Kameron Teacher is not your typical heavyweight wrestler.

Kameron Teacher is not your typical heavyweight wrestler.

Despite weighing 283 pounds, the Central Crossing High School senior is fluid and nimble on -- and off -- the mat.

Teacher displayed his nimbleness after winning the Division I state championship March 5 at Ohio State by taking a direct route to the awards podium stage.

"Kam has incredible balance," coach Jamie Ramirez said. "Winning the heavyweight title, he was the last wrestler announced and he just jumped onto the stage without using the stairs. It was pretty awesome."

Teacher finished the season 47-0 and has been named ThisWeek Super 12 captain. He also was named the state tournament's Most Valuable Wrestler after going 4-0 and winning his final by injury default over Elyria's Kevin Vough. Teacher held a 7-2 advantage in the third period when Vough suffered a match-ending leg injury.

Teacher and 132-pounder Jaden Mattox both won titles to become the first Central Crossing athletes to win state championships in any sport. They helped the Comets score 73.5 points at state to finish fifth behind champion Lakewood St. Edward (152) as 74 teams scored.

As a junior, Teacher won his first 49 matches before going 1-2 at state. He acknowledged that the atmosphere of the state tournament overwhelmed him, but he didn't allow that to happen this season.

"I didn't pay attention to it," said Teacher, who finished his career 147-28. "I told myself, 'Don't look up at the crowd. Just look at the mat and wrestle.' It's like wrestling in any other high school tournament. It's just a bigger building."

Teacher did not start wrestling until high school, but credited the sport with making him a better athlete.

"It is the hardest sport I've ever done, because it is has the most conditioning and pushes you to the max," said Teacher, who won titles in the Ironman Invitational on Dec. 11 and 12 at Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit and in the Medina Invitational Tournament on Dec. 27 and 28. "When I started, I thought, 'There's no way this is harder than football,' but it was. Wrestling changed me. It showed me how much hard work can pay off."

Teacher hopes to wrestle and play football in college, but has yet to make a college decision.

"I have five visits I can make and I will be going all over during spring break," he said.

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*HONORABLE MENTION -- Connor Brady (Olentangy Liberty, Fr., 132), Ben Frye (Dublin Coffman, Jr., 220), Brandon Goldsmith (Westerville North, Sr., 170), Trey Grenier (Olentangy Liberty, Jr., 145), A.J. Jones (Thomas Worthington, Sr., 195), Hudson Jump (Grandview, Fr., 182), Jackson Lakso (Central Crossing, Sr., 113), Jake Marsh (Marysville, So., 138), Jake Martinez (Licking Valley, Jr., 138), Luciano Mendicino (Granville, Jr., 152), Willy Plaisir (Dublin Coffman, Sr., 152), Jordan Rosselli (Olentangy Liberty, So., 120), Will Stratton (Hilliard Bradley, Sr., 170), Seth Transue (Dublin Jerome, Sr., 120), James Wimer (Central Crossing, Sr., 138).

*PAST CAPTAINS -- Marysville's Taleb Rahmani (2015), Austin Pfarr (2014) and Noah Forrider (2013), Olentangy Liberty's Roy Daniels (2012), Hilliard Davidson's Chase Delande (2011), Westerville North's Josh Demas (2009, 2010) and Jesse Dong (2008), Westerville Central's Brendan Barlow (2007), Westerville South's Anthony Ciraky (2006), Hamilton Township's Nick Hackett (2005) and Jason Hackett (2002), New Albany's Larry Reichard (2004), Westland's T.J. Enright (2003), DeSales' C.P. Schlatter (2000, 2001), Ready's Tommy Rowlands (2000) and Pickerington's Keaton Anderson (1999).