won by DQ over state qualifier Mitch Tikkanen (Jackson-Milton) in the finals. After shutting out Jimmy Bowen (Manchester) 6-0 in the opening round of the district tournament, Trescott again defeated Mitch Skleres, this time by a 9-4 score to punch through to the semifinals. Brad would be pinned by Stan Bleich and Mitch Tikkanen in his next two matches, dropping him into the alternate finals. Here, he lost a 7-1 match with senior Tyler Wirth to close out the tournament in 6th place.
Trent Mast started last year up at 113 where he went 1-2 at Aurora, giving senior Sean Kuklisin a tough bout in an 8-4 loss. Mast made the drop to 106 and defeated district placer Ben Kitay 9-2 in the regional rounds of the state duals. Mast finished 3rd at the CVC Tournament, losing an 11-4 semifinal to state placer Jarrod Brezovec before rebounding with a 16-1 tech over Ben Kitay and a 12-2 win over Tre Combs in the consolation finals. Two weeks later, Mast defeated Ben Kitay 9-5 in the sectional semis prior to posting a 9-4 win over Brendan Williamson (Kirtland) in the title match. Unfortunately, Mast did not participate in the district tournament for one reason or another, but he’ll be a prime contender in 2015, if he’s back in the Cardinal line-up.
Tre Combs went 2-2 at Brecksville where he posted a solid 5-3 win over Parker Brunkala (Mentor) during the process. Later in the season, Combs placed 4th at the CVC Tournament while earning a nice 3-2 victory over state qualifier Brady Toth (Perry) who had beaten him earlier in the year. Two weeks later, Tre was 3rd at the Independence Sectional where his lone loss was to 2x state placer Joey Bowen. Combs won his opening bout at the district tournament by a 6-4 score over Brendan Williamson before losing an 8-1 match with state qualifier Dakota McCloskey in the quarters. Tre won his first consolation bout 4-2 over Dalton Leightner (Rootstown) before bowing out of the tournament on a close 2-1 loss to state alternate Christian Wellman.
Riley Smucker placed 7th at the middle school state tournament last season where he ended his season with a 5-2 win over Walker Heard (Marysville) to claim the 7th place medal. Smucker also placed 7th at the middle school state tournament as a 7th grader in 2013. Among his wins during his 2013 state tournament run was a 1-0 defeat of Brad Trescott, a 5-2 win over middle school state placer Luke Wymer (SVSM), and an 8-4 victory over another middle school state placer in Casey Ragle (Norwood).
Ben Kitay placed 2nd at his home tournament to start off last season losing only to district placer Eric Bartos in the finals. Kitay picked up 6th place finished at both the Riverside Rumble and the CVC tournament during the year. Ben placed 3rd at the sectional tournament where he defeated John Kumher (Berkshire) 8-2 in the consolation finals after falling to Trent Mast earlier in the tournament. Kitay lost his opening district match 14-3 to Joey Bowen, but then rattled off three straight consolation wins, the last of which came by a 5-3 score over Brendan Williamson to secure district placement. Kitay lost his go-to-state match by a narrow 5-2 score against Dakota McCloskey, and closed out in 6th place after a 3-0 loss to Christian Wellman in the alternate finals.

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1. Stan Bleich-Elyria Cath. (SQ)
2. Louis DeMarco-Hawken (8th state)
3. Mitch Tikkanen-Jackson-Milton (SQ)
4. Tony Paulucci-Rootstown (SQ)
5. Mitch Skleres-Pymatuning Valley (SQ)
6. Brandon Neikerk-Cardinal

Stan Bleich compiled an excellent freshman season last year and was good enough to be a state placer, but had the misfortune of a hellacious state tournament draw. I don’t expect that he’ll be kept off the podium for a second straight season. Bleich earned an early season dual meet victory over state qualifier Aaron Kelly (Rocky River) by a 9-2 score. The same week, Stan won the Avon Lake Tournament title where he once again defeated Aaron Kelly, this time by a 10-2 score in the semifinals. Even more impressive, Bleich posted an 8-5 win over Devione Edwards (Lorain) who was a state bronze medalist by the end of the year. After the New Year, Stan placed 3rd at the CIT, where his only loss was a 9-3 semifinal setback to state placer Paul Petras (Padua). Bleich also posted a pair of wins over a skilled Nick berry (Carroll) at the event. Stan teched both opponents he faced at sectionals to win the title, and then he rolled into the district finals with a tech fall and a pair of pins. One of the pins was over Brad Trescott, and the tech was over Brandon Niekerk. Bleich closed out the tournament with a 12-4 major over state placer Louis DeMarco in the finals. Despite being a district champ, Stan had the misfortune of drawing 2x state finalist Evan Ulinski (Woodridge) in the first round of the state tournament. Ulinski won the match by a 12-6 score, sending Bleich into the consolation rounds. Stan defeated Kamron Paulus (Milton U.) 9-2 in the first round of consolation bouts, but then he would draw 2x state placer Alex Smith (St. Mary C.C.) and fall in a 10-8 battle to close out a match shy of the podium.
Louis DeMarco earned a 5th place finish at Independence in mid December last year, where he defeated state qualifier Corbin Post (Madison) 5-2 and split two matches with state qualifier Daniel Clement (Solon). Louis later placed 3rd at the CVC Tournament where he lost a 3-2 semifinal bout with Brandon Neikerk. Two weeks later, DeMarco bested Neikerk 3-1 in overtime in the sectional finals. After an opening round win at the district tournament, Louis bested Mitch Tikkanen and Tyler Wirth (Waynedale) to reach the district finals. He finished 2nd to Stan Bleich in the district finals, but set himself up with a better state tournament draw in doing so. He was pinned by 2x state placer Alex Smith in the opening round, but then pulled out a 5-2 win over Brandon Carbenia (Sandy Valley) on Thursday night to stay alive in the wrestle-back rounds. DeMarco pulled out a 2-1 win over Tyler Stoneburner (Paint Valley) to secure his first state medal. Louis would fall 8-0 and 5-3 to Michael Sergent (Troy Chr.) and Kristopher Hill (Hartley) to finish his year in 8th place.
Mitch Tikkanen placed 7th at Solon early last season where he lost a pair of close matches (6-2 and 2-0) to state placer Garrett Lambert (Strongsville) and state qualifier Andrew Coghill (Nordonia) respectively. Mitch pinned a solid Andrew Hassell (Pickerington N.) in the 7th place final to close out his tournament on a high note. Tikkanen pinned his way to a title at Hudson where he earned a nice stick over state alternate Josh Whitelaw (Aurora) in the championship bout. Mitch won the EOWL Tournament with a nice 9-2 victory over district placer Jack Dawson (Beaver Local) in the championships. Tikkanen surged into the sectional finals, but was disqualified in his championship bout with Brad Trescott. Mitch won his first bout at Garfield Heights and then lost his quarterfinal match with DeMarco. He posted a 4-3 win over Danny Wallo (Orrville) in his first consolation bout and then advanced via default in his next match. Tikkanen avenged his sectional final bout with a pin over Brad Trescott to earn his first state tournament trip, and then he ended his run with a 6-2 win over Mitch Skleres in the consolation finals to finish in 3rd place. Tikkanen lost his first match at state by a 10-2 score to state placer Brady Barnett (Edison) but bounced back with a tight 2-0 win over Jay Uhlenhake (Coldwater) to advance to Friday wrestling. His season ended in a 4-0 loss to state placer Michael Sergent, a shade shy of the state podium.
Tony Paulucci finished 2nd to a tough David Brunner (N. Olmsted) at Aurora last season, after he beat Danny Novak (Aurora) 7-5 in the semifinals. Paulucci later placed 7th at the Dies where both of his losses were to state qualifier Noah Schaub (Green) by identical 6-0 scores. During his Dies consolation run, Paulucci was able to claim an impressive 5-3 overtime win over state alternate Josh Gunter (Coventry). Two weeks later, Paulucci again defeated Gunter, and this time it was for the tournament title at the PTC, by a 2-1 score. Tony won the sectional title with a 3-1 win over Nick Hall (Girard) in the finals. A week later, he majored his first two foes to reach the district semis where he fell 4-0 to district champ Jett Heldenbrand (Hillsdale). Tony won by default over Sean McKinley (Hawken) to make it to his first state tournament but fell 2-0 to Charles Davis (Fairless) to end with a 4th place medal. Paulucci lost his first match at the state tournament by a 14-4 score to 2x state placer Michael May (Dayton Chr.) and then ended his year with a consolation loss to a very tough Brendan Fitzgerald (Grandview Hts.).
Mitch Skleres posted a 4th place finish at the KIT over the holidays where he posted a solid 6-5 win over a capable Josh Nelly (Garfield Hts.). He also defeated a pair of solid freshmen in Hunter Jones (Fairfield) and Connor Requa (Geneva) along the path. In early February, Skleres placed 3rd at the EOWL Tournament, where he ground out a nice 3-2 win over Kyle West (Canfield) in the consolation finals. Skleres placed 3rd at the sectional tournament, where he earned 3 pins in 4 matches, losing only to Brandon Neikerk by a 6-3 score. Mitch defeated Danny Wallo 8-2 in the first round at Garfield Heights before falling 9-4 to Brad Trescott in the quarters. He rebounded nicely with and 8-6 win over Derek Unkefer (Smithville), a 5-0 shutout of Luke Ezzo Canton C.C.), and a 6-5 overtime triumph over Tyler Wirth to earn a trip to the state tournament. Skleres lost a 6-2 consolation final to EOWL champ Mitch Tikkanen to close out the tournament in 4th place. Unfortunately, he lost in the opening round of the state tournament after drawing returning state champ Jake Spiess (Delta) right off the bat. Mitch’s first consolation bout was a 3-1 loss to Brandon White (Harrison C.) ending his season on Thursday night.
Brandon Neikerk placed 3rd at Aurora while wrestling down at 106 at the beginning of last year. He lost an 8-5 bout with state placer Jarrod Brezovec (Aurora) but rebounded with a 10-3 win over a solid William Distler (Geneva). At the CVC Tournament, Neikerk defeated state placer Louis DeMarco 3-2 in the semifinals before falling to state alternate Josh Whitelaw in the finals. Neikerk placed 2nd at sectionals, where he bested Mitch Skleres 6-3 in the semis before losing a tight 3-1 overtime rematch with DeMarco in the finals. Brandon pinned his first district opponent, but subsequently fell to district champ Stan Bleich in the quarterfinals and then ended his year on a 5-2 loss to Luke Ezzo.
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1. Jett Heldenbrand-Hillsdale (SQ)
2. John Smith-Mapleton (SQ)
3. Charles Davis-Fairless (SQ)
4. Ian Mast-Cardinal (SQ)
5. Joe Tromba-VASJ (5th district)
6. Logan Kissell-Garfield (3rd middle school state)

Jett Heldenbrand placed 3rd at the Gorman Tournament, shortly after the New Year, where he rebounded from an 8-5 semifinal loss to state placer Carson Mills (Fredericktown) to post consolation wins over Leconte Merrell (Madison Comp.) and district placer Noah McCumbers (Massillon) to finish with the bronze. Heldenbrand was the tournament champ at the WCAL Tournament, where he defeated Mike Wilson (Waynedale) 6-4 in overtime for the gold. Jett surged into the sectional finals with a pin and a major before being upended by Charles Davis (7-5) in the title bout. Heldenbrand started his district tournament with a 16-5 major over Sean McKinley (Hawken), and he followed that win with a 9-0 major over Joe Tromba. Jett bested state qualifier Tony Paulucci 4-0 in the semifinals and then went on to pin Ian Mast for the district title. In Columbus, Heldenbrand pinned Nick Miller (Mechanicsburg) in the first round of the state tournament, but he would run into state finalist Kyle Keller (Delta) in the quarterfinals, and was subsequently dropped into the wrestle-backs. Jett lost a tight 2-1 rematch with Carson Mills in the blood rounds to fall just shy of the podium.
John Smith wrestled early last year but was unable to participate in the post season tournament process. During his truncated season, Smith won a tournament title at Bucyrus, where he beat a solid Dalton Eagle (Ashland) 6-1 in the early rounds and then defeated state qualifier Thurston Dyer (U. Sandusky) 3-1 in overtime for the tournament crown. Over the Christmas break, Smith won another title at Marion Harding, where he bested state alternate Josh Transue (Jerome) by a 3-1 score in the finals. John will be a legitimate threat to take home the district title this year if he is back in the line-up come tournament time.
Charles Davis snared a 3rd place finish at Smithville last season, suffering his lone setback at the hands of Marko Vilimonovic (Highland) in the semifinal round. Davis once again grabbed 3rd place at Hudson where his single loss was a 6-1 setback to state alternate Andre Stowers (Maple Hts.). Charles would later place 6th at the Perry Pin City Tournament before claiming the sectional title with the previously mentioned 7-5 win over Heldenbrand. Davis pinned his first district foe and then defeated Terry Stockton (Jackson-Milton) 7-1 in the quarterfinals. Charles lost a 5-0 semifinal bout with Ian Mast to drop into a do-or-die match with Joe Tromba. Davis gutted out a 1-0 win over Tromba to punch through to the state tournament, and then he defeated Tony Paulucci 2-0 to claim the district bronze. Charles lost his first bout at the state tournament to Aric Peters (Bethel-Tate) who went on to claim the 4th place medal, and then he fell 6-2 to state placer Carson Mills in the wrestle-back portion of the tournament.
Ian Mast climbed into the finals of the CVC Tournament after defeating Cory Pucci (Cuyahoga Hts.) 8-2 in the semifinals. He closed out as the tournament runner-up after falling to state placer Colin Dees (Perry) in the championship bout. Two weeks later, Mast won a sectional title in convincing fashion, pinning Will Blechschmid (Berkshire) in the championship bout. Ian majored Austin Slarb (Northwestern) 10-1 in the first round of the district tournament before defeating Nick Hall (Girard) 7-4 in the quarterfinals to secure district placement. Mast earned his first trip to the state tournament with a 5-0 semifinal shutout over Charles Davis. Jett Heldenbrand pinned Mast in the district finals to hand Ian a bronze medal. At the state tournament, Mast drew 2x state champ Garrett Hancock (Troy Chr.) in the first round of the state tournament and was relegated to the consolation rounds after a second period pin. Ian’s first consolation bout was a rough one as he was pinned by Rod Richter (Monroe C.) to end the tournament at 0-2. I may have Mast ranked too low given the fact that he defeated Charles Davis in the district semis, but it’s always hard to rank three wrestlers that beat one of the three foes but lose to the other (Mast beat Davis, Davis beat Heldenbrand, Heldenbrand beat Mast) but thankfully, these rankings have absolutely no baring on how the matches are determined, so we’ll get to see who’s best as the season plays out.
Joe Tromba is another wrestler who is fully capable of making the state tournament out of this district. He placed 2nd at Aurora early last year where he majored a solid Joey Andrassy (Stow) who defeated Ian Mast 4-2 in his next match. Joe had to default at Willoughby South, but still managed to grab a 6th place finish in mid December. Tromba was a sectional champ at Independence, where he earned an 8-2 win over Nick Amspaugh (Wellington) in their title match. After an 8-0 win over Crestview’s Josh DeSalvo in the first round of the district tournament, Joe lost a quarterfinal showdown with district champ Heldenbrand. Tromba pinned his first consolation foe and then knocked off Austin Slarb 8-4 in the consolation quarters. Tromba lost a narrow 1-0 bout with Charles Davis for state qualification before closing out as the state alternate after Sean McKinley (Hawken) forfeited their 5th place final.
Logan Kissell injects fresh talent into this district after finishing 3rd at the middle school state tournament last year. During his state tournament run, Kissell knocked off 2x middle school state placer Brady Chrisman (Medina) 2-1 in the quarterfinals. He fell to Colt Yinger (Nelsonville-York) in the semis before rolling to consecutive wins over Joshua Jaeckin (Olmsted Falls) and Jake Marsh (Marysville) by 5-3 and 1-0 scores. Logan will be one to keep an eye one as he looks to make the seamless transition from middle school state tournament to high school state tournament.

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1. Colton Ullman-Loudonville (7th, 8th state)
2. Tim Mecklenburg-Lutheran W. (4th state)
3. Hunter Napier-Fairless
4. Cody Rhoads-Grand Valley (5th district)
5. Ian Maund-Black River (6th district)
6. Devin Seka-Jackson-Milton

Colton Ullman pulled out a 3rd place finish at the Gorman Tournament last season where he defeated district placer Trae Coopwood (Madison Comp.) 6-1 and pulled out two lopsided wins over a tough Collin Adkins (Bellevue) by tech and pin. His lone setback was a semifinal loss to state qualifier Brandon Leynaud (Lexington). Ullman finished 2nd to 2x state finalist Zack Durbin (Mapleton) at the sectional tournament at Northwestern, where he fell by a 7-1 score. A week later, Colton teched his first district foe before pinning state placer Tim Mecklenburg in the quarterfinals. Ullman advanced to the finals with a 2-0 victory over state placer T.J. Malkus (Berkshire) before falling by a narrow 1-0 score in the championship bout. Ullman majored his first state tournament foe in Sean Taylor (Montpelier) who he defeated 14-2. Colton lost his quarterfinal bout by a 10-2 score in a showdown with 2x state champ Jared Ganger (Covington), but he bounced back with a 9-0 win over Trevor Reed (New London) to place at the state tournament for a second straight year. Ullman lost a tight 4-2 consolation quarterfinal match with state bronze medalist Devon Dunbar (Northwood) but mustered up the grit and determination to close out the season with a 3-0 victory over Matt Mangen (Versailles) to finish in 7th place.
Tim Mecklenburg post a nice 14-2 dual meet victory over Ian Maund in mid January a day after losing a tight 3-2 bout with state placer T.J. Malkus during the state duals. A few week later, Mecklenburg lost a rematch with Maund by a 4-1 score while placing 4th at the PAC Tournament. Tim settled the season series with Maund in the sectional finals, where he beat the freshman by a 2-0 score. Mecklenburg bounced back from his quarterfinal loss to Ullman at the district tournament with 4 straight consolation wins to earn the bronze. His go-to-state match was a close 2-1 win over Cody Rhoades, and he followed it up with a 5-4 victory over state placer T.J. Malkus to avenge his earlier loss to the same wrestler. Much like his district tournament, Mecklenburg would lose an early match but battle back through the consolation rounds in impressive fashion. His opening round loss was an 8-5 setback to Noah Mattin (Delta), but he trekked back with wins over Josh Clary (Dayton Chr.) and Alan Hayhurst (Newcomerstown) to earn state placement. Tim continued to rack up consolation wins, posting a 2-0 victory over Matt Mangen and a pin over 2x state placer Caleb Ohl (Newark Cath.) to reach the consolation finals. Here, Mecklenburg’s run of success would end in a 4-2 loss to Devon Dunbar, placing him 4th on the state podium.
Hunter Napier earned an early season title at Smithville where he pinned a quality Andy Maris (Triway) in the finals. A few weeks later, he posted another tournament title at Hudson where he defeated Ben Boysel (Hudson) 9-4 in the semis and then bettered Brandon Francik (maple Hts.) 7-4 in the championship bout. Napier picked up a 6th place finish at Perry while teching state alternate Cody Rhoads 17-2 in the quarterfinals. Hunter lost his semifinal bout by a 12-3 score to state alternate Joe Koontz (SVSM) and subsequently defaulted out of the tournament. Napier advanced to his sectional semifinals before losing an 8-4 bout with 2x state placer Colton Ullman. He dropped into the consolation bracket where he suffered a 7-5 loss to Dillan Galehouse (Waynedale) before forfeiting to 6th place. Though he had a rough sectional tournament, Napier posted a solid overall season and should be in contention for state qualification in 2015.
Ian Maund placed 6th at Marion Harding over the holidays where he wrestled a close match in a 7-4 loss to state qualifier C.J. Ball (Rossford) and another tight 3-1 defeat to Dylan Buis (Oak Hills). After a 3-2 Gorman Tournament, Maund placed 2nd at the PAC Tournament where he upset state placer Tim Mecklenburg in the semis by a 4-1 score. Two weeks later, he fell 2-0 to Mecklenburg in the sectional finals to place 2nd. Maund defeated Dakota Ward (Cardinal) 4-2 in the first round at the district tournament before falling in the quarters to state finalist Zack Durbin. After picking up a forfeit, Maund pinned Devin Seka in the consolation quarters to claim district placement. He fell to T.J. Malkus in the consolation semis before dropping a 5-2 match with Cody Rhoads to place 6th.
Cody Rhoads placed 4th at Perry shortly after the New Year and later claimed a 4th place finish at the EOWL Tournament where he fell to district placer Matt Steer (West Branch) in the consolation finals. Rhoades placed 2nd to T.J. Malkus at sectional where he defeated Dakota Ward 13-5 in the semifinals. He opened with a pin at Garfield Hts. and then shutout Devin Seka in a 4-0 quarterfinal bout. Rhoads lost his next two matches to Zack Durbin and Tim Mecklenburg (2-1) to fall into the alternate finals. Here, Cody ended his season defeated Ian Maund 5-2 to close out in 5th place.
Devin Seka was a sectional champ last year at Rootstown where he knocked off Dominic Gainey (Girard) 9-1 in the semifinals and then beat Seth Hayes (Rootstown) 4-1 for the tournament championship. Devin started off his district tournament with a 4-3 win over Jarret Logan (Tuslaw) in the opening round. He followed up with a 4-0 loss to Chad Rhodes, defeated Dillan Galehouse 3-1 in his first consolation bout, and then closed out his tournament at 2-2 after a loss to Ian Maund in the consolation rounds.


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1. Jason Sadler-Rootstown (SQ)
2. Evan Francis-Kirtland (SQ)
*3. Garrett Hall-Chippewa* (6th district 2013)
4. Kyle Waddell-Tuslaw (5th district)
5. Josh Tompkins-Mogadore (6th district)
6. Shane Clark-W.S. Northwestern

Jason Sadler made it to his first state tournament as a sophomore in 2014. He began the season with a 3rd place finish at Aurora, where he majored a solid Sam Matzek (N. Olmsted) 13-2 in the consolation finals. He went 3-2 at Medina over the holidays while posting an excellent 8-2 win over state qualifier Christian Camacho (Brunswick). A month later, Jason placed 8th at the Dies Tournament, but he would post a rough 1-2 result at a tough PTC Tournament. Sadler pinned his way through the sectional tournament where none of his three matches made it out of the first period. Jason started off his district tournament with a 9-4 win over Mason Harsar (Elyria Cath.) and then pinned Evan Francis and Kyle Waddell in his next tow bouts to reach the district championship match. Sadler fell to 2x state champ Sammy Gross (Beachwood) in the finals to finish with a district silver. Jason lost a narrow 7-5 opening round bout with state runner-up Lyle Plummer (Chaminade-Julienne) and then climbed back with a pin over Jesse Blake (Garaway) in his first consolation round. Sadler’s season ended after a 12-6 loss to Trent Soto (Otsego) who went on to finish 6th at the tournament.
Evan Francis placed 2nd at Willoughby South early last year, losing a narrow 4-3 bout with district champ Yassir Abdel-Salam (Lakewood) in the finals. Two weeks later, Francis placed 2nd at Lorain after falling to state qualifier Daniel Hasson (Beaver Local) in the finals. At Perry, Francis placed 3rd after shutting out state qualifier C.J. Frost (Canfield) 6-0 in the consolation finals. Evan placed 3rd at the CVC and 2nd at the sectional tournament, losing only to state champ Sammy Gross at both events. He picked up an opening round pin at the district tournament before falling to Sadler in the quarters. Francis pinned his first consolation foe and then beat state qualifier Bobby Bowen (Manchester) by an 8-2 score to reach the consolation semis. Here, Evan would win his go-to-state match by a 7-2 score over Josh Tompkins prior to suffering a 5-1 loss to Nate Frye (Cuyahoga Hts.) in the consolation finals. His first two matches at the state tournament would be against the wrestlers that finished 3rd and 5th at the weight class, though Francis lost by close 4-2 and 3-0 scores to Ryan Ford (Covington) and Dustin Marteney (Delta) respectively.
Kyle Waddell lassoed a 13-8 win over state qualifier Kolby Rayner (Caldwell) during the regional finals of the state duals last year. A few weeks later he placed 2nd at the sectional tournament after falling 7-5 in sudden victory in his finals bout with Shane Clark. Waddell defeated Brandon Vander Maas (Berkshire) 7-0 in the first round of the district tournament before besting Bobby Bowen 10-5 in the quarters. He was pinned by Jason Sadler and Nate Frye
In consecutive matches, but closed out the tournament with a 7-6 win over Josh Tompkins to finish as the state alternate.
Josh Tompkins earned a 5th place finish at the PTC Tournament after beating a tough Aaron Dantino (Streetsboro) 2-0 in his final bout. Tompkins lost an 8-5 sectional semifinal bout with Nate Frye at Independence before trekking back to take third with an overtime pin over Mason Harsar (Elyria Cath.) in the consolation finals. Josh started his district tournament with a 15-8 win over Anthony Renforth (S. Range), and then he defeated sectional champ Shane Clark 3-1 in the quarters to secure district placement. After falling to Sammy Gross in the semis, Tompkins lost a 7-2 bout with Evan Francis and a 7-6 match with Kyle Waddell to end his year with a 6th place finish at Garfield Hts.
Shane Clark grabbed a 2nd place finish at the WCAL Tournament, where he fell 6-1 to Tristen Stiltner (Hillsdale) in the finals. Two weeks later, he earned an excellent sectional tournament title while defeating state alternate Kyle Waddell by a 7-5 score in overtime. Clark pinned his first opponent at the district tournament before losing 3-1 to Josh Tompkins in the quarters. He bounced back with an 11-6 win over Tristen Stiltner to avenge the earlier loss before bowing out of the tournament in a consolation quarterfinal loss to Nate Frye.
Garrett Hall had limited results last year, but did make the finals of the Cambridge Tournament early last year after pinning Jesse McGee (Minerva) in the semifinals. During his freshman season, Hall placed 6th at the district tournament after a solid overall year. During that season, he won the tournament title at Smithville where he majored 2014 state finalist Cole Woods (W. Holmes) 9-1 in the finals. He later placed 3rd at his home tournament where he beat 2014 state qualifier Terrell Grant (Hoban) in the consolation finals after losing a 12-8 bout with 2014 state finalist Tommy Genetin (Mass. Perry) in the semis. Garrett later soldiered on to a 3rd place finish at the Dies Tournament, beating state qualifier Kyle Jenkins (Stow) 13-2 in the consolation finals. Hall placed 3rd at New Lexington and 4th at the sectional tournament later in the season. He defeated 2014 state placer Louis DeMarco 7-6 in the first round of the district tournament before falling 4-0 to Mitch Tikkanen in the quarters. Hall pinned Brandon Neikerk in his first consolation bout and then knocked off Joe Tromba 2-0 in the consolation quarters. Garrett’s season ended on 3-0 and 6-2 losses top Joey Bowen and Mitch Tikkanen. If he’s back at 100% in 2015, we could see Hall make a play at state placement.

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1. Jacob Spino-Independence (SQ)
2. Chance Marthey-Tuslaw (7th state)
3. Josh Weber-Loudonville (6th district, 7th state 2013)
4. Patrick Jordan-Waterloo
5. Mike Calvert-Kirtland
6. Nathan Kennedy-Fairless

Jacob Spino posted an excellent season last year but came up just short of state placement in the midst of the loaded middle weights at the state tournament. Spino won his home tournament early last year where he knocked off a tough Josh Romano (Perry) twice, defeated state alternate Josh Realbuto (Orange) 6-2, and claimed a 3-1 win over D-1 state placer Ryan Montgomery (Madison) along the path to the crown. Spino later placed 3rd at Lorain over the holidays, losing only to 2x state qualifier Daniel Hasson (Beaver Local) by a 4-2 score. Jacob won the CVC Tournament with a 5-1 finals victory over district placer Cody Charvat (Berkshire) and then trudged to a sectional title two weeks later where he defeated state qualifier Justin Chew (Mogadore) 4-3 for the gold. After an opening round pin at the district tournament, Spino shutout returning state placer Josh Weber 7-0 in the quarterfinals. He again defeated Cody Charvat (10-5) in the district semis to secure his first state tournament trip, and then Jacob followed that win with a 3-2 triumph over state placer Chance Marthey for the district title. Spino got off to a string start in his first state tournament match, teching Noah Phillips (E. Knox) 17-2 in the opening round. Spino lost a narrow 7-6 bout with state finalist Alex Becker (Dayton Chr.) in the quarterfinals before being pinned by state bronze medalist Brad Wardell (Waynedale) in his first wrestle back match. Despite a less than desirable end to the season, Spino strung together an excellent year and gained valuable state experience which should pay dividends as he look to make a splash in his final tour of varsity duty.
Chance Marthey started the year wrestling up at 145 where he finished 2nd to Jacob Kluding (Norwalk) at Edison early in the year. After the New Year, Marthey picked up a nice 3-0 dual meet win over 2x state placer Ricky Ratcliff (W. Jefferson) at the Mechanicsburg Duals and later bested state qualifier Jason Sadler 6-2 during the state duals. Marthey won a sectional title in impressive fashion, picking up a default victory over 2x state placer Brad Wardell in the semis before knocking off returning state placer Josh Weber by an 11-2 score in the finals. Chance pinned his opening foe at the district tournament and then bested Ward Hudson (VASJ) 6-5 in the quarters. He knocked off Justin Chew 4-2 in overtime during their semifinal bout before falling to Jacob Spino in the district finals. Marthey began his state tournament with a 7-3 victory over Brett Kahl (Shadyside) and a 7-0 loss to Kenny Price (Archbold) in the quarters. Marthey bounced back with a 3-1 win in a rematch with Justin Chew to earn placement. He had a rough 16-4 loss to the freshman Derek Gross (St. Paul) in his next match but closed out strong with a pin over Grant Fidler (Monroeville) to finish with a 7th place medal.
Josh Weber and teammate Tucker Bender both had rough junior seasons after excellent sophomore campaigns and will be working to peak for their senior years in 2015. Weber looked impressive early in the New Year at the Gorman where he won the title with a 9-5 semifinal win over Seth Boggs (Perkins) and a championship bout pin over state qualifier Evan Hansel (Newark Cath.). Josh later placed 8th at the rigorous Top Gun Tournament, losing a 20-14 dogfight with state placer Dashawn Hayes (Buckeye Valley) in the quarterfinals and a consolation bout to 4x state placer Cody Burcher (Claymont). Josh placed 2nd at the Hephner Tournament where he kept it close with the high scoring state finalist Ryan Skonieczny (SVSM) in a 5-3 finals loss. Weber pinned Nathan Kennedy in the sectional semifinals before falling to Chance Marthey for the sectional title. Josh defeated Patrick Jordan (Waterloo) 12-6 in the first round of the district tournament prior to suffering a quarterfinal loss to Jacob Spino. Weber pinned Mike Calvert in his first consolation bout and then picked up a 6-4 victory over Eddie Sigurani (Girard) to reach the consolation semifinals. Josh lost a go-to-state bout with Justin Chew by an 8-6 score before suffering a 12-2 loss to Cody Charvat in the alternate final to close out with a 6th place medal.
Patrick Jordan picked up a solid 8-6 sudden victory win over state qualifier Jason Sadler in mid January last season. A week later, he placed 5th at the PTC Tournament where he once again bested Sadler, this time by a 4-2 score. Jordan placed 3rd at he sectional tournament, where he lost an 8-6 semifinal match to Eddie Sigurani before trekking back to beat Tyler Jefferies (Jackson-Milton) 3-1 in the consolation finals. Patrick fell to Josh Weber in the first round of the district tournament but then earned a pin over Collin McLaughlin (Wickliffe) in his first consolation match. Jordan’s season ended in a 10-7 loss to a tough Ward Hudson in the second consolation round.
Mike Calvert started last year at 132, where he placed 3rd at Willoughby South and gave an impressive performance against the superlative Antonio Mitchell in a 12-10 loss. Calvert climbed to a 5th place finish at Lorain where he beat state qualifier Jason Keyes (Beaver Local) 2-1 and pinned state alternate Nick Foster (Holy Name). The next week, Calvert placed 4th at Perry where he split two matches with Jeremy Adkins (Euclid) and fell to a tough Max Kuchenrither (Avon). Mike picked up a 6th place finish at the CVC Tournament where he gave state alternates Cody Charvat and Frank Regalbuto respectable challenges in 11-6 and 9-7 losses.
Calvert defeated Cody Miller (Pymatuning Valley) 6-4 to reach the sectional finals before again falling to Cody Charvat and placing 2nd. After losing an opening round bout to Ward Hudson at the district tournament, Calvert snagged a 4-0 win over Tyler Jefferies in his first consolation bout before bowing out of the tournament after being pinned by Josh Weber.
Nathan Kennedy finished 2nd to a sturdy Hunter Flinner (Triway) at Smithville early last year a month before posting an 8th place finish at Perry in early January. Nathan placed 3rd at the sectional tournament where he lost only to Josh Weber and actually placed ahead of state bronze medalist Brad Wardell who defaulted in their consolation final bout. Kennedy beat Skylar Montie (Rootstown) by a 7-6 score in the first round at Garfield Heights, before falling to Cody Charvat and Eddie Sigurani in consecutive matches to close out the tournament.
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1. Reid Stanley-Waynedale (4th, 7th state)
2. Zach Steiner-Norwayne (SQ)
3. David Monturi-Wickliffe (SQ)
4. Luke Sorboro-Rootstown (5th district)
5. Corey Kowatch-Mapleton (6th district)
6. Damon Little-Tuslaw

Reid Stanley made it 2 for 2 in state placement in his pair of varsity wrestling seasons. This season, he’ll look to up the ante and make it to his first state finals. Reid earned a 9-0 early season win over state alternate Logan Hickenbottom (Cambridge) in their dual meet. He later trekked to a 3rd place finish at Marion County where he pinned Tyler Wilson (Ashland) and majored Zach Purdy (Granville) on either side of a 3-1 semifinal loss to state placer Nick Vestal (Dayton Chr.). Stanley placed 2nd at the WCAL Tournament, where his lone setback was a 4-3 finals defeat t the hands of Zach Steiner. A few weeks later, Reid beat Steiner 9-2 for the sectional title at Northwestern. At Garfield Heights, Stanley picked up and opening bout pin and a quarterfinal tech to advance to the district semifinals. He secured a second trip to the state tournament with a pin over state qualifier Anthony Walden (Beachwood) in the semifinals and then won a 4-2 rubber match with Zach Steiner to grab the district title. In Columbus, Reid pinned his opening opponent before pulling off an impressive 8-6 upset over returning state finalist Logan Day (Archbold) in the quarterfinals. He suffered an 11-3 loss to Jamie Baldridge (Northmor) in the semifinals before beating Joe Ziegler (Mechanicsburg) 4-0 to reach the consolation finals. Stanley lost a rematch with Logan Day 3-1 to close out the state tournament in 4th place.
Zach Steiner won a tournament title at Smithville where he beat Carter Casperd (Fairless) 5-2 in the semifinals. He climbed to a 4th place finish at the Dies, where he beat a good Shamiko Samidan (Garfield Hts.) 8-1 and pinned state qualifier Kyle Workman (Parma) in the consolation rounds. His two losses were to district champ Zack Lake (Coventry), with the later match being a respectable 3-1 score. Zach upset state placer Reid Stanley in the WCAL Tournament finals a week before knocking off district placer Tucker Bender (Loudonville) 5-4 to reach the sectional finals. Here he fell in the rematch with Stanley, closing out his first sectional in 2nd place. A week later, the freshman rolled into the district finals with three straight major decisions, the final of which came over state qualifier David Monturi by a 12-4 score. For a second straight week, Steiner fell to Reid Stanley in the finals. Zach started off his state tournament on a positive note, knocking off Austin Glasscock (Centerburg) by a 7-5 score. Zach lost to state champ Logan Lacure (Greeneview) in the quarterfinals and then fell by a narrow 2-1 score in overtime to Joe Ziegler to finish a shade shy of the medal stand.
David Monturi finished 2nd to state qualifier Anthony Walden at the CVC Tournament last season, where he fell by a 9-5 score in the finals. David avenged that loss in the district finals with an 11-9 overtime win over Walden to earn the sectional crown. Monturi defeated Corey Kowatch 6-2 in the district quarters prior to losing the previously mentioned semifinal to Steiner. He posted a solid 14-9 win over excellent freshman Luke Sorboro to punch his ticket to the state tournament and then bested Anthony Walden 8-5 in the consolation finals to claim the season series and lock up a 3rd place finish. Monturi fell 15-10 to 2x state placer Ricky Ratcliff (W. Jefferson) in the first round of the state tournament before picking up an 11-6 victory over Tyler Showalter (Wayne Trace) in his first consolation showdown. David’s season ended on a loss to Nick Vestal, a mere match away from a state medal.
Luke Sorboro sparked his freshman campaign with a 2nd place finish at Aurora while defeating district placer Tyler Cross (Geneva) 6-4 along the way. Luke placed an impressive 5th at the Dies Tournament where he majored Quincy Harvey (Kenmore) 12-3 in his final bout of the tournament. His two losses at the event were a pair of decisions to state alternate Brice Locklear (Olmsted Falls) by 6-4 and 4-0 scores. Sorboro picked up a runner-up finish at the PTC Tournament where he lost 3-0 to state qualifier Josh Horning in the finals. He rolled to a sectional title, where he bettered Tyler Staton (Jackson-Milton) 13-4 in the finals. Luke started his district run with an 11-1 major over Damon Little before falling 3-2 to state qualifying senior Anthony Walden in the quarters. Sorboro pinned Ross Harmon (Mogadore) and then beat Robert Blair (Berkshire) 7-3 to reach the consolation semis. After falling in the previously mentioned match with Monturi, Luke closed out the season as the state alternate after picking up the default over Corey Kowatch in the 5th place final.
Corey Kowatch placed 3rd at the sectional tournament where he knocked off Damon Little twice along the way by pin and 12-3 scores. Kowatch’s single loss was an 8-1 setback to Reid Stanley in the semifinals. At the district tournament, Kowatch pinned Tyler Staton in the first round before falling 6-2 to David Monturi in the quarters. He pinned Damon Little in his first consolation bout and then won a 6-1 match over David Eschedor (Wellington) to pick up district placement. After falling to Anthony Walden in the district semifinals, Kowatch defaulted out of his alternate final match with Luke Sorboro to place 6th.
Damon Little placed 5th at Edison last season, where his two losses were to district placers Logan Stiner (Keystone) and Mason Robson (W. Reserve). Little picked up another 5th place finish at Hoover, where he defeated Michigan state qualifier Mike Shaw (Holt) 10-8 in his final match. Little gave state champ Kaleb Romero (Mechanicsburg) a challenge during their 12-10 dual meet showdown. Little also pulled off a pin over 2x state placer Kameron Rayner (Caldwell) in the regional semifinals of the duals. Little knocked off district placer Tucker bender 8-1 to advance to the district tournament while placing 4th at the sectional tournament last year. He posted a consolation pin over Justin Corsi (Independence) in between losses to district placer Corey Kowatch and Luke Sorboro.

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1. Drew Brasiel-Manchester (8th state)
2. Clayton Davidson-Kirtland (SQ)
3. Kyle Ice-Waynedale (5th district)
4. Drew Lowery-Loudonville
5. Alex Imhoff-Wellington
6. Gaige Willis-Pymatuning Valley (6th middle school state)

Drew Brasiel finished 2-2 at Brecksville where he picked up a nice 8-5 win over a tough Xavier Wasco (N. Royalton) who was a bout away from district placement last season. Drew later placed 3rd at the Gorman where he defeated Austin Kinzel (Clear Fork) and Jordan Dalton (Lexington) on the way to the consolation prize. Two weeks later, Brasiel placed 6th at the Dies Tournament where he secured an impressive pin over district placer Taylor Workman (Elyria) and defeated a stout Kyle Woods (Streetsboro) along the way. Drew placed 3rd at his sectional tournament after falling to state qualifier Jerot Schill (Elyria Cath.) in the semifinals. Brasiel lost his opening district bout to fellow state qualifier Josh Horning (Waterloo) before rattling off 5 straight consolation wins to battle back and place 3rd. Along his consolation route, Drew bested James Cupan (Girard) 7-6, advanced past district placer Luke Baldwin (Grand Valley) by disqualification, knocked off Zach Androw (Fairless), and then bested Josh Horning 6-4 in the rematch for third place. Brasiel lost his opening state tournament bout 3-1 in sudden victory to Jacob Croswell (Hartley), but he then defeated Kamran Alexander (Deer Park) 7-6 in his first consolation bout to stay alive on Thursday night. Drew secured himself a spot on the podium with an 11-5 win over Robert Mickey (Northridge) in the second round of consolation matches. Drew subsequently fell 4-2 to 2x state placer Chance Sonnenberg (Van Buren) and 6-2 to Austin Windle (Ada) to close out the year with an 8th place finish at the state tournament.
Clayton Davidson won a tournament title at Willoughby South early last year, pinning his way to the finals where he defeated state alternate Brice Locklear (Olmsted Falls) 4-2 for the crown. Among his earlier wins at the tournament was a pin over another district placer in Amier Cobb-Bradley (Shaker Hts.). Davidson once again pinned his way to the finals of a tournament at Independence where he teched a tough Brad Powell (Copley) 21-5 in the championship bout. Clayton pinned state qualifier Ben Kaus (SVSM) and defeated a tough Evan Schenk (Perry) 8-5 on the way to the finals of the Perry Pin City Tournament. Davidson fell in the finals by an 1—6 score in his showdown with state placer Bo Ransom (Madison). Clayton won another tournament title at the CVC where he once again bested Evan Schenk (3-2) before conquering state placer Seth King (Hawken) 6-5 for the championship. Two weeks later, Davidson again beat King for a tournament title, this time at sectionals by a 4-3 score. After picking up a pin in the first round of the sectional tournament, Clayton defeated state qualifier Derek Gregan (Northwestern) by a 3-1 score in sudden victory. Davidson lost a 6-3 semifinal bout with state finalist Zack Ladich (Rootstown) but then knocked off Seth King for a third time (2-1 in OT) to earn a trip to the state tournament. Clayton lost a 3-2 bout with state placer Jake Delorge (Lutheran W.) to finish the tournament in 4th place, setting him up with the daunting task of facing 4x state champ Jake Danishek (Dayton Chr.) in the opening round of the state tournament. Davidson lost the bout in the opening period and then suffered a tough 3-2 setback in his first consolation bout with Patrick Stover (Ready) on Thursday night.
Kyle Ice ended his freshman year one heartbreaking point form the state tournament. He’ll better that result this year, and may well finish his season on the podium at the Schottenstein Center. Kyle Ice finished 3-2 at Marion County, where he earned a 6-3 win over state qualifier Jacob Croswell who later defeated Drew Brasiel at the state tournament. Ice finished 3rd at the WCAL Tournament, where he endured an opening round loss to state qualifier Derek Gregan by a 7-3 score. Ice bested district placer Zach Androw 6-0 in the consolation semifinals after falling to Tanner Topp in the semifinals. Kyle pinned Andrew Kitay in the first round at Garfield Hts. and then bettered senior James Cupan 7-4 in the quarterfinals. Ice suffered a 5-2 loss to Jerot Schill in the district semifinals before enduring a 6-5 loss to senior Josh Horning in their go-to-state bout. Kyle ended his season with a lopsided 12-0 major over senior Zach Androw to end the year as the state alternate.
Drew Lowery finished 2-2 at both the Top Gun and Gorman Tournaments while posting an 8-6 sudden victory over state qualifier Lincoln Parsley (Archbold) at the Archbold Duals. Drew finished 4th at the sectional tournament where his two losses were to a sturdy Logan Ammond (Tuslaw). Lowery lost an opening round bout to state placer Jake Delorge at the district tournament before turning around and winning his first two consolation bouts, which included a 7-5 victory over Alex Imhoff. Lowery’s season ended a match shy of district placement after he fell to state qualifier Derek Gregan in the consolation quarterfinals.
Alex Imhoff earned a 5th place finish at Bellevue where he beat a capable Brody Hennig (Oak Harbor) by a 4-2 score in their 5th place showdown. He had a rough draw at Medina, where he lost a 3-1 rematch with Hennig and then fell 5-4 to district placer Jimmy Thompson (Lancaster) in his first consolation bout. Alex placed 2nd at the Pac Tournament, losing to state placer Jake Delorge in the finals, and then he placed 2nd at the sectional tournament a few weeks later where he lost to the same wrestler in the finals. Imhoff started off his district tournament with a nice 6-4 overtime win over Logan Ammond before being pinned by state finalist Zack Ladich in the quarterfinals. Alex’s season ended on the previously mentioned 7-5 loss to Drew Lowery, a few bouts shy of placement.
Gaige Willis placed 6th at the Middle School state tournament last year as an 8th grader, where he knocked of St. Edward freshman 3-0 in the opening round of the tournament. He also bested St. Ignatius freshman Andrew Keirn 6-4 to reach the semifinals where he lost a tight 2-0 match with eventual state champ Sam Wyche (Moeller) and subsequently fell to 6th place. I’ll be interested to see what kind of impact the excellent freshman will be able to make on the district climate this season.

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1. James Handwerk-Luthern W.
2. Travis Pickering-Mapleton (5th district)
3. Ben Blechschmid-Berkshire
4. Josh Kitko-Wellington
5. Thomas McKale-Newbury
6. Gabe Gretz-Rootstown

Last season, James Handwerk posted a second place finish at the PAC tournament. Losing a 3-2 finals bout with a sturdy Derrick Foster (Clearview) for the title. Two weeks later, he pinned his first two sectional foes, including Josh Kitko, to reach the championship bout. He lost a 5-4 match with state qualifier Jerot Schill (Elyria Cath.) in the championship but was not able to participate at the district tournament the next week. Handwerk was a year removed from a middle school state title, which he won in 2013 over Marcus Williamson (Westerville S.) who was a match away from the D-1 state tournament last year as a freshman. James had a busy and productive summer this off-season, placing 2nd at Cadet National Championships in Fargo at the Greco-Roman tournament, and then following that result up with a 5th place finish in the freestyle portion of the tournament. His excellent off-season has vaulted Handwerk into the state finals picture for the upcoming season.
Travis Pickering will be among the favorites to emerge with a set of state tournament tickets around this weight after coming up just short. He earned a 5th place finish at Marion Harding, where his two losses were to state qualifiers Wes Buettner (Delphos St. John’s) and Jim Brittsan (Buckeye Valley). Pickering placed 3rd at the sectional tournament where his lone loss was a 3-1 sudden victory setback to Logan Snyder (Waynedale) who had pinned Pickering a month earlier at the state duals. Travis advanced to the semifinals of the district tournament after posting a pin and a 5-1 win over Bryce Huth (Mogadore) in his first two tilts. Pickering fell to 2x state champ Ryan Harris (Beachwood) in the district semifinals and then suffered some misfortune in the consolation semis. Here he was leading Zach Jamieson (Brookfield) in the go-to-state match but he was DQ’d after Jamieson couldn’t continue after a violation. Pickering achieved modest redemption in the state alternate match where he bested Logan Snyder 7-1 to avenge the two earlier losses to the same wrestler.
Josh Kitko picked up a 3rd place finish at Bellevue, losing only to state qualifier Caleb Stockmaster (Margaretta) during the tournament. Kitko posted a rough 0-2 Medina Tournament, but later earned a respectable 3rd place finish at the PAC Tournament where he lost to James Handwerk in the semis before battling back to defeat Ben Ocheltree (Keystone) 5-2 in the consolation finals. Kitko was once again defeated by Handwerk in the sectional semis prior to earning a pin to punch through to the district tournament. He closed out in 4th place after falling 4-2 to state placer Drew Brasiel in the consolation finals. Kitko lost an 8-2 match with sectional champ James Cupan (Girard) in the opening round of the district tournament and then fell out of the tournament after a 13-5 defeat at the hands of Andrew Kitay (Beachwood) in his first consolation bout.
Ben Blechschmid snagged an 8th place finish at Solon early in the year and later posted a 2-2 KIT. He picked up a nice 12-5 win over Andrew Kitay during the state duals process and later went 2-2 at the CVC Tournament. Blechschmid placed 3rd at the sectional tournament where his lone setback was a 5-3 defeat in the rematch with Andrew Kitay in the semifinals. After suffering an opening round loss to Tanner Topp (Northwestern) at the district tournament, Ben battled back with a pair of consolation wins to reach the consolation quarterfinals. His year ended in a loss to state qualifier Josh Horning (Waterloo) to finish a bout shy of district placement.
Thomas McKale earned a 5th place finish at the CVC Tournament as a freshman last season, and then followed that result up with a 4th place finish at the sectional tournament two weeks later. His two sectional setbacks were both to the same wrestler, senior Collin Winkler (Pymatuning Valley). Though McKale fell to Bryce Huth (Mogadore) and Isaac Enzo (Canton C.C.) in his first two district bouts, he kept both matches to decision (10-4 and 13-10) with the two seniors. He should be among those in the hunt for state qualification with another year of varsity experience under his belt.
Gabe Gretz earned a early season 5th place finish at Aurora while wrestling up at 170. He later made the drop to 160, where he placed 4th at the sectional tournament, losing only to state qualifier Josh Horning and later senior Daryll McLendon (Liberty) in sudden victory. Gretz posted an 0-2 at the district tournament but should continue to improve with the impressive track record of the Rootstown coaching staff.
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1. Kollin Moore-Norwayne (2nd, 2nd state)
2. Kile Schaefer-W.S. Northwestern (5th, 5th state)
3. Will Bolanz-Waterloo (SQ)
4. Anthony Italiano-Jackson-Milton (5th district)
5. Caleb Rupert-Columbiana
6. Corbin Mager-Hillsdale

Kollin Moore was thoroughly impressive last year, advancing to the state finals for the second straight season. He pinned his way to the finals at Smithville before knocking off Mike Dyer (Norton) 22-9 in the championship bout. Kollin once again rolled to the finals of a tournament at the Dies where he trounced fellow state finalist Zack Ladich (Rootstown) 16-4 in the championship. After teching state qualifier Derek Gregan (Northwestern) in the finals of the WCAL Tournament, Moore won a sectional title with a pin and two tech falls. A week later, Kollin posted a tech and three pins to take the district title in dominant fashion. Two of the pins were over state qualifiers Josh Horning (Waterloo) and Jerot Schill (Elyria Cath.). Moore teched Will Martello (Ready) 25-10 in the first round of the state tournament before drubbing 2x state placer Chance Sonnenberg (Van Buren) 17-6 in the quarterfinals. Kollin rolled into his second consecutive state championship bout after picking up the 18-3 tech fall over Jordan Hendrix (Otsego). Moore lost his final bout of the season in a 6-4 bout with the excellent Austin Reese (Mechanicsburg) to close out as the state runner-up for a second straight season. Moore made a statement a few weeks ago when he placed 2nd at the prestigious Super 32 tournament, landing him a ranking of 5th in the nation by Flo Wrestling. Kollin powered through the first few rounds with a pair of pins, including a fall in his bout with Virginia state placer Noah Bushman (Cave Spring). He followed those wins with a 9-3 victory over Tim Knipl (Wadsworth) who was 5th at the D-1 state tournament last year. Kollin again defeated a high quality Ohio foe in the quarterfinals where he knocked off D-2 state finalist Jack Harris (Urbana) by a 9-5 score. Moore picked up his most impressive win of the tournament in the semifinals where he defeated Virginia state champ Dylan Wisman (Millbrook) by a 5-4 score. Wisman is currently ranked #6 in the country by Flo Wrestling, just behind Moore. Kollin’s tournament run ended in the finals where he lost a 9-4 bout with Zahid Valencia (St. John’s Bosco) who is currently ranked #1 in the country and is considered on of the top high school wrestlers in the nation regardless of weight. By comparison, Valencia teched Ohio state finalist Ben Darmstadt (Elyria) in the semifinals of the state tournament. There are no certainties in this sport of ours, but it will be a tall task for anyone to knock off Moore as he surges toward his first state title at the end of this year.
After starting off his Medina Tournament with a pair of wins, Kile Schaefer was defeated 3-1 by state qualifier Drew Kasper (Lexington) in the quarterfinals and subsequently forfeited out of the tournament. He rolled to the finals at Nelsonville-York before being upended by Austin Guthrie (River Valley) and settling for runner-up honors. Schaefer again finished 2nd at the WCAL Tournament, where he lost to state placer Tristan Anderson (Waynedale) in the finals. Two weeks later, Kile won the sectional title after defeating state qualifier Jack Staggs (Waynedale) 8-3 in the championship bout. Schaefer pinned his way to the district finals while earning a win over state alternate Anthony Italiano in the process. Kile finished 2nd to 2x state champ Travis Linton (Rootstown) after falling by a respectable 6-2 score in the finals. Schaefer began his state tournament with a 6-4 win over eventual state bronze medalist Logan Campbell (Crestview), and he followed that win with a pin over 2x state placer Dom Johns (Coshocton) in the quarters. Kile was knocked off by 2x state finalist Armani Robinson (Greeneview) in an 8-4 semifinal bout, and then he lost a 6-3 rematch with Logan Campbell in the consolation semis. Schaefer finished his season on an upswing after defeating Ryan Patchin (Delta) 6-1 to close out in 5th place.
Will Bolanz earned a 3rd place finish at the PTC Tournament where his only loss was a setback to Dylan Whyde (Norton). He closed out the tournament with a 5-0 defeat of Doug Mcie (Woodridge) in the consolation finals. Two weeks later reached the semifinals of the sectional tournament before falling in a 3-2 match with state alternate Anthony Italiano. After advancing to the district tournament with a 14-12 sudden victory win over Ryan Leasure (Girard), Bolanz lost a 17-8 match with Caleb Rupert to finish in 4th place. He posted an impressive 17-7 win over district placer Josh Bialosky in the opening round of the district tournament before losing a dogfight with state qualifier Jack Staggs 14-13 in the quarters. Bolanz bounded back with a 6-3 win over Garrett Dudte (Mapleton), a 6-2 overtime victory over Anthony Senick (Independence) and a pin in a rematch with Anthony Italiano to reach the state tournament. Will lost a rematch with Staggs in the consolation finals to close out the district tournament with a 4th place finish a week after grabbing the same placement at the sectional tournament. State placer Ryan Patchin defeated Bolanz 10-3 in the first round of the state tournament, but he rolled back with an 8-4 win over Caleb Johnson (Paint Valley) to stay alive in the consolation rounds. His season would end on a loss to Devin Bouza (Tinora) who went on to finish 4th at the tournament.
Anthony Italiano gained steam as the year went on, and peaked for the post season tournament where he was a mere match away from the state tournament as a sophomore. Italiano went 0-2 at Solon and finished 2-2 at Hudson Anthony later earned a 4th place finish at the EOWL Tournament where he lost a tight 3-1 bout with state alternate Jesse Slocum (Salem) in the consolation finals. Italiano earned a nice 3-2 victory over state qualifier Will Bolanz in the sectional semis before falling to 2x state champ Travis Linton in the championship and finishing 2nd. Anthony pinned his first district foe and then won an 11-6 bout over Chris Weck (Trinity) to reach the semifinals. Italiano was pinned by 2x state placer Kile Schaefer in the semifinals, and then he lost a rematch with Will Bolanz in the consolation semifinals. Anthony ended his year with a 5-4 win over Josh Bialosky to finish as the state alternate out of this district.
Corbin Mager defeated all 5 foes at Bucyrus early last year before going 2-2 at the Gorman Tournament. His only two losses were a 7-0 match with state placer Traevon Dickerson (Mansfield Senior) and losing a 6-4 match with Gavin Saul (Bryan). Mager moved on to placed 2nd at the WCAL Tournament where he fell to state qualifier Jack Staggs in the finals. Corbin placed 4th at the sectional tournament where he fell to state finalist Joey Meek (Northwest) in the semifinals and defaulted in the consolation finals. Mager drew state placer Nick Cardiero (Girard) in the first round of the district tournament and fell into the consolation bracket after losing a 10-3 match. He pinned Collin Winkler (Pymatuning Valley) in the first consolation round before dropping a 7-3 match with Logan Snyder (Waynedale) in his second wrestle-back match.
Caleb Rupert earned a quality 3rd place finish at his first sectional tournament, where he earned an impressive 17-8 major over state qualifier Will Bolanz in the consolation finals. Rupert defeated fellow freshman James Speelman (Berkshire) 14-3 in the first round of the state tournament prior to falling in a quarterfinal showdown with 2x state placer Kile Schaefer. Rupert pinned Brandon Muha (Pymatuning Valley) in his first consolation bout before falling to Josh Bialosky in the consolation quarterfinals to end a respectable 2-2 at his first district tournament.

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1. Tristan Anderson-Waynedale (4th state)
2. Scott Wolheter-Tulsaw (SQ)
3. Zach Hackett-Brookfield (5th district)
4. Josh Bialosky-Beachwood (6th district)
5. Jose Caraballo-Columbia
6. Noah Miller-Canton C.C.

Tristan Anderson strung together an excellent sophomore year of wrestling last season, culminating on a spot on the podium. Anderson won the tournament title at Marion County where he pinned all 6 of his foes, including state placer John Workman (Perkins) on his way to the title. Tristan posted another impressive pin over 2x state placer Kile Schaefer during the state duals, and then defeated Schaefer 8-4 a few days later for the tournament title at the WCAL. Anderson suffered a 7-2 loss to Scott Wolheter in his first sectional bout before rolling back to claim 3rd place. After an opening round pin at Garfield Heights, Tristan lost a lopsided 15-7 quarterfinal with state placer Glenn Zaller (Grand Valley) to fall into the consolation rounds. Undaunted, Anderson pinned three straight opponents before avenging his previous loss to Wolheter with a 5-2 win over the Tuslaw wrestler to finish 3rd at the district tournament. In Columbus, Tristan picked up an impressive 12-3 win over eventual bronze medalist Kyle Dieringer (Versailles) but then fell 5-3 to state finalist Moises Lopez (Willard) in the quarterfinals. Anderson earned his first state medal with a 12-1 major over Scott Wolheter to settle the season series. He then defeated Jacob Campbell (Dixie) 8-3 in his next match and picked up a default victory over A.J. Ouellette (Covington) to advance to the consolation finals for a third straight week. Anderson was forced to default in the rematch with Kyle Dieringer, closing out the season with a 4th place finish at the state tournament.
Scott Wolheter pinned his way to the finals at Edison early in the year where he lost a 4-0 bout with 2x state placer Jacob Worthington (Keystone) to finish 2nd at the tournament. Wolheter lost a dual meet with state placer Kyle Dieringer early in January, but picked up a 5-1 win over state qualifier Mark Francis (Delta) a month later during the state duals. At sectionals, Scott posted the excellent semifinal win over Tristan Anderson before suffering a loss to state champ Ryan Weber (Loudonville) in the finals. Wolheter pinned his first opponent at the district tournament and then secured a 4-1 win over Sam Diamond (Beachwood) to reach the semifinals. He then lost a 7-2 bout with state placer Glenn Zaller to fall into the consolation rounds, but bounced back with a pin over Zach Hackett to punch a ticket to the state tournament. Scott lost a rematch with Tristan Anderson in the consolation finals to end the district tournament with a 4th place medal. In Columbus, Wolheter hung tough with 2x state placer A.J. Ouellette before falling by a 4-1 score. Scott won his first consolation bout by a 5-0 shutout over Kent Petersen (Patrick Henry) before bowing out of the tournament after a 12-1 loss to Tristan Anderson.
Zach Hackett earned a nice 5-2 win over Zack Michael (Urbana) at Greenon in mid January where his lone loss was to state alternate Donald Moore (Waynesville). Hackett earned a 5th place finish at the EOWL Tournament in February where he defeated Abe Kassem (Poland) in the 5th place final. Two weeks later, Hackett placed 3rd at the sectional tournament where his lone loss was a semifinal defeat at the hands of district placer Austin O’Baker (Pymatuning Valley). After pinning his first district foe, Hackett lost in the quarterfinals to state champ Ryan Weber. He claimed a 3-0 win over a stout Adam Little (Liberty) in his first consolation bout and then won a 6-0 match with Jose Caraballo in the consolation quarterfinals. Zach lost his consolation semifinal bout with Scott Wolheter, but close out the season with a pin over Austin O’Baker to avenge his loss at sectionals and earn him state alternate honors.
Josh Bialosky started his freshman campaign with a 3rd place finish at his home tournament, where he won four matches and fell only to state qualifier Ahmad Kahtib (Revere). Bialosky earned a 3rd place finish at the Riverside Rumble where he posted a pin over state alternate Jimmy Suhayda in the consolation semifinals. Josh rolled up a 3-2 record at the KIT and garnered a 7th place finish at the Dies Tournament. Bialosky rolled into the finals of the CVC Tournament before running into 2x state bronze medalist Alec Schenk (Perry) who pinned Josh in the opening period. A few weeks later, Bialosky pinned his way to a sectional title at Beachwood. Josh was upended 17-7 by state qualifier Will Bolanz in the opening round of the district tournament before trudging back with three straight consolation wins to earn district placement. The final win was a pin over the freshman Caleb Rupert (Columbiana), who will be another contender to keep an eye on at this district in 2015. Bialosky fell 14-6 to Jack Staggs (Waynedale) in the consolation semifinals and ended his tournament on a 5-4 loss to Anthony Italiano to close out in 6th place.
Jose Caraballo won an early season title at Beachwood, and then trekked to a 7th place finish at Independence two weeks later. Jose earned another tournament title at Berea while defeating Zach Fries (Brookside) 12-8 in the championship bout. Caraballo placed 2nd at the PAC Tournament where he pinned Zach Fries in the semifinals before falling to Jeremy King (Keystone) in the title match. Jose soldiered on to the district finals a few weeks later where he lost a 6-3 match with Chris Galaska (Cuyahoga Hts.). Caraballo had the misfortune of drawing Tristan Anderson in the first round of the district tournament and was promptly relegated to the wrestle back rounds. After pinning Timmy Davin (Columbiana), Jose posted an 11-3 major over Tyler Murdock (Rittman) to reach the consolation quarterfinals. Here, Caraballo’s season ended on a 6-0 setback to state alternate Zach Hackett.
I have Noah Miller ranked 6th here, though he may well deserve a loftier spot. It’s difficult to tell given the fact that I only have his sectional results to rank him by. Miller pinned all three sectional foes including Adam Little, who hung tough with Zach Hackett, and Robert Golden (Girard) who went 1-2 at the district tournament. For whatever reason, Miller did not participate in the district tournament the next week. If he’s back in the line-up this season, he’ll surely contend for a state spot at the end of the season.

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1. Jerek Cropper-Manchester (5th district 2013)
2. Seth Bloor-Wellsville (SQ)
3. Ryan Slone-Black River (6th district)
4. Sam Fuchs-Canton C.C.
5. Crawford Hamrick-Tuslaw (2nd middle school state)
6. Tyler Murdock-Rittman

It looks like Jerek Cropper will make his return to the wrestling mat this season after switching to Manchester from Coventry, where he finished as a state alternate in 2013. During his freshman season, Cropper placed 4th at Hoover where he pinned 2x West Virginia state bronze medalist Geremy Paige (Wheeling Park) in the consolation semis. He also won the tournament title at the PTC Tournament while picking up a pin over district placer Matt Hettick (Field) and a 16-7 major over state qualifier Brandon Brenes (Waterloo). After pinning his way to the sectional title, Cropper picked up another pin and a 15-3 major over Matt Hettick to reach the district semifinals. Here he was pinned by Evan Nichols (Perry) who placed 3rd at the state tournament. Jerek then lost a heartbreaking 6-5 bout with Cody Jenkins (Woodridge) to fall into the 5th place final. He ultimately closed out as the state alternate after picking up a default win in the rematch with matt Hettick.
Seth Bloor pinned his way to a sectional title at Rootstown, where he stuck Sam Fuchs in the championship bout. After an opening round pin at Garfield Heights, Bloor won a lopsided 15-6 match over Ryan Slone to advance to the district semis. Here Seth fell in a 2-1 overtime squeaker to drop into the consolation rounds. Bloor emerged as a state qualifier after an equally close 2-1 win over Paul Flowers (Beachwood) in the consolation semifinals. Seth closed out the tournament strong win a pin over Alex Scotton (Independence) in the consolation finals. Bloor advanced via default in his first round of the state tournament after Dan Jones (Columbus Academy) was unable to finish the match. In the quarterfinals, Bloor lost a tight 4-3 match with Camron Conway (S. Central) who went on to finish 4th at the tournament. Seth dropped another close bout 5-3 to 2x state placer Justin Post (Coldwater) in his first consolation match to end the year a shade away from state placement.
Ryan Slone won the PAC Tournament with a 13-5 major over Kristian Bremer (Lutheran W.) in the finals. Two weeks later, he claimed a 3rd place finish at his sectional tournament, picking up 3 pins and only losing to Bryan Jones (Cuyahoga Hts.) in the semifinals. Slone kicked off his district run win a 5-2 win over state alternate Paul Flowers, before falling to Seth Bloor in the quarterfinals. After picking up a pin over Danaryl Green (Liberty) in his first consolation bout, Sloan majored Sam Fuchs 16-3 to reach the consolation semis. Here he fell 4-2 to Alec Scotton and 9-4 in the rematch with Paul Flowers to end the tournament in 6th place.
Sam Fuchs pinned his way to the sectional finals, with three falls including a stick in the semis over Danaryl Green. Fuchs lost to Bloor in the finals and then dropped his opening district bout a week later to Connor Davis (Orrville). Fuchs boomeranged back with pins over Devon Stivers (Berkshire) and Bryan Jones to reach the consolation quarterfinals. Here he lost the previously mentioned bout with Ryan Slone to close out the tournament at 2-2.
Crawford Hamrick placed 2nd at the middle school state tournament last season as an 8th grader. Hamrick picked up 3 pins and a 13-3 major on the way to the finals before falling 5-2 to Bailey Young in the championship bout. It’s difficult to rank freshmen, especially upper-weights, but with the strength of the Tuslaw program, it wouldn’t be hard to imagine Hamrick as a state qualifier in 2015.
Tyler Murdock wrestled some impressive competition last year, going 1-2 at a tough Solon Tournament, squaring off against state finalist Joey Meeks (Northwestern) at the WCAL Tournament, and grappling with state champ Ryan Weber (Loudonville) and state placer Tristian Anderson while placing 4th at sectionals. He earned a 9-7 win over Chris Galaska (Cuyahoga Hts.) in the first round of the district tournament before falling to Austin O’Baker (Pymatuning Valley) in the quarterfinals. Murdock’s season ended in an 11-3 consolation loss to Jose Caraballo in his first consolation match.

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1. Paul Deely-Independence (SQ)
2. Charlie Smith-United (SQ)
3. Mark Weddell-Manchester
4. Jacob Zimmerman-Orrville (6th district)
*5. Adam Widder-Fairless*
6. Kristian Bremer-Lutheran W.


Paul Deely rounded into shape last year to qualify for his first state tournament. He wrestled tough competition early in the year when he fell to 2x stat champ Billy Miller (Perry) and state alternate Jovahn Fair (Firestone) at Independence. He pinned a solid Tyler Thomas (Beachwood) during the state duals a week before finishing 5th at the Chagrin Valley Conference Tournament where he lost to the same wrestler in the consolation bracket after falling to state placer Josh Burger (Aurora) in the semifinals. Deely defeated Zack States (Mogadore) 11-4 to reach the sectional finals before falling to state champ Jacob Hanzel (Manchester) and finishing 2nd. At Garfield Heights, Deely lost a tight 3-2 quarterfinal bout to state qualifier Matt Hunter (Northwestern) before reeling off 4 straight consolation bouts. Among the string of wins was a 3-2 victory over Jacob Zimmerman and a 3-1 win over Charlie Smith, both of whom return to this weight to challenge Deely for a district title in 2015. In Columbus, Paul won his first state tournament by a 7-2 score over Ben Ferguson (Miami E.) to reach the quarterfinals where he was pinned by state runner-up Corey Durbin (St. Joseph). Deely lost his first consolation bout 6-0 to 2x state placer Ben Sexton (Garaway) to end his season a bout shy of the state podium.
Charlie Smith, who may be United’s only varsity wrestler, also qualified for the state tournament last year as a junior. He won his sectional title after racking up three pins in three matches including a fall in the finals over state alternate Corley Lamb (Jackson-Milton). Smith pinned his first district opponent and then gutted out a 6-1 overtime win over Charles Draucker (Trinity) to reach the semifinals. Charlie fell 1-0 to Matt Hunter in the district semifinals but bounced back with a 4-0 shutout of Corley Lamb to reach the state tournament. Smith placed 4th at the district after falling to Paul Deely in the consolation finals. He drew Nate Jackson (Dayton Chr.) in the opening round of the state tournament and fell by a respectable 4-2 score to the state 4th place finisher. Smith’s season ended, as Deely’s did, on a consolation loss to 2x state placer Ben Sexton.
Jacob Zimmerman placed 4th at both Smithville and the OCC Tournament last year, taking state qualifier Michael Holzworth (Madison Comp.) to the brink in a 1-0 loss at the latter tournament. Zimmerman advanced to the sectional finals before falling to state qualifier Matt Hunter in the deciding match and ending the tournament as the 2nd place finisher. A week later, he pinned Jacob Henderson (Crestview) in the first round of the district tournament before winning a 7-2 overtime bout with Kristian Bremer to earn a spot on the district podium. After falling to state champ Jacob Hanzel in the semifinals, Zimmerman lost a tight 3-2 match with Paul Deely for state qualification and then ended the tournament in 6th place after a loss to Corley Lamb in the alternate match.
Mark Weddell has apparently made the move along with former teammate Jerek Cropper for Coventry to Manchester, and he’ll have a shot at state qualification out of this district in 2015. Last season, Weddell wrestled 220, and placed 7th at Independence, where his two losses were to district placer Brandon Truhn (Perry) and state qualifier Alec Scotton (Independence). He went 3-2 at the Dies Tournament where his two losses were 9-3 to state qualifier Mitch Murray (Norwayne) and 2-0 to state qualifier Devin King (Sheridan). Weddell pinned his way to the sectional finals before falling to 3x state placer Sean Rutherford (Norton) for the title. Mark kicked off his district run with a pin over Joe Federico (Lake Cath.) before falling to 2x state placer Dre’K Brumley (SVSM) in the quarterfinals. Weddell’s season ended on a tight 5-3 loss to Adontis Watson (Alliance) who went on to finish the season with a 6th place finish at the state tournament.
Adam Widder is a bit of a wild card at this weight. He didn’t participate in the post season tournaments, but he could be a serious contender for state qualification if he’s wrestling this season. Widder placed 2nd at Smithville early last season, pinning district placer Jacob Zimmerman in the finals. His only loss of the tournament was in the finals at the hands of a solid John Glas (Norton). Adam also posted a 2-2 tournament at Hudson where the two setbacks were to state placer Josh Burger and state alternate Antonio Weatherspoon (Maple Hts.).
Kristian Bremer finished a match from placement at the district tournament last year at heavyweight after wrestling most of the season down at 220. Bremer placed 8th at Perry and 2nd at the PAC Tournaments before finishing 4th at sectionals. During the sectional tournament, Bremer defeated Charles Draucker 7-2 in the first round but defaulted to the same wrestler in the consolation finals. He kicked off his district run with a pin over Shawn Shreves (Pymatuning Valley) before falling to Jacob Zimmerman in an overtime quarterfinal bout. Bremer pinned Norman Benjamin (Girard) in his first consolation bout before bowing out of the tournament in a loss to state alternate Corley Lamb.


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

-Max Pearce
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Old 12-05-14, 08:26 PM
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What about the Smithville wrestler at 195?
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Old 12-05-14, 08:51 PM
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What about the Smithville wrestler at 195?
I had Kelbly a little further down my list because I didn't see many results from him last year, but he'll definitely be one to keep an eye on.
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Old 12-08-14, 05:12 PM
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Smith (United) is at 220 this year
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Old 12-09-14, 06:10 AM
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Bloor Wellsville is at 285
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