This year, ThisWeek asked for your help in determining who is most deserving of being the Super 12 captain.
Hilliard Davidson's Chase Delande was the only central Ohio wrestler to capture a state title last season. His accomplishment earned him the ThisWeek Super 12 captain honors.
Since 1999, ThisWeek Community Newspapers named the 12 best area wrestlers including a captain.
Last year, Delande's selection as captain ended a five-year streak by the three Westerville-area high schools. Beginning in 2006 with Westerville South's Anthony Ciraky, Columbus' northern suburb dominated the Super 12 captain honors that included Westerville Central's Brendan Barlow (2007), Westerville North's Jessie Dong (2008) and Westerville North's Josh Demas (2009 and 2010).
Delande returned to the mat for his senior season and is one of seven area wrestlers in the running for captain honors.
This year, ThisWeek asked for your help in determining who is most deserving. Our poll has closed and the winner of fans' choice will count as one vote among the ThisWeek staff as they determine this year's captain.
The team will be released in the March 15 editions of ThisWeek Community Newspapers and online at ThisWeekSPORTS.com.
Past captains include Hilliard Davidson's Chase Delande (2011), Westerville North's Josh Demas (2009-10), North's Jesse Dong (2008), Westerville Central's Brendan Barlow (2007), Westerville South's Anthony Ciraky (2006), Hamilton Township's Nick Hackett (2005), New Albany's Larry Reichard (2004), Westland's T.J. Enright (2003), Hamilton Township's Jason Hackett (2002), DeSales' C.P. Schlatter (2000-01), Ready's Tommy Rowlands (2000) and Pickerington's Keaton Anderson (1999).
Here is a rundown of the five finalists:
Chase Delande, Hilliard Davidson: Delande returns to the Division I state tournament looking for his second consecutive title after winning at 145 pounds last season. The 152-pounder entered the state tournament 30-1 and second in Brian Brakeman's High School Wrestling Forecast.
Pat Elflein, Pickerington North: An Ohio State-recruit in football, Elflein is projected to finish third in the Brakeman Report at heavyweight in Division I. He entered the state tournament 32-0.
Noah Forrider, Marysville: Forrider is one of eight Marysville wrestlers to qualify for the Division I state tournament. Forrider, who entered the state tournament at 32-1 at 138, is third in the Brakeman Report. Last season at state, Forrider finished sixth at 130.
Vince Pickett, Central Crossing: This 170-pounder enters the Division I state tournament at 37-1 and is second in the Brakeman Report. Last season at state, Pickett was fourth at 160.
Bobby Smith, Ready: Coming off a fifth-place state finish a year ago, this sophomore won a Division III district title and enters the state tournament at 37-2. He is the projected state champion at 126 in the Brakeman Report.