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Barnesville Duals 1-16 (1/16/21)
Shen, Bpt, Tor, Steub, Barn, StC, HC, UL & MF
MORGANTOWN -- Already a highly decorated wrestler during his high
school days at Oak Glen, it didnát take Peyton Hall long to make a name for
himself on the collegiate level.
Hall, a 4-time West Virginia state champion and 3-time OVAC Ron Mauck
Tournament titlist, began his WVU career the same way he ended his days as a
Golden Bear, by winning. The true freshman went 3-0 against Kent State, Ohio
University and Virginia Tech as the Mountaineers compiled a 2-1 mark, losing to
the No. 8 ranked Hokies.
Competing at 165 pounds, Hall recorded a pair of major decisions and a
decision in his matches. He blanked the Bobcatsá Colt Yinger, ranked 22nd in two
national polls, 9-0. Yinger wrestled at Nelsonville-York. He also recorded a 9-3
decision over Kent Stateás James Limongi before notching a 13-4 major nod over
Virginia Techás Jordan Florence.
The Chester native finished the weekend with 10 takedowns and a pair of
âIt was really cool. I was excited,ã Hall said via telephone earlier this
week. âIt was cool to wrestle against some of the schools I grew up watching on
He admitted to having some nerves.
âI was a little anxious before my first match because it had been so long
since Iáve had some actual competition against someone besides my practice
partners,ã he allowed. âBut when the whistle went off, I was ready.ã
His performances didnát go unnoticed as he moved into a pair of national
polls this week. Hall is ranked No. 24 according to FloWrestling and is listed
as 30th by The Open Mat.
Hall said 165 pounds is just right for him.
âI feel really strong because I donát have to cut much weight,ã he said.
âI feel wrestling bigger guys during practice helps me, too. I feel strong and
Hall won state titles at 120, 132, 138 and 152 while at Oak Glen.
He is one of three WVU matmen in the national rankings, and one of two
from the Ohio Valley.
The Mountaineersá Noah Adams (197) is No. 1 in FloWrestling, The Open Mat
and Intermat. The Independence High grad extended his winning streak to 35
straight matches, which dates back to last season when he was favored to win the
NCAA title at 197 pounds.
Weirás Caleb Rea (141), despite battling some health problems, is listed
No. 22 by The Open Mat.
Parkersburg South alum Brayden Roberts also made his WVU debut at 149
pounds. He posted two wins before suffering an 11-3 setback to No. 12 Bryce
Andonian of Virginia Tech in his final match of the day.
John Marshall product Anthony Carman (184) went 1-2 on the day. His lone
triumph came via a 12-3 major decision over Ohioás Colin McNamara.
West Virginia welcomes Bucknell and No. 19 Oklahoma for a tri-meet on
Sunday, beginning at 2 p.m.
WLUás Cook Honored by MEC
BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. West Liberty Universityás Garrett Cook has been
honored as the first Mountain East Conference Wrestler of the Week.
Cook, a sophomore 184-pounder from Weirton Madonna where he was a state
champion, was recognized by the conference after playing a key role in helping
Coach Danny Irwinás Hilltoppers post a pair of impressive wins in Saturdayás
triangular season opener.
Turning in two dominating performances, Cook notched first-period falls
in both matches. Barely having time to break a sweat, the sophomore stopped
Glenvilleás Christian Ramsey at the 2:02 mark and the Battlersá Chiedu Chika in
The Black-and-Gold, which was recently ranked No. 1 in the MEC preseason
poll, will be back on the road next Saturday when they head to Fairmont State
for a triangular with the host Falcons and Glenville State.
The MEC Tournament will be held at West Libertyás ASRC on Feb. 6.
Barnesville Winter Duals
Five teams will take part in the inaugural Barnesville Duals Saturday in
western Belmont County. In addition to the host Shamrocks, also participating
are Indian Creek, Mayfield, Southern Local and St. Clairsville.
Action begins at 10 a.m. with Barnesville and Southern Local competing,
as well as Division I Mayfield versus Indian Creek.
Round 2 is tentatively set for 11:15 a.m. with Barnesville and St.
Clairsville doing battle, along with Southern Local and Mayfield.
The third round will begin at approximately 12:30 p.m. and has
Barnesville facing Indian Creek and St. Clairsville dueling Southern Local.
Round 4 will begin around 1:45 with Southern Local meeting Indian Creek
and St. Clairsville facing Mayfield.
The fifth, and final, round has an approximate start time of 3 with
Barnesville and Mayfield squaring off, along with Indian Creek and St.
Numerous state-ranked individuals, according to Borofan, will be
The Red Devilsá Koen Kish (132) is top-ranked in Division II while
teammates Gannon Kazmirski (106) is 25th; Caden Stout (145) is 10th; Austin DaRe
(170) is 18th; and Reese Skaggs (220) is fifth. St. Clairsville is ranked 10th
as a team.
Barnesvilleás Reese Stephen (106) is ranked third and older brother,
Griffen (120) is seventh in D-III. Dakota King (113) is 10th; Skyler King (126)
is 11th; Logan Tague (132) is seventh; George Hoover (138) is 25th; Cameron
Woods (160) is seventh; and Jacob Boulet (170) is 22nd. The Shamrocks are 12th
as a team.
The Redskins have CJ Spencer (138) at 16th, while Dominic Paterra (145)
is seventh; Reese Spencer (152) is 18th; Austin Starr (182) is sixth; and Elijah
Llewellyn (195) is third.
Mayfield has half-a-dozen individuals in the rankings, including Vinnie
DáAlessandro (106) second. Dominic Gerrome (113) is eighth; Eddie Wallace (120)
17th; Colton Brandenburg (152) 25th; Anthony Santoro (160) 18th; and Antonio
Mangeluzzi (285) 21st.
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Here is the link for the live-stream of tomorrow’s wrestling triangular @
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Dual Meet Standings (1-12-21)
Well, Steub, StC , Dov, Barn & HC
By KIM NORTH
Times Leader Sports Writer
ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- Although there are 14 weight classes in a high school
wrestling, it only takes one unexpected result to turn around a dual meet. St.
Clairsville, unfortunately, can attest to that.
The Red Devils, who were unblemished in 11 head-to-head competitions and
ranked No. 1 in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Class 4A standings, and
Dover, second to Steubenville in the Class 5A listing at 13-3, were deadlocked
at 12 after four bouts Wednesday night. However, it was the fifth match -- at
132 pounds -- that turned the tide, according to Red Devils head coach Joel
St. Clairsville senior Koen Kish, ranked No. 1 in the Division II by
Borofan and headed to NCAA Division I Clarion State, led Doverás Pedro Garcia
4-2 before an illegal slam by Kish ended the match with 1:17 left in the first
period. Garcia lay on the mat for several minutes but couldnát continue and was
awarded the win by disqualification, resulting in six team points as the
Tornadoes went ahead 18-12.
Dover went on to win five of the remaining nine matches to claim a
thrilling, 40-36, victory on John Jenkins Court. St. Clairsville did, however,
defeat Buckeye Local, 58-18, in the opening dual. The short-handed Panthers
(4-4) also fell to the Tornadoes, 66-9.
âWhen Koen lost by disqualification I knew we didnát have a chance. That
was a match that we needed. That was a 12-point swing,ã Sansone said. âIt was a
terrible situation. Hopefully he learns to realize that when heás wrestling an
inferior opponent, those guys arenát really trying that much, so he needs to
finish a little easier with control.
âIt is what it is. Weáll get back in the room tomorrow (Thursday) and
learn from our mistakes,ã he added. âI told the guys the in these tough duals,
one match is going to decide them. We needed someone to step up and make up the
difference but it didnát work out that way. Everybody wrestled hard and gave it
their best effort and at the end of the day, thatás all you can ask of as a
The Red Devils did recover and led 30-28 after senior Austin DaRe
recorded a lightning-quick, 31-second pin at 170, but Dover used a pin and
decision at 182 and 195, respectively, for a 37-30 advantage.
Reese Skaggs, one of four seniors competing on Senior Night, pulled the
hosts to within one, 37-36, with a 26-second mat-slapper, but the Tornadoes won
the 285-pound match, 7-5, to secure the win.
Junior Gannon Kazmirski (106/113) had a pair of falls in less than a
minute. He won in 56 and 44 seconds.
Freshman Harrison Kazmirski (120/126) had a 40-second pin and won by
forfeit, while senior Caden Stout (145) was awarded a pair of forfeits.
Josh DeNoble (138) is the other Red Devils senior.
BUCKEYE LOCAL was paced by senior Brian Palmer Jr. (152/160). Ranked No.
1 at 152 in Division III, recorded a pin and a decision.
âHe is very focused. He wants all of the tough matches. He wants the best
competition, so Iám trying to find it for him,ã Buckeye Local head coach Guy
Nestor, who is in his second go-round as the Panthers boss, said.
Nestor was also pleased with the effort of Alexio Morales (195) who won
both of his matches, one by pin.
âItás rubbing off on some of the kids in the room,ã Nestor said of the
success Palmer Jr. has enjoyed during his career.
The Panthers only had six wrestlers in uniform.
âWeáve got two in quarantine right now,ã Nestor said. âWeáve got a good
core of eight and we are pretty solid with them all in the lineup.ã
2021 OVAC Dual Meet
Steub, MF, UL, StC, HC, WL & Camb
Barnesville Jr High Tournament
Nelsonville York Tournament
WV Sports to start back up March 1st
West Virginia winter sports will be delayed to
March 1st. With this start date for West Virginia schools and our Ohio schools
into their state tournament run we will be unable to hold the OVAC “Ron Mauck”
Wrestling Championships this season.
I do want to extend my thanks to the members on the committee that put in
the time and effort developing a format and a timeline (more than once) in an
attempt to have a tournament for our student-athletes.
We will name our dual meet Champions for the 2020-21 season based on the
dual rankings at the end of the West Virginia season.
Barn, StC, Dov, Riv, Camb, Shad & Cald
By KIM NORTH
Times Leader Sports Writer
ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- When the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference announced the
cancellation of its Bill Hinegardner Dual Meet Championships due to the global
COVID pandemic, it put more emphasis on dual meets themselves as they will
determine the three division champions.
Wednesday night on John Jenkins Court, St. Clairsville (7-0) remained
perfect on the season with convincing victories over visiting Caldwell and
Meadowbrook. The Red Devils blasted the Redskins 70-6 before romping past the
âObviously, they are very important this season. When I started
re-vamping our schedule due to COVID, I just wanted to get our kids the best
matchups possible,ã St. Clairsville head coach Joel Sansone said. âWith there
not being any major tournaments, itás all about the duals. We had to get the
kids to buy-in to the fact that the duals are important, and they are. Itás a
team win now so everyone has to do their part to help the team.
âHopefully, at the end of the season, the standings will take care of
St. Clairsville was in second place behind Beaver Local in Class 4A
entering last night. The Beavers were 12-0.
Five different Red Devils recorded a pair of pins each. They were Gannon
Kazmirski (106/113); Caden Stout (145), Mason McCort (152), Nathan Witsberger
(160) and Jacob Walker (182). Kazmirskiás falls came in 30 and 52 seconds, while
McCort needed 1:00 and 58-seconds. Stoutás pins came in 1:11 and 1:32. Walker
had a 58-second fall and another in 3:29 and Witsberger won in 1:59 and 5:13.
Senior standouts Koen Kish (132) and Reese Skaggs (220) each had pins in
less than a minute. Koen won in 28 seconds against Meadowbrook, while Skaggs
needed 56 ticks against Caldwell.
âWeáre improving each and every time we take the mats, whether it be in
practice or during a dual,ã Sansone continued. âThe kids are working harder and
harder every day.ã
Senior Austin DaRe (170) recorded his 100th career win when he posted a
12-2 major decision against Caldwell.
St. Clairsville is back in action Saturday at noon when it hosts Athens,
Harrison Central and Newcomerstown.
Barnesville 57, Martins Ferry 24
AT BARNESVILLE, the youthful Shamrocks (6-4) won the first eight bouts --
all by pin -- and never looked back in rolling past the visiting Purple Riders
A.J. Francis (132) had the quickest of the falls as he needed a mere 12
ticks. Other first-period pins came from Reese Skaggs (106, 45 seconds); Griffen
Stephen (120, 0:27); Logan Tague (138, 0:29) and Caiden Thornton (145, 0:40).
Dakota King (113, 2:53), Skyler King (126, 1:34), Robby Nixon (152, 1:02) and
Ayden Hannahs (182, 3:30) also won by falls.
Cameron Woods (170) earned a decision.
Martins Ferryás George Hulsey (160, 1:43), Kameron Hughes (195, 3:36),
Zak Dobson (220, 2:10) and Zeke Bruney (285, 0:19) all won by pin.
Martins Ferry treks to Morristown Saturday for a noon triangular with
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By KIM NORTH
Times Leader Sports Writer
ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- It was hard to tell the winning coach from the losing
coach following Tuesday nights dual high school wrestling match between Martins
Ferry and St. Clairsville.
The Red Devils built leads of 13-6, 28-12 and 31-18 only to watch the
Purple Riders battle back, but fall a point shy, 31-30, on John Jenkins Court.
It was a lot closer than I expected but, honestly, I just told the guys
that I was more worried about getting matches, St. Clairsville head coach Joel
Sansone said. Were a little short-handed right now. We've got a couple of
starters out of the lineup. We tried to drop a weight class here and there,
sometimes it worked out, sometimes it didn't.
St. Clairsville (5-0) competed without OVAC runner-up and two-time
Division III state qualifier Chad Stout and Josh DeNoble.
Hats off to Martins Ferry. They brought it, Sansone added. They have a
lot more experience this year so far than we do. We haven't seen the level of
competition that Martins Ferry has so far, and that's not taking anything away
from the competition that we have faced. This is just what we needed ... a good,
hard-fought match where a lot of guys got a good six minutes in.
The guys who won, they know what they are doing right but they've also
got some things to work, he continued. The guys that lost, they have to realize
they have to work a little harder in the (wrestling) room because you cant mimic
Martins Ferry (1-3), which competed without Zak Dobson (220), led 6-0
when Kyler Oliver was awarded a forfeit at 106.
A decision by Gannon Kazmirski (113); pin by Zach McKeever (120) and
major decision by Harrison Kazmirski (126) gave the hosts a 13-6 advantage, but
Martins Ferry closed to within a point, 13-12, when Tyler Donaher (132) won by
St. Clairsville won the next three weight classes for a 16-point bulge as
NCAA Division I signee Koen Kish (138) and Mason McCort (145) registered
back-to-back pins in 1:38 and 3:34, respectively, and Nathan Witsberger (152)
earned a come-from-behind, 5-4, nod over Shayden Fogle. Kish is headed to
Martins Ferry's Chase Goff and St. Clairsvilles Austin DaRe squared off
at 160 with the Purple Riders returning state qualifier leading 4-2 after one
period. However, the Red Devils senior held a 9-6 lead in the second period
before Goff secured a reversal that resulted in a pin at the 3:43 mark.
After a double forfeit at 170, St. Clairsvilles Jacob Walker (182)
rallied past Johnny McFarland, 7-5, with a takedown just before time expired in
the third period. That gave the hosts a 31-18 lead with three matches to go.
However, Martins Ferry used a third-period pin (5:37) by Noah Duck (195)
and a hard-earned, 5-4, decision by Kameron Hughes (220) over state-ranked Reese
Skaggs to pull to within, 31-27, entering the final match of the night. Hughes
weighed in at 181.1 while Skaggs tipped the scales at 206.2.
Needing a pin to complete the comeback, the Purple Riders had to settle
for a 3-1 decision by Zeke Bruney in falling one point short.
Obviously, the dual didn't turn out the way we wanted but I am happy. I
thought everyone wrestled well, Martins Ferry head coach Chad Ware said. With
the younger guys its one little thing here and there ... a takedown here or an
escape there. It changes the whole complexion of the dual, but its experience
We ended on a high note by bumping Kameron up and he beat (Reese) Skaggs
who is one of the top 220-pounders in the state, Ware said.
He also had praise for Goff.
Chase is a gamer. He has a motor where he is non-stop, Ware noted. Hes
always in a match, no mater what the score is.
Both teams are back in action next Tuesday when the Americas Best Value
Inn Invitational takes place, starting at 10 a.m.
Steubenville Noon @ Edison and Southern
StC wrestling live 5PM
WVU Wrestle offs
Beaver Local Hoppel Tournament changed to duals format this
Beavers go 3-0 on the day defeating Alliance 51-24, Martins Ferry
63-18, and Indian Creek 51-18 to take their record to 11-0 overall. Devon
Salsberry was voted the 2020 Hoppel Tournament MVW and earned his 100th career
Steubenville live @ North Canton
BvL, Steub, Camb, BL, Cald, StC, Bpt, Tor, Dov & NP
Warren Local Tournament
Borofans write up!
Link to watch Barnesville invitational live!
By KIM NORTH
Times Leader Sports Writer
BARNESVILLE -- Only in 2020! For 50 years organizers of the Barnesville Doan
Ford Invitational wrestling tournament crowned a single team champion. The 51st
annual event ended with two champs.
Barnesville entered the championship round with a 19-point lead and 11 wrestlers
earning a place on the podium. However, Division II powerhouse Louisville
crowned six individual titlists and had a fourth-placer in storming back to draw
even with the Shamrocks at 180 points.
Barnesville saw all four of its finalists fall short in their championship
matches, and just three of the other seven came out on top.
âWe had 11 guys in the final round but not coming away with a champion, itás
hard to win a tournament,ã Barnesville head coach Jayson Stephen said. âI
thought we had a couple of shots to get a champion there, but it didnát work out
âWeáll get in the (wrestling) room this week and work towards whatever lies down
the road,ã he added.
The Leopards, who won the 2020 Ohio Dual Meet Championship over national power
St. Paris Graham, slowly but surely kept creeping up on the Shamrocks. Their
journey was complete when 285-pounder Cameron Brazek pinned Martins Ferryás Zeke
Bruney in 2-minutes, 45-seconds in the final match of the tournament.
âI know they (Louisville) had a couple of guys out, but you still have to show
up and wrestle,ã Stephen said. âI make the schedule for these kids to try and
wrestle the best competition they can. If you come out with a loss, you learn
from it and keep working towards the end of the year and Columbus. Thatás what
we are working for.ã
Finishing second for the Shamrocks were Reese Stephens (106), Griffen Stephen
(120), Cameron Woods (160) and Jacob Boulet (170). Skyler King (126) was third
while Logan Tague (132) and Jadyn Lucas (285) were both fourth. Dakota King
(113) and George Hoover (138) took fifth. Robby Nixon (152) and Orion Smith
(195) were sixth.
In addition to Brazek, other titlists were Dylan Rhodes (106), Garett
Lautzenheiser (126), Pablo Castro (132), Brenden Seevers (182) and Noah Peterson
Martins Ferry took third in the team standings with 116 points. The Purple
Riders had a trio of runnersup in Kameron Hughes (195), Zak Dobson (220) and
Zeke Bruney (285). Chase Goff (170) finished fifth, with Dylan Ward (106) and
George Hulsey (145) were sixth.
âWeáre a young team. Weáve only got three seniors,ã Martins Ferry head coach
Chad Ware said. âIám happy with the team finish, but the finals, obviously you
donát want to go 0-3, but that gives the kids something to work for.
The lone local champion was Indian Creekás Austin Starr (195). He decisioned
Hughes 6-2 to defend the title he won last year at 170 when he pinned the Purple
Other Redskins reaching the podium were Dom Paterra (145) who was second; C.J.
Spencer (138) and Jeremy Brown (160) both third; Tyler Sipes (120) finished
fifth; and Daniel Ross (132) sixth.
Indian Creek placed seventh with 91 points.
Other individual titlists included Lima Central Catholicás Gavin Caprella (113);
Troy Christianás Jason Shaffer (120) and Connor Havill (170); West Holmesá
Tucker Kaufman (138); Newcomerstownás Logan Hursey (145) and Coltin Meek (160);
and River Valleyás Nathan Cadle (152).
Caprella, who is ranked No. 1 in Division III by Borofan, defeated Hawkenás
Patrick Reineke, who is No. 4, by a 7-2 count to earn the Most Outstanding
Wrestler award, which is voted on by the tournament coaches. Cadle, who pinned
his way through four matches in a mere 2:55, was presented with the Peck Award
for the most pins in the least amount of time in the championship bracket. He
had three falls in less than 38 seconds.
Well, Dov, Cald & BvL
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Camb, BL , IC & StC
Cameron Woods Barn
for his 100th win!!!
Well & Dov, Barnesville complete results
Finally! Our boys are
back in action tomorrow at Barnesville. They will be wrestling 5
dual meets throughout the day starting at 10:00am. We will be mat
side on Facebook live for our fans at home!
It’s been a long 273 days since our
men walked off the mat as district champions. They are ready to
pick up right where they left off!
WV Winter Sports shut down until Jan 11th!!!
Peyton Kellar WL Needs our help!
This afternoon the Kellar family lost their home
and all the contents in a house fire. The Kellar's have always been the type of
family to be the first ones to jump in and help any friend in need.
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2020 Barnesville Early Entries
2021 OVAC Tournament format
WVSSAC 8-Wrestler Bracketed Tournament Modifications
Super 32 Challenge
Griffen Stephen OH 126 Barnesville 11th
Reese Stephen OH 106 Barnesville 9th
Caden Stout OH 152 St Clairsville High School 11th
Peyten Kellar OH 152 Warren High School 12th 7
Dakota King OH 113 Barnesville Ohio 8th
Logan Ours OH 145 Beaver Local 11th 6
Hines Ford OH Barnesville Middle School 7th 120
Aden Strahler OH Warren local 8th 157
High School Division
Gavin Quiocho 160 Parkersburg South 12th
Ian Bush 182 Cameron 11th
Dakota Hagedorn 160 University 10th
Devin Easton 126 Parkersburg South 12th
Nathan Ford 120 Parkersburg South 10th
Gabriel Carman 152 Wheeling Park 11th
Jude Childers 152 Parkersburg South 11th
Middle School Division
Brycen Arthur 145 Blennerhassett 8th
Winter Sports Requirements, Recommendations and
As occurred for fall sports, the OHSAA staff has developed
sport-specific requirements, recommendations and modifications for schools when
conducting interscholastic competition in winter sports. Links to the
sport-specific requirements, recommendations and modifications for winter sports
are available here:
Ice Hockey: http://bit.ly/IHRecs
WV 2020 Wrestling Regulations
Click here for brackets!
2020 SPATOLA CLASSIC RESULTS
640 Wrestlers from 15 States
High School was stacked with 11, 32 man brackets
1 Reese Stephen
2 Jared Johnston
3 Keith Parner
1 Dakota King
2 Ruben Lorenzana
3 Brendon Mittchell
1 Colin Mellett
2 Tyler Jude
3 Larry Moreno
1 Damon Molina
2 Luke Acuna
3 Devin Easton
1 Nathan Ford
2 Thomas Hoppes
3 Lawson Grime
1 Brayden Zenni
2 Trenton Jones
3 Kody Kalmann
1 Zac Cowan
2 Amir Harris
3 Jake Gooding
1 Brayden Johnson
2 Toby Abbott
3 Conner Twigg
1 Connor Eaton
2 Zacheh Pledger
3 Gunner Cramblett
1 Tom Ketchen-Carter
2 Mawuli Nevis
3 Austin Dempesy
1 Alex Hobbs
2 Ayden Edwards
3 Devin Oligee
1 Johny Black
2 Khamil Abdul
3 Brayden Benson
1 Clay Ours
2 Donnavon Kessler
3 Michael Blocher
1 Dakota Brooksbank
2 Zachery Back
3 Cadman Roose
Dear Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches,
I hope this email finds all of your families’ safe as we navigate the 2020-21
school year. The purpose of this email is to update our coaches on the newest
developments for the upcoming season, as well as, inform you about a few
important dates for the 2020-21 wrestling season.
As always, if you should have questions, please reach out to your district
representatives or send us your questions via the website (ohswca.org).
1.) The most important issue is our Return to Mat Plan for the season. Our
Restart Committee, led by Shawn Andrews, has been meeting regularly with Tyler
Brooks and the rest of the group which includes several different stakeholders.
Per Tyler’s email (September 16th), no changes have been made. However,
wrestling specific concerns are still being reviewed by the Governor’s Office.
We are committed to having a season and we will do whatever it takes to make
that happen. Please be patient as we watch the fall sport seasons closely and
tweak our plan.
2.) We were saddened to hear about the cancellation of the OHSAA State Team
Championships. This change was made by the OHSAA and was purely a financial
decision. Based on that decision, the OHSWCA has met and is planning to host the
event in some capacity for the 20-21 wrestling season. We are doing research
and putting together a plan for the event, however, there are a lot of questions
that need to be answered by the Ohio Department of Health, the Governor’s
Office, and the OHSAA. As those meetings continue, we will keep you posted.
Here are our initial thoughts as we begin the planning process:
We would use the previous model when our association started the event over a
decade ago. We are compiling data from the 2019-20 District Tournaments (see
example attached from the Central District) and would like to host District
events with the top 2, 4, or 8 teams depending upon the recommendation of the
state leadership. These teams would be based on their returning qualifiers from
last year. We realize it is not a perfect system, but it is a realistic goal
based on the limitations and logistics. Each district would have one
representative advance to the state final four which would be held in different
locations based on availability (Division I, II, and III).
We will be soliciting schools to see if they can host these district and state
events. We’ve been in contact with the State Officials Association and they are
behind the decision to help “save” the event.
Please stay tuned for more information via email, Twitter @ohswca, and our
website moving forward.
3.) We are also excited to offer our Ohio Wrestling Coaches Convention on
Saturday, October 24-Sunday, October 25. This will be in conjunction with the
NWCA and be a virtual convention. We’ve kept the cost down ($50 which includes
membership) and we are excited to offer over 40 videos from the NWCA library and
several videos (live and pre-recorded) for our Ohio Coaches. We intend to have
at least one live session per day and will offer all coaches access to these
videos for 3 months after the convention.
We hope to have the online link live one month prior to the event (September
28th is our target).
4.) We are still planning on hosting the Girls State Tournament on February
20-21, 2021 at Hilliard Davidson High School.
5.) Finally, we will be releasing the 2020 Coach of the Year winners via our
website and Twitter account throughout the next week.
Thanks again for your continued support and we look forward to another great
season in Ohio Wrestling.
The OHSWCA Executive Committee
NWHOF WV State Chapter Banquet Cancelled
Walsh Ironman Cancelled
Congratulations to Gage Wright, World of Wrestling 15U
Wrestler of the Year
World of Wrestling World
All-Star Team for 2020-2021
Wrestling Final Youth Rankings for 2020-2021:
Gage Wright, Parkersburg South - 15U #1 @ 135
Ayden Morris, Parkersburg South - 15U #2 @ 200
Brock Humphrey, Warwood Middle - 10U #2 @ 64
Backyard Brawl Results
Ian Bush, Cameron - Champion @ 189
Nathan Ford, Parkersburg South - Runner-Up @ 126
Aydan Edwards, Parkersburg South - 4th @ 189
Stephen Hunter, Brooke - 4th @ 285
FloWrestling High School Rankings - August 30
Quiocho now #17 @ 152
Barnesville 3rd at the Backyard Brawl @ Penn State
Future of the Dual Team Wrestling Tournament
In an administrator’s
update that was emailed to all schools this afternoon, it was announced that the
OHSAA Dual Team Wrestling Tournament would be suspended for the 2020-21 school
It saddens me to relay this
information to the wrestling community. We all know that the dual team
tournament provides a unique team environment and atmosphere for our sport that
the individual tournament simply cannot. I don’t know what the future holds for
the dual team tournament, if and when it could be resumed, or when that
determination would be made. I just wanted to pass this information along to
you as quickly as possible for planning purposes.
I hope to provide an update
to all wrestling schools by the end of next week as we set our eyes on the 20-21
wrestling season and how it fits within the current Ohio Department of Health’s
of Officiating & Sport Management
Ohio High School Athletic Association