Eight Clermont County high school wrestling stars have qualified for the state championship meet that will take place this weekend at the at the Value City Arena, Jerome Schottenstein Center, on the campus of Ohio State University, Columbus.
The best four in each weight class from the Southwest District qualified for the state championship tournament.
Both of the Division I qualifiers were Glen Este seniors and champions of their respective weight class.
Teammate and classmate C. J. Pickelheimer finished fifth which makes him an alternate who will be eligible to wrestle upstate if one of the top four in his weight class from the Southwest District is unable to compete.
Teamwise, Harrison won the 38-team tournament with 133 points, Glen Este was fifth with 89, Milford was 31st with eight, and Amelia tied for 36th with no points. The tournament took place at Fairfield High School.
Six Clermont countians qualified from the tournament that took place at Goshen High School.
Joey Ward, Goshen freshman 112-pounder, earned second place. He lost in the championship final to Isaac Jordan of Graham 15-5. To get to the finale Ward defeated Christian Hensley of Ross 17-0, Josh Dingess of Athens 17-1, and Garrett Kerr of Marietta 13-3. He has a record of 43-1.
Bryan Martineck, New Richmond senior 171-pounder, achieved second place losing in the championship finale to James Mannier of Graham 17-8. To advance to the finals he pinned Patrick Wilson of Washington Court House in 5:26, decisioned Nathan Silvus of Shawnee 6-3, and pinned Brad Wolford of Logan Elm in 3:51. He has a record of 36-11.
Jeff Elam, Batavia junior 215-pounder, took third place by winning the consolation final over Kyle Ramsey of Chillicothe 6-3. He began with a pin in 1:31 of Nathaniel Graham of Tippecanoe, 12-5 over Caleb Cooper of McClain, was pinned by Logan White of Graham in 4:17, and pinned Connor Maglecic of Norwood in 2:17.
Chaz Gresham, Goshen freshman 135-pounder, finished fourth. He beat Justin Deel of Kenton Ridge 16-0 and Justin Hasley of Marietta 10-6, lost to David Taylor Graham 19-3, beat Clay Davis of Circleville 8-4, and lost the consolation final to Tommy Willis of Carroll 6-5. He has a record of 46-3.
Cory Disbennett, Bethel-Tate 145-pounder, placed fourth. He defeated Trey Smith of Valley View 13-3, Jordan Fraley of Miami Trace 5-4, lost to Selo Ramjattan of Greenville 19-0, beat Steven Cox of Norwood 7-4 and lost the consolation final to Adam Fondale of New Lexington 9-3. He has a record of 38-3.
Andrew Nealan, New Richmond junior 160-pounder, will be returning to the state championships for the second consecutive year. He captured fourth place in the district. He was pinned in the beginning by Shane Eshelman of Milton-Union in 3:14. Nealan went on to defeat Kenton Varney of Valley View 9-1, Jed Patterson of Vinton County 10-4, Jacob Barnes of Benjamin Logan 6-4, and Paul Gryniuk of Washington Court House 8-6. He was nipped in the conso final by Eshelman 5-4. He has a record of 43-8.
Nick Simpson, Clermont Northeastern sophomore 103-pounder, and Joe Dennis, McNicholas senior 130-pounder and a Tate Township resident, are alternates in their respective weight class. Simpson's record is 34-8 and Dennis' record of 45-7 brings his career number of victories to an incredibly impressive 146.
Kyle Rose, New Richmond senior 130-pounder, pulled off the most impressive upsets among Clermont countians. In back to back bouts he downed Chillicothe sectional champ Nick Wilson of Washington Court House 13-10 and Eaton sectional runner-up Steve Isaacs of Valley View with a pin in 1:40.
Graham won the tournament with a whopping 368 points. Goshen was sixth with 56.5, New Richmond 12th, 43, Batavia and Bethel-Tate, tied for 30th, 18; and Clermont Northeastern, 34th, 12. A total of 50 teams scored points.
Goshen once again did the county proud with its outstanding hosting of the Division II Southwest District. Mark Slagle, athletic director, and the Goshen Athletic Boosters conducted a well-operated tournament and a tremendous hospitality room.