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State title is dream come true for Marysville's Pfarr

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Marysville High School senior wrestler Austin Pfarr fulfilled a dream at the Division I state tournament.

On March 1, he won the state title at 220 pounds by defeating Cincinnati Moeller's Chalmer Frueauf 5-4 with 6 seconds left in the one-minute overtime.

After a season in which he finished 46-1, Pfarr has been named captain of ThisWeek's Super 12 team.

"This was definitely worth it. It was awesome," Pfarr said of his state title. "I love the sport. I love the grind. When you're little, a fourth-grader, what you look forward to is winning a state title once you get into high school. I got that done and I'm pretty excited."

Frueauf was the defending state champion at 220, but Pfarr proved to be the aggressor throughout the match.

"Austin put himself on the map from the first week of the season," coach Shawn Andrews said. "I don't consider it an upset. I understand why people might look at it that way, but I believe in our kids."

Pfarr's only loss of the season came Dec. 15, a 3-2 decision against Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic's Edgar Ruano in the 220-pound final of the Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit Ironman Tournament.

Pfarr, who went 139-41 for his career, was making his third appearance at state. He went 0-2 at 182 as a sophomore and finished fifth at 195 as a junior.

"Austin is probably the most competitive kid I've ever coached and that comes through in that (state final) match (against Frueauf)," Andrews said. "He just wants to win more than anybody I've ever coached. I'm so proud of him. I can't say enough great things about him."

Joining Pfarr on the Super 12 are three of his Marysville teammates -- senior Hayden Lee (won state title at 113) junior Taleb Rahmani (fourth at 145) and senior David Sparks (fifth at 138). The four helped Marysville finish third (77.5 points) at state behind Massillon Perry (185) and Perrysburg (90.5) as 78 teams scored.

He plans to wrestle in college and is considering Brown, Northwestern and Ohio University.

First Team

JAKE ADKINS

Adkins, a junior from Northridge, qualified for the Division III state tournament for the third consecutive season and placed for the second year in a row, fining fourth at 106.

Adkins, who went 49-6 and has a 138-28 career record, will try next season to better the program's best state finish, a third-place effort by Joey Simcoe in 1999.

"Jake has worked hard to get where he is and we expect that to continue," coach Eric Potts said. "He goes all over the country in the summer, wrestling against top competition. Doing that this summer and working in the weight room will help him do even better as a senior."

CLAYTON BULLARD

Bullard went 53-1 and didn't lose until the Division II state tournament, where he placed third at 195 for the highest state finish in Johnstown history.

The senior defeated Perry's Kyle Kremiller 5-4 in the third-place match, after losing to Kremiller 9-3 in the second round.

Last season at state, Bullard was sixth at 195 in Division III. He had a 168-28 career record.

"Clayton is big, powerful and strong. However, what separates him from the rest is his ability to move quickly," coach Bob Fresch said. "I have always reminded him that he moves like a 145-pounder."

JONATHAN FURNAS

Furnas was one of the most consistent 120-pounders in the state, earning a 45-3 record while winning Division I sectional and district titles.

The Olentangy Liberty junior also placed fourth at state.

"Jonathan's one of the hardest-working kids I've coached and he wasn't distracted by the atmosphere of wrestling in front of thousands of fans at the state tournament," coach Mark Marinelli said. "Jonathan hasn't wrestled for nearly as many years as most of the kids who made it to state, so he has a huge learning curve and he will pass some of the guys who beat him this year as he gets better."

PATRIK GARREN

Garren took a big step forward when he finished third in the Division III state tournament at heavyweight as a sophomore, and he stayed at that level for the rest of his career at Ready.

After going 22-18 and advancing to district as a freshman at 189, Garren went 41-6 as a sophomore. He was 42-1 while winning the state title at heavyweight as a junior. As a senior, Garren went 47-2 and took third at state, giving him a 152-27 career record.

"I was so blessed to be able to coach a guy like Patrik, and I got him in my first year as a coach," second-year coach James Yonushonis said.

SHAKUR LANEY

Laney qualified for the Division I state tournament for the second consecutive season and finished fifth at 113.

The Groveport junior, who was fourth at 106 last season, went 4-2 at state and finished 47-6. Laney lost twice to state champion Hayden Lee of Marysville, in sectional and district finals. He also lost twice to L.J. Bentley of Lakewood St. Edward, who was fourth at state. Another loss was to Uhrichsville Claymont's Dustin Warner, who won the Division II state title at 120.

"I'm going to work at getting stronger next year," Laney said. "I want to win a state championship."

HAYDEN LEE

Lee, who transferred from Garrett (Ind.), capped his only season at Marysville by winning the Division I state title at 113 pounds, defeating Massillon Perry's Jose Rodriguez 5-2 in the final.

The senior finished 43-3 after being a two-time state placer in Indiana.

"His legacy is not only winning a state title, but the pace that he put in our room for our younger kids that are lightweights," coach Shawn Andrews said. "That's going to be his legacy going forward because some of our younger kids picked it all up from him -- not just the technique and how to wrestle -- but the way to wrestle."

TALEB RAHMANI

Rahmani, a three-time state qualifier, finished fourth at state at 145 in Division I. Next season, he will look to become Marysville's second four-time state placer, joining 2013 Super 12 captain Noah Forrider.

Rahmani, a junior, finished the season 45-9 and is 117-19 for his career.

"Taleb had another outstanding season," coach Shawn Andrews said. "He is on pace to become the second ever four-time state placer in Marysville history. I know that Taleb will work extremely hard in the offseason to make every effort to be standing on the top step of the podium next winter."

TIM ROONEY

Rooney finished the season 41-7 after qualifying for the Division I state tournament for the third year in a row. The St. Charles junior placed fourth at 138, following a fifth-place finish at 126 in 2013 and a 1-2 effort at 120 as a freshman.

Rooney is the program's only three-time state qualifier. His 116-17 career record makes him the program leader in wins.

"Although Tim is a talented athlete, his greatest asset comes from his true love of the sport," coach Joe Moyer said. "He enjoys the challenge the sport presents and looks forward to competing against the best wrestlers."

BOBBY SMITH

Smith capped his career at Hilliard Davidson by going 48-5 and finishing fifth at state at 132 in Division I. He became a three-time state placer despite hurting his lower back in his quarterfinal win, competing in the rest of the tournament while injured.

Last season, Smith, who attended Ready his freshman and sophomore seasons, was second at 126.

"It's not only the two years he's given us, he had a heck of a career," coach Dominic DiSabato said. "He's a two-time state placer at Davidson. He brought more than just being a two-time placer (at Davidson). He was a good leader."

DAVID SPARKS

A four-time state qualifier, Sparks finished fifth at 138 in Division I. That capped a 39-11 season and 152-44 career.

The Marysville senior was eighth at 126 last season at state.

"David has had a great career here at Marysville," coach Shawn Andrews said. "He is one of only a handful of guys in our program's history to be a four-time state qualifier. In addition, he placed twice at the state tournament. In four years in our program he never missed a match, he has been a great leader and he will be truly missed. I know he fell short of his ultimate goal of being a state champion, but he has an incredible amount to be proud of."

JOSH WIMER

Wimer qualified for the Division I state tournament for the third consecutive season and finished fourth at 126.

The Central Crossing senior went 44-5 to finish 153-33 for his career, which included a fifth-place state effort at 106 as a sophomore. Last season, he qualified for state at 120 but did not participate because of a skin infection.

"What I will remember most about Josh is his willingness to wrestle anybody regardless of weight or credentials," coach Jamie Ramirez said. "He bumped up two weight classes multiple times this season to wrestle a state-caliber (opponent) with much success. ... He is technically sound and at the same time dangerous with the ability of hitting a big move to end the match."

Honorable Mention

Ana Abduljelil (Whitehall, So., 113), Sean Black (Hilliard Darby, Sr., 160), Dominick Demas (Dublin Coffman, Fr., 138), Alec Eisnnicher (Big Walnut, Sr., 170), Nate Hall (Olentangy, Jr., 182), Kristopher Hill (Hartley, Jr., 113), Jhulyis Monroe (Marion-Franklin, Sr., 182), Caleb Ohl (Newark Catholic, Sr., 132), Trevor Parker (Hilliard Darby, Sr., 182), Giuseppe Penzone (Olentangy Liberty, Sr., 126), Grant Rathburn (Hartley, Sr., 138), Andrew Sierawski (Delaware, Sr., 220), Dain Steffeny (Granville, Sr., 152), Jake Stratton (Hilliard Bradley, Sr., 170) and Aaron Yarger (Pickerington Central, Sr., 152).

Past Captains

Marysville’s Noah Forrider (2013), Olentangy Liberty’s Roy Daniels (2012), Hilliard Davidson’s Chase Delande (2011), Westerville North’s Josh Demas (2009-10), Westerville 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).

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