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Old 05-22-18, 04:25 PM
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Norwalk D-2 District Rankings (Off-Season #1)

These initial off-season rankings will have the wrestlers ranked at the weights that they competed at last season. Iíll start moving wrestlers around as the off-season progresses, but for now, everyone is listed at last yearís weight.

The team rankings are also based off of the returning wrestlers and do not yet include the incoming freshmen.
I paired the freshmen with the school that they were listed at on the Yappi thread about middle school state placers. If there was more than one possible school listed, I took a guess.
If there are any freshmen listed at the wrong school, feel free to let me know. Also, if there are any other wrestlers who have transferred, decided not to wrestle next year, or graduated (but I mistakenly left them in the rankings), please let me know.

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

* = unsure about participation or availability

# = A second wrestler from the same school ranked at the same weight. I will add an extra wrestler to the rankings at each weight that contains a #.

106-
1. Payton Burgdorf- Firelands (6th, 4th state)
2. Jake Manley- Otsego (SQ)
3. Rico Cunningham- Sandusky (SQ)
4. Caleb Hernandez- Napoleon (SQ)
5. Max Oprzadek- Perkins (6th district)
6. Gabe Alda- Bellevue
7. Jayden Mayes- Bellevue#
8. Shane Bianchi- Padua
9. Clayton Drummond- Memorial

Incoming Freshmen:
Logan Cravatas- Buckeye (4th middle school state)
Trevor Hisey- Memorial (6th middle school state)
Tyler Hisey- Memorial (6th middle school state)
Billy Smith- Perkins (7th middle school state)

Thereís a solid crop of middle school state placers who will be injected into this district climate for 2019. However, none of the 4 wrestlers listed wrestled above 90-pounds last year at the middle school state tournament, so it may take a year or so for some of them to grow into the weight.
Iím not sure which 106-pounders will return to the weight in 2019, though it seems likely that 2x state placer Burgdorf will move up. He looked huge for the weight last year and has a frame to move up substantially.
Iíd guess that one of the 2 Bellevue wrestlers listed will likely stay put at 106, though thatís just a guess.

113-
1. Gavin Ritter- Wauseon (5th state)
2. Jimmy Balazy- Padua (SQ)
3. Anthony Ashley- Buckeye (SQ)
4. Noah Alda- Bellevue (6th district)
5. Jameson Mullins- Port Clinton (SQ)
6. Ty Spencer- Ontario (5th district)
7. Lincoln Healy- Napoleon
8. Tristan Villareal- Defiance

Incoming Freshman:
Bret Minnick- Columbian (2nd middle school state)

Ritter made some impressive strides last year, and it landed him his first state medal. His slew of wins over high quality wrestlers included a victory over Ironman place Jacob Moon (3-1) and an overtime victory over state champ Oscar Sanchez.

120-
1. Matt Kaufmann- Fairview (SQ)
2. Carter Kroll- Ontario (SQ)
3. James Batesole- Clyde (5th district)
4. David Ocasio- Brookside (6th district)
5. Josh Lyons- Mansfield Sen.
6. Cameron Pollard- Otsego
7. Jordan Holt- Perkins (6th district 2017)
8. Carson Ott- Norwalk

Lyons may be the most dangerous wrestler at this weight. His sectional final pin over state qualifier Kroll can attest to his firepower, and 3rd and 5th place finishes at the Gorman and Top Gun can attest to his abilities. He won 6 straight consolation bouts after a first round loss at the Gorman, where he beat state qualifier Skylar Davis (5-2) for 3rd.

126-
1. Nolan Ray- Wauseon (6th state)
2. Logan Schoen- Perkins (SQ)
3. Matthew Stauffer- Benedictine (SQ)
4. Luke Beach- Wapakoneta (6th district 2017)
5. Bailey Gibson- Elida
6. Andrew Branson- Columbian (SQ 2017)
7. Mike Morganstern- Clear Fork
8. Tyson West- Clyde

Ray may be the most incendiary wrestler in this district, with his ability to score points in bunches and secure pins. Only a sophomore last year, he posted wins over state placer Moustapha Bal (3:30), state finalist Klay Reeves (7-5 SV), 2x state placer Conor McCrone (10-8), state placer Jake Bartinelli (14-6), and state placer Isaiah Wortham (10-2). He also hung tough with state champ Cole Mattin in an 11-9 dog fight.

132-
1. Caden Blust- Columbian (5th, 8th state)
2. Gabe Steyer- Van Wert (SQ)
3. Angel Granados- Napoleon (6th district 2017, SQ 2016)*
4. Elijah Hunter- Sandusky (6th district)
5. Derek Berdysz- Benedictine
6. Zane Hull- Napoleon#
7. Jesse Wright- Otsego
8. Mark Janowicz- Bellevue
9. Cole Weatherly- Perkins

I have no idea if Granados will be wrestling again this season after missing a large portion of last season, including the post season.
Among his wins was a 1-0 victory over state qualifier Eian Sherman at the Anthony Wayne Duals.

138-
1. Isaiah Bretz- Van Wert (SQ)
2. Jarrett Bischoff- Wauseon (6th state 2017)
3. Eian Sherman- Sandusky (SQ)
4. Jakob Koleszar- Vermillion (5th district)
5. Collin Corapi- Bellevue
6. Preston Wiechart- Memorial
7. Brock Minnick- Columbian
8. Chris Krass- Napoleon

Incoming Freshmen:
Brody Conley- Columbian (1st middle school state)
Ethan Turnbaugh- Ontario (3rd middle school state)

I ranked Bretz at #1 even though Bischoff pinned him in their state duals bout in January. A month later, Bretz beat state placer Mauricio Barajas 10-7 in the sectional finals. Barajas started ahead of Bischoff for Wauseon this past post-season.
Thatís my rationale, but I wouldnít knock anyone who would rank Bischoff ahead based off of the head to head win.

145-
1. Sam LoFaso- Padua (8th state)
2. Colton Turnbaugh- Ontario (SQ)
3. Vinny DíAmico- Sandusky
4. Sawyer Henry- Perkins
5. Mason Elson- Port Clinton
6. Hank Webb- Clyde
7. Trent Fairburn- (Lima) Shawnee
8. Carter Bays- Kenton

I always underrate LoFaso, and he always steps up his game for the post season. This past year it landed him on the podium with his first state medal.
He bested Turnbaugh twice at the district tournament and reversed his loss to Jaret Lowery from the previous week to earn a spot in the state tournament.

152-
1. Joey Simcoe- Columbian (SQ)
2. John McNulty- Padua (5th district)
3. Nick Neitenbach- Buckeye (6th district)
4. Ian McClintock- Fairview
5. Ethan Phillips- Norwalk
6. Tommy Mabry- Memorial
7. Jasharein Holliday- Huron
8. Mason Hardman- Lexington

Simcoe reached the blood round of the state tournament as a sophomore last season, and posted 2 wins over state placer Nick Smythe, a win over state qualifier Trevor Franks, and a pin over Neitenbach in their go-to-state bout. Heíll likely be a state placer this year for a Columbian squad who is looking for a district trophy and potentially a district title.

160-
1. Ethan Hernandez- Norwalk (3rd state)
2. Xavier Torres- Wauseon (6th state)
3. Justin Mayes- Bellevue (7th state)
4. Austin Willard- Padua
5. Kaedan Hatlay- Columbian
6. Declan Jewitt- Fairview
7. Cody Mies- Ontario
8. Sam Mitchell- Huron

Hernandez overcame a first round loss to David Johnson at the state tournament before rattling off 5 straight consolation wins to claim 3rd, including a 5-3 overtime win over Johnson in the consolation finals.
I gave him the nod over Torres due to their state tournament results, even though Torres won head-to-head (4-1) in the district finals.

170-
1. Lucas Salmon- Perkins (SQ)
2. Trent Davis- Wauseon (SQ)
3. Clay Adlesh- (Lima) Shawnee (6th district)
4. Logan Muhlenkamp- Celina
5. Xavier Johnson- Napoleon
6. Jerome Shaw-Mason- Padua
7. Mitchell Vannest- Bellevue
8. Ethan Manns- Kenton

Salmon won a district title last year after beating 2x state placer Brahm Ginter for a second straight week (4-2). He also defeated Davis 8-6 in the district semifinals and bested state placer Gabe Phillips 6-4 in their dual meet.

182-
1. Gabe Phillips- Norwalk (6th state)
2. Lawrence Slygh- Elida (6th district)
3. Matt Abraham- Padua
4. Tai Carter- Perkins*
5. Luke Muhlenkamp- Celina
6. Mason Schmoekl- Toledo C.C.
7. Carson Smith- Port Clinton
8. Drew Krall- Wauseon

Carter may be the most intriguing competitor at this weight, though he didnít participate in the postseason last year.
He earned a dual meet win over state placer David McCullough (11-7) in late January and he also beat state alternate Eli Serikbaev 3-0 in the consolation finals at Independence earlier in the year. Carter also took dual meet losses to Tyler Echler and Wesley Babcock. The latter wrestler will be another contender to place at this district in 2019.

195-
1. Matthew Cover- Bay (3rd state)
2. Alec Maloney- Norwalk (SQ)
3. Aaron Harris- Wauseon (6th district)
4. Sam McNulty- Perkins
5. Noah Eikenberry- Kenton
6. Max Fausnaugh- Bowling Green
7. Lloyd Eutsler- Van Wert
8. Fielden Deeds- Bath

Fargo Finalist Cover returns as the state title favorite next season after a 3rd place finish last year. He beat the next highest returning placer Nick Crawford 3-0 in the consolation quarterfinals of the state tournament last season, and he also racked up wins over state placers Justin Ochletree (3x), Jackson Gear, and Jacob Campbell.

220-
1. Evan Kaeck- Wapakoneta (6th state)
2. Samuel Sosa- Wauseon
3. Sebastian Chavez- Napoleon
4. Kevin Mici- Bay
5. Andrew Rosales- Bowling Green
6. Nick Hickman- Keystone
7. Cayden Thomson- Celina
8. Ben Seavers- Clyde

Incoming Freshman:
Landon Smith- Clear Fork (3rd middle school state)

Iím not sure if 160-220 for Wauseon can maintain the same weights next year, but thereís room for everyone to bump up a weight with the graduation of the elder Sosa. Samuel (the younger Sosa) can make it to state at either 220 or heavyweight (he beat heavyweight state placer Thomas Lytle in a dual last season), and I know Harris spent some time at 220 last year, so I wouldnít be stunned to see those 2 bump up.
Torres and Davis also spent time up at 170 and 182 respectively last year, so a move up could be in the cards.

285-
1. Brenan Knueve- Wapakoneta (SQ)
2. Jacob Jackson- Toledo C.C. (5th district)
3. Jonah Schlegel- Defiance
4. Kyler Capizzi- Perkins
5. Seth Huston- Celina
6. Eric Adkins- Bath
7. Brandon Smith- Keystone
8. Dekarai Johnson- Cleveland C.C.

Knueve is one of the few heavyweight state qualifiers that return in D-2 next year, and heís the only other district champ other than returning state titlist DelGarbino. Heíll be as likely as anyone to make the state finals this year, assuming heís bracketed away from DelGarbino in Columbus.
Knueve posted 2 wins over state placer Bobby Grothjan last season, and he also beat Schlegel 3 times, defeated returning state qualifier Mason Weldon in the district quarters, and defeated A.J. Adams 6-3 in the district finals.

Teams:
1. Wauseon
2. Perkins
3. Padua
4. Norwalk
5. Columbian
6. Napoleon
7. Bellevue
8. Wapakoneta

I expect Bellevue to climb the rankings as the season progresses. They have a very talented young team that should be a force to be reckoned with for the foreseeable future.
Assuming that Jayden Mayes and the 2 Aldas can separate in weight, the first 3 weight-classes could all have state qualifiers for Bellevue.
Columbian should also move up in the rankings as the season progresses. They add 2 middle school state finalists to a squad that likely would have finished in the top 5 already.


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


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Old 05-22-18, 08:18 PM
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Thanks for posting these it makes a long offseason a little better.
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Old 05-23-18, 10:55 AM
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Columbians line up will be really interesting between 138-160. Plus the Houdeshell kid moved back to Columbian this year from north Carolina, think we was a state placer down there at 126 and a SA the year before in Ohio.
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