Fan input sought for Super 12 captain honors
For the second consecutive season, ThisWeek is asking for fans’ input in determining the Super 12 captain for wrestling.
Below are the three finalists for captain. Each member of the 12-person full-time sports staff at ThisWeek Community Newspapers casts a vote. Meanwhile, the wrestler who finishes first in the fan poll will constitute as one vote, bringing the total number of ballots cast to 13.
Voting ends 9 a.m. Monday, March 11, as the team will be announced in the March 14 editions of ThisWeek Community Newspapers and online at ThisWeekSPORTS.com.
Here is a rundown of the three finalists:
•Patrik Garren, junior, Ready: After finishing third in the state in Division III at heavyweight a year ago, Garren captured the championship this season at the same weight.
Garren won sectional and district titles and all four of his state-tournament matches to finish 42-1, with his only loss to Division II state runner-up Alex Farrow of Whitehall. He was a district qualifier at 189 as a freshman and went 41-6 a year ago.
•Travis Gusan, senior, Hilliard Davidson: Gusan finished 50-0 after beating Canton GlenOak’s Corey Siegfrield 3-1 in overtime in the Division I final at heavyweight.
Last season, Gusan finished second at heavyweight in Division II as a member of Walnut Ridge before transferring to Davidson prior to the school year. He is undecided on college.
•Noah Forrider, senior, Marysville: Forrider, who will wrestle at Ohio University, is a four-time state placer. This season he finished 49-0, capped by a 5-4 win over Madison's Nick Montgomery in the Division I final at 138.
As a freshman, he was eighth at state at 103, as a sophomore he was sixth at 130 and last season he was fourth at 138.
Past captains include Olentangy Liberty’s Roy Daniels (2012), Hilliard Davidson’s Chase Delande (2011), Westerville North's Josh Demas (2009-10), Westerville’s 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).