1. We’re No. 1, twice
The OHSAA state team tournament takes to the mat for the first time this season in January. The traditional postseason tournament will also take place, meaning there are two chances to claim a state team title this season.
2. Lucky 13
Graham is shooting for its 13th consecutive Division II state title. Also, titles by Bo (senior) and Micah (junior) Jordan would give the Jordan family 21 individual state titles and an 81-2 all-time record in state meets.
3. Race to the top
Troy Christian just missed making it back to the top of the Division III big board last year, but returns four wrestlers with legitimate shots at winning a title. The Eagles will race Dayton Christian for a state title; the Crusaders have three who should contend for state titles.
4. Another banner crop of freshmen
Dayton Christian’s Hunter Bray leads a freshman class that should be serious state title contenders. He’s joined by Jack Harris (Urbana), Ryan Ford (Covington), Logan LaCure (Greeneview) and Alex Marinelli (Graham).
5. Head North or South
With the Division II Tipp City sectional once again going to the Marion (Northwest) district, area D-II coaches will hold an open draw for sectional assignments. Coaches will seed teams and a draw will allow them to pick between the Tipp City and Milton-Union sectionals. The Milton sectional, which takes over as a host for Eaton, will head to the Goshen (Southwest) district.
6. Headed east
Matthew Kolodzik, who claimed the D-III state title last season at 106 for Miami Valley as a freshman, has transferred to national power Blair Academy (N.J.). He is seeded second at this weekend’s Walsh Ironman tournament at 120.