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Team Ohio wins national freestyle title

In winning the Junior National Freestyle Duals, Team Ohio did something it hadn't since 2009. Ohio, ranked sixth, also knocked off the top three seeds in the process. (Photo by John Sachs/

By Brad Bournival

TULSA, Okla. — Team Ohio knows seeds are for planting.

Coming in as the projected sixth-best team at the Junior National Freestyle Duals over the weekend, the Buckeye state knew not many states would pay the squad much mind.

So, Ohio went out and won the whole ball of wax, knocking of top-seeded Illinois 37-27.

“We showed that Ohio is here to compete,” Elyria’s Ben Darmstadt said. “No one was talking about us before the tournament, saying we could win it. But we knew with the dudes we were bringing that we could knock off anyone.”

Darmstadt should know. The Cornell recruit and 195-pound standout went 8-0 in Freestyle, winning just once by regular decision.

Counting his Greco-Roman matches, where Ohio finished ninth, Darmstadt ended his time in Tulsa, Okla., by going 14-0.

In Freestyle action, he was part of a squad that registered wins over Louisiana, 66-1, Texas Blue, 52-13, Arizona, 51-12, and third-seeded New Jersey, 34-33 to advance.

Ohio then bounced Michigan Blue, 45-18, Pennsylvania, 52-10, and second-seeded Minnesota Red, 38-25, to set up its match with projected champ Illinois.

“We’ve always been up for a national title, not only in the duals but at Fargo (N.D.) as well” said 182-pounder James Handwerk, who lives in Medina. “Now that we finally got the duals down, it’s looking like Ohio has a really good chance at Fargo, too.”

The Air Force pledge was part of a team loaded with talent.

Today, Lucas Byrd (100), Javion Jones (106), Oscar Sanchez (106), Dylan D’Emilio (113), Drew Mattin (120), Allan Hart (126), Nicholas Berry (126), Tariq Wilson (132), Corey Shie (138), Dom Demas (145), Davey Tunon (152), Nico O’Dor (152), Austin Hiles (160), Jesse Beverly (170), Victor Marcelli (170), JT Brown (182), Jared Campbell (220), Matt Adams (285) and Andrew Fenton (285) join Darmstadt and Handwerk as a champion who saw action over the weekend in Tulsa.

Against Illinois, Ohio lost four of the first six matches, but turned it up and won eight of the 15 to take the title.

In doing so, they became the first team from Ohio to win the Freestyle Nationals Duals since 2009.

That team was loaded with future Dan Hodge Trophy winners Logan Stieber and David Taylor as well as Hunter Stieber, Felipe Martinez, Cam Tessari, Jeremy Johnson and David Habat.

“It shows that these teams like Illinois and Minnesota are beatable,” Darmstadt said. “That should just drive us further to win that national title in Fargo.”

That’s the biggest carrot in the patch as Ohio finished second last year in Fargo, behind Oklahoma and one point ahead of Illinois.

A squad once again loaded with talent, the Junior Freestyle team heads to July in mid-July with a ton of standouts and the confidence knowing it can claim that top step.

“The entire team was working as one (in Tulsa),” Handwerk said. “In every single match, we were going out there and everyone was screaming for each other. We were really just feeding off of everyone’s energy. It was really a good moment.

“It was all mental. In previous years, we walked into the tournament not thinking we could win it. This year, every single night we went into the team meeting thinking, ‘We could win this. This is our year. We’ll remember this. This was going to be the year Team Ohio takes it all.’”


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!

Attention GR Fargo Wrestlers!

To all Greco Wrestlers who will be at Ohio National camp for Fargo.

All Greco wrestlers need to bring running shoes with them to camp. We are less than a month away from camp! I hope your training is going well!

Wishing you all the best!!! See you at camp! Coach Ison

See the International section for more shots of our Ohio kids in Russia

Ohio excels at Cadet/University Nationals

Ohio represented itself very well over the weekend at the UWW Cadet and University Nationals held at the University of Akron. (Photo by Debbi Kallai)

Past, present and future.

All is well in USA Wrestling when it comes to the state of Ohio based on the UWW Cadet and University Nationals over the weekend at the University of Akron.

To say the Buckeye State fared well isn’t doing Ohioans justice as Massillon Perry’s David Carr (69 kilograms) punched his ticket to the world team by winning the Cadet Freestyle title.

Ohio also had runners-up in Genoa’s Dylan D’Emilio (50 kg) and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy’s Jordan Decatur (54 kg) in Cadet Freestyle

Cincinnati LaSalle’s Lucas Byrd (46 kg) was a two-time All-American on the Cadet side with a fourth in freestyle and sixth in Greco, but had a ton of company.

By the time it was finished, St. Edward’s Ty Walz (3rd, 125, University Freestyle), Edison’s Evan Cheek (6th, 66 kg University Greco), Solon’s Anthony Collica (7th, 70kg, University Freestyle), Canton McKinley’s Maurice Miller (7th, 66 kg, University Greco), Massillon Perry’s Jose Rodriguez (8th, 61 kg, University Freestyle) and St. Edward’s Marcus Scheidel (8th, 70 kg University Freestyle) were All-Americans at the collegiate level.

“I’m really excited,” Ohio chairman Chris Kallai said. “From where we started, Ohio wrestlers are beginning to see the opportunities they didn’t have before because of travel now that it’s right in our backyard. Moving forward, I think we’ll get even more interest.”

CVCA’s Matthew Cardello (3rd, 50 KG, Cadet Freestyle), Lakota East Jon Spaulding (3rd, 125 kg Cadet Freestyle), Nordonia’s Anthony Perrine (4th, 85 kg, Cadet Freestyle), Brecksville’s Marco Regalbuto (6th, 58 kg, Cadet Freestyle), Massillon Jackson’s Victor Marcelli (6th, 76 kg, Cadet Greco), Lakota East’s Matt Spaulding (7th, 125 kg, Cadet Freestyle), Bedford’s Jordin James (7th 58 kg Cadet Greco) and St. Edward’s Dakota Howard (8th, 100 KG, Cadet Freestyle) also grabbed All-American honors.

For Carr, winning in freestyle at the Cadet level also earned him a spot on the U.S. National teams for the World Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia, from Sept. 13-18.

A second-place finisher at Nationals a year ago, the honor wasn’t lost on the incoming junior at Perry.

“This means the world to me,” said Carr, after winning in the field house at the University of Akron. “Ever since I got second here last year, it helped me push hard. To finally get the job done and finally be on the U.S. team is amazing. I trained so much harder to be here.”

A win over Illinois’ Trevell Timmons put him with Penn State recruit Joe Lee of Indiana in the finals. Carr never let off the gas in the best-of-three format, winning 9-5 and 4-1.

“Finishing second last year made it sweeter,” Carr said. “Getting closer to God, the people I’m surrounded by, eating better, eating healthy, it’s been an awesome year.”

Decatur rolled through his bracket with a 12-7 semifinal win over New Mexico’s Real Woods before falling to Arizona’s Roman Bravo-Young 13-2, 8-2.

He has already heard from Bravo-Young that he’ll be headed to the Pan-American Championships in Lima, Peru on July 1-3 and is ecstatic.

“I wrestled four kids ranked,” Decatur said. “It’s pretty sweet to say I’m an alternate for the world team. Roman is a great competitor. It’ll be really cool to go to the Pan-Ams. I’m really pumped to compete.”

D’Emilio also has a chance to go to either Georgia or Peru should Minnesota’s Aaron Cashman not be able to answer the call.


Fargo Teams

Fargo Teams are listed under the National tab

Regional Qualifiers 2016

2016 Regional Top 4  Place Winners - Junior Freestyle
Regional Wt Class First Name Last Name Place
Northeast 195 Jack Harris 3rd
Central 113 Dylan D'Emilio 1st
Central 113 Luke Blaine 4th
Central 120 Tommy Hoskins 1st
Central 126 Drew Mattin 3rd
Central 138 Corey Shie 1st
Central 160 Jake Henderson 2nd
Central 160 Austin Hiles 3rd
Central 182 J.T. Brown 2nd
Central 285 Jon Spaulding 3rd
2016 Regional Top 4  Place Winners - Junior Greco
Regional Wt Class First Name Last Name Place
Central 113 Dylan D'Emlio 3rd
Central 126 Drew Mattin 1st
Central 132 Carson Speelman 1st
Central 138 Corey Shie 1st
Central 138 Noah Mattin 2nd
Central 160 Jake Henderson 2nd
Central 170 Bo McIntosh 3rd
2016 Regional Top 4 Place Winners - Cadet Freestyle
Regional Wt Class First Name Last Name Place
Northeast 100 Oscar Sanchez 2nd
Central 88 Payton Burgdorf 1st
Central 94 Jimmy Balazy 1st
Central 100 Lucas  Byrd 3rd
Central 100 Zak Anderson 4th
Central 106 Julian Tagg 2nd
Central 106 Oscar Sanchez 3rd
Central 113 Gabriel Tagg 1st
Central 120 Addison Fogle 2nd
Central 126 Jordan Decatur 2nd
Central 126 Brendon Fenton 4th
Central 138 Marco Regalbuto 3rd
Central 152 Anthony D'Alesio 2nd
Central 160 Hunter  Thornsberry 2nd
Central 170 Abraham Aguilar 4th
Central 170 Nicholas  Crawford 1st
Central 182 Max Boyle 4th
Central 195 Cameron Sauerwein 4th
2016 Regional Top 4 Place Winners - Cadet Greco
Regional Wt Class First Name Last Name Place
Central 100 Collin Yinger 2nd
Central 100 Lucas Byrd 1st
Central 106 Oscar Sanchez 2nd
Central 120 Addison  Fogle 2nd
Central 132 Mason Sparks 4th
Central 132 Billy Luft 4th
Central 152 Anthony D'Alesio 2nd
Central 170 Nick Crawford 1st
Central 182 Max Boyle 3rd
Central 195 Cameron Sauerwein 4th

2016 USAW_O Schedule

2016 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

Thurs, June 2 – Sun, June 5



University of Akron, Akron, OH

See for more information; weights






July 30


Ohio State Fair

Buckeye Sports Center,

717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH

Brian Church

(614) 496-6369

July 31

Freestyle/ Greco

Ohio State Fair

Buckeye Sports Center,

717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH

Brian Church

(614) 496-6369

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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

Full Article:

Fargo 2015

Below are all the results from 2015

Jr Duals FS Team takes 1st in Consolation pool

Kevin Vough goes undefeated in both styles at Junior Duals to go a combined record of 8-0 double All-American.


Cadet Duals

Ohio GR team takes 6th in the USA!

OHIO FS Team takes 2nd in the USA!

Ohio FS team takes 2nd in the nation!

Schoolboy Duals

Ohio GR Team places 8th in the country and Gavin Bell earned Tournament honors.

OHIO FS Team places 2nd in the NATION!!!

SB Duals: TEAM OHIO FS takes 2nd in the nation!

GR Team takes 8th place in US

Please keep our wrestler in your prayers

Ahmad Update – 7/26/15 

BY FBAXTER ON July 26, 2015


Thank you for your continued support and love for Ahmad.  Ahmad has undergone several procedures and tests in the last couple weeks. His overall condition remains unchanged according to his doctors. Next week Ahmad will be moved to Cleveland. Continued prayers, love and support are appreciated.

Please join us Sunday, August 16, 9:00 am for the “Pave it Forward- Ahmad Doucet 5k Run/Walk taking place at KMS middle school. All proceeds will go to the Ahmad Doucet charitable fund.




  • Contributions – any Wright-Patt Credit Union (“Ahmad Doucet Charitable Fund”)



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