2014 OHSAA Team Wrestling State Tournament
Delta, St. Paris Graham repeat as champions; Massillon Perry claims first at
OHSAA dual team state wrestling
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The second annual OHSAA dual team wrestling state
tournament was held Saturday, February 8 at St. John Arena on the campus of
The Ohio State University. This marked the second time that the OHSAA
crowned team state champions in a dual tournament format after 75 years of
determining champions through point accumulation at the individual
tournament. Divisions II and III featured three 2013 state finalists, with
Delta and St. Paris Graham defending their previous year’s state titles.
Massillon Perry, the runner-up last year, captured the Division I state
Division I state final featured Massillon Perry and Brecksville-Broadview
Heights, with Perry winning its first dual team wrestling state
championship, 48-9. In 2013, both teams fell to eventual champion Lakewood
St. Edward, Massillon Perry in the state final and Brecksville-Broadview
Heights in the state semifinals. This year it was Massillon Perry defeating
Lakewood St. Edward in the semifinals, 48-15, on its way to the state final.
In the quarterfinals, Perry was victorious over Delaware Hayes, 54-9.
Brecksville-Broadview Heights reached the state final with wins over Mason
in the quarterfinals (36-25) and Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller in the
repeat of the 2013 dual team wrestling state final occurred in Division II
as St. Paris Graham and Uhrichsville Claymont met again. In 2013, St. Paris
Graham took home their first dual team state championship after defeating
Claymont 36-24. This year St. Paris Graham defended its title, repeating as
Division II state champions with a 35-24 victory over Claymont. Graham
defeated Wilmington in the state quarterfinals 71-3 and Toledo Central
Catholic in the state semifinals 42-25. Claymont finishes as Division II
state runner-up for the second consecutive year after defeating Amanda-Clearcreek
(46-15) and Perry (34-25) in the quarterfinals and semifinals.
returned in 2014 after claiming the 2013 Division III state title. Their
opponent was Dayton Christian, which qualified for the first time in the
dual team wrestling state tournament. Delta defeated Blanchester in the 2014
quarterfinals 70-8 and Massillon Tuslaw in the 2014 semifinals 65-6. Dayton
Christian reached the 2014 state finals with victories over Columbus Bishop
Hartley 47-21 and West Salem Northwestern 44-24. Dayton Christian took an
early lead, maintaining it after holding a 23-17 advantage over Delta
through the 160 lb. class. Delta used five consecutive pins to reverse the
lead and take a 40-23 advantage through the 220 lb. class. Delta went on to
claim their second consecutive Division III state championship with a 40-26
victory over Dayton Christian.
two-session total attendance was 3,108. The 77th annual
individual wrestling state tournament will be held February 27, 28, and
March 1 at the Jerome Schottenstein Center.
2014 OHSAA Team Wrestling State
St. John Arena, The Ohio State University,
February 8, 2014
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2014 DUAL TEAM WRESTLING STATE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW
By Josh Lowe, InterMat Wrestling
Last year marked the initial edition of the
state wrestling team tournament, an event which crowned a state champion
based on dual meets. It came after 75 years of crowning a state champion in
wrestling solely through the individual state tournament series. Two of last
year’s three team state champions (Lakewood St. Edward and St. Paris Graham
Local) went on to win the individual tournament, while Division III saw
split champions (Delta in the team event, Troy Christian in the individual).
The differences between the team tournament
and individual series, as well as the regionalized format of the dual meet
event, showed in last year’s standings. While the top five teams in the
Division I individual event were all team state finals participants, the
other three participants in the team tournament finished off the top 10
board at the Schottenstein Center. In Division II, six team state
participants finished in the top ten of individual state, while in Division
III, only team state champion Delta (runner-up in the individual tournament)
were top 10 in the individual event.
Six of the state finals qualifying teams in
Division I last year return for this year’s competition:
Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller, Lakewood St.
Edward, Marysville, Massillon Perry and Oregon Clay. It also is six
returning squads in Division II: Amanda-Clearcreek (though they were in
Division III last year), Lexington, Perry, St. Paris Graham Local, Toledo
Central Catholic and Urichsville Claymont. On the other hand, only three
squads in Division III make a return appearance: Blanchester, Delta and
Defending team state champions Delta has
earned the top seed in the Division III tournament for a second-consecutive
year. The Panthers are led by defending state champion Jake Spiess (113) and
feature another three returning state placers in Kyle Keller (120), Dustin
Marteney (132) and Tyler Fahrer (160). Their quarterfinals opponent is
eighth-seed Blanchester, which makes a return state dual meet appearance
despite returning zero individual state tournament qualifiers.
Even though it is their debut in the team
state tournament, Dayton Christian is the second seed. The Warriors finished
third in last year’s individual state tournament and are led by three-time
state champion Jacob Danishek (152). They also feature four other past state
placers: Hunter Bray (106), Christian Clary (113), Michael May (120) and
Alex Becker (138).
West Salem Northwestern was the lone squad
not seeded first in their sub-regional to advance to the team state finals
in Division III. The Huskies have earned the third seed for the state finals
after needing a criteria tiebreaker to advance past Apple Creek Waynedale in
the regional semifinal round last week. Two weekends ago, potential
semifinal opponents Dayton Christian and West Salem Northwestern met in the
finals of the Sandusky SMCC D3 Duals, a match won by Dayton Christian 43-29.
A rematch will happen if each wins their
quarterfinal match against another squad making their debut in the team
state finals. Sixth seed Lima Bath draws West Salem Northwestern, while
seventh seed Columbus Bishop Hartley draws Dayton Christian. To accentuate
the difference between the individual state tournament and the dual meet
event, neither the Wildcats nor Hawks have finished in the top 20 at the
individual tournament in at least 15 years.
To round out the quarterfinal pairings in
Division III, returning team state runners-up Massillon Tuslaw earned the
fourth seed and will face fifth seed Rootstown. These squads met in last
year’s regional semifinal round, a match won by Tuslaw 49-22, as the
Mustangs secured victories in 10 of 14 weight classes.
In Division II, defending champion St. Paris
Graham Local is again the top seed and the clear favorite. The Falcons have
also won the individual state tournament in 13 consecutive seasons. They are
led by three-time state champion Micah Jordan; another pair of state
champions in Eli Seipel (126) and Alex Marinelli (160); and three additional
state placers in Eli Stickley (113), Brent Moore (120) and Lane Thomas
(170). In the quarterfinal round, the Falcons face state tournament debutant
Wilmington, the eighth seed. Last year’s two individual state qualifiers for
the Hurricane was their first time with multiple wrestlers to state since
2000, when they had three.
Returning team state runners-up Urichsville
Claymont are the second seed for this year’s event. The Mustangs are led by
defending state champion Tyler Warner (106) and feature two other wrestlers
who placed third in last year’s state tournament – Dustin Warner (120) and
Cody Burcher (132). They draw seventh seed Amanda-Clearcreek in the
quarterfinals, as the Aces make a return appearance after losing last year
in the Division III quarterfinals due to a pin in the last match of the dual
Last year’s individual state tournament
runner-up Perry was designated the third seed. The Pirates are anchored by
defending state champion Billy Miller (285) and feature additional returning
state placers in Collin Dees (120), Aaran Gessic (160) and Alec Schenk
(170/182). They draw team state tournament debutant Parma Padua Franciscan
in the quarterfinal round. The sixth-seeded Bruins finished in the top 10 of
the individual state tournament standings the four years prior to last
Should both Claymont and Perry win their
quarterfinal matches, they would meet in a rematch of last year’s
quarterfinal match at team state, which was won by the Mustangs 36-22.
Rounding out the quarterfinal matchups in
Division II is a rematch of a quarterfinal dual meet from last year, as
fourth-seed Toledo Central Catholic will wrestle fifth-seed Lexington. In
the match last year, Toledo Central Catholic jumped out to leads of 16-0 and
37-3, before holding on for a 37-30 victory. The Irish feature defending
state champion Alex Mossing (152) and 2012 state placer Nate Hagan (132),
while the Minutemen are led by returning state qualifier Bailey Faust (195).
Lakewood St. Edward is back to defend the
team state title that they won last year in Division I. However, the Eagles
were designated the fourth seed. Despite only returning two wrestlers with
state tournament experience – L.J. Bentley (113) and Parker Knapp (220) –
they are legitimate threats to repeat, as many newcomers have emerged. The
Eagles draw Oregon Clay, which is seeded fifth at the team state tournament
for the second straight year, in the quarterfinal round. In order to qualify
for state, Oregon Clay needed a criteria tiebreaker to advance past
Perrysburg in the regional semifinal round last week.
Earning the top seed this year in Division I
is returning runner-up Massillon Perry, which has never won a state title in
wrestling, and have also been runner-up in the individual tournament for
nine of the last 11 years. The Panthers are led by defending state champion
Jose Rodriguez (113), as well as four other returning place-winners in David
Bavery (126), Casey Sparkman (152), Tony Dailey (160) and Isaac Bast (170).
They draw state dual meet newcomers Delaware Hayes in the first round, which
is the lone team in the Division I field that was not seeded first in their
sub-regional. Last year’s finish at the individual state tournament for the
Pacers, tied for 36th, was their highest in at least 15 years.
On paper, the other two likely contenders in
Division I are Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller and Brecksville-Broadview
Heights, which both lost in the semifinals of last year’s team tournament.
The Crusaders and Bees are the second and third seeds, respectively.
Archbishop Moeller is led by defending state
champions Dakota Sizemore (182) and Chalmer Frueauf (220), along with four
other wrestlers who placed at state last year: Conner Ziegler (120), Jacoby
Ward (132), Quinton Rosser (170) Jerry Thornberry (195). They draw
Marysville in the first round, a squad that has finished in the top 10 of
the individual tournament during three of the last five years.
Brecksville is led by two-time state
runner-up Austin Assad (120) along with an additional trio of state placers
in Sonny Lucas (138), Austin Strnad (160) and Josh Murphy. They draw state
dual meet newcomers Mason in the first round, who have a 12 year streak of
qualifying wrestler(s) to the individual state tournament, even though their
highest finish in the standings was 11th in 2008.
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