Red Team: OHSAA StateWrestling Tournament
The Red Team traveledto the campus of the Ohio State University to compete in the OHSAA IndividualState Tournament. The top four individual weight class qualifiers from theMentor, North Canton Hoover, Hilliard Darby, and Kettering Fairmount districtsearned the right to compete in the tournament. The tournament featured a recordnine nationally ranked teams, and several nationally ranked individuals.
The Pioneers finishedthe OHSAA Individual State Tournament in second place in the team standings forthe third year in a row scoring a program record 128.5 team points. The teamwas lead by a program record three individual weight class champions: BrendonFenton (120), J.T. Brown (182), and Kevin Vough (285). Brendon Fenton won hissecond state championship on a takedown and ride out in the final thirtyseconds of his match. Kevin Vough (285) won his second state championship by ascore of 5-2 over the previously undefeated second ranked wrestler in thestate. J.T. Brown won 3-1 to claim his first state championship. J.T in hisroute to the finals defeated the returning state champion in the quarterfinalsby a score of 9-3, and defeated the number one ranked wrestler in the state inthe state semi-finals by a score of 6-5. Brendan Price (160) also advanced to the championship finals making it aprogram record four state finalists. Brendan Price defeated two returning stateplacers in the quarterfinals and the semi-finals. Brendan dropped a hard foughtmatch in the state finals to finish as the state runner-up. Dylan Shawver finished in fourth place at 113lbs becoming the second highest freshman state placer in program history (KevinVough was 3rd in 2014). Josh Breeding finished in fifth place at 126lbs earning his first state medal. Mick Burnett finished in sixth place at 106lbs. Mick became the programs third highest freshman state placer. TristanBrady battled numerous injuries to earn his state medal with his seventh placefinish at 152 lbs. Cam King went 1-2 losing a tough match to place just missingearning a spot on the podium at 195 lbs. Matt Zuckerman battled hard in both ofhis matches just missing on advancing to the second day of competition at 132lbs.
Event Highlights:Pioneers finished second in the OHSAA Individual State Tournament for the thirdyear in a row. Brendon Fenton became a two-state champion with his title at 120lbs, and became the program’s 18th individual state champion. Kevin Vough became the program’s secondfour-time state placer going (3, 1, 2, and 1) in his career. Kevin also, becamethe program’s second three-time state finalists, and the program’s 20thindividual weight class champion. J.T.Brown became the program’s third three-time state placer to go along withbecoming the program’s 19th individual weight class champion.Brendan Price became a first-time state placer with his state runner-up finishat 160 lbs. Dylan Shawver (113) became the program’s second highest stateplacer with his fourth place finish. Josh Breeding earned his first state medalwith his fifth place finish at 126 lbs. Mick Burnett became the program’s thirdhighest freshman state placer with his sixth place finish at 106 lbs. TristanBrady became a one-time state placer.