Wadsworth and St. Edwards are still neck and neck after the Quarterfinal and consolation round. Wadsworth leads with 76 points. St. Edward has 75.5 points. The third place team, Marysville, comes in at 36.
Wadsworth advanced seven of nine wrestlers into tonight’s quarterfinal round with Kagan Squire (119), Louden Gordon (135), Brad Squire (145), Caleb Busson (189), Nick Tavanello (215), Ben Buzzelli (285) and Nate Ball (140) all winning their quarterfinal match ups.
Although, the Grizzlies lost three of their five consolation round wrestlers, which takes away overall points. Alfredo Gray (112) and Sheldon Brandendburg (160) each advanced in consolations.
St. Edward won eight of its nine quarterfinal matchups. They came to Columbus with 11 wrestlers. Three wrestlers have been eliminated in the consolation round.
Mitch Newhouse (112)
Anthony Wise (215)
Shane Foster (140)
Kagan Squire (119)
Louden Gordon (135)
Brad Squire (145)
Caleb Busson (189)
Nick Tavanello (215)
Ben Buzzelli (285)
Nate Ball (140)
Medina Matt Hammer (130)
Twinsburg Waquiem Comar (152)
Copley Sam Wheeler (171)
Semifinal match ups
Semifinal: George DiCamillo, Cleveland St. Ignatius, versus Dean Heil, St. Edward ; Jack Young, Mentor, versus Nick Garcia, Oregon Clay.
The DiCamillo-Heil match up is one of the most important for Wadsworth in the semifinal round. If DiCamillo, who the Brakeman Report and Josh Lowe of intermatwrestling.com predict will be the champion, can stop Heil then it will give Wadsworth and St. Edward an even seven wrestlers in the semifinal round.
Update 6:46 pm. Heil earned a 4-2 decision to go to the championship match.
Semifinals: Edgar Bright, St. Edward, versus Mitch Newhouse, Perry; Stephen Myers, Cincinnati Moeller, versus Kory Mines, Maple Heights.
Others still alive in Consolations: Mike Griffith – Medina (2-1) Status: Consolations, Alfredo Gray – Wadsworth (2-1) Status: Consolations
Perry has a way of interfering in Wadsworth’s state plans every year. A Newhouse win over Bright, or a loss for that matter, could provide separation one way or another.
Gray can still pick up points for Wadsworth in the consolations. A quick note on him, he is yet to win a first round match in sectionals, districts and now states. Obviously he has wrestled well through the consolation bracket though.
Update: 7 p.m. Newhouse pulled an upset over Bright. Newhouse was called for stalling with four seconds remaining to tie the score at three. He quickly hit a take down in overtime for the sudden victory.
Gray wins 8-1 in consolations. Griffith was eliminated from the consolation round.
Semifinal match ups:Jerome Robinson, Cleveland St. Ignatius, versus Uland Ralston, Lorain Southview; Kagan Squire, Wadsworth, versus Max Byrd, Cincinnati LaSalle.
Robinson is obviously no pushover. He won the 112-pound weight class last year as a junior.
Update 7:05 Squire made quick work of Byrd. Will face Robinson in finals.
Semifinal match ups: Tywan Claxton, Lyndhurst Brush versus Jake McCombs, Marysville; Gus Sako, St. Edward, versus Andrew Boehm.
This should be Sako’s weight class to win.
Update: 7:12 Sako won his semifinal match 9-3.
Semifinal match ups: Jamie Clark, St. Edward, versus Drew hammer, Cincinnati Moeller; versus Kodie Egnor, Elyria, versus Matt Hammer, Medina.
Clark is a two-time state champion, and is obviously the odds on favorite.
Update:7:13: Clark wins 8-3. Egnor knocks off Hammer.
Semifinal match ups: Austin Sams, Fairfield, versus Louden Gordon, Wadsworth; versus Mark Orth, Oregon Clay, versus Mark Martin, St. Edward.
St. Edward should win 125 and 130, but 135 is where it starts to get interesting. It is the first of four weight classes where the two schools could go head-to-head. Gordon and Martin faced each other last week for a District title. Gordon won.
Update 7:34: It looks like it will be a rematch of last week's district title. Martin vs. Gordon, again.
Semifinal match ups: Robert Shepherd, Mason, Versus Shane Foster, Perry; Nate Ball, Wadsworth, versus Randy languis, Dublin Scioto.
Ball always seems to find a way to eek out wins. He already won an ultimate tie breaker over Kyle Marrone in the quarterfinals to advance. Last week it was a two-point takedown to win a district title. Seconds were left on the clock. Will the clock stay on his side?
Update 7:43: Ball knocked to consolati0ns. St. Edwards will have to lose another wrestler here the rest of the way out to keep things even. Eds is strong in middle classes. Wadsworth is stronger in the heavier weights. Should be interesting.
Semifinal match ups: Brad Squire, Wadsworth, Versus Kyle Roddy, Brecksville Broadview Heights; Jerrel Valliant, Sandusky, versus Anthony Salupo, St. Edward.
Others still alive in Consolations: Tanner Lemon, Perry.
Sound familiar? It should. It is the final four from last weekend’s Ashland district. Squire won then and, barring an upset, should win again.
Update 7:59 The scenario played out just like last week too. Squire vs. Salupo in tomorrow's final.
Semifinal match ups: Pierce Harger, Cincinnati Moeller, versus Waquiem Comar, Twinsburg; Brian Mathews, Centerville, versus David Habat, St. Ignatius.
Others still alive in Consolations: Teddy Hammer, Medina.
Josh Linden, Brecksville-Broadview Heights, versus Charles Mason, Cincinnati Princeton; Caleb Marsh, Marysville, versus Nick Sulzer, St. Edward.
Others still alive in Consolations: Chet Bissell, Twinsburg, Sheldon Brandenburg, Wadsworth , Josh Erb, Lake.
One would have to think Sulzer is the favorite.
Josh Demas, Westerville North, versus Tylan Coleman, Mayfield; Ian Korb, Cincinnati Elder, versus Sam Wheeler, Copley.
Unfortunately for Wheeler, Demas is in his weight class.
Nick Miller, Centerville, versus Taylor Franz, Springboro; Caleb Busson; Wadsworth, versus Nick Justus, Pickerington North.
Busson has been wrestling like a man possessed so far this tournament.
Anthony Wise, Perry, versus Kyle Rose, Centerville; Nick Tavanello, Wadsworth, versus Nate Weeks, Marysville.
Ben Buzzelli, Wadsworth, versus Max Gladstone, Findlay; Greg Kuhar, St. Edward, versus Billy Vaughan, Brecksville-Broadview Heights.
Others still alive in Consolations: Brandon Bucknell, Twinsburg, Nick Rajcsak, Stow.
Buzzelli was the favorite. But he has lost to Vaughan twice over the course of two weeks. The first time was for a sectional title. The next time it was for districts. A third meeting for a state title wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility.