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BREAKING NEWS: Braxton Amos of Parkersburg South HS, the #2
ranked pound for pound recruit and the #1 ranked wrestler in the 220 pound
weight class commits to @BadgerWrestling.
Sportatorium is back
144 South 4th Street Steubenville , Ohio
Text 740-278-8016 for more info
High school 5-630 Sundays $10
Mondays 6-730 novice k-5 $10
Tuesday 6-7 youth fitness class $5
Wednesdays 6-730 jr hi /advanced youth $10
October 18th 6-7:30 all live wrestling 10 bucks
October 19th Dustin Meyers tOSU wrestling strength coach
(2014-2019) will be doing to GUT CHECK challenge 9-12 and 1-3 it will cost 50
Young Guns will begin practices at Wheeling Park High School on
October 1st 2019 every Sunday from 5-6:30 and Tuesday from 6:30-8PM
Southern Local is looking for a tri with OVAC teams
Jr High Tournaments
Martins Ferry Dwayne Bubba Coleman Jr. High Tournament
National Wrestling Hall of Fame’s Ohio Chapter Announces 2019 Class
Eight individuals have been named to the Class of 2019 by the Ohio Chapter of
the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
David “Clay” Burkhard, John Craig, Michael DeAnna, Joel Greenlee, Guy Sako, Jeff
Simons and Eric Toukonen have been selected for their Lifetime Service to
Wrestling, an award presented each year to coaches, officials and contributors
who have given at least 20 years of service to wrestling. In addition, Joseph
Scaletta has been selected to receive Outstanding American from the State of
The 2019 Ohio Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Banquet will be
held on Oct. 6, 2019 at the Embassy Suites located at 5100 Upper Metro Place,
Dublin OH 43017. The social will begin at 2 p.m. ET with the program beginning
at 3 p.m. ET. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at oh-nwhof.ticketleap.com.
David “Clay” Burkhard competed for Ohio University from 1964-67, earning varsity
letters in each of his final two years. Upon the completion of his collegiate
career, Burkhard served as a varsity assistant coach at Fairview Park High
School for three years before becoming head coach in 1970 and serving in that
capacity from 1970-97. He guided Fairview Park to 203 victories, state duals
championships in 1994 and ’95, 10 top-10 OHSAA finishes and six conference
titles. He was named conference coach of the year eight times, Greater Cleveland
Coach of the Year seven times and Ohio Coach of the Year in 1984 and ’88.
Following his time as the Fairview Park head coach, Burkhard served as a varsity
assistant coach at Columbia Station High School from 1998-01. In all, Burkhard
coached 10 state champions, 19 state finalists, 35 state placers, 61 state
qualifiers, 44 sectional champions and 69 conference champions. He was inducted
into the Ohio Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Lorain County Wrestling
Hall of Fame in ’92.
John Craig wrestled at West Liberty State College for three
years, finishing as a 1972 NAIA National Tournament All-American Runner-Up,
winning three championships and being named conference most valuable wrestler
twice. He was named to the West Liberty State College Athletic Hall of Fame in
1992. Craig then served as a head coach at four different high schools, with
stints at Hillsboro High School (1972-74), Oregon Clay High School (1974-75),
Steubenville High School (1975-93) and Indian Creek High School (1993-98). Craig
guided 42 tournament championship teams, nine district championship teams, six
conference championships and seven division winners. He mentored five individual
Ohio state champions, 87 state tournament qualifiers, 23 state tournament
placers and 31 individual conference champions. A five-time conference coach of
the year and 1989 Ohio Division II Wrestling Coach of the Year Craig was named
to the Ohio Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 1999. In addition to coaching,
Craig spent 21 years as a wrestling official at the youth, junior high school,
high school, open and collegiate levels.
Michael DeAnna enjoyed an incredible high school wrestling career at Bay Village
High School, posting a 104-5-1 record, earning high school All-American
recognition, winning three Ohio state titles and capturing two junior national
freestyle championships. He was named the Cleveland Plain Dealer Athlete of the
Decade in 1970 for his efforts. DeAnna went on to be a four-time All-American,
four-time Big Ten Conference champion and two-time NCAA finalist while competing
at the University of Iowa from 1976-81, owning a collegiate record of 123-18.
Following his collegiate wrestling career, DeAnna was a two-time AAU national
freestyle champion and was named a second alternate to the 1984 Olympic Team.
DeAnna served as the head coach at Davenport High School from 1981-83 before
becoming the head coach at Edinboro University and serving in that capacity from
1984-90. He was named the NCAA Division II Coach of the Year in 1986 and took a
last-place Division II program and turned it into a top-10 Division I squad in
just three years. He coached 22 All-Americans and the first NCAA champion in the
history of athletics at Edinboro. He tallied four coach of the year honors
during his career. After his time at Edinboro, DeAnna served as an assistant
coach at Westlake High School from 1994-2000.
Joel Greenlee wrestled at the University of Northern Iowa from 1984-89, posting
a collegiate record of 127-16-4 and went undefeated in dual meets. A four-time
NCAA qualifier and two-time All-American, he won the Midlands Championship in
1989 a year after capturing a Midwest Championship, earning Outstanding Wrestler
distinction at both meets. Greenlee also enjoyed success at the international
level. He finished second at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in 1992 and was
selected as a training partner for the Olympic Team. He won the Cerra Pelado
Tournament in Cuba in 1993 and the Cuban All-Star Tournament in 1992. He placed
third three times at the John E. du Post World Team Trials. Greenlee was an
assistant coach at Northern Iowa from 1989-97. Greenlee arrived at Ohio
University in 1997-98, being hired as an assistant/interim head coach. He was
then named the full-time head coach before the 1998-99 season. Greenlee's
accomplishments during his first season at Ohio earned him the NWCA National
Assistant-Coach-of-the-Year award in 1998. His 1997-98 team finished ninth at
the NCAA Tournament - the Bobcats' best finish since 1973 - and won the
regular-season MAC title with a 5-0 record in the conference. He coached Dwight
Gardner (158) to the school's first individual national title since 1978 and
guided Shawn Enright (134) to a second-place national finish. Greenlee enters
his 23rd year as head coach at Ohio in 2019-20. During his time leading the
Bobcats, the program has logged 12 All-America honors has won two team
conference titles and has accounted for 20 individual conference titles.
Guy Sako wrestled for Cleveland State from 1985-89, serving as a team captain in
’88 and ’89 and earning the status of NCAA qualifier in ’88. After serving as an
assistant coach at his alma mater from 1990-92, Sako has led the Westshore
Wrestling Club since 1996. He has coached over 35 wrestlers who have gone on to
wrestle at the NCAA Division I level, including as many as 17 at one time. The
group includes 10 All-Americans and two NCAA champions. Sako served as a
Cleveland police officer for 25 years, working his entire career on the night
shift so he could coach wrestling. In 2005, Sako created Defense Soap and still
runs the business today with his family.
Joseph Scaletta wrestled at Ohio University from 1965-69. He then went on to
serve as a coach at Columbia Station High School (1969-71) and Bay Village High
School (1971-79). Scaletta guided Bay Village to an Ohio AAA Division
Co-Championship in 1972 and a runner-up finish in ’76. His squads won a district
title in 1976, sectional championships in ’74 and ’76 and conference titles in
’72 and ’76. Scaletta was named the state coach of the year in 1976-77, Greater
Cleveland Coach of the Year in ’71-72 and conference coach of the year in ’72.
Bay Village accounted for the most division I state champions (5) and place
winners (4) between 1972-79. Scaletta served as the president of the Greater
Cleveland Wrestling Coaches Association from 1974-75. Scaletta left teaching and
coaching in 1979 to become the sales manager for Howard Ferguson's real estate
firm, Professional Condominiums of America. He became a partner of Ferguson's in
1987, and, upon Ferguson's death in 1989, he bought the assets of the firm and
renamed the company Scaletta Development Corporation. He continued to do
condominium conversions but expanded to home building, specializing in 55-plus
communities and building primary ranch homes. Most of his communities were named
"Community of the Year" for the North Coast Home Building Association (Lorain
County) and the Home Building Association of Greater Cleveland. One of his
communities was voted "Community of the Year" for the state of Ohio and won many
awards for being environmental friendly. He was on the Board of the North Coast
Building Association and the Ohio Home Builders Association. He was inducted
into the North Coast Hall of Fame in 2011. Joe met his wife at the 1972
sectional wrestling tournament, and they married in 1973 and had four children.
They have eleven grandchildren and the six oldest boys wrestle -- three for Avon
and three for Big Walnut in Galena. Joe and his wife reside on Kelleys Island
during the summer and Don Pedro Island in Florida during the winter. He is being
inducted as an Outstanding American.
Jeff Simons was a two-time state qualifier and placer as a high school wrestler
in Illinois. He went on to be a four-year varsity letter winner, three-time NCAA
qualifier and an NCAA All-American for the U.S. Naval Academy. Simons was
commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving as a
supply officer and earning three letters of commendation and the Navy
Achievement Medal. He left service as a Captain in 1980. In his post-collegiate
wrestling career while in the Marines, Simons was a nine-time gold medalist in
the Inter-Service Championships as a competitor, never losing a match. He was a
silver medalist in the CISM Games in Tehran, Iran, in 1978 and a gold medalist
in the CISM Games in Baghdad, Iraq, in ’79. Simons was a two-time gold medalist
as a coach of the All-Marine Wrestling Team, leading the All-Marine Team to its
first-ever win in the Inter-Service Championships and repeating the following
year. He mentored multiple national champions, World Team members and two
Olympians. While in the Marines, he was also a national freestyle runner-up, a
national Greco Roman champion and a member of two U.S. World Teams and an
alternate on a third. He finished fourth at the World Championships in Greco
Roman in Sweden and was a champion at the Camaguey Cuba International
Tournament. He also served as an athlete’s representative for Greco-Roman from
1978-80. Simons officiated for five years in Georgia and officiated three state
tournaments and has officiated for 23 years in Ohio, including multiple district
tournaments and four state tournaments. He has also officiated Beast of the
Eric Toukonen wrestled at Kent State University for three years, graduating in
1977. He then served as a coach for a total of 42 years between Garrettsville,
Steubenville and Claymont High Schools, including 35 as the head coach at
Claymont. He owns a career coaching record of 359-93, earning 1992 Ohio Division
II Coach of the Year honors after guiding Claymont to a state title. He also
coached two state runner-up teams in 2009 and ’14, three dual meet state
runner-up teams in ’12, ’13 and ’14, 27 conference championship teams, 28
sectional championship teams and 16 district championship teams. He was named
Ohio Division II Coach of the Year again in 2014. Twenty of his teams finished
in the top 10 at the state tournament. Under Toukonen’s watch, 186 individuals
qualified for state, 93 placed at state and 21 were state finalists, including
10 state champions and 11 state runners-up. Toukonen has been inducted into the
Ohio Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame (2004), the Medina Tournament Hall of Fame
(2014) and the Alliance Top Gun Tournament Hall of Fame (2015). He served as
president of the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association (1995-96) and
was a member of the NFHS Wrestling Rules Committee (1999-2002).
The National Wrestling Hall of Fame, West Virginia Chapter, cordially invites
you to attend the 17th Annual "Hall of Fame Day" banquet Sunday, October 27th,
2019, at Embassy Suites, Charleston, West Virginia. The banquet will begin at
1:00 pm with a social hour and memorabilia display. Dinner will be served at
1:45 pm with the award presentation following. The purpose of this banquet is to
honor and recognize people for their years of commitment as positive role models
to our student athletes.
Reminder all OVAC Nominations/bios for the 2020 Mr. Mat is due to
Dr. Dan Doyle by 8-31-19
2020 OAC Grade School Rule Changes!
Tournaments looking for teams:
West Mifflin (Steve DeAugustino Holiday Classic)
December 27th and 28th
Cambridge is looking for a home Assembly match
for the 2019-2020 season.
Contact Tank @ email@example.com
2020 Rick Link
Union Local High School is currently taking teams
for next years Rick Link Invitational held at Union Local High School on
Saturday 12/7/2019. It is a varsity pool tournament. We will place JV wrestlers
if needed to fill pools.
Spots open for Barnesville
Doan Ford Invitational December
John Marshall High School will be hosting it's annual
Greg's Market Invitational on Saturday, December 7, 2019. We are currently in
need of 1 more team. The format of the tournament is set up in two pools of 4
with the teams' place in their pool determining who they will face for their
final two matches. Awards will be given for the 1st and 2nd place team, it is a
1-day event, and all teams get 5 matches. We run 4 mats, so there is no "off
The other teams for the tournament this year are:
John Marshall (WV)
Buckhannon Upshire (WV)
East Fairmont (WV)
New team for 2019
Please contact Coach Asbury if you are interested at firstname.lastname@example.org
OHSAA has moved the state tournament to Friday
Saturday and the finals Sunday evening.
Steubenville looking for coaches with teaching license in Math,
Science & Special Ed
Contact Mike Blackburn @ 740-632-8953
Intervention specialist at
elementary school. If any young wrestling coaches
looking for a full time job. They can contact Zack Powell by cell phone
but they would need to do so asap
interviews are going to be 8-6-19!
Congratulations to Fargo Freestyle National
Champion Braxton Amos!!!
Congratulations to Braxton Amos Greco Roman National Runner
Braxton Amos (West Virginia) VSU Dorian Crosby
(Pennsylvania), 10-0 2:23
Humphrey Wins 2 National Titles!!
Logan Ours BvL
Gage Wright PS
Cole McComas BvL
Braxton Amos PS, Andrew Shelek, WP
Brayden Roberts PS
Braxton Amos Finals write up!
JM 106 pound wrestler
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Prayers from OVAeC!!!!
Team OHIO @ Fargo!
Ours and McCommas BvL & Miller PS
Braxton Amos gets his draw for Junior Pan American Championships
Amos take a sliver medal!
Parkersburg South Wrestling
Big shout out to Brayden Roberts on his 3rd place finish at the
Cadet World Team trials today. Way to represent Brayden!!!!!
Johnny McComas to take over as Beavers Head Coach!!
5th Grader Telea Guntrum to wrestle over seas!
Parkersburg South Wrestling
Big shout out to Brayden Roberts on his 3rd place finish at the
Cadet World Team trials today. Way to represent Brayden!!!!!
20TH ANNUAL NHSCA NATIONAL DUALS
POOLS & SCHEDULES
Live updates pools brackets etc...