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2018 Qualifiers

USAWrestling-Ohio Qualifiers:

Saturday, April 21:   @ Delta High School

2018 Important information

Important Information for All 2018 USA Wrestling - Ohio Tournaments

 

  1. USA Wrestling – Ohio will be continuing their policy of having all memberships obtained via internet or online access.Go to our website at www.usawrestling-ohio.org to view the details and purchase your cards.  You will still be able to buy your competitor’s card at any USAW-Ohio sponsored event, but you will need proof of age to purchase your card, you will still need to go home and print your card out after the event, and cards will cost more per card than purchasing them through your club or online. DUE TO THE BACKGROUND CHECK REQUIREMENT, ALL COACHES CARDS MUST BE PURCHASED ON-LINE ONLY– ALLOW AT LEAST TWO WEEKS FOR YOUR BACKGROUND CHECK TO BE COMPLETED.

 

  1. Our first qualifier will be held April 7th at Mount Union College and the last will be May 12th at Western Brown High School.The STATE KIDS/SCHOOLBOY STATE CHAMPIONSHIP at Elyria HS will be held April 28th. On Saturday May 19th both the STATE GRECO AND FREESTYLE CHAMPIONSHIP will be Otterbein University.Greco will be Saturday with Freestyle starting Saturday night and finishing Sunday Morning.

 

  1. The UNIVERSITY and UWW CADET NATIONALS will again be held at the University of Akron May 31st -June 3rd . Please plan on attending and helping at this NATIONAL event.More information is available at our website at www.usawrestling-ohio.org.

 

  1. Registration and weigh-ins for all 2018 USA Wrestling - Ohio Qualifier Tournaments and the State Kids Championships will be held the evening before the tournament from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM and the morning of the tournament from 7:00 AM to 7:30 AM at the tournament site for wrestlers competing in Greco-Roman and/or Freestyle.Greco-Roman competition will start promptly at 9:00 AM.Wrestlers competing in Freestyle only may also weigh-in during these times.

 

  1. Registration and weigh-ins for all 2018 USA Wrestling - Ohio Qualifier Tournaments and the State Kids Championships will also be held the morning of the tournament from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the tournament site for additional wrestlers competing in Freestyle only.Freestyle competition will start at approximately 12:00 Noon (but possibly as late as 2PM) depending on the length of the Greco-Roman competition.

 

  1. Registration and weigh-ins for the USA Wrestling - Ohio Cadet/Junior/Open Greco-Roman State Championship will be held the morning of the tournament ONLY from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM.Greco wrestling will start promptly at 9:30AM at the State Championship. Weigh-ins for the Cadet/Junior/Open/Women Freestyle State Championship will be from 1:00-2:00 PM ONLY on Saturday, May 19th. The Freestyle competition will begin at 9:30 AM and run to conclusion.ANY  WRESTLER WHO WEIGHS-IN AND WRESTLES TO COMPLETION IN THE GRECO STATE CHAMPIONSHIP DOES NOT NEED TO WEIGH-IN AGAIN TO COMPETE IN FREESTYLE.

 

  1. All tournament entry forms MUST be signed by a parent or guardian.  If your parent or guardian will not be at the tournament with you, you MUST print an entry form from the USA Wrestling - Ohio web site (www.usawrestling-ohio.org) and have it signed by a parent or guardian before you will be allowed to register.

 

  1. To qualify for the Cadet or Junior State Greco and Freestyle Tournaments, a wrestler must place in the top 6 places at any of the qualifiers (in the corresponding style).He/she can wrestle at any weight they chose to wrestle at the State Championship providing they make that weight class the day of the tournament.NOTE: Women do not have to qualify to the State tournament but MUST be present at the State tournament or follow the established policy on petitioning to go to be a part of the Cadet and Junior National Teams. NO Exceptions! Please contact Robin Rayfield at (419) 583-6924 (between 7PM and 9PM) regarding medical waivers.

 

  1. Any wrestler that finished Top 2 at OHSAA state in 2018 automatically qualifies for the USA-Ohio State Championships. Any wrestler who finished Top 2 at OAC state automatically qualifies for the USA-Ohio State in their proper age category.In order to compete those wrestlers must contact Robin Rayfield at (419) 583-6924 no later than April 29th.

Qualifier Information

 ********** QUALIFIER TOURNAMENT INFO/TIMES************

Wrestling Fees           Greco-Roman/Freestyle QUALIFIER

                                                Bantam, Intermediate, and Novice Divisions free for Ohio residents; non-residents $5.00                                                                                                                                                             per style.

                                                Schoolboy Divisions $5.00 per style; Open Division $5.00 per style. 

                                                Cadet and Junior Divisions.  $15.00 for one style or $25.00 for both styles

 

KIDS (Bantam, Intermediate, Novice) QUALIFIER EVENTS  (wrestlers MUST present a current USA Wrestling competitor’s card)

Registration/weigh-ins for Freestyle - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM @ QUALIFIERS.  The FS tournament for these groups(pooled)  Weight classes for the Bantam through Novice Divisions at all tournaments will be determined after weigh-ins by grouping competitors according to their actual weights using the BLOCK WEIGHT system. will start around 11:30 am.

NEW !  At MOST qualifiers there will be a short Greco Roman clinic @ approx. 11am. At the Delta Qualifier there will be a

chance to try GR wrestling before the FS Kids wrestle. There WILL be a separate STATE GR and FS Tournament for all ages @ the Kids State Tournament.      

 **  SCHOOLBOY: Qualifiers: follow C/Jr  schedule.     

 

SB/C/J/W/O:  Qualifier Information (wrestlers MUST present a current USA Wrestling competitor’s card)

Registration/weigh-ins for Greco-Roman, Freestyle, or Both Styles - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM evening before tournament and

                                                                                                                        7:00AM to 7:30 AM morning of tournament; wrestling begins at 9:00 AM

Registration/weigh-ins Freestyle only - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM; wrestling begins at soon as possible after the completion of the Greco/Kids           

                                                                                                                Matches.

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

 

Competition Policies and Procedures

  1. All wrestlers MUST present a current USA Wrestling competitor’s card at registration for each tournament.  Cards are available online at www.usawrestling-ohio.org (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 active coaches must have a current USA Wrestling coach’s card.  Cards are available online at www.usawrestling-ohio.org, or through clubs for $40.00.  All coaches cards must be purchased online and will require a USA WRESTLING BACKGROUND CHECK ($17 – good for two years)  BE COMPLETED.  Please plan TWO WEEKS for the completion of your background check!!!!!  A CURRENT USA WRESTLING COACH’S CARD WILL BE REQUIRED FOR MAT ACCESS AT ALL USA WRESTLING - OHIO STATE EVENTS.  A Floor pass will be available at all Qualifiers (Cost $5 each event) for non-coach’s card holders but will NOT allow you access to the mat  - 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. 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 6  or more.  If 5 or less, then round robin pairing will  be used.
  4. 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. THE USE OF SHORTS AND T-SHIRTS IN PLACE OF A SINGLET IS NOT PERMITTED FOR ANY COMPETITION.
  5. Wrestlers may only wrestle in one age division and weight class.  Cadets who are in high school may wrestle in the Cadet or Junior Division.  The decision to wrestle in the Cadet or Junior Division MUST be made at the time of registration.
  6. Age groups/ Weight classes may be combined to facilitate matches.  If this is NOT acceptable to the wrestler, then this must be written on the weigh-in card at registration.

 

Women: Women will automatically qualify for the State Tournament.

 

Qualification Procedures for State Championships and Cadet and Junior National Teams

  1. No qualification is required for the Kids GR/FS State Championships.
  2. Cadet and Junior wrestlers MUST qualify for the Cadet/Junior Greco-Roman and Freestyle State Championships by one of the following methods:
    1. Any USA National event that an athlete competes in automatically qualifies them to the USAW-OH state tournament in the style that they competed.  USAW-OH will post a list of the USAW National events that qualify for the state tournament on the website.   A qualification form MUST be submitted to Robin Rayfield at least one week prior to the State tournament for the qualification to be valid.
    2. The top 2 placers in the OHSAA state tournament or the O. A. C Middle School State tournament will automatically qualify for the state tournament in both styles.  A qualification form MUST be submitted to Robin Rayfield at least one week prior to the State tournament for the qualification to be valid.
    3. Any USAW-OH wrestler that competes in a USAW-OH qualifier, places in the top 6 and completes the tournament will qualify for the State tournament in the style in which they competed.

Contact Robin Rayfield at 419-583-6924  (between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM please) regarding medical waivers.

 

  1. The Cadet/Junior Greco-Roman and Cadet/ Junior/ Women Freestyle State Championships will be used as qualifiers for the Cadet and Junior National Teams that  travel to Fargo, North Dakota.  See www.usawrestling-ohio.org under “National Teams” for more details on the selection process.

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.

Date

Style(s)

Event

Location

Tournament Director

Sat., April 7

GR/FS

Northeast Ohio Qualifier Tournament

Mount Union College

Peterson Field House

1972 Clark Ave., Alliance, OH

Josh Malave

(330) 329-6651

Sat., April 14

GR/FS

Central Ohio Qualifier Tournament

Westerville South High School

303 S. Otterbein Ave.

Westerville, OH

Brian Church

(614) 496-6369

Sat., April 21

GR/FS

Northwest Ohio Qualifier Tournament

 

Delta High School

605 Taylor St., Delta  43515

Robin Rayfield

(419) 583-6924

Sat., April 28

GR/FS

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

Elyria HS

601 Middle Ave., Elyria 44035

Erik Burnett

(440) 225-5793

Sat., May 5

GR/FS

Southwest Ohio Qualifier Tournament

Carroll High School

4524 Linden Ave., Dayton 45432

Mark Gerhard

mgerhard@mindspring.com

Sun., May 6

GR/FS

Northeast Ohio Qualifier Tournament

Uniontown Lake High School

1025 Lake Center St., Uniontown 44685

Mike Mattinly

(330) 760-3187

Sat., May 12

GR/FS

Southwest Ohio Qualifier Tournament

(Cadet, Junior and Open ONLY!)

Western Brown HS

476 West Main St.,., Mt. Orab, 45154

Wendel Donathan

Wendel.donathan@wbbroncos.com

 

 

 

 

 

Sat., April 28

GR/FS

Kids/Schoolboy State                             Championships

Elyria HS

601 Middle Ave., Elyria 44035

Erik Burnett

(440) 225-5793

Sat., May 19

GR

Cadet/Junior/Open State

Championship

Otterbein University

1 S. Grove St., Westerville, OH

Robin Rayfield

(419) 583-6924

Sat., May 19

And

Sun., May 20

FS

Cadet/Junior/Open/ Women State Championship

Otterbein University

1 S. Grove St., Westerville, OH

Robin Rayfield

(419) 583-6924

 

 

 

 

 

Fri., May  25 –

Sun., May 27

GR/ FS

Central Regional

Ohio Northern University

Wendel Donathon

Thurs, May 31 –

 Sun, June 3

GR/ FS

UWW

University of Akron, Akron, OH

See www.themat.com for more information; weights

 

 

 

 

 

Sun, April 22

FS

Ohio State Duals

Ohio Northern University

Robin Rayfield

(419) 583-6924

Jul 28

Folkstyle

Ohio State Fair

Buckeye Sports Center,

717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH

Brian Church

(614) 496-6369

Jul 29

FS/GR

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

Coaches Cards

In 2018, it is a requirement to complete a Safe Sport training and test (available on the website where you go to renew your card) and then a background check. This must be completed or in pending status before the Tournament date.  No temporary cards will be issued.

Lucas Byrd 7th in World

Congratulations to Lucas Byrd who has placed 7th in the Cadet Greco Roman WORLD Championships!


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!!

All-Americans:

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!

All-Americans:
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.

All-Americans:
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

Date

Style(s)

Event

Location

Tournament Director

Fri., May 19 – Sun., May 21

GR/ FS

Central Regional

Kalamazoo, MI

See www.themat.com for more information; weights

Thurs, June 1 – Sun, June 4

GR/ FS

UWW Cadet/University Nationals

University of Akron, Akron, OH

See www.themat.com for more information; weights

Jul 29

Folkstyle

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.”