ThisWeek's 2017-18 Super 12 Wrestling Team
Jaden Mattox matured in both skills and temperament over the course of his career with the Central Crossing High School wrestling team.
The senior and Ohio State commit won his second Division I state championship by defeating Cincinnati Elder's Austin Murphy 6-4 in the title match at 160 pounds March 10, avenging his lone loss of the season and finishing 45-1.
Mattox, who was named ThisWeek Super 12 captain, reached state all four seasons, competing in a championship match each time, and became the Comets' career leader in wins along the way. He finished with a career record of 173-6, surpassing the 169 victories by 2012 graduate Vince Pickett.
Mattox was state runner-up at 152 as a junior, won the title at 132 as a sophomore and was runner-up as a freshman.
"I used to be pretty immature with how I acted if I got beat," Mattox said. "After I lost at state as a freshman, I was terrible. I tried to walk off without shaking hands and I had to go back and shake hands with (Hart) and the coaches and then I just slapped their hands. Then I walked off the stage and just ripped my singlet off.
"Coach (Jamie) Ramirez had a really good talk with me about how to act. He has taught me how to go out and not act like a jerk when I lose."
The change in attitude was evident after his only loss of the season -- a first-period pin by Murphy in the final of the Rieman Invitational on Feb. 3 at Delaware. Mattox didn't lose his cool after the match. Instead, he got up chuckling about the unexpected result.
"Jaden's a heck of a wrestler," Ramirez said. "He's one of the best wrestlers I have ever coached or ever seen. He's wrestled all of his life and trained his whole life. He's really tough scrambling, and he's really tough mentally as well."
Mattox now has turned his attention to competing on the collegiate stage.
"I can't wait," he said. "It's what I have been working for all of my life. I might redshirt, I might not. (Ohio State) coach (Tom) Ryan told me to be ready to wrestle when I get there."Super 12
The Hilliard Darby senior went 4-1 and placed third at 195 in the Division I state tournament to finish the season 33-2.
Ball, who had a career record of 156-7 and was a four-time state qualifier, missed more than a month this season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee sustained in an injury Dec. 8.
"Jared has been a staple of Darby wrestling all four years," coach Brendan Moody said. "He has been a dedicated worker and he's deserved every single win he has earned. He has meant so much to this program and he's been a wonderful leader and role model to our younger guys. He obviously will be missed."
This Hilliard Darby senior's footwork helped him post a 48-7 record at heavyweight.
Cover also went 3-2 and placed fourth in the Division I state tournament.
Cover finished with a career record of 134-47. He went 0-2 at state at 220 as a junior in his only other state appearance.
"I think Jacob worked extremely hard and the move to heavyweight was a good one for him," coach Brendan Moody said. "His footwork improved greatly and that has to do with his work ethic and his football training as well. He's not a big heavyweight, but had an advantage in quickness and footwork on most of his opponents."
The Hilliard Davidson senior closed his prep career by placing in the Division I state tournament for the fourth time despite competing with an injurty to his left collarbone.
DiSabato, who will compete at Ohio University, suffered the injury during a first-round loss but battled back to win his next three matches and went on to place sixth at 126.
He finished 39-6 on the season and 189-20 for his career.
"Being a four-time state placer is something that's not very easy to do," said coach Dominic DiSabato, Gio's father. "You're proud of all your wrestlers as a coach, but when you have your own son and the success he's been through, you can't be more proud."
This Hilliard Davidson senior capped his career by qualifying for the Division I state tournament for the second time. Dusseau placed eighth at 120 after going 0-2 at state last season at 113. He finished 46-6 on the season and 103-30 for his career.
Dusseau's losses this season came at state, where he went 2-3, and in the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Holiday Tournament on Dec. 29 and 30, where he went 4-3 and finished sixth.
"He had a great season last year to make it to state and that set the stage for this year, and his confidence and expectations for him were much higher and he lived up to them from the first match all the way to the end," coach Dominic DiSabato said.
The Grandview junior won his first state championship by capturing the 195 title in Division III. Jump defeated Bloomdale Elmwood's Dylan Hinton 9-0 in the final to finish the season 41-1. He dominated his four opponents at state, winning two matches by pin and the other two by a combined score of 14-0.
"The biggest thing about Hudson is that he embraces challenges," coach Sam Mehling said. "He wants to have tough matches, and to go against the toughest guys. He's always trying to elevate his game, and it shows. He wants a challenge."
Jump is 122-11 for his career. He placed fifth at state at 195 as a sophomore after placing seventh at 182 two years ago.
Despite competing in the postseason for the first time, this Olentangy Liberty junior captured the Division I state title at 170.
Kharchla beat Medina's Brady Chrisman 12-3 in the state final to finish the season 38-2. He finished first in the Liberty Classic, the Brecksville Holiday Tournament and the Grizzly Invitational Tournament at Wadsworth before winning sectional and district titles.
Kharchla will take a 70-4 record into his senior season.
"Carson had the ability to stay focused for a 12-month period after last season did not go the way he wanted it to," coach Mark Marinelli said. "His ability to be coached and follow game plans to a T were one of his best traits all year."
This three-time state placer closed his prep career at Olentangy Liberty with a 135-14 record. As a senior this season, Lawson went 37-3, finished first in the Liberty Classic, the Brecksville Holiday Tournament and the Grizzly Invitational Tournament and won sectional and district titles at 182 before placing second at state.
Lawson placed second at state at 170 as a sophomore and finished third at that weight as a junior.
"Trevor was one of the best team players I've coached in quite a while," coach Mark Marinelli said. "He was everywhere helping and cheering on his teammates. His effort is one of the main reasons we overachieved this year."
This Marysville senior was a four-time state qualifier, placing second this season at 152. Marsh lost to four-time state champion David Carr of Massillon Perry 8-3 in the final to finish 44-3 on the season and 157-31 for his career.
"Jake had an outstanding season," coach Shawn Andrews said. "His only losses were at the prestigious (Walsh) Ironman and the state final. He has left a lasting legacy on our program in the way he wrestled, but more importantly in the way he prepared every day."
He went 1-2 at state last season at 145 after finishing sixth at 138 as a sophomore and going 1-2 at 126 as a freshman.
The Dublin Scioto sophomore had an unblemished record until the Division I state tournament, in which he went 3-2 and placed fourth at 138 to finish 42-2.
Last season at state, he went 1-2 at 132.
Segura, who is 81-14 for his career, finished first in five regular-season tournaments this season, before winning sectional and district championships.
"He's a tough kid," coach Adam Huddle said. "... Obviously, he wants to wrestle hard and win, but when he loses, he's going to learn from it and he moves on and that's what's pretty special about him."
This Olentangy junior went 42-6 and placed fourth at 113 in the Division I state tournament. A two-time state qualifier, Sherman also won sectional and district titles.
Sherman, who has a career record of 106-35, was one of two state placers this season for Olentangy, along with senior Xander Gore, who was eighth at 145. They are the 44th and 45th state placers in program history.
"Jacob made an immediate impact when he started as a freshman," coach Dennis Lyberger said.
"He constantly rises to the occasion and is an excellent example of competing at his best. He and Xander give the other wrestlers in the room a standard they need to reach in order to be successful."
The Dublin Coffman junior capped a strong season by placing fourth at 182 in the Division I state tournament.
In the regular season, Wolak finished first in the Greater Miami Valley Wrestling Association Holiday Tournament and was runner-up in the Rieman Invitational. He then won a sectional title and placed second at district before going 4-2 at state to finish the season 39-7. Wolak will enter his senior season 104-30.
"He was able to defeat several state placers and state qualifiers while scoring a ton of bonus points along the way," coach Chance Van Gundy said. "Lennox made a point to improve on the weaknesses he's had in previous seasons. He's always been a dangerous wrestler with an extreme will to win. He's now more of a complete wrestler. We're excited to see what's in store for his senior season."