A pair of state high school wrestling champions from a year ago from central Ohio added to their title collections, and they were joined at the top of the podium by a talented freshman during the state tournament March 9 at Ohio State.
Olentangy Liberty senior Carson Kharchla, who is ranked No. 1 in the nation at 170 pounds by InterMat, capped his prep career with a second consecutive Division I championship.
Grandview senior Hudson Jump was state champion at 195 in Division III last season and completed his prep career with a title at 220.
Also capturing a title was Dublin Coffman freshman Seth Shumate, who won at 195 in Division I.
Kharchla beat Shaker Heights’ Najee Lockett 7-1 in the final to finish 31-0.
“Coach (Mark) Marinelli always says to score more, and that’s what I try to do when I go out there,” Kharchla said. “Get 6-8 points and you win.”
Led by Kharchla and state runner-up Connor Brady (160), Liberty scored 55 points to finish seventh in Division I behind champion Lakewood St. Edward (194.5) as 72 teams scored.
Brady was leading 3-1 in the first period but ended up losing to St. Edward’s Padraic Gallagher 7-6 in the final to finish 30-1.
Coffman, which also got a fourth-place finish from Lennox Wolak at 182, placed eighth (43) in Division I, while Dublin Scioto was 11th (32.5) and Westerville North finished 20th (21.5).
Shumate beat Cincinnati LaSalle’s Michael Baker 11-3 in the final to finish 50-1.
“The sacrifices and hard work paid off, so it feels amazing,” Shumate said.
Jump reached his goal of getting technical falls in each of his matches at state, including a 19-4 victory over Van Buren’s Kaleb Snodgrass in the final. Jump finished 38-0 this season and 161-11 for his career.
“Being here with my coaches one last time, my family and the community behind me, it’s just awesome,” Jump said.
Jump helped Grandview tie for 15th (28) in Division III behind champion Genoa Area (172) as 89 teams scored.
In Division II, Hartley placed 14th (36) behind champion St. Paris Graham (123.5) as 80 teams scored. The Hawks were led by Micah Norwood, who lost 6-5 in overtime to Graham’s Alek Martin in the final at 138.
Other placers from the area in Division I were Upper Arlington’s Mitch Herren (third at 120), Scioto’s Daniel Segura (fourth at 145), Deron Pulliam (fifth at 195) and Dylan Le (sixth at 106), Westerville South’s Aaron Morton (fourth at 160), Westerville North’s Mitch Potterf (sixth at 182) and Jacob Goldsmith (sixth at 220), Liberty’s Lucas Uliano (seventh at 126), Marysville’s Walker Heard (seventh at 152), Delaware’s Corbin May (seventh at 182) and Jacob McCloskey (eighth at 195), Franklin Heights’ Day’Myrin Jones (seventh at heavyweight) and Central Crossing’s Omari Green (eighth at heavyweight).
Also reaching the podium from the area in Division II were DeSales’ Cole Potts (fourth at heavyweight) and Hartley’s Griffin Rathburn (fifth at 195) and Michael Petrella (seventh at 113).