Two central Ohio high school wrestling teams came up short in the opening round of the Division I state team tournament Feb. 12 at St. John Arena.
Seventh-seeded Westerville North lost to second-seeded Elyria 60-11 and eighth-seeded Dublin Coffman lost to top-seeded Lakewood St. Edward 57-16 in a pair of quarterfinals.
It was North’s first trip to the state duals while Coffman was there for a second time after losing to Brecksville-Broadview Heights 40-29 in its opener last year.
“This was our first time getting here, so it really was a positive experience,” North coach David Grant said. “We’ll know what to expect the next time we get back here.”
The Warriors trailed 22-0 before 132-pound senior Josh Grant defeated Elyria’s Matt Zuckerman 20-10 in a major decision. Cameron Jenkins (152) won in an 11-3 major decision over Andrew Levis, and Mason Hay (220) won 8-1 over Dylan Woodings.Video •Westerville North wrestler Josh Grant discusses the Warriors' 60-11 loss to Elyria on Feb. 12 in a Division I state quarterfinal. North faces Olentangy Liberty on Feb. 16 for the OCC-Buckeye title.
Coffman trailed 33-0 before Dom Demas (145) won by a 16-2 major decision over St. Edward’s Cade Hepner. Lennox Wolak (170) won by pin in 3 minutes, 46 seconds over Vittorio Santillo, and Ben Frey (heavyweight) pinned Luca Santillo in 1:14.
“They’re arguably the best team in the nation and as a team I thought we were still a little intimidated by them,” Coffman coach Chance Van Gundy said of St. Edward. “Coming into today we were, I think, 12-0 in duals and we were expected to win all of those matches. This is the first time all year that (we) were the underdog.”
St. Edward captured the Division I title by defeating Massillon Perry 39-24. St. Paris Graham won the Division II championship by beating Wauseon 48-9, and Milan Edison defeated Massillon Tuslaw 29-25 in the Division III final.