Recap: Wrestling State Championships Round 2

Story written by Tim Whelan –

COLUMBUS, OHIO – On a cold sunny day in the heart of Ohio, round two was a very entertaining beginning to the day. With semi-finals, later tonight, wrestling matches on intensifies to near max levels for all coaches and wrestlers.

With some crazy matches happening today, we get started with Division three big winner Kaleb Romero (170 lb), Senior, of Mechanicsburg. Kaleb won his match by tech. fall 21-6. Kaleb is a three-time state champion seeking to become one of the most elite clubs in all of wrestling, a four-time state champion. Kaleb will be wrestling later tonight again Chris Langguth (170 lb), Sophomore from Rootstown.

Another big winner in Division three is returning state champion Ben Sullivan (220 lb), Senior from New Paris National Trail. Ben won his match by a 10-1 victory. Ben is currently seeking his second state title. Ben will be facing Caide Bunfill (220 lb), Senior from Barnesville.

This Semi-final match up should be a good one. Both tough wrestlers from the top. Caide won his last match of 14-2. I’d expect this semi-final match to be a low scoring match up. Why? Both wrestlers have good defense and can score from angles when you think they have a disadvantage.

Division two pretty much went as expected. Both Wrestlers I mentioned in last nights story won. Those wrestlers being Juniors Mitch Moore (132 lb), and Rocky Jordan (152 lb) from St. Paris Graham Local. Mitch Moore got a quick pin against his opponent. Rocky Jordan had steller win by a tech. fall score of 14-0.

Mitch Moore will be wrestling Hunter Yackee, a Junior from Mansfield. Rocky Jordan will be facing Nick Vespucci, a Senior from Crestwood.

For Division one, the big winners are Brendon Fenton (120 lb), Junior of Elyria. Brendon won his match 9-1 in a very tough match against Brunswick’s Logan Heil, Sophomore. Up next for Brendon, Gus Sutton, Sophomore of Austintown-Fitch.

Updated team Scores:

Division I: Lakewood St. Edwards with 64.0 points. Followed by Wadsworth, Elyria, Liberty, Cincinnati Elder.

Division II: St. Paris Graham Local with 91.5 points. Followed by Wauseon, Canfield, Cuyahoga Falls CVCA, Steubenville.

Division III: Mechanicsburg with 49.5 points. Followed by Oak Harbor, Rootstown, Genoa Area, Milan Edison.

OHSAA State Wrestling Round 1 Recap

Story Written by Tim Whelan

COLUMBUS, OHIO – As winter is ending, it’s that time of year again. Wrestling Championship season is back. With State finals now underway, we will soon find out who the real champions are of 2017.

Division One big winner of the day are Kyle Lawson senior out of Liberty high school. Kyle is a three-time state champion. I’d recommend him to Ohio State. He won his first-round match by pin.

Another winner to keep an eye on that’s due for a state title, Aaron Naples Senior out of Brunswick. Aaron is very tough on the top. Winning his match 15-0 says it all. Barring an injury, like last season, Aaron is due to claim his first State title as a Senior.

Returning State Champion Jaden Mottox undefeated Junior out of Grove City Central Crossing, won his match via pin. Jaden is seeking his second state title.

Division Two big winner is Rocky Jordan undefeated Junior out of St. Paris Graham local, won his match tech fall (15-0).  He is currently seeking his second state title. You may be familiar with the last name Jordan. Well known wrestling family. His Brother Bo and Micah Jordan wrestle at Ohio State. Let’s just say Ohio State could have their eyes on another Jordan.

Let’s talk about another St. Paris Graham wrestler, Mitch Moore. Who is also a junior, a two-time state champion pin his way to the second round as well. Mitch is currently seeking his straight state title.

Updated team standings:

Division I: Lakewood St. Edwards with 32.0 points. Cincinnati Elder, Elyria, Liberty, Wadsworth rounds out the top 5.

Division II: St. Paris Graham local with 40.0 points. Wauseon, Steubenville, Uhrichsville Claymont, and Canfield round out the top 5.

Division III: Oak Harbor 21.0 points. Followed by Mechanicsburgh, Rootstown, Milan Edison, Troy Christian.