W STATE FINALS (TEAM): St. Edward, St. Paris Graham, Delta win
February 13, 2013By E. Shawn Aylsworth of Ohio Preps Authority
COLUMBUS – After 75 years of determining state wrestling team champions through point accumulation at the individual tournament, the first annual OHSAA team wrestling state tournament was held Feb. 9 at St. John Arena on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus.
The Division I final, pitting top-ranked Lakewood St. Edward against second-ranked Massillon Perry, came down to the 285-pound weight class to determine a state champion. Needing a pin to claim the championship in the final match, Perry was unable to obtain the six points it needed as junior Ralph Nichols sealed a 28-21 victory for the Eagles.
The back-and-forth final featured one pin in 14 matches, the lone fall provided by St. Edward senior Edgar Bright at 145.
St. Edward made its way to the finals after defeating Pickerington Central, 66-4, and fourth-ranked Brecksville-Broadview Heights, 48-15, in the state quarterfinals and semifinals. Perry reached the finals by defeating sixth-ranked Marysville, 49-24, in the quarters and third-ranked Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller, 41-23, in the semis.
In the Division II final, fourth-ranked Uhrichsville Claymont led top-ranked St. Paris Graham 15-12 after seven matches, including a pin from junior Cody Burcher at 126. But Graham took control after the halfway mark, winning five of the last seven matches to claim a 36-24 victory.
Two of those last five wins came via fall by senior Bo Jordan at 160 and Anthony Welty at 195.
Graham navigated its way to the championship match by defeating Athens, 60-12, in the quarterfinals and Toledo Central Catholic, 43-18, in the semifinals. Claymont defeated Perry, 36-22, and Hamilton Ross, 48-22, in the quarters and semis.
The Division III final featured seven pins in No. 2-ranked Delta’s 52-17 victory over eighth-ranked Massillon Tuslaw. Delta recorded falls from freshman Jake Spiess, junior Christian Valentine, junior Tyler Fahrer, junior Todd Miller, senior Seth Colvin, sophomore Mark Francis, and freshman Devon Richards.
Tuslaw only recorded points in four of the 14 weight classes.
Delta cruised to the finals by defeating LaGrange Keystone, 59-13, and Versailles, 45-24, in its quarterfinal and semifinal. Tuslaw defeated Blanchester, 51-27, in the quarters and handled Johnstown Northridge, 51-15, in the semis.