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Live from Columbus - State Wrestling Tournament

By mikeb Published: March 7, 2009

Here is an update from the 72nd annual State Wrestling Tournament at Value City Arena on the campus of Ohio State University.

Here is a list of area wrestlers broken down by place, weight class, name, academic class, school and division that placed between third and eighth place Saturday.

(Through 285 pounds)

Third Place
- 112 Kagan Squire, Fr., Wadsworth, Div. I.
- 125 Zak Vargo, Jr., CVCA, Div. III.
- 140 Waquiem Comar, Jr., Twinsburg, Div. I.
- 160 Darren Rhodes, Sr., Nordonia, Div. I.
- 189 Beau Wenger, Jr., Fairless, Div. II.
- 189 Kurt Schaefer, Soph., Northwestern, Div. III.
- 215 Nick Tavanello, Fr., Wadsworth, Div. I.
- 215 Greg Hojnacki, Sr., CVCA, Div. III.

Fourth Place
- 103 Mike Labry, Fr., Twinsburg, Div. I.
- 112 Erik McLaughlin, Sr., Northwest, Div. II.
- 112 Seth Powers, Soph., CVCA, Div. III.
- 119 Travis Harbert, Sr., Garrettsville, Div. III.
- 125 Eli Donahue, Sr., Tuslaw, Div. III.
- 130 Zach Dailey, Fr., Perry, Div. I.
- 130 Shelton Morris, Sr., Southeast, Div. II.
- 135 Scott Mattingly, Sr., Lake, Div. I.
- 152 Bryson Hall, Soph., Chippewa, Div. III.
- 171 Cody Lamberg, Jr., Kenmore, Div. I.
- 189 Joe Poyser, Jr., Louisville, Div. II.
- 285 Ben Buzzelli, Jr., Wadsworth, Div. I.

Fifth Place
- 119 Nick Hannan, Jr., Perry, Div. I.
- 130 Jake Strausbaugh, Sr., Orrville, Div. II.
- 135 Mike Hillock, Sr., Perry, Div. I.
- 135 Randy Henline, Jr., Coventry, Div. II.
- 135 Jeff Vitallo, Sr., Waynedale, Div. III.
- 160 Darren Tate, Sr., St. Vincent-St. Mary, Div. II.
- 160 Shayne Stewart, Sr., Mogadore, Div. III.
- 189 Colton Zody, Sr., Triway, Div. III.
- 215 Kyle Kelly, Jr., Manchester, Div. III.

Sixth Place
- 103 Cory Stainbrook, Fr., Streetsboro, Div. II.
- 130 Brandon Sommers, Jr., CVCA, Div. III.
- 135 Joe Parra, Sr., Barberton, Div. I.
- 140 Brad Squire, Jr., Wadsworth, Div. I.
- 145 Seth Horner, Perry, Sr., Div. I.
- 145 Aaron Hunter, Sr., Manchester, Div. III.
- 171 Marlon Baker, Jr., Twinsburg, Div. I.

Seventh Place
- 103 Michael Ratay, Fr., CVCA, Div. III.
- 125 Tyler Dalton, Sr., Barberton, Div. I.
- 135 Louden Gordon, Jr., Wadsworth, Div. I.
- 135 Jeremy Maiwurm, Sr., Orrville, Div. II.
- 152 Chet Bissell, Jr., Twinsburg, Div. I.
- 152 Tucker Gregor, Sr., Buckeye, Div. II.
- 189 Andrew Phillips, Sr., Perry, Div. I.

Eighth Place
- 119 Alex Gray, Sr., Wadsworth, Div. I.
- 140 John Fraley, Sr., Streetsboro, Div. II.
- 140 Donny Montoney, Soph., Woodridge, Div. III.
- 145 Joe Schindel, Jr., Archbishop Hoban, Div. II.
- 189 Caleb Busson, Jr., Wadsworth, Div. I.
- 215 Nick Thompson, Sr., Tallmadge, Div. II.
- 285 Danny Quallich, Jr., Buckeye, Div. II.

Here is a list of area wrestlers by weight class that won their championship preliminary match Thursday and then won their championship quarterfinal and championship semifinal matches Friday. These wrestlers will compete Saturday night in championship matches.

These wrestlers are one victory from winning a state title.

Division I

Sam White, Sr., Perry, 40-1 at 125.
Nick Heflin, Sr., Perry, 41-2 at 171.

Division II

Ty Mitch, Jr., Aurora, 39-4 at 112.
Johnni DiJulius, Soph., Walsh Jesuit, 31-1 at 119.
Nate Skonieczny, Fr., Walsh Jesuit, 38-6 at 125.
Manuel Cintron, Sr., Alliance, 27-5 at 135.
Dennis Raber, Jr., Orrville, 43-3 at 171.
Tyler Houska, Sr., Highland, 45-0 at 215.

Division III

Tyler Powers, Sr., Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, 36-2 at 135.
Alex Utley, Soph., Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, 41-4 at 160.
Jonathan Beam, Jr., Waynedale, 43-5 at 171.
Josh Morosko, Sr., Tuslaw, 47-1 at 285.

Additional Notes Following the Third/Fifth/Seven Place Matches

Division I – Lakewood St. Edward leads the team standings with 102.5 points. Perry is second with 83 points and has two wrestlers competing for a state title. Perry senior Sam White won a Division I state title in 2007 at 103 pounds. Wadsworth is tied with Brecksville-Broadview Heights at 74 points. Twinsburg is eighth with 46 points.

Division II – St. Paris Graham Local leads the team standings with 248 points. Aurora junior Ty Mitch won a Division II state title in 2008 at 112 pounds. Walsh Jesuit is sixth in the standings with 39 points and has two wrestlers competing for a state title. Orrville is seventh with 38 points.

Division III – Troy Christian leads the team standings with 100 points. Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy is second with 99 points and has two wrestlers competing for a state title. Tuslaw is ninth with 37 points and Waynedale is 10th at 34 points.

Stay tuned to the Akron Beacon Journal and ohio.com for further updates on Saturday.

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