State champion wrestler Jaden Mattox will have a change of scenery for his junior season.

State champion wrestler Jaden Mattox will have a change of scenery for his junior season.

After being a Division I state runner-up at 113 pounds for the Central Crossing High School wrestling team as a freshman, Mattox moved to 132 last season and was one of two state champions for the Comets. Kameron Teacher, a 2016 graduate, won the title at heavyweight.

Over the summer, Mattox and his family moved and he enrolled at Olentangy Liberty, which gives him the opportunity to transition from one of the state's top five finishers last year to another.

"I enrolled (at Liberty on Aug. 16)," Mattox said. "I know quite a few of the guys over there and there are a lot of other guys who should contend for state titles.

"We lost a lot of seniors (at Central Crossing) and I didn't really have a drill partner. … Central Crossing's a tough place to leave."

Mattox finished 52-3 as a freshman as the Comets placed 12th at state.

He went 43-1 last season, including beating Mason's Zackary Donathan 4-3 for the state title as the Comets scored 73.5 points to finish fifth.

Liberty was third with 95 points, behind Lakewood St. Edward (152) and Elyria (105).

The Patriots' Kyle Lawson won the state title at 160. Trevor Lawson was runner-up at 170, Brakan Mead (106) and Trey Grenier (145) both placed third and Connor Brady finished fourth at 132.

Mead, Grenier and Kyle Lawson all are seniors. Trevor Lawson is a junior along with Mattox, and Brady is a sophomore.

"I wish Jaden the best of luck," Comets coach Jamie Ramirez said. "Liberty has a lot of good wrestlers over there. Jaden will be good regardless of where he wrestles."

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