Two of Clermont County’s finest prep wrestling stars placed in the Ohio state championship wrestling tournament that took place last weekend at the Jerome L. Schottenstein Center on the campus of Ohio State University, Columbus.
Kyle Krummert, Milford junior 125-pounder, secured sixth place among the final 16 grapplers in their respective Division I weight class.
Krummert lost his opening round bout to Ryan Marks of Brecksville-Broadview Heights, 5-2. In the first match of the consolation round, Krummert defeated Devon Mezinger of Fremont Ross 9-5, then proceeded to down Vitaly Radsky of Worthington of Thomas Worthington 7-5 in overtime, and Adam Wallander of Moeller 5-4. The Eagle eleventh grader lost his last two contests to Jordan McGuire of Miamisburg 9-3 and Andrew Dinda of Garfield Heights 14-0.
Ryan Giltz, Goshen senior, was seventh in the 285-pound class of Division II.
He began the state competition with a 4-3 victory over Robert Duraine of Ashtabula Edgewood. In his next fray the Goshen twelfth grader was edged by Doug Donna of Tiffin Columbian 3-1. In the consolation round, Giltz pinned Wade Ishmael of Oak Harbor in 1-minute, 29-seconds, lost to Matt Walker of Alliance 12-3 and recovered to pin Tyler Hawkins of Millersburg West Holmes in 1:52.
Giltz closed out a fine career with a superior record of 39-6.
"Giltz wrestled pretty well. I knew he was capable of doing well all year," said Goshen head coach Dallas Rise.
"Hopefully he's shown the younger guys it is possible to get to state and win matches, not just to get to state and just be happy with that. I hope they've learned that it is not incomprehensible to get to state and actually win matches and get on the podium as a state placer like Ryan did. We're very proud of him."
Four other Clermont countians also qualified for the state championship meet.
In Division I, Milford junior 112-pounder Zach Sherman began his Columbus quest with a 4-2 overtime decision over Jared Crasto of Centerville 4-2. Sherman was beaten in his next two contests by Nick Sulzer of Lakewood St. Edward 8-3 and Kyle Lang of Brecksville-Broadview Heights by a pin in 2:46.
Sherman called it a year with a good 36-10 slate.
T. J. O'Connell, Milford senior 171-pounder, lost two heartbreakers. He was taken by Aaron Winemiller of Akron Steele 6-4, in overtime, and Marcus Roman of Canton Glen Oak 5-4.
O'Connell closed out his final prep campaign with a fine 14-6 record.
In Division II, Bethel-Tate senior 171-pounder Roger Boucher, was pinned by Jeremy Foster of Pemberville Eastwood and Brice Griffin of Canal Fulton Northwest.
Boucher ended it all for his high school career with a very respectable slate of 32-15.
In Division III, Williamsburg junior 125-pounder, Allen Schwieckart was decisioned in his bouts. His competitors, in order, were Cody Coomes of Marion Pleasant 6-4 and Brent Runkle of West Salem Northwestern 16-2.
Schweickart's junior season was ended with a very good standard of 31-11.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association distributed to the representatives of the press a great deal of information and much of it deals with history, a subject of which I have some degree of affection.
One booklet pointed out past state placers from each high school in the state. Going into the 2007 (70th annual state wrestling tournament) each Clermont County high school was credited with the following number of state placers.
Amelia has one third place, one fourth place, and one sixth place. Batavia has two seconds, three thirds, five fourths, one fifth, and one sixth. Bethel-Tate has one state champion (Joey Calhoun 1991), three thirds, five fourths, one fifth, and one sixth. Clermont Northeastern has one second, one third, and one sixth. Glen Este has one second, one fourth, two fifths, one sixth, and one eighth. Goshen has one first (Mike Holcomb 1979), and one third. Milford has two seconds and one fifth. New Richmond has one fourth and two sixths. Williamsburg has one third, two fourths, and one fifth.
Loveland, Moeller, and St. Xavier each has Clermont countians who earned state titles and other state placers. Cincinnati Country Day is another known local school that has had Clermont County state placers.