COLUMBUS—Ten area Catholic high schools qualified 19 wrestlers to the 75th annual Ohio High School Athletic Association state championships March 1-3 at the Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University in Columbus.
Twelve of the state qualifiers represented seven Diocese of Toledo Catholic schools in Division III competition.
Senior Ted Schoen of Toledo St. John’s Jesuit High School earned All-Ohio honors with a third place finish in the Ohio High School Athletic Association state wrestling tournament. He was among 19 wrestlers who represented Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Toledo at the tournament. (Chronicle photo by Ed Naufel)
Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic High School sophomore Wyatt Dye (20-7) entered the tournament as a third-place finisher in the district tournament and was able to experience wrestling in front of 10,000-plus people in Columbus. Teammate Kody Bellamy earned All-Ohio honors for a second time by finishing third at the 220-pound weight class and completed his senior season with a record of 53-3. Kody, a senior, has amassed 162 high school career victories and plans to further his passion for the sport at Ohio Northern.
Senior Joe Brodman and junior Daniel Kwiat wrestled in the tournament for Tiffin Calvert Catholic High School. Joe, a two-time state qualifier, was fourth in the district tournament at 126 pounds and finished his senior season with a record of 39-9. Daniel earned All-State honors at 195 pounds. After losing in the opening round, Daniel recorded four victories, two by fall to earn a fifth-place spot on the podium and finish the season with a 40-8 record.
Lima Central Catholic High School had three state qualifiers in the competition. District third-place finisher Brandon McCormick, a junior, competed in three matches at 126 pounds and earned a victory over Mechanicsburg’s Dalton Hiltibran. His teammate, 182-pound David Gremling, also secured a victory in Columbus and completed his senior season with a record of 39-6. Junior Bobby Sunderhaus finished with a 3-2 record in Columbus and earned All-State honors by placing seventh at 170 pounds.
Sophomore Jesse Gross represented Norwalk St. Paul High School in his second trip to Columbus. He earned a victory at 126 pounds and finished the season with a 37-8 record.
Two senior wrestlers from Delphos St. John High School qualified for the tournament. Logan Looser, at 160 pounds, finished the season with a record of 33-14 while senior Logan Heiing, a district champ at 195 pounds, finished the season with a 39-8 record.
Fremont St. Joseph Central Catholic High School and Oregon Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School each had a wrestler in the tournament. St Joseph’s 120-pound senior, Tivo Yasasi, finished his career with an entry into the state tournament and was 36-9 on the season. Senior Christian Peters (36-8) from Cardinal Stritch was a district runner-up at 182 pounds and completed his high school wrestling career with an appearance at the tourney.
The diocese’s representation in Division II consisted of five qualifiers, all from Toledo Central Catholic High School. The Irish finished in 15th place overall in the Division II team standings. Central Catholic wrestlers competed in 21 matches, earning 12 victories and capturing two state placements.
Sophomore Alex Mossing was third at 132 pounds and became the school’s ninth two-time state placer completing his season with a record of 47-11 and 87 career victories. Nate Hagan was All-State at 120 pounds and finished his rookie season with a record of 40-11. Nate became the school’s second ever freshman state place winner earning seventh place. Junior Matt Pool earned a victory at 106 pounds during his second trip to the state championships and finished the season with a record of 32-12. Seniors Sam Viengmany (39-9) and Levi Pickerel (36-9) both finished their careers by experiencing victories on Ohio wrestling’s biggest stage.
In Division I, two area Catholic high schools were represented at the state championships. Michael Irvine of Toledo Toledo St. Francis de Sales High School qualified and finished his sophomore season with a record of 37-6. Senior Ted Schoen of Toledo St. John’s Jesuit High School earned All-Ohio honors with a third place finish.