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Graham wins again, Marysville maintains elite status

COLUMBUS  — There were surprises at every turn here this weekend at the OHSAA state wrestling tournament.


ABOVE: Graham’s Bo Jordan has his hand raised after becoming the 25th four-time state champion in Ohio history Saturday at the Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus. BELOW: Marysville’s Noah Forrider celebrates after winning a Division I state title at 138 pounds. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | AARON LABATT)


The upsets seemed to pile up by the minute on Friday night in the semifinals and three four-time state champions were crowned on Saturday night as Ohio was treated to a memorable three days of wrestling.

Graham’s Bo Jordan (160), Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy’s Nathan Tomasello (120) and Lakewood St. Edward’s Dean Heil (132) all won their fourth state title with ease. They become the 23rd, 24th and 25th four-time state champions in Ohio history. Both Jordan and Tomasello are headed to Ohio State next season, while Heil is headed to Oklahoma State.

Graham won its 13th consecutive and 15th overall state title in Division II with 155.5 points. The Falcons crowned four state champions and had three other placers.

Junior Micah Jordan (132) won his third state title for the Falcons. He is ranked second in the nation and has beaten Heil twice this season. Teammates Eli Seipel (113) and Alex Marinelli (152) each won their first state titles. Seipel had a big win after he defeated two-time state champion Cameron Kelly of Bellbrook 3-2 in the finals.

Also for the Falcons, Eli Stickley (106) and Brent Moore (120) took third and Lane Thomas was fifth (170).

Perry was state runner-up in Division II with 87.5 points and Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary was third with 78.5 points. Indian Lake tied for 14th with 32 points.

Urbana had two placers as senior Sam Harris (195) finished fourth and freshman Jack Harris (182) was fifth.

Marysville continues to be a force in Division I

Marysville’s wrestling program continues to be a growing force in Division I as the Monarchs captured a fifth-place finish Saturday. The Monarchs placed six wrestlers, including one state champion.

The Monarchs finished in fifth with 58.5 points, which is the second-best performance at the state level. They finished fourth in 2010. The performance this past weekend may be more impressive, though, as the four teams above the Monarchs are nationally ranked in the top 50.

“We knew we would have to have something real special to crack the top four,” said Marysville head coach Shawn Andrews. “We didn’t wrestle our best, but we were where we thought we would be.”

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