Red Team: OHSAA StateWrestling 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 Mentor, 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 second place in the team standings forthe third year in a row scoring a program record 128.5 team points. The team was lead by a program record three individual weight class champions: Brendon Fenton (120), J.T. Brown (182), and Kevin Vough (285). Brendon Fenton won hiss econd state championship on a takedown and ride out in the final thirty seconds of his match. Kevin Vough (285) won his second state championship by a score of 5-2 over the previously undefeated second ranked wrestler in the state. J.T. Brown won 3-1 to claim his first state championship. J.T in his route to the finals defeated the returning state champion in the quarterfinals by a score of 9-3, and defeated the number one ranked wrestler in the state in the state semi-finals by a score of 6-5. Brendan Price (160) also advanced to the championship finals making it a program record four state finalists. Brendan Price defeated two returning state placers in the quarterfinals and the semi-finals. Brendan dropped a hard fought match in the state finals to finish as the state runner-up. Dylan Shawver finished in fourth place at 113 lbs becoming the second highest freshman state placer in program history (Kevin Vough was 3rd in 2014). Josh Breeding finished in fifth place at 126 lbs earning his first state medal. Mick Burnett finished in sixth place at 106 lbs. Mick became the programs third highest freshman state placer. TristanBrady battled numerous injuries to earn his state medal with his seventh place finish at 152 lbs. Cam King went 1-2 losing a tough match to place just missing earning a spot on the podium at 195 lbs. Matt Zuckerman battled hard in both of his matches just missing on advancing to the second day of competition at 132 lbs.
Event Highlights:Pioneers finished second in the OHSAA Individual State Tournament for the third year in a row. Brendon Fenton became a two-state champion with his title at 120 lbs, and became the program’s 18th individual state champion. Kevin Vough became the program’s second four-time state placer going (3, 1, 2, and 1) in his career. Kevin also, became the program’s second three-time state finalists, and the program’s 20th individual weight class champion. J.T.Brown became the program’s third three-time state placer to go along with becoming the program’s 19th individual weight class champion.Brendan Price became a first-time state placer with his state runner-up finish at 160 lbs. Dylan Shawver (113) became the program’s second highest state placer with his fourth place finish. Josh Breeding earned his first state medal with his fifth place finish at 126 lbs. Mick Burnett became the program’s third highest freshman state placer with his sixth place finish at 106 lbs. Tristan Brady became a one-time state placer.