A pair of central Ohio high school senior standouts, Dublin Coffman’s Dom Demas and Olentangy Liberty’s Brakan Mead, landed on top of the podium at the Division I state wrestling tournament March 11 at Ohio State.
Mead edged Lakewood St. Edward’s Bryce Hepner 2-0 to win the title at 113 pounds and finish 53-4 on the season.
Mead’s performance helped the Patriots score 122 points to set a Central District record in Division I and finish third behind Lakewood St. Edward (151) and Elyria (128.5).
“It feels awesome,” said Mead, who placed second at state at 106 as a sophomore and third at 106 a year ago. “Every year I learned a little more. I felt comfortable on this stage.”
Demas, who also won the state title at 138 as a sophomore and was state runner-up at 145 a year ago, pinned Liberty’s Trey Grenier in 2 minutes, 30 seconds to win the 145-pound championship.
“It feels amazing to be back on top with a state title,” said Demas, a University of Oklahoma recruit who finished 51-3.
Also in the Division I team standings, Coffman finished 11th (50.5), Central Crossing was 13th (32.5) and Hilliard Darby tied for 17th (25.5).
In addition to Grenier, earning state runner-up finishes were Hilliard Davidson's Gio DiSabato at 120, Coffman’s Ben Frye at heavyweight and Central Crossing’s Jaden Mattox at 152. Mattox had won the state title at 132 last year.
Placing third in Division I were Liberty’s Connor Brady (152) and Trevor Lawson (170), Darby’s Jared Ball (182) and Delaware’s Max Wright (195), while Liberty’s Jordan Rosselli (120) and Mike Ezenekwe (220) both were fourth.
Central Crossing’s Zach Collins (113) and Licking Heights’ Josiah Harrell (170) both placed fifth.
Liberty senior Kyle Lawson, a three-time state champion, defaulted his final two matches and finished sixth at 160.
Marysville’s Derek Sharp (126) was sixth as well.
In Division II, Licking Valley’s Jake Martinez (138) placed third and teammate Addison Fogle (126) was fifth.
In Division III, Northridge’s Forest Belli (152) and Steele Strout (160) and Grandview’s Hudson Jump (195) all finished fifth.