- By John Cummings Contributing Writer
The Graham wrestling machine is heading to the state tournament at near full strength.
Graham ran away from the field at the Division II Wilmington district, advancing 13 to state and winning the title by 236.5 points.
The Falcons won nine titles, finished second three times and had one third place finish.
Graham got titles from Tanner Jordan (113), J.D Stickley (138), Mitch Moore (145), Joey Sanchez (152), Ryan Thomas (160), Rocky Jordan (170), Gage Braun (195) and Johnny Shafer (220).
Graham almost made it a perfect run through the tournament, but 285 Khrizdon Van Hoose dropped a 5-4 decision in his go-to match.
In the second installment of what should be a trilogy, Braun handed Valley View’s Stone Day his first loss, 3-1 in overtime. Day had defeated Braun 5-4 in the finals at the Valley View Invite and the final installment could come Saturday night for a state title.
Northwestern advanced a pair to the state meet. Senior Jacob Lees took the long way to Columbus.
After losing in the first round by default, Lees ran off four consecutive wins to punch his ticket to the state meet in a fourth place finish at 138.
Division III: Greenon was the top finisher at Troy’s Hobart Arena, finishing 12th with 51.5 points.
The Knights advanced one to the state meet with junior Levi Morrison finishing third.
Defending state champ Mechanicsburg advanced just Dustin Knapp to the state meet at 170, finishing 17th in the team race.
It was a record weekend for Southeastern.
Jesse Mitchell became the first state qualifier in school history, bouncing back from a 3-2 loss in the semis at 160 to advance with a 13-5 major decision over Madison’s Devin Oligee en route to a third place finish.
It will be a family affair for Greeneview at the state tournament.
Devan Hendricks was second at 126 while brother Teagan got some revenge in advancing at 106.
Teagan Hendricks avenged a loss in the sectional semis to Miami East’s Olivia Shore in the consolation semis en route to a fourth place finish to advance as a freshman.
Division I: It was not the road to Columbus that Springfield senior Joe Cochran had expected, but the projected state champ at 220 still found a way.
After being upset in the quarters, Cochran ran off three consecutive wins to advance to the consolation finals before defaulting to finish fourth.
Springfield junior Jacob Yost, who was also upset in the quarters, didn’t have as good of luck in the consolation bracket.
Yost dropped a tough 3-2 decision to Western Brown’s Eric Altman in his first consolation match.
The state wrestling tournament Thursday through Saturday at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center in Columbus.