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Southwest Qualifier Canceled

Due to a lack of licensed officials the USA-Ohio qualifier at Oak Hills on May 21st is canceled. We encourage everyone to make it to Marysville this weekend to qualify. Our apologies,we just don't have enough freestyle and greco officials w/nationals and regionals that day.


The state tournament will be online registration only.

(Link to tournament will be posted as state gets closer).



Please note:  USA Cards must be purchased online prior to the event.  If you are over 18, be sure to allow ample time to have a background check completed and Safe Sport education completed.  There will not be any on-site USA card sales on-site.

Wrestling Programs for 2022 

This flyer contains most of the information you will need to know about this year’s USA Wrestling - Ohio tournaments and other wrestling events.  For general questions about USA Wrestling - Ohio programs, procedures, new rules, or other matters, please consult the USA Wrestling - Ohio web site at or call Robin Rayfield  (419) 583-6924 or Chris Kallai (330)334-5409 (between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM please). For directions to a given tournament venue or specific tournament questions not covered in this flyer, please reference the USA Wrestling – Ohio website or call or e-mail the individual Tournament Director listed in the schedule on the reverse side. 


Athlete must have a current USA wrestling competitor’s card to compete.

Tournament Type

Registration/ Weigh-in

Start Time




Greco, Freestyle or both:  7-8 PM evening before

Greco, Freestyle or both:  7-7:30 AM day of tournament

Freestyle:  10-11 AM day of tournament

9:00AM  Greco starts


Approximately 1:00 PM   Freestyle starts

$5 for U14 and younger divisions and for OPEN division.


U16 and Junior: $20 for one style or $30 for both styles


Spectator fee $5 for individual/ $10 for family

U14 State Championships

Greco or both:  7-8 PM evening before

U14 Greco or both:  7-7:30 AM day of tournament

U14 Freestyle:  11AM-12 PM day of tournament

Greco:   9 AM

Freestyle:  Not before noon and  after completion of Greco



$20 for 14U division

or $30 for both styles




Spectator fee $5 for individual/ $10 for family


U16/Junior State Championships

U16/ Junior Greco or both:  7-8 AM day of tournament

U16/ Junior Freestyle:  12-1 PM PM day of tournament

  9:30 am


  Approximately 1 hour after ALL Greco matches are completed on Saturday and run from 9:30 AM to conclusion on Sunday

$25 each or $40 both






Spectator fee $5 for individual/ $10 for family


U16/Junior Women State Championships

Women’s weigh-in 9-10 day of tournament

 Approximately 1 hour after weigh-ins


Important Note 1:      8U through 12U and Open  Divisions will be wrestling this year at the same time as Freestyle.  Attempt will be made to put these age groups on one mat to move them through.  Greco for these groups will be at the Dublin Coffman qualifier only.

  All Registration forms MUST be signed by a parent/guardian if the wrestler is under 18 yrs old

Important Note 2   The Southest Ohio qualifier at Western Brown will allow pre-registration.   To pre-register, go to the USA website,  and there will be a link to go the registration page.   USAW-Ohio is looking to move to pre-registration for all qualifiers next year.  This will be a test case.

2022 USA Wrestling - Ohio Tournament Schedule

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

State Championships are listed in bold.

Due to COVID protocols, all tournaments are tentative.  Be sure to check the website for confirmation that the tournament will be held on the day of the tournament.







Tournament Director

Sat., April 9


Southeast Ohio Qualifier Tournament

Western Brown HS

476 W. Main St., Mt Orab, 45154

Wendel Donathon

(937) 307-1110

Sat. April 16


Northwest Ohio Qualifier Tournament

Delta HS

605 Taylor St., Delta,   43515

Robin Rayfield

(419) 583-6924

Sat Apr 23


Northeast Ohio Qualifier Tournament

Uniontown Lake HS

709 Market Ave. SW., Uniontown 44685

Enter through door #22

Mike Mattingly


Sat Apr 30


Central Ohio Qualifier Tournament

Dublin Coffman HS

6780 Coffman Rd, Dublin   43017

Jeremiah Webber

(614) 306-7965

Sat, May 7


Northeast Ohio Qualifier Tournament

Elyria HS

601 Middle Ave., Elyria 44035

Erik Burnett

(440) 225-5793

Sat., May 14


Central Ohio Qualifier Tournament

Marysville HS

800 Amrine Mill Rd, Marysville  43040

Shawn Andrews

(937) 243-1911

Sat., May 21


Southwest Ohio Qualifier Tournament

Oak Hills HS

3200 Ebenezer Rd, Cincinnati  45248

Gage Branson

(513) 444-8632






Sun, Apr 24


State Freestyle Duals

Austintown-Fitch HS

4560 Falcon Dr.

Austintown,   44515

Dom Mancini

(330) 307-3962

Sat., May 14


Women’s State Duals

Marysville HS

800 Amrine Mill Rd, Marysville  43040

Shawn Andrews

(937) 743-1911






Sat., May 7


14U  State  Championships

Elyria HS

601 Middle Ave., Elyria 44035

Erik Burnett

(440) 225-5793

Sat., May 28


16U/Junior Greco State Championship


Ohio Northern University

525 S Main St., Ada, OH  45810

Robin Rayfield

(419) 583-6924

Sat., May 28 and Sun., May 29


16U/Junior Men Freestyle State Championship


Ohio Northern University

525 S Main St., Ada, OH  45810

Robin Rayfield

(419) 583-6924

Sun., May 29


16U/Junior Women Freestyle State Championship


Ohio Northern University

525 S Main St., Ada, OH  45810

Robin Rayfield

(419) 583-6924

Important Notes:    1  Spectator fees will be $5 per individual and $10 per family.

                                  2.  NO entries will be accepted after the Tournament Director has officially closed weigh-ins.


                                  4.  Please consult for any last minute changes to this schedule.

Qualification Procedures for State Championships and 16U and Junior National Teams

1.       No qualification is required for the 14U GR/FS State Championships or the Women’s State Championships.

2.       16U and Junior wrestlers MUST qualify for the 16U/Junior Greco-Roman and Freestyle State Championships by finishing one of the  Ohio Qualifier Tournaments or being part of a State Freestyle Dual team (there is a cap of 20 team members per team).  Contact Robin Rayfield at (419) 583-6924 (between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM please) regarding medical waivers.

3.       The 16U/Junior Greco-Roman and 16U/ Junior/ Women Freestyle State Championships will be used as qualifiers for the 16U and Junior Fargo National Teams.  See under “National Teams” for more details on the selection process.

4.       Qualification procedures for the Ohio 14U National Dual Meet Teams will be posted at under “Dual Teams”.

5.       Qualification for the Women’s FS Fargo team is at FS State Tournament.

Age Division

Years Born

Match Times

No. of Weight Classes

Weight Classes



2 –1 minute periods

30 seconds rest / periods


Will be paired using Madison block system



2 –1 minute periods

30 seconds rest / periods


Will be paired using Madison block system



2 –1 minute periods

30 seconds rest / periods


Will be paired using Madison block system



2 – 2 minute periods

30 seconds rest / periods


71, 77, 83, 87, 92, 97, 102, 106,110,114,119, 125, 130, 136, 149, 165, 187, 250



2 – 2 minute periods

30 seconds rest / periods


88, 94, 100, 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160,        170, 182,195,  220, 285 (maximum)


9/1/02 and after,

 plus enrolled in HS

2 – 3 minute periods

30 seconds rest / periods


100, 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195,  220, 285 (maximum)

 Junior Women

9/1/02 and after

 plus enrolled in HS

2 – 3 minute periods

30 seconds rest / periods


100, 106, 112, 117, 122, 127, 132, 138, 144, 152, 164,  180, 200, 225


Important Note 1:        8U through 12U and Open  Divisions will be wrestling this year at the same time as Freestyle.  Attempt will be made to put these age groups on one mat to move them through.  Greco for these groups will be at the Dublin Coffman qualifier only.

  All Registration forms MUST be signed by a parent/guardian if the wrestler is under 18 yrs old

Registration, Weigh-In, and Competition Policies and Procedures

1.       ALL WRESTLERS MUST PRESENT A CURRENT FULL  MEMBERSHIP USA WRESTLING COMPETITOR’S CARD AT REGISTRATION FOR EACH TOURNAMENT.  Cards are available online at (Visa or Mastercard required) or at the door of tournaments for $50.00 (all age divisions).  WRESTLERS MUST SHOW PROOF OF AGE TO OBTAIN A USA WRESTLING CARD.

2.       All coaches must have a current USA Wrestling coach’s card.  Cards are available online at, or through clubs for $50.00 All coaches cards must be purchased online (They CANNOT be sold at the tournament) and will require a USA WRESTLING BACKGROUND CHECK BE COMPLETED.  Please plan TWO WEEKS for the completion of your background check!!!!!  CURRENT USA WRESTLING COACH’S CARD WILL BE REQUIRED FOR MAT ACCESS AT ALL USA WRESTLING - OHIO STATE EVENTS - only Coaches with current USA Wrestling Coach’s Cards will be allowed on the mat.  ONLY CURRENT USA WRESTLING COACH’S CARD HOLDERS WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE FLOOR AT THE STATE GRECO AND FREESTYLE CHAMPIONSHIPS.

3.       Female wrestlers may compete with male wrestlers in all Folkstyle, Greco-Roman, and Freestyle competitions at their own risk.  The only exception to this will be the Freestyle State Championship where a separate Women’s Division competition will be held..

4.       National Federation scholastic rules (with appropriate USAW modifications) will be used for all Folkstyle tournaments. 

5.       UWW rules with USA Wrestling modifications will be used for all Greco-Roman and Freestyle tournaments.  Traditional scholastic bracketing with double elimination for all participants will be used if there is a bracket of 5 or more.  If 4 or less, then round robin pairing will  be used.

6.       Separate red and blue singlets or reversible red/blue singlets with underbriefs are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED at all GR/FS Qualifier Tournaments and are REQUIRED at all GR and FS State Championships.


8.       Wrestlers may only wrestle in one age division and weight class.  16U who are in high school may wrestle in the 16U or Junior Division.  The decision to wrestle in the 16U or Junior Division MUST be made at the time of registration. 

9.       The USA Wrestling Rapid Weight Reduction Rule will be posted and strictly enforced at all USA Wrestling - Ohio events.  Any athlete engaging in or individual assisting an athlete in prohibited weight reduction practices will be suspended for the event in question.  A second violation will result in an automatic one year suspension from all USA Wrestling sanctioned events.

10.     See under “Policies/Procedures” for more details about registration, weigh-ins, and competition.


Important Notes:   All Greco-Roman and Freestyle STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS  (i.e., U14 and 16U/Junior) are for Ohio  residents only. Qualifier tournaments are open to any state.


Travis Le/

Seven named All-American for Team Ohio

FARGO, N.D. — It may not have been the outcome the 16U and Junior Greco-Roman teams were looking for, but Team Ohio wasn’t shut out in Fargo, N.D. at Nationals.

The 16U team was highlighted by Javaan Yarbrough (88 pounds), who finished second and was a two-time finalist after winning freestyle.

Aidan Fockler (4th, 285), Ruben Pina-Lorenzana (5th, 120), Phoenix Contos (7th, 120), Jared Johnston (7th, 100) and Adam Butler (7th, 100) picked up All-American honors.

The junior team landed Gary Powell (220) among the All-American ranks with a sixth-place finish.

Fishback champ, eight are All-Americans 

Ryan Cummings/

FARGO, N.D. — Team Ohio will tell you that its seventh-place finish at the Junior Freestyle Nationals in Fargo, N.D. wasn’t up to par.

What the Buckeye won’t say is just how dominant it has been in junior freestyle.

When Dylan Fishback (195) pinned teammate Seth Shumate to win the championship, the North Carolina State commit became the 68th junior freestyle champion from Ohio.

What’s more, Team Ohio has won 17 titles in the last decade and has had at least one champion in junior freestyle since 2005.

“This year, Ohio wasn’t as deep nationally, but we still finished top 10,” Fishback said. “We put two in the finals in the same weight class and it was a very deep weight. It was cool that a couple of Ohio guys got to the finals. At the same time, it sucks because someone isn’t going to win. It is what it is. We both competed hard and that’s all you can ask.”

Shumate jumped out to a 2-0 lead early, but Fishback cut the lead in half and then hit a five-point throw near the back left corner of the mat to make it 6-2 after the first period.

Undaunted, Shumate scored a point on step out in the second period, but when he had to push the action late, Fishback caught him and registered a pin with 35 seconds left.

The two weren’t the only ones to finish with All-American status.

Luke Geog (3rd, 170), Codie Cuerbo (5th, 113), Dillon Campbell (6th, 120) and Logan Shephard (6th, 220) also placed as did Sean Seefeldt (120) and Ben Vanadia (220), who both had to default out due to injury.



Two win 16U titles, 10 named All-American 

Jim Thrall/

FARGO, N.D. — Anyone who thought Team Ohio was going to let the nation off the hook woke up to disappointment Monday.

The Buckeye state finished third at the 16U Cadet Freestyle Nationals in Fargo, N.D., to serve notice it wasn’t going anywhere.

Javaan Yarbrough (88 pounds), Camden McDanel (182) and Luke Vanadia (182) all reached the finals. Yarbrough and McDanel took home titles.

Brock Herman (3rd, 132), Marcus Blaze (4th, 106), Carter Neves (4th, 195), Keegan Sell (6th, 170), J.T. Chance (8th, 138), Max Vanadia (8th, 220) and Aidan Fockler (8th, 285) also earned All-American honors.

“This is more motivation for us,” Yarbrough said. “We have more people winning. We made each other better.”

That was hard to ignore as 10 individuals in a field of 1,317 wrestlers finished in the top eight.

Yarbrough decked Wisconsin’s Haakon Peterson in the finals after giving up his first points of the tournament to the U15 national champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman.

While he yielded a four-point move to Peterson, Yarbrough left little doubt when he scored the pin and then finished with a backflip.

The 182-pound final was an All-Ohio affair and lived up to the billing.

Luke Vanadia scored the first two points and took a 6-4 lead heading into the second period, but McDanel roared back with five points in the final 1:43 to take the title.

“We’re working as hard as we can to make up for that last year (due to the coronavirus),” Yarbrough said. “We’ve been working in barns and trying to get better.”

That was evident throughout the tournament as the 16U team, which won the national duals a month ago, set the foundation for Tuesday afternoon’s Junior Freestyle finals.

It also showed the blueprint to the 16U Greco team, which begins action Wednesday, and the Junior Greco team, which starts its tournament on Thursday.

Zammit wins, Ohio has eight All-Americans

Jim Thrall/

FARGO, N.D. — Ohio girls wrestling continues to make strides.

Over the weekend, they put an exclamation on that with 10th-place finish at the 16U Freestyle Nationals.

Team Ohio equaled its feat from two years ago when it had four All-Americans, but this time added a national champion in Cassia Zammit (132 pounds).

“This is amazing,” Zammit said. “This shows girls out there that there’s more than just wrestling in Ohio. We still have a lot to accomplish and I hope each and every one of them goes out and fights for it like I did.”

Zammit had company with Savannah Isaac (3rd, 180), Raegan Briggs (4th, 112) and Chloe Dearwater (6th, 106) all grabbing stops signs and finishing with All-American status.

Not bad for a team that is absolutely kicking the door down as the sport continues to grow.

“It’s amazing and I’m so happy I got the position to represent Ohio and show the other girls what I’m doing,” Zammit said. “I want them to follow and work as hard as I do. I hope Ohio sees how much work I put in and follows.”

If they do, it could mean another title.

In the finals, Zammit hit her signature four-point throw while on her way to beating Sydney Perry of Illinois.

That’s just how the state champion rolls and she proved it by outpointing her competition 35-10, while adding a pin in the semifinals along the way.

“It shows the team that there’s always a possibility to win,” she said. “In the semis, I was down by a lot (8-0) and never gave up. If I can do it, they can. This is a big confidence boost. Going to Juniors I’m going to wrestle knowing I’m as good as I think I am. I hope they use me as an example to just go out there and get it.”

Junior freestyle didn't repeat the feat with a champion, but it did have a finalist and four All-Americans.

Taryn Martin (180) finished second.  Kendall Bostelman (144) was fourth. Zammit (132) finished fifth and Madelieine Wadesisi (225) was fifth.

Ohio wins 16U Freestyle National Duals title

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Shumate wins, Greco has 9 All-Americans

FARGO, N.D. — The only thing better than grabbing one stop sign is snagging another.

Seth Shumate doubled his fun at the 16U Greco-Roman Nationals in Fargo, N.D. by taking first place.

To understand how big a feat that is, over the six tournaments (16U, Junior and women), 5,378 wrestlers from 47 states took to 25 mats and wrestled 10,575 matches.

They were officiated by 183 referees and 42 pairing officials with 15 medical staff members and three announcers on hand.

That gave Shumate (195 pounds) two national titles inside the FargoDome in a week he’ll likely never forget.

“It feels really good,” Shumate said. “I set a goal after the World Team Trials and finally accomplished it. I try to hold the highest expectations I can for myself. If they’re super high here, you accomplish a lot. I feel good about it.”

Shumate wasn’t the only one to double in Fargo as Riley Ucker (220) and Ryan Elrod (285) finished eighth in 16U Greco to go along with the podium performances in freestyle.

Nevan Snodgrass (170) was a third-place finisher in at the Junior Greco level and doubled as well.

Add Alex Coleman (5th, 285) and Kevin Contos (6th, 152) at the Junior level and Colin Roberts (3rd, 126), Marlon Yarbrough (8th, 106) and Gunner Endicott (8th, 160) at the 16U level and it was a solid showing by the Greco team with nine All-Americans

“Last year we had three All-Americans,” Shumate said. “We have (10) now. We put in a lot of hard work at camp in Ohio Northern. I’m proud of them. We just pushed each other so much. We held each other accountable and it brought us up to do better.

“Every session at camp and here Erik Burnett would go out there and say, ‘You guys are from Ohio. You’re going to beat previous All-Americans because you’re from Ohio. It doesn’t matter if you’re a state qualifier or district qualifier. You guys are going to do what you do best and that’s wrestle. I liked that.”

That idea wasn’t lost on Snodgrass either.

“We took a big step in Greco this year,” he said. “By far. It feels like people learned how to hand fight better. We toughened up a little more and got it done.”

Ohio finishes 2nd, 3rd in freestyle, adds 19 All-Americans

FARGO, N.D. — Change the name of the tournament all you want. Bring in tougher competition. Team Ohio is still going to bring it.

The powers that be decided to make this year’s Cadet Freestyle Nationals, the 16U Freestyle Nationals. The Junior Nationals brought bigger names in a loaded field.

The outcome was much the same as Ohio finished second behind Illinois in the Junior ranks and third behind Pennsylvania and Minnesota in U16 to claim yet another top five finish in the most exclusive tournament in the U.S.

Angelo Rini (126) and Paddy Gallagher (160) won national titles at the Junior level and were helped by Mick Burnett (132), Vic Voinovich (2nd, 145), Manzona Bryant (3rd, 145), Nevan Snodgrass (3rd, 170), Ethan Hatcher (3rd, 195), Matt Cover (6th, 195) and Michael Baker (8th, 195).

"I love hanging out with these guys," Gallagher said. "We're all a family and make each other better."

Seth Shumate picked up a national title at 195 pounds in 16U and Dillon Campbell was runner-up at 94 pounds.

Add a third-place finish from Kyren Butler (126) and placings by Codie Cuerbo (4th, 94), Sean Seefeldt (4th, 106), Ismael Ayoub (4th, 126), Tyler Lillard (4th, 152), Gavin Brown (5th, 145), Riley Ucker (5th, 220) and Ryan Elrod (8th, 285) and it was easy to see Ohio meant business in Fargo, N.D.

“It feels great,” Shumate said. “I have a journal where I write down my goals. I didn’t accomplish one of those, which was making the world team. Fargo was that next one and I worked my butt off to get here.

“In Fargo camp everyone was mad we got second last year, so we all worked our tails off. We might not be first this year. We came up short, but that just means next year we’re going to have a lot harder training to get what we want.”

Let that be a warning to the rest of the nation with ideas of grandeur about knocking out one of the super powers in freestyle.

Falling one point behind Minnesota for second and 11 points in back of Pennsylvania has already lit the fire for the Buckeye State.

Talk has already begun and wrestlers are ready to return to Ohio Northern University to better themselves and climb the standings even higher in both divisions.

“I feel like in the coming years we’ll be able to take the trophy home,” Butler said. “The youth coming up are doing great things, too. Ohio is very strong. I feel like we’re the best.”


Women's teams come home with six All-Americans

FARGO, N.D. — Team Ohio doesn’t get shut out very often.

It happened last year at the Women’s Cadet level and got under the skin of many of the wrestlers.

Back in the FargoDome this year and ready to wreak havoc, the 16U freestyle team had All-Americans in Riley Banyas (5th, 100 pounds), Ayala Wolak (5th, 144), Makayla Young (7th, 94) and Cheyenne Meade (7th, 180) to right the ship and set the tone for the rest of the week.

What’s more, every wrestler won their last match to show the rest of the nation what’s up with a 14th-place finish despite having only having 10 individuals on the team in the 41-state field.

The Junior Freestyle team had All-American finishes from Leilah Castro (6th, 122) and Andrea Schlabach (7th, 127).

“That shows that even if we didn’t have our mojo last year, we’re going to come back and do better the next year,” Banyas said. “Nothing can break us. This will definitely prepare us. Now we know what we need to do and how we need to prepare. We have our confidence back and come and win this tournament if we wanted.”

McKayla Campbell is no stranger to Team Ohio having been a two-time world team member, eight-time national champion and 14-time All-American.

Now a coach for the Buckeye State, the Campbellsville junior sees a lot of the same fire in this year’s team as she did when she was tearing up the mats in Fargo, N.D.

“This was so important because all these girls came in with a different mindset,” she said. “We’re here for one thing and one thing only and that’s to represent Team Ohio and representative ourselves by placing as high as we can. Just seeing this big arena and how important it is to so many other people they feel like, ‘If I’m not that into this what am I doing here?’ It makes them not only want to be a better version of themselves, but a better wrestler.”

Congratulations to all the 16U and Junior Greco-Roman and Freestyle National team members. To make things easier, direct links to information regarding the national teams and a list of each national team have been created to the left of this message.

Simply click "2019 National Teams" or "2019 National Team info" and everything you need is right there.

The General Meeting for Team Ohio has been moved to Sept. 29. Please make note of it from here going forward.

Congratulations to all

state champions and placers

2019 USAW Schedule

Junior Greco-Roman Team

Junior Greco finished Fargo off with on All-American: Lennox Wolak (4th, 182)

Cadet Greco sixth, crown two champions

FARGO, N.D. — Three All-Americans wasn’t cutting it for Team Ohio, so the Buckeye state doubled its fun.

With no finalists and just three All-Americans a year ago at the U.S. Marine Corps Cadet Greco-Roman Nationals, Ohio went back to work and found its way to the podium with six All-Americans.

What’s more, Ohio crowned champions in Davin Rhoads (126) and Alex Coleman (285) and had six All-Americans.

Coleman’s was over before you could blink as the freestyle All-American pinned four-time All-American and freestyle runner-up Colby Whitehall of Pennsylvania in 14 seconds.

No sooner did the referee blow the whistle than the state alternate had Whitehall on his back looking for the fall.

“We have great coaches and great kids,” Coleman said. “We’re really building over the years. You can tell.”

That thinking is undeniable considering Seth Shumate (4th, 170), Aaron Morton (4th, 160), Daniel Sugura (5th, 145) and Brent Paulus (6th, 195) also reached the podium, proving that Ohio is on the way up after a down season in 2017.

“I think we have more coaches and more people helping us to succeed,” Rhoads said. “You can see it we’re getting better every day.”

For Ohio it’s more of a brotherhood as the one unifying factor in it all was constant practice to help improve each other both mentally and physically.

Rhoads, who missed out in the blood round of freestyle, refocused and looked at one goal. When that goal of being an All-American turned into being a national champion, instead of crediting himself, he credited the process.

"From my teammates from my home school and those from everywhere, we're just one big team,” Rhoads said. “We always support each other no matter what.”

Practice makes champions, but facing top-flight competition in the practice room is what brings home stops signs from the FargoDome.

“It helps quite a bit,” Coleman said. “You’re wrestling someone who is the same caliber of what you’re going to see here. It makes you the best. This week or two when we’re together, it’s everything to us.”

Team Ohio second in Junior Freestyle

FARGO, N.D. — Tug on Superman’s cape and you feel the pain.

Every year, Team Ohio comes out to the U.S. Marine Corps Nationals in Fargo, N.D., and every year, things turn sour for opponents.

While the national team title eluded Ohio again, the Buckeye state repeated its runner-up finish behind Illinois and crowned champions in Jordan Decatur (132 pounds), Bryce Andonian (145) and Carson Kharchla (170) with Gabe Tagg (138) finishing second.

“We’re just so deep in every weight, so when we come, especially at the junior level, all the guys are focused” Decatur said. “A lot of the guys start freestyle when they begin high school. When we roll into it by the time we’re all juniors, we’re always the top guys.”

That’s hard to ignore with Julian Tagg (3rd, 120), Connor Brady (3rd, 152), Dustin Norris (4th, 113), Colin Noel (6th, 100), Dylan D’Emilio (6th, 132), Jordan Crace (6th, 138), Nevan Snodgrass (6th, 160), Victor Marcelli (8th, 182) and Matthew Cover (8th, 220) grabbing All-American status.

“We push each other,” Andonian said. “Everybody wants to be the best. They say iron sharpens iron. It may seem like it’s overused, but it’s true. Everybody in Ohio pushes each other. During the high school season, we’re all against each other, but in the summer everybody comes together.”

That can’t be denied as the practice room at Ohio Northern University where the team trains looks like a who’s who among the state’s best.

“The camps are torture because you don’t get a break,” Decatur said. “Every single guy you’re going with a three-time state champ, a two-time state champ. You’re getting the best guys. We build off each other. The talent is through the roof.”

So is the coaching and that isn’t lost on the wrestlers.

“We’re in a really good spot as a state,” Kharchla said. “With other states around us being so strong, we all make each other better. I also think we have some of the best, if not the best, coaches in Ohio helping us. It’s really convenient if you want to get extra work. You don’t have to travel 20-plus hours to get in good work.”

Team Ohio runner-up in Cadet Freestyle

FARGO, N.D. — Grab the sunscreen, the future is once again bright for Team Ohio.

Competing in Fargo, N.D., at the U.S. Marine Corps Cadet Freestyle Nationals, the Buckeye state repeated the feat and finished second in the team race.

While it didn’t collect an individual title, it did put 14 individuals on the podium as All-Americans in a field of 1,181 wrestlers from 46 states

“I think the cadets are slightly overlooked because of how good the junior team is,” runner-up Mick Burnett said. “I’m not knocking them at all because they’re a great group of kids. To come out here and perform how we did, it’ll help on how the nation looks at our younger guys.”

Burnett (126 pound) and Luke Geog (138) paved the way with second-place finishes, while Jake Niffenegger (132) and Alex Coleman (285) were fourth.

Marlon Yarbrough (88), Derek Fields (132) Seth Shumate (170) and Ethan Hatcher (182) finished fifth and Sean Seefeldt (100) and Kyle Rowan (106) finished sixth.

Riley Ucker (220) was seventh with Noah Ewen (152), Brent Paulus (182) and Garrett Lautzenheiser (113) finishing eighth.

“We wanted to push really hard to get that team victory,” Geog said. “Everybody came together with the thought of getting that individual victory. It worked together to build one strong team.

One of the most intriguing teams in the field, Team Ohio fell behind only Pennsylvania, who had the same amount of All-Americans but had two state champions.

Undaunted, Team Ohio formed a brotherhood and came together as a solid unit.

“We’re one of the best teams in the country and we show that every year,” Geog said. “We just have to prove that to others and ourselves. Every day in practice, we’re like brothers together. We come together and strive to meet our max potential.”

Junior Duals National Champions!!!!


TULSA, Okla. — Call it a warning.

Label it a wonderful team effort.

But one thing is for sure, the rest of the country was put on notice at the Junior National Duals in Tulsa, Okla., as Ohio blitzed the 34-team field and walked home with the national title.

With the UWW Nationals just around the corner, the message was sent that stop signs may be the color of a buckeye as Team Ohio heads to Fargo, N.D. next week.

“We just showed the rest of the country that we can win a title at Fargo to go along with the duals title,” 145-pounder Vic Voinovich said. “We just went out there and each guy tried to set a high pace and show everyone what Ohio is about.”

That scenario played out over and over as Voinovich joined Logan Agin (113), Lucas Byrd (120), Jordan Crace (138), Colt Yinger (170) and Antonio McCloud (220) as undefeated wrestlers.

With five state champions and nine other state placers crowding the lineup, Team Ohio blurred through pool play by beating North Dakota 53-15, Washington 46-17 and the Oklahoma Outlaws 38-30.

“It’s a good feeling,” Crace said. “We kind of have a target on our backs now, so you know kids are gunning for you. You have to be ready to wrestle.

“Team unity helped a lot. If one kids loses, you knock it out and start the ball rolling and give it to the next guy. That’s something we were pretty good at.”

It showed as Team Ohio continued through the bracket with Kyle Rowan (100), Cole Skinner (106), Agin, Dustin Norris (113), Byrd, Conor McCrone (126), Dylan D’Emilio (132), Crace, Voinovich, Kevin Contos (152), Nevan Snodgrass (160), Yinger, Trey Sizemore (182), Matt Cover (195), McCloud and Jordan Earnest (285) using the momentum to roll.

A 57-8 quarterfinal win over Colorado was a precursor to a 53-13 semifinal win over Missouri.

That brought a tough Minnesota team that gave Ohio everything it had before falling 33-32. The match was still in question until McCloud beat Cole Filbranz, 13-2.

““I think it’s all that more special to win it as a team because it’s not just you anymore,” said Earnest, who went 6-1. “You have to have all your teammates working together. Everyone is wrestling so that the team can win.”

The idea to win it all wasn’t fostered in pool play or as the team advanced in the brackets, but in the Greco-Roman tournament where Ohio finished fourth.

With freestyle up next, it was more a matter of when and less about if the team could do it.

“We weren’t a Greco team so the way we pulled together to place higher than most people saw it, we felt we had what it took to win a freestyle title,” Crace said. “That’s what we trained for.”


Team Ohio


To All Team Ohio Members

Please find the team members listed below

Fargo Forms:

go to National Tab, then Men see Fargo Forms, Women see Women's Team

2018 Schedule

2018 USA Wrestling - Ohio Tournament Schedule

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

All three Greco-Roman and Freestyle STATE Championships (i.e., Kids/Schoolboy and Cadet/Junior/Open) are for Ohio residents only.





Tournament Director

Jul 28


Ohio State Fair

Buckeye Sports Center,

717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH

Brian Church

(614) 496-6369

Jul 29


Ohio State Fair

Buckeye Sports Center,

717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH

Brian Church

(614) 496-6369

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

Vic Marcelli grabbed his fifth All-American honor in Fargo, N.D. He was the lone placer for Team Ohio in the Junior Greco-Roman National Tournament.

Marcelli shines for Team Ohio in Greco

Brad Bournival

FARGO, N.D. — Thirty-five hopefuls from Team Ohio entered the Junior Nationals hoping to become a Greco-Roman All-American in Fargo, N.D.

When the 894-wrestler field was whittled down in the middle of the second day of the three-day tournament, only 182-pounder Vic Marcelli was left from the Buckeye state.

The Massillon Jackson senior could have looked at the situation and wilted under the pressure.

He could have packed his bags and set sights on his high school senior year.

Instead, Marcelli used the situation as a badge of honor and one where he defended the great name of Ohio wrestling by finishing fifth.

“I don’t feel too much pressure,” he said. “We have a lot of tough Greco wrestlers so I wanted to be able to get more.”

By beating Alabama’s Christian Knop, who was a Southeast Regional champ in both Greco and Freestyle, Marcelli nabbed his second All-American honor of the week and now has five with three coming in Greco.

It was the second time Marcelli doubled in Fargo, after doing it two years ago at 160.

Fast forward to this year and Marcelli finished things with a 5-0 win where he was never seriously threatened by Knop.

“It’s just wrestling to my potential,” Marcelli said. “Being able to double AA out there feels good.

“It was nine days plus the camp. It was really long and tough. You have to be versatile and just expand your realm of wrestling and how you compete.”

As he enters his senior season, Marcelli will take some time off as will most of the rest of Team Ohio, but knows he’s a better wrestler because of his time in Fargo.

Whether it was the regiment of controlling his weight, working through the rigorous practices Team Ohio coaching puts you through or just maneuvering your way through the minefield of competitors the competition puts you through, when you come out the other side, you’re better for it.

Marcelli has seen himself become a more refined, stronger wrestler every time he comes back from North Dakota. He also sees his game get strong mentally as well.

He knows it’s up to him to take that next step.

“I’m definitely way better,” Marcelli said. “Even from match to match, I’m stronger. More than anything, I’m better day to day. The four-day training camp plus the experience, the mat time, it just adds up really quick over nine days.”


Junior Greco Roman Team

Junior Greco finished Fargo off with 1 All-American:
Victor Marcelli (182) 5th

Victor was a double AA for the 2nd time in 4 years!

Cadet Greco Roman Team

Cadet Greco Roman Team finished with 3 All-Americans:
Brett McIntosh (152) 7th
Matt Cover (195) 4th
Louden Haga (285) WVA/OH 5th

Autumn Gordon (left) and McKayla Campbell ended incredible careers with Team Ohio by finishing second at the Junior Freestyle Nationals.

Junior Women have 2 National Runners-up

Jr Women's Freestyle finished 12th in the country with just 9 girls on the team and had 2 National Runners-up!
McKayla Campbell (106) 2nd
Autumn Gordon (112) 2nd

Campbell, Gordon leave Team Ohio in great place

FARGO, N.D. — McKayla Campbell and Autumn Gordon will head off to college in the fall to wrestle for Campbellsville University and University of Cumberlands, respectively, and unfortunately leave a hole in the Team Ohio lineup

While the duo didn’t grab a Junior Freestyle National championship in Fargo, N.D., the legacy the two have forged isn’t lost on anyone familiar with the wrestling.

“They showed what the expectation is going to be for Team Ohio,”coach Lauren Lourvie said. “They raised the bar and showed the girls how to do it. The other 15 girls we had on the team now see what it’s supposed to look like and what’s supposed to be done.

“They were examples for them in practice. They were just great leaders for our team. They were great examples on and off the mat of what a high-level athlete is supposed to look like.”

Campbell (106 pounds) has been the standard bearer in Fargo for a long time for Team Ohio. A six-time finalist, Campbell owns two titles from 2015.

Unfortunately, a 2017 title wasn’t in the cards for Campbell, who scored a late takedown to tie things with Pennsylvania’s Vayle Rae Baker, but lost on criteria.

Disappointed, but undaunted, the Wauseon graduate knows she’s leaving the team in a good place.

“From where it started four years ago, it’s grown so dramatically,” Campbell said. “It’s crazy to see where I’m at right now with all these girls. I started with four girls on the team and now there’s 17. It’s crazy to see where they’ve come from and how hard they’ve trained to get where they are right now.

“I feel like these girls see what you have to go through to be the best. You’re going to fall short, but you have to keep moving forward and better yourself and get through it.”

Gordon (112) fell short in her bid in a 10-8 loss to Wisconsin’s Alisha Hawk, but knows the team is on the rise.

A national folkstyle champion, Senior Open placer and International Brazil Jiu-Jitsu Federation World champion, hard work and determination put her in the finals.

“I’m honored to be the standard, but it’s very nerve-wracking,” she said. “I want to be the best. Losing that championship was hard on me because I wanted to win it for them to show them you can do it.”

In the Cadet Greco-Roman Tournament, Matthew Cover (4th, 195) Louden Haga (5th, 285) and Brett McIntosh (7th, 152) placed for Team Ohio.


(Photo by Jeff Kullman) Drew Mattin (left) and David Carr won Junior Freestyle National titles in Fargo, N.D., to help Team Ohio to a runner-up finish.

Stop signs are a go; Team Ohio runner-up in Junior Freestyle

Team Ohio finished ninth in the girls Cadet Freestyle Tournament with two champions and two other All-Americans.

With two champions and two other All-Americans the girls Cadet Freestyle team finished ninth at Fargo, N.D.

Brad Bournival

Wrestlers will go to the end of the earth to grab a stop sign.

The eight-sided plaque given to All-Americans at Fargo, N.D., the Junior Freestyle Nationals are arguably the pinnacle of high school wrestling.

Team Ohio pocketed them like they were candy Tuesday through hard work, dedication and a drive few have seen.

There was more fun to be had and it started with David Carr (160), who picked up the one thing he didn’t have. Well, two things he didn’t have.

The three-time state champion felt a little push with six technical falls among his seven wins. It ended with the big stop sign after a 13-3 win over UWW Junior Greco-Roman champion Tyler Dow in the finals and gave him the most outstanding wrestler award — an award Ben Darmstadt won last year for Team Ohio.

“It was so important to win in dominant fashion,” Carr said. “I just love wrestling and big events like this. It’s awesome.”

No one might have wanted it more than Drew Mattin. A runner-up at the Cadet level two years ago, Mattin lost in the quarterfinals last year at the Junior level.

That made his swan song at Fargo before heading off to the University of Michigan a pressure cooker.

Mattin came through in spades, knocking out Folkstyle Junior Nationals champion and returning runner-up Paul Konrath (126 pounds) of Indiana 8-1.

“It’s always been a steppingstone,” Mattin said. “Like Coach Eric Burnett said, you’re either winning, learning or having fun. These past few years, I didn’t win. I had fun and I learned. This year, it all added it up and I won, had fun and learned.”

Carson Kharchla (4th, 160), Antonio McCloud (4th, 220), Dakota Howard (5th, 195), Jon Spalding (6th, 285), Vic Marcelli (7th, 182) and Tommy Hoskins (7th, 120) made it an even dozen All-Americans as Team Ohio finished second.

Admiration for the stop sign shined through in the girls division as well as a Cadet Freestyle title was won by Olivia Shore (100).

The World team member and UWW Cadet National Champion handled Washington Freestyle champion Kenzie Cormier with a 12-1 technical fall.

“There’s no words too really explain the emotions that I feel,” Shore said. “To have the stop sign, a lot of work was put into it. It feels really good to have it all pay off. It all hasn’t hit me. When it does, it’s going to be great.”

Leilah Castro (117) breezed to her title as well. The Folkstyle national champ added a Freestyle crown to her resume with a 12-0 win over two-time Schoolgirl Folkstyle runner-up Sophia Smith.

Team Ohio showed strong in the team race as well. With its largest to date, it finished ninth with Taryn Martin (2nd, 94) and Cassandra Smith (7th, 138) also finding spots on the podium.

Junior Men's Freestyle takes 2nd in the Country and has 2 Champs

Junior Men's FS Team has 2 National Champs, 6 All-Americans, and finishes 2nd in the US!!


Tommy Hoskins (120) 7th

Drew Mattin (126) NATIONAL CHAMP

David Carr (160) NATIONAL CHAMP

Carson Kharchla (160) 4th

Victor Marcelli (182) 7th

Dakota Howard (195) 5th

Antonio McCloud (220) 4th

Jon Spaulding (285) 6th

David Carr was also voted MVW for the tournament!

Cadet Women's Freestyle

Cadet Women FS Team has 2 National Champs, 1 runner-up and a 7th place to finish 9th in the USA!

Olivia Shore (100) NATIONAL CHAMP!
Leilah Castro (117) NATIONAL CHAMP!
Taryn Martin (94) Natl Runner-up
Cassandra Smith (138) 7th place

Leilah Castro (left) and Olivia Shore proudly display how they navigated their way to Cadet Freestyle titles in Fargo, N.D.

Mattew Cover (third from right) was one of 12 All-Americans for Team Ohio in Cadet Freestyle.

Team Ohio rocks Cadet Freestyle at Fargo

Brad Bournival

FARGO, N.D. — Based on what happened over the weekend, Team Ohio is ready to take that next step.

Competing in the Cadet Nationals at Fargo, N.D., the Buckeye State finished behind only Illinois and made its usual statement at the event.

While there weren’t any champions, Team Ohio had 12 All-Americans and proved once again if wrestling is the topic, it’s best to look towards the Northern half of the United States.

“It means a lot,” 195-pound runner-up Matthew Cover said. “We have a lot of good wrestlers on the team. We’re all training hard and putting our best work in. We all probably wish could have gotten first, but second isn’t bad in a national tournament.”

Louden Haga (285) echoed those statements with his runner-up finish.

Like Braxton Amos last year, Haga is from West Virginia, but represented Team Ohio because he did the same in the National Duals (West Virginia doesn’t have a duals team).

While Haga wasn’t able to figure a way around South Dakota state champ Nash Hutmatcher in the finals, he walked out impressed with what Ohio had to offer.

“It was a great experience,” Haga said. “I made a lot of friends. It was very helpful. I think they really made me a better wrestler. Honestly, at the end of my high school season, I never thought I’d be at this point.”

Cover and Haga had some company as Victor Voinovich (3rd, 132), Nevan Snodgrass (3rd, 152), Rowan Madison (4th, 94), Dylan Shawver (5th, 113), Christopher Donathan (5th, 152), Mick Burnett (6th, 120), Gus Sutton (6th, 138), Paddy Gallagher (6th, 138), Dustin Norris (7th, 100) and Brett McIntosh (8th, 152) made the podium a traffic jam of Buckeyes.

That’s just how Ohio rolls as it looks to stay in the talk for a national championship year after year.

“This tournament is the toughest in the country,” Cover said. “You get to see some of the best in the country. If you lose, you learn from it. If you win, you’re a national champion. Everyone helps each other. You wrestle the best.

“It’s a big momentum kick. If you’re able to wrestle Greco, it gets everything going. It’s great.”

More than that, what Team Ohio did was kickstart the high school season.

While many of the Cadets are expecting big things at their respective schools, lessons learned not only in Fargo, but especially in the camp at Ohio Northern prior to the season will go a long way come next March at state tournaments.

“I’m going to try and take all of it back,” said Haga, who will be a junior at Parkersburg South. “I feel a lot better. Everyone has been accommodating. I’m much better technique-wise. I can go hard for quite some time because of this.”


Men's Cadet Freestyle All-Americans

Cadet Men FS finishes 2nd in the US!!!  Way to start us out in Fargo.

Kyle Rowan (94) 4th
Dustin Norris (100) 7th
Dylan Shawver (113) 5th
Mick Burnett (120) 6th
Gus Sutton (126) 6th
Victor Voinovich (132) 3rd
Padraic Gallagher (138) 6th
Devan Snodgrass (152) 3rd
Christopher Donathan (152) 5th
Brett McIntosh (152) 8th
Matthew Cover (195)
Natl runner-up!
Louden Haga (285) (WVA/OH) Natl runner-up!

2017 Schedule

2017 USA Wrestling - Ohio Tournament Schedule

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

All three Greco-Roman and Freestyle STATE Championships (i.e., Kids/Schoolboy and Cadet/Junior/Open) are for Ohio residents only.

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





Tournament Director

Fri., May 19 – Sun., May 21


Central Regional

Kalamazoo, MI

See for more information; weights

Thurs, June 1 – Sun, June 4


UWW Cadet/University Nationals

University of Akron, Akron, OH

See for more information; weights

Jul 29


Ohio State Fair

Buckeye Sports Center,

717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH

Brian Church

(614) 496-6369

Jul 30

Freestyle/ Greco

Ohio State Fair

Buckeye Sports Center,

717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH

Brian Church

(614) 496-6369

Once again, Team Ohio shines at OHSAA state tournament

COLUMBUS — Do you have state dreams? Better get your USA wrestling card.
Those who succeed at the OHSAA state tournament know the mat isn’t a four-month process. It’s a year-round passion and many of those that found success on the mats last weekend began the summer either at Fargo, N.D., at Nationals or wrestled for USAW in the spring.
While that might sound like a public service announcement, facts are facts and USA Wrestling breeds champions.
The NCAA Division I Nationals where 28 of the 32 Ohio competitors wrestled in USAW aside, it starts at the high school level and it starts off in the summer.
Going into the state tournament, 52 percent of Division I wrestlers had USA cards in 2016, 43 percent in D-III and 34 percent and 34 percent in D-II.
What’s more, 29 of the 42 champs cut their teeth on USA Wrestling with 12 of the 14 coming in D-I. That’s 69 percent of all state champions.
Add in USAW card members from 2015 and it bumps up to 86 percent.
“It totally prepares them,” USAW and Elyria assistant coach Jack Gillespie said. “If you look at our program, everybody that has been a Fargo All-American pretty much has been a state champ. If you’ve been a FILA Cadet champ, you’ve qualified and placed.
“You look at the history of our program, guys that go to Fargo go to the state tournament. We’ve had three guys not go to Fargo that have been state placers since Erik (Burnett) has been the head coach.”
To put that in perspective, in 20 years, Burnett has had 42 wrestlers reach the podium and crowned 10 champions.
That’s 93 percent wrestling in the summer and that’s just one school.
But take the words of a coach, wrestlers feel the same way.
“It’s incredible,” Brecksville state champ Julian Tagg said. “I can’t even explain it. I learn the mistakes I’m making and what I need to fix.”
The 106-pound freshman isn’t just a state champ, he’s a cadet national freestyle champ, having won the title last summer.
La Salle’s Lucas Byrd, who Tagg beat in the semifinals, finished third and will return to Fargo next summer as a cadet Greco-Roman runner-up.
“It’s an incredible experience,” Byrd said. “You can’t really describe it. It has helped me a lot in every aspect, knowing what I need to work on, knowing what my faults are, knowing what I need to fix.”
More than that, winning or even placing on a national stage helps. Elyria’s Dylan Shawver (113) went out to Fargo and earned cadet freestyle All-American status. He beat returning runner-up Gabe Tagg, another USA wrestler, to open the tournament and finished fourth.
Tagg, by the way, exacted his revenge in the third-place match.
USAW breeds confidence as well.
When Spencer Berthold pinned his way to the championship match at 220 in Division I, it not only marked the first state placer for Midview since 1988 (Adam Duke, 4th), but the first state finalist since 1985 (Carlos Martin, 98 pounds).
He finished runner-up, but pointed to USAW as the catalyst.
“I’ve been lifting a lot,” Berthold said. “I didn’t ‘AA’ out (in Fargo) and that just pushed me even more. It made me want it even more. How can I do it if I don’t believe in myself?
“Before the semifinals, I was like, ‘Think about not making it and always finishing where I didn’t want to slip. It just burned and built up. I just released it. I guess I was surprised, but I always knew I could do it. I always believed.”