Event Recaps

Red Team: OHSAA State Wrestling Tournament

The Red Team traveled to the campus of the Ohio State University to compete in the OHSSA Individual State Tournament. The top four individual weight class qualifiers from the Perrysburg, North Canton Hoover, Hilliard Darby, and Kettering Fairmount districts earned the right to compete in the tournament. The tournament featured a record nine nationally ranked teams, and several nationally ranked individuals.

The Pioneers finished the OHSAA Individual State Tournament in fifth place in the team standings scoring 90.5 team points. The Pioneers had their fourth top five finish in the last five years, and their fifth top ten finish in the last five years. The team was lead by a program three individual weight class finalists:Dylan Shawver (113), Brendon Fenton (120), and Mick Burnett (126).  Josh Breeding finished in third place at 132 lbs. Farouq Muhammed finished in fourth place at 152 lbs. Matt Zuckerman finished in 7th place at 138 lbs. Jake Evans went 1-2 at 160 lbs just missing a spot on the podium as a freshman. 

Event Highlights:Pioneers finished fifth in the OHSAA Individual State Tournament for their fourth top five finish in the last four years. Brendon Fenton became the programs third four-time state placer going (7, 1, 1, and 2) in his career. Brendon also became the programs third three-time state finalist, and third two-time state champion. Dylan Shawver and Mick Burnett became the program’s fifth and sixth sophomores to wrestle in the state finals. Josh Breeding became the programs eighth two-time state placer (2017-5th at 126 lbs) with his third place finish at 132 lbs. Farouq Muhammed became a two-time state placer. Matt Zuckerman earned his first state placement after qualifying the previous two years. Jake Evans had a great freshman season.  

Red Team: OHSAA Perrysburg District Tournament

The Red Team traveled to Perrysburg High School to compete in the OHSAA District Tournament. The top four wrestlers from each of the Oregon Clay, Westlake, Brecksville, and the Whitehall Sectional Tournaments qualified to compete in the district.The Tournament featured two national ranked teams, nationally ranked individuals, and numerous state ranked wrestlers in each weight class. The top four qualifiers in each weight class qualify for next week’s State Tournament on the campus of Ohio State University.

The Pioneers finished the Perrysburg District Tournament in third place in the team standings scoring 161.5 points. Pioneers finished behind two nationally ranked programs. The Pioneers qualified seven wrestlers to next week’s state tournament on the campus of Ohio State University.  The team was lead by individual weight class champions: Dylan Shawver (113) and Brendon Fenton (120). Dylan won his first district title. Brendon won his second district title of his career defeating the no.4 ranked wrestler in the country. Mick Burnett (126), Matt Zuckerman (138), and Farouq Muhammed (152) all advanced the championship finals but, lost tough matches in the finals to bring home runner-up honors in their respective weight classes. Josh Breeding (132) rebounded from a tough quarterfinal round loss to the eventually weight class champion to finish in third place. Jake Evans (160) rebounded from a tough semi-final match loss to finish in third place earning his first trip to the state tournament. 

Bryce Allison (106) and Haydon Rockman (170) both went 2-2 just missing earning a trip to the state tournament. Enrique Munguia went 1-2 at 145 lbs suffering an injury in his second round consi match which forced him to default out of the tournament. 

Event Highlights:Pioneers qualified seven wrestlers to the state tournament. Brendon Fenton won his second district title. Brendon also, became the programs fourth four-time state qualifier in program history. Dylan Shawver won his first district title. Mick Burnett and Farouq Muhammed both  became a two-time district finalists.  Matt Zuckerman became a district finalist for the first-time in his career and a three-time state qualifier. Josh Breeding became a third-time state qualifier. Jake Evans earned his first trip to the state tournament. 

Feb. 24th-25th: OHSAA Westlake Sectional Tournament

The Red Team traveled to Westlake for the OHSAA Individual Sectional Tournament. The team made it’s return to compete at Westlake after competing last year at the NW Sectional Tournament at Toledo Waite. The top four placers in each weight class advance to next week’s district tournament at Perrysburg High School.

The Pioneers finished the Westlake Sectional Tournament scoring 231.5 team points finishing in second place behind nationally ranked St.Edward. The Pioneers qualified ten weight classes to next week’s district tournament at Perrysburg High School. The team was lead by individual weight class champions: Dylan Shawer (113) and Brendon Fenton (120) who both won their second sectional championships of their careers. Finishing as runner-ups in their respective weight classes were: Bryce Allison (106), Mick Burnett (126), Josh Breeding (132), Jake Evans (160), and Haydon Rockman (170). Finishing in third place in their respective weight classes were: Matt Zuckerman (138), Enrique Munguia (145), and Farouq Muhammed (152). All three rebounded from tough semi-final round losses. Drew Levis finished in fifth place at 195 lbs earning a district alternate spot. Aaron Frost (182), Tim Kenska (220), and Kobe Thomas (285) all competed hard just missing a spot on the podium. 

Event Highlights: Brendon Fenton and Dylan Shawver both won their second sectional titles of their careers. Brendon Fenton also became a three-time sectional finalists. Josh Breeding became a four-time sectional finalist. Breeeding and Fenton both became four-time district qualifiers. Matt Zuckerman and Farouq Muhammed became three-time district qualifiers. Mick Burnett became a two-time sectional finalist, and two-time district qualifier. Haydon Rockman became a first-time district qualifier in Ohio. Haydon is a three-time district qualifier for his career. Bryce Allison and Jake Evans both became a first-time sectional finalists, and a first-time district qualifiers. Enrique Munguia became a first-time district qualifier. Drew Levis became a first-time sectional placer. 

Red Team OHSAA TeamState Duals

The Pioneers competed in the sixth annual OHSAA Team State Duals Tournament. This was the Pioneers third time competing in the event. The event is an eight team single elimination tournament. The field in the division state duals featured five teams that are nationally ranked by intermatwrestle.com Fab 50 team rankings.

The Pioneers opened the event wrestling nationally ranked Cincinnati LaSalle in the opening round. The dual swung back and forth in the early weight classes with Elyria taking the lead after 132 lbs by a score of 12-7. A series of chess moves from 138 to 160 lbs between both teams gave Elyria a 30-13 lead. LaSalle won the final five weight classes to win the dual by a score of 40-30. The loss to LaSalle eliminated the Pioneers from the tournament. The Pioneers finished their dual meet season with a record of 15-1.

Winning matches for the Pioneers were: Brendon Fenton (120), Mick Burnett (126), Matt Zuckerman (132), Enrique Munguia (145), Jimmy Schill (152), and Farouq Muhammed (160).