During Canal Winchester High School senior Brady Hutchins' wrestling matches, opposing coaches often remind their athletes to watch out for his half nelson pinning combination.

During Canal Winchester High School senior Brady Hutchins' wrestling matches, opposing coaches often remind their athletes to watch out for his half nelson pinning combination.

Despite those words of warning, Hutchins has continued to use the half nelson to pin the majority of his opponents over the past four seasons.

Hutchins has a 137-34 overall record with 99 pins, which places him in a tie for 30th with three other wrestlers for most careers pins in Ohio.

"There's no secret as to what Brady is best at," said his father, Kris Hutchins, the team's statistician. "Other wrestlers have these complicated moves, but Brady uses the most basic move in wrestling, and that's how he's gotten about 90 percent of his pins. We hear coaches yelling, 'Watch out for his half nelson,' all the time, but it's one thing to know it's coming and another thing to stop it."

Coach Trent Brooks said Brady Hutchins gets so many pins because he has superior technique and is stronger than most wrestlers in his 125-pound weight class.

"Everybody knows what Brady's doing, but he's so strong and good at it, that he's unstoppable once he's on top," Brooks said. "He has a killer instinct when it comes to pinning people. He's strong enough to turn people, and he's got a whole arsenal of things he can do if his first option isn't available. There's no doubt in my mind that he's going to get 100 pins, and I'm hoping he'll have more than 110 pins when it's all said and done."

Hutchins pinned all five of his opponents in the Gahanna Duals on Jan. 22 to improve to 31-4 at 125 this season with 27 pins.

Hutchins pinned Gahanna's Michael McMasters in 45 seconds, St. Charles' Matt Cannon in 0:52, Hilliard Davidson's Eric Hoffman in 3:25, Teays Valley's Jacob Richards in 0:36 and Mogadore Field's Ethan Ord in 0:41.

Hutchins will have an opportunity to get his 100th career pin on Thursday, Jan. 27, when his team competes against Hamilton Township and Logan Elm at Hamilton Township.

"Getting 100 pins would mean a lot to me, because not many people have done it," Hutchins said. "It would show that my hard work has paid off and it would show how good our coaches are."

Hutchins earned possibly the most impressive win of his career in a semifinal of the Marion Elgin Invitational on Jan. 15, when he pinned Chagrin Falls Kenston's Tre Smith in 3:25.

In the InterMat preseason rankings, Smith was rated first at 125 in Division II.

"Brady's gotten a lot better on his feet this year, and that's made him a lot more competitive against the better wrestlers," Brooks said. "(Smith) is the predicted Division II state champion and he beat Brady 15-6 last year, but Brady was in control of the match the entire time. Brady's a lot more confident and steady this year."

Hutchins, who carries a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average and scored a 32 on his ACT exam, doesn't plan to wrestle in college. He plans to study computer technology at Ohio University or Shawnee State and would like to design video games.

But Hutchins, an avid video game player and Eagle Scout, said he has unfinished business to attend to in the postseason before he turns his full attention to academics.

The three-time district qualifier is looking to end his career on the state tournament podium, after going 1-2 in the Division II state tournament each of the previous two seasons.

"I really want to do well in the state tournament," Hutchins said. "If I make it back there and wrestle well, I think I've got the potential to make it to the semifinals or the finals, because I've improved on my feet and I'm more comfortable going for takedowns. It's just going to come down to how well I wrestle in the (postseason) tournaments."


Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Canal Winchester boys basketball, girls basketball, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:


Jan. 18 - Lost to Zanesville 52-28

*Jan. 22 - Lost to Logan Elm 43-20

Jan. 23 - Lost to Hartley 51-35

*Jan. 25 - Played Hamilton Township

*Jan. 29 - At Amanda-Clearcreek

Of note: The Indians were 9-4 overall and 6-1 in the MSL-Buckeye before Jan. 25.


Jan. 17 - Lost to Centerburg 75-46

*Jan. 18 - Lost to Amanda-Clear-creek 46-38

*Jan. 22 - Lost to Bloom-Carroll 48-31

*Jan. 29 - At Circleville

*Feb. 1 - Home vs. Fairfield Union

Of note: The Indians are 5-11 overall and 2-8 in the MSL-Buckeye.


Jan. 29 - MSL meet at Columbus Academy


Jan. 22 - Finished fourth (2-3) in Gahanna Duals behind champion Hilliard Davidson (5-0). Lost to Gahanna 32-30; defeated St. Charles 62-7; lost to Hilliard Davidson 48-23; lost to Teays Valley 45-30; def. Mogadore Field 52-24

*Jan. 27 - At Hamilton Township with Logan Elm

*MSL-Buckeye contest