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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 championship.


The 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 semifinals (45-21).


A 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.


Delta 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.


The 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 Tournament

St. John Arena, The Ohio State University, Columbus
February 8, 2014


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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 Massillon Tuslaw.


Division III

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.


Division II

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 meet.


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 season.


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).


Division I

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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