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TENTATIVE 2017 Schedule

TENTATIVE  2017 USA Wrestling - Ohio Tournament Schedule

Folkstyle, Greco-Roman (GR), and Freestyle (FS) Events

State Championships are listed in bold. National Events in Ohio are list in Italics





Tournament Director

Sat., April 1


Southwest Ohio Qualifier Tournament

Carroll High School

4524 Linden Ave., Dayton 45432

Mark Gerhard

Sun., April 2


Eastern Ohio Qualifier Tournament

Indian Valley High School

253 S. Walnut St, Gnadenhutten, OH

Nick Swaldo

(330) 827-0349

Sat., April 8


Northeast Ohio Qualifier Tournament

Mount Union College

Peterson Field House

1972 Clark Ave., Alliance, OH

Josh Malave

(330) 823-6651

Sat., April 15


Central Ohio Qualifier Tournament




Sat., April 22


Northwest Ohio Qualifier Tournament


Delta High School

605 Taylor St., Delta  43515

Robin Rayfield

(419) 583-6924

Sat., April 29


Northeast Ohio Qualifier Tournament (Cadet, Junior and Open ONLY!)

Elyria HS

601 Middle Ave., Elyria 44035

Erik Burnett

(440) 225-5793

Sat., May 6


Southwest Ohio Qualifier Tournament

(Cadet, Junior and Open ONLY!)

Lakota East High School

6840 Lakota Lane, Liberty Twp., 45044

Jim Lehman

Sun., May 7


Northeast Ohio Qualifier Tournament (Cadet, Junior and Open ONLY!)

John Carroll University

1 North Park Blvd., University Heights, OH

Mark Hawald

(440) 759-2156






Sat., April 29


Kids/Schoolboy State                             Championships

Elyria HS

601 Middle Ave., Elyria 44035

Erik Burnett

(440) 225-5793

Sat., May 13


Cadet/Junior/Open State


Otterbein University

1 S. Grove St., Westerville, OH

Keith Carter

(513) 292-5837

Sat., May 13


Sun., May 14


Cadet/Junior/Open/ Women State Championship

Otterbein University

1 S. Grove St., Westerville, OH

Keith Carter

(513) 292-5837






Fri., May 19 – Sun., May 21


Central Regional

Kalamazoo, MI

See for more information; weights

Thurs, June 1 – Sun, June 4



University of Akron, Akron, OH

See for more information; weights






April 23


Ohio State Duals


Keith Carter

(513) 292-5837

Jul 29-30


State Fair

Columbus Fairgrounds

Brian Church

With a ton of returning Junior Freestyle standouts and a barrage of Cadet Freestyle stars moving up, Team Ohio should stand out from the rest. (Brad Bournival)

Team Ohio 2017 could be one for the ages

By Brad Bournival

FARGO, N.D. — The Fargo Freestyle National Tournament concluded Saturday and the talk is already about 2017.

While a seventh-place finish overall might look good to some, Team Ohio came in with aspirations of winning the tournament.

Whether it was a rash of injuries or some wrestlers not living up to their own expectations, the feeling around the FargoDome in Fargo, N.D., was one determination when the tournament reconvenes in July next year.

“Every year you come, you get more experience,” said 2016 freestyle runner-up Dylan D’Emilio of Genoa. “You expect more and more each time you come. Next year, we have a good idea of what’s coming and a better idea of what needs to be done. We’ll be motivated a lot more.”

Team Ohio had a champion and tournament outstanding wrestler in Cornell recruit and Elyria graduate Ben Darmstadt (195 pounds) with D’Emilio (113) as a national finalist.

Delta’s Drew Mattin (4th, 120), a five-time All-American is eligible to return as are Defiance’s Tim Bowers (5th, 170) and Dayton Christian’s Tommy Hoskins (8th, 120). Add a handful of wrestlers that were injured either before or during the tournament and Team Ohio is loaded in 2017.

“We’re excited to get that opportunity,” Mattin said. “Some kids can’t come back, but the ones that really want to are going to come and look to win it.”

It’s not just the returning Junior wrestlers coming back as an influx of Cadet Freestylers will make the jump to the next level with the expectations of winning a title.

Two-time Cadet Freestyle champ Jordan Decatur of Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy is part of that group as is three-time All-American and Cadet Greco finalist Lucas Byrd of LaSalle and All-American Gabe Tagg of Brecksville.

That has those around the team and on it excited for what’s to come as Team Ohio looks to win its first national title in Junior Freestyle since 2003 and add a sixth national championship to its resume.

“It’s going to help a lot,” Mattin said. “Decatur, Byrd, all those guys coming in plus the studs we have now will be great. We’ll get experience and competition-like experience in the practice room. We’ll need it.”

It’s going to make for a heck of a lightweight division for Team Ohio as the Buckeye state will start off each session in Fargo next year with a kick.

“I’m motivated to keep doing what I’m doing and execute better,” D’Emilio said. “The room is always tough. We have guys scrapping. We have good guys coming up that should be able to do some damage down here. The team should be looking as good as ever. Maybe, we’ll get a title next year.”


Future looks great for Team Ohio Freestyle

The Cadet Freestyle squad from Team Ohio showed well in Fargo, N.D., crowning three champions. (Brad Bournival)

By Brad Bournival

FARGO, N.D. — The Cadet Freestyle squad from Team Ohio had a little message for the rest of the nation at Fargo, N.D., this weekend. It was simple, but sweet.

“We got next.”

While everyone was busy watching the Junior Freestyle action, and rightfully so, the Cadet squad put together quite a big weekend and finished fourth.

Brecksville’s Julian Tagg took home top honors at 100 pounds to join CVCA’s Jordan Decatur (120) at the top of the podium.

Braxton Amos of Parkersburg South, who wrestled for Tam Ohio thanks to a protest by New Jersey, took home another title at 195 as the Buckeye State showed once again how great it is.

In short, the future looks bright for Team Ohio.

“It’s very big, very, very big,” Tagg said. “We have guys that didn’t do as well as they wanted here, but they’re going to go back and work hard.

“We’ve got guys coming up and they’re working extremely hard. We’re going to be ready to kick some butt.”

Tagg certainly did enough butt-kicking in his match, taking Greco-Roman champion Ridge Lovett of Idaho and whooping him in an 8-2 match that wasn’t even that close.

Decatur, who went back-to-back, faced Brody Teske of Iowa, an undefeated wrestler out of Iowa.

It wasn’t even a match as Decatur won by technical fall, 13-0.

“After the first takedown, I was like, ‘Ok. I got this,’” Decatur said.  I just had to keep getting to my attacks and getting on the mat and I knew I’d be a Fargo champ again.”

It was yet another champion from Ohio in a state that seems to breed winners year after year.

Elyria’s Dylan Shawver (106) was third, Middletown’s Cole Skinner (88) finished fourth, St. Edward’s Angelo Rini (106) was fifth and Aurora’s Andrew Garr was eighth as the lowerweights ruled the tournament.

With double champion Amos reaching the finals, it showed just how strong 2017-19 might be.

“The future is bright, very bright,” Decatur said. “With guys fighting for position and different weight classes and a lot of us fighting to be Fargo champs again, I think we’re going to do a lot of damage.”

The team as the backing of many of the Freestyle coaches from the state as they see Team Ohio continuing its uphill climb to excellence.

“Everybody’s talking about Junior Frees, but they had to start somewhere, too, right?’ Team Ohio coach Jacob Kasper said. “They had to start at the Cadets. I think that’s why they are where they are right now.

“Our coaching staff with Coach (Erik) Burnett, Coach (Adam) Koballa, Coach (Jim) Lehman, they do an amazing job to get the best out of these guys. They love the sport and love helping, so these guys know how to transition to that junior level.”


Amos, Byrd shine at Fargo Cadet Nationals

National champion Braxton Amos and Team Ohio rolled to a seventh-place finish in Fargo, N.D., at the Cadet Greco-Roman Nationals. (Brad Bournival)

By Brad Bournival

How much did wrestling in the finals of the Cadet Nationals in Fargo, N.D., mean to Team Ohio wrestlers?

Lucas Byrd (100 pounds) gave up his finger. Braxton Amos (195) gave up his state.

It equated to a title for Amos and runner-up finish for Byrd.

Amos’ story is an interesting one as he went out to Tulsa, Okla., and won a title with Team Ohio in the National Duals because his team — West Virginia — didn’t field a team.

When he came to Fargo, Amos wrestled in the blue and yellow for West Virginia.

Ironically, it took a win over new teammate Cameron Sauerwein of in the semifinals to draw the attention of New Jersey.

The state filed a complaint and because he wrestled for Ohio and was a regional champion and had the blessing of the West Virginia coaching staff, he came over to the Buckeye state.

“It’s been a whirlwind,” Amos said. “I don’t really know what to think at this point. I’m happy to be bearing Ohio’s colors and West Virginia’s colors at the same time. It feels like I’m representing both states.”

After three tech fall wins and a decision, Amos reached the finals where he faced Iowa’s Kaleb Reeves.

Reeves, who beat Amos in the Duals, never had a chance in an 11-0 tech fall by Amos, who will wrestle for Parkersburg South in the winter.

With the title under his belt, Amos is ready to turn to Freestyle and compete with Team Ohio.

“I’m looking forward to it a lot more,” he said. “I’ve been wrestling with Coach Miron (Kharchilava) out of Dublin, Ohio, since second grade, so freestyle comes naturally to me.”

For LaSalle’s Byrd a romp through the bracket ended with a technical fall loss to Idaho two-style champion Ridge Lovett.

That loss comes with an asterisk, however, as he broke his finger early in the match and could never recover.

“It's going to push me a lot,” Byrd said. “I'm going to have to work on my gut defense. I knew Ridge was good on top and i didn't stop it. It's unfortunate that I did break it, but it's going to push me even harder to give that extra hour in practice to get my work in.”

Byrd demanded it from himself as well and it showed in the lead up to the finals. Before his only loss, the 2015 two-style All-American scored pins over Nebraska’s Beau Kaup and Michigan’s La Joie, sandwiching them around three technical fall wins.

“He has a great ceiling,” Team Ohio coach Gavin Speelman said. “He can excel. It sucks losing a national title, but it’s the best motivation for him. He can turn that around. He has the best attitude I’ve seen and I’ve done this for six years.”

Ohio wasn’t without its All-Americans as Winton Woods’ Cornell Beachem (5th, 160), Sauerwein (5th, 195), Lancaster’s Logan Agin (7th, 106) and Dublin Coffman’s Lennox Wolak (8th, 160) got to sit in the chairs of honor as top-eight finishers.

It led to a seventh-place team finish for a young Ohio team ready to make noise in the future.

“I think what we’re doing with the staff we have and the mindset of our training camp, we have the right mindset,” Speelman said. “Next year and years to come we should be up there in the top three or top two. The goal is to win national titles."


Ohio Junior Freestyle Team WINS the Junior FS Duals!

Strong Ohio lightweights close out 37-27 win over Illinois in Junior National Freestyle Duals finals


Ohio, the 2016 Junior National Duals freestyle champion, after big win over Illinois. Photo by John Sachs,

TULSA, Okla. – Illinois must have felt pretty good at the start of the Junior Nationals Freestyle Duals finals against Ohio on Saturday. With the dual meet starting at 138 pounds, Illinois came out with wins in four of the first six bouts, including a pin and a technical fall, for a 16-10 lead.

But Ohio had them just where they wanted them. 

Led by a group of powerful lightweight stars, Ohio won six of the final nine matches for a comfortable 37-27 victory over Illinois and the Junior Duals freestyle title.

The early run by Illinois included victories by Jaime Hernandez (138), Shayne Oster (152), Austin O’Connor (160) and Logan Gruszka (182). Gruszka needed just 37 seconds to take James Handwerk to his back and score a pin, worth five big team points.

A wild comeback at 152 pounds by Oster showed the competitive nature of this dual meet. Ohio’s Davey Tunon scored a four-point takedown, two gut wrenches and on a step out to lead 9-0 in the first period. Tunon was one point away from a technical fall. Oster came back with two four-point throws and a point on a failed challenge to tie it up at 9-9. Tunon scored a point on a stepout and led 10-9 at the break. In the second period, Oster opened up the offense, with a two-point takedown, a four-point takedown on a cradle and three consecutive leg lace turns for 12 straight points and a 21-10 technical fall.

The tide turned in the upper weights, as Benjamin Darmstadt of Ohio pinned Patrick Brucki of Illinois in 50 seconds at 195 pounds and Jared Campbell added a 10-0 technical fall at 220 pounds over Christian Brunner. Illinois heavyweight Anthony Cassioppi won a close match, and the score was 20-19 in favor of Ohio when a short intermission was taken to give out some event awards.

Then came out the Ohio little men, and it was pretty much all over.

It started with a pair of technical falls, as Lucas Byrd put away Matthew Ramos, 14-2 at 100 pounds and Oscar Sanchez ran off with a 10-0 win over Anthony King at 106 pounds. At 113, Dylan D’Emilio was in control in an 8-2 win over Joey Melendez. The run was capped off with an impressive 10-0 technical fall by Drew Mattin over Illinois star Louie Hayes at 120 pounds. The score with two bouts to go was Ohio 35, Illinois 21. The lightweights had clinched the win.

Illinois did win those two last matches, decision victories by Travis Piotrowski at 126 and Gabriel Townsell at 132. 

The last bout of the day, between Townsell and Tariq Wilson, will be an internet classic. A total of 42 points were scored in this wide-open display of offense, a 21-21 tie when the final whistle blew. Townsell jumped to an 11-4 lead early in the first, but Wilson stormed back to take a 14-11 lead at the break. Townsell came back to lead 19-4, but Wilson rallied again for a 21-19 lead. A takedown by Townsell with four seconds tied it all up, and Townsell won on criteria.

1st place in the USA!

2017 Annual Meeting

The date will be Oct. 15, 2017

Congratulations Jack Gillespie

Jack Gillespie, Elyria HS assistant coach, has been named USA Wrestling's National Developmental Coach of the Year. 

2 USA-Ohio Coaches win NWCA Awards

NWCA Sect. 2 Assistant coach of the year

Chris Chidlaw , Elyria HS

NWCA Coach of 2016 for Ohio:

Todd Haverdill, Brecksville HS

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