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Old 05-21-18, 03:38 PM
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Alliance 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. I’ll start moving wrestlers around as the off-season progresses, but for now, everyone is listed at last year’s 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 #.

1. Jacob Decatur- CVCA (1st,1st, 6th state)
2. Kyle Rowan- Perry (2nd state)
3. Garrett Lautzenheiser- Louisville (4th state)
4. Ethan Fletcher- Canfield (SQ)
5. Jason Mayes- Jefferson (5th district)
6. Caden Scarbrough- CVCA#
7. Dierre Clayton- SVSM (6th district)
8. Anthony Sagaris- Aurora
9. Conner Burrus- Hubbard

Incoming Freshmen:
Nicholas Willingham- Aurora (1st middle school state)
Codie Cuerbo- Aurora (1st middle school state)
Bo DiJulius- Aurora (7th middle school state)
Brendan McCrone- Lake Cath. (5th middle school state 2017)

I think Aurora will be set at 106 for the foreseeable future. Cuerbo may need a year to grow into the weight before getting a crack at the starting line-up after wrestling 78 at the middle school state tournament last year, but Willingham and DiJulius both wrestled 96 pounds last year, so one will likely be able to make 106.
Hopefully, some of the returning 106-pounders grow into 113 and 120. These lightweights will be loaded at Alliance.

1. Christian Wayt- West Branch (4th, 5th state)
2. Jake Hamulak- Chardon (8th state)
3. Sean Neff- Streetsboro (6th district 2017)
4. Matthew Williams- CVCA (5th district)
5. Anthony Trivisonno- Lake Catholic
6. Colin Koenig- Perry (6th district)
7. Hunter Miller- Canton S.
8. Nick Gayner- Revere

Incoming Freshmen:
Elliot Alessia- SVSM (2nd middle school state)
Ethan Smith- Lake Cath. (7th middle school state)
Quentin Whitehill- SVSM (6th middle school state 2017)

Neff missed most of last season (I think with an injury), but he did win a title at Hudson after defeating state qualifier Nick Began 5-4 in the finals.

1. Davin Rhoads- Louisville (7th state)
2. Kyle Petersen- Aurora (8th state)
3. Sam Van Sickle- SVSM
4. Johnny Wayslaw- Geneva (6th district)
5. Yury Pozdneev- Orange
6. Joe Averill- University
7. Brady Postek- Norton
8. Jacobi Smith- Northwest

Rhoads turned in a very impressive freshman campaign, climbing higher and higher up the ladder as the season progressed.
At the district tournament, he avenged an earlier loss to VanSickle, defeated 2x state placer Hunter Ryan in their state qualification bout, and defeated Petersen 4-2 to finish 3rd in a loaded weight.
Rhoads placed at the state tournament the next week, giving 2x state champ Keaton his closest bout of the tournament in a 4-3 quarterfinal.
Louisville will have another Rhoads coming up the pipeline in a year, and the team should be a force to be reckoned with for the foreseeable future.

1. Connor McCrone- Lake Cath. (SQ, 5th state 2017, 4th 2016)
2. Hunter Olson- SVSM (5th district, SQ 2017)
3. Isaiah Smith- Field (SQ)
4. Danny Sinchock- CVCA (6th district)
5. McCoy Watkins- Canfield
6. Alex DelGarbino- Girard (5th district 2017)
7. Mason McCarty- Marlington
8. Logan Vanicek- Louisville

McCrone may have had a rough state tournament last year, but he was neck and neck with state champ Massey the week before in the district finals. I fully expect him to bounce back and make a push for a state finals appearance if not a state title.
Last season he teched state placer Rhoads and beat West Virginia state placer Tristan Adkins at Hoover.

1. Jordan Decatur- CVCA (1st, 1st state)
2. Jack Gorman- Aurora (6th state, 8th state 2016)
3. Ed Suber- SVSM (SQ, 7th state 2017)
4. Miles Knuckles- Coventry (SQ)
5. Carter Mickley- Louisville
6. Brandon Reeves- Woodridge (6th district 2017)
7. Kaleb Kiss- Norton (6th district 2017)
8. Tommy Frazier- Lake Catholic

Incoming Freshman:
Dylan Fishback- Aurora (1st middle school state)

Decatur continued his ascent into the elite stratospheres of this sport, placing 2nd at the US Open in the Junior division teching former Cadet world silver medalist Vito Arujau in the semifinals. No one in D-2 will challenge him next year, and I’ll be pulling for him to earn that elusive Ironman title this coming season.

1. Andy Garr- Aurora (5th state)
2. Austin Pownall- CVCA (5th district)
3. Daniel Kennedy- Louisville (6th district)
4. Zayne Lehman- Revere
5. Derek Cain- (Akron) Springfield
6. Tyler Renick- Lake Cath.
7. Gage Bickley- West Branch
8. Tyler - Streetsboro

After Garr, the next 3 ranked wrestlers were freshmen last year, so they could be primed to make a big jump in performance next season.
Garr is the highest returning state placer from 138 for next season, though 132 returns 1st,2nd,4th,5th,6th, 7th, and 8th (though Garr beat Yackee last year who finished 3rd at 132).
He’ll be a state title contender this coming season, and he beat the next highest returning placer Anthony Rice 6-1 in the consolation quarterfinals of the state tournament last year.

1. Jax Leonard- Louisville (3rd, 8th state)
2. Jake Potok- SVSM (SQ)
3. Dakota Ryan- Lake Cath. (5th district)
4. Sean O’Dwyer- University (6th district)
5. Kaleb Dohse- Southeast (5th district 2017)
6. Zach Rodgers- Alliance
7. Braylin Lightner- Alliance#*
8. Jeff Dunfee- Ravenna
9. Caiden Rodgers- Streetsboro

Incoming Freshman:
Mike Crawford- Canfield (3rd middle school state)

Leonard will be in the hunt for a state title in 2019 after placing 8th and 3rd in the state in his first two years. Pasiuk finished ahead of him last year, but has jumped from 106 to 132 to 145, so he may outgrow Leonard.
Former middle school state placer Lightner went 2-2 at the district tournament as a freshman in 2017, but he missed all of last year, save the first event of the season. I’m not sure if he’s wrestling this year, but he’ll be a state qualification threat of he participates.

1. Will McGhee- Aurora (5th state)
2. David Reinhart- Canfield (SQ)
3. Chris Anderson- Streetsboro
4. Liam Fagan- Coventry
5. Brody Stallings- Cloverleaf
6. Dalton Duvall- CVCA
7. Caleb Selman- Geneva
8. Jordan Thompson- Louisville

Incoming Freshman:
Jaidyn Sapp- Southeast (4th middle school state)

Fagan and Anderson are neck and neck, having split two bouts last year. I gave Anderson the nod based off of his multiple wins over state placer Isaac Yoho last season.

1. Austin Hinzman- Coventry
2. Ben Cutrer- Canfield (6th district)
3. Trevor Mitch- Aurora*
4. Jesse Kanatzar- Tallmadge
5. Gino Fornaro- W. Geauga
6. Dallas McAmis- Field
7. Carson Savoia- Norton
8. Sam Olson- University

Incoming Freshman:
Steven Marra- West Branch (3rd middle school state)

I started Hinzman at #1 at this weight based off of his wins over state qualifier Lucas Salmon and state placer Danny Rosales last year. He and Cutrer both beat Kanatzar and Belcik at sectionals and districts, and either could be a district champ by the end of 2019.

1. Anthony D’Alesio- Canfield (3rd, 4th state)
2. Cole Hivnor- Lake Catholic (5th state)
3. Hank Carey- Streetsboro (SQ 2017)
4. Richie Eyre- Tallmadge (5th district)
5. Zak Crissman- SVSM
6. Brent Paulus- Louisville
7. Neil Ginnetti- West Branch
8. Dalton Frey- Canton S.

Both D’Alesio and Hivnor were middle school state champs, and both wrestlers made an immediate, impactful transition into the high school ranks, placing at the state tournament as freshmen. D’Alesio followed that trend with a second state medal, improving to a 3rd place finish last year.
He’ll enter the year as a state title favorite at either 170 or 182, depending where he opts to wrestle.

1. Kenny Marra- West Branch (SQ)
2. Nate Amato- Tallmadge (6th district)
3. Connor Toth- Jefferson
4. Donald Otto- Norton
5. Nick Mijavec- Howland
6. Jason Bisbey- Edgewood
7. Cole Vennis- Geneva
8. Noah Samerdack- Woodridge

Incoming Freshman:
George Lineberger- SVSM (3rd middle school state)

Marra pinned Amato in their go-to-state match last year, as both freshman placed at their first district tournament. Marra went on to reach the blood round of the state tournament and finish just a match shy of placement. Another Marra will join the varsity squad at West Branch next season, which should provide impressive depth at their middle to upper weight range.

1. Nick Crawford- Canfield (5th state)
2. Colin McNamara- Aurora (SQ)
3. Mike Lobosky- Chardon*
4. Noah Wray- Lake Cath.
5. Ben Blankenship- Tallmadge (6th district)
6. Jack Kerlee- Woodridge
7. Dom Sharp- Coventry
8. Chris Kowach- Howland

Crawford made the most of his first season of varsity wrestling, placing 5th at the state tournament. He also posted a pair of wins over McNamara, including a 5-1 win in the district finals.
He’ll be the second highest returning placer from his weight-class next year, behind only Fargo finalist Matt Cover who he wrestled to a 3-0 score in the state consolation semis.

1. Tyler Stein- Canfield (1st state)
2. Breslin Walker- CVCA (SQ)
3. Blake Robbins- Louisville (SQ)
4. Jacob Petit- Hoban (6th district)
5. De’onte Williams- Canton S.
6. Lucas Pritchett- Ravenna
7. Ethan Depp- Revere
8. Dante Leone- Aurora

Incoming Freshman:
Cameron Brazek- Louisville (7th middle school state)

Walker had a rough state tournament last year, but that doesn’t diminish the great overall season that he put together.
He beat state placer Donovan McCollister at Brecksville and won a title at the Maumee Bay Classic after defeating state placer Evan Kaeck (3-2), 2x state finalist Brandon Phillips (12-8 SV), and state bronze medalist Noah Price (6:41 OT) in the quarters, semis, and finals respectively.
He won’t be kept off the podium again, but the specter of returning state champ Tyler Stein (who beat Stein 5-2 last season) looms over this weight-class.

1. Jack DelGarbino- Girard (1st, 4th state)
2. Riley Brendle- Louisville (5th district)
3. Matthew Holman- CVCA (5th district 2017)
4. Peyton Kostelic- Canfield*
5. Connor Franks- Tallmadge*
6. Jacob Hurst- West Branch
7. Garrett Webster- Edgewood
8. Alec Gonzalez- Perry

Incoming Freshman:
Cody Logan- Northwest (5th middle school state)

I have no idea if former middle school state champ Kostelic intends to wrestle this coming season, but his presence could be a huge factor in Canfield’s ability to claim a 3rd straight district title.
As a freshman in 2017, he wrestled up in weight for the sectional tournament where his only losses were 3-2 to 2018 state qualifier Chris Julian and 8-1 to 2018 state champ DelGarbino.

1. Canfield
3. Louisville
4. Aurora
5. Lake Catholic
7. West Branch
8. Tallmadge

Aurora adds 3 middle school state champs and possibly a 4th if Logan Ours opts to wrestle for the Greenmen. They’ll also add middle school state placer DiJulius and possibly have Trevor Mitch returning after missing last season. They’ll be in the middle of the hunt for a district title with all of the returning and incoming talent that they have accumulated.

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

-Max Pearce
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Old 05-23-18, 06:52 AM
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This District was great last year. It looks like it is going to be loaded again, should be fun.
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