Ohio High School Wrestling
When: Thursday – Saturday
- March 1 – 3, 2012
Where: Jerome Schottenstein Center
- Columbus, OH
What: Individual Tournament
Saturday, March 3
Ohio Wrestling State Tournament Preview
This is the 75th state wrestling tournament and during that time frame the sport has grown and prospered both in terms of participants and competition. The first tournament in 1938 consisted of 20 teams and about 120 participants, primarily from Cleveland, Akron and Columbus, and crowned 10 state champions from six high schools. No team scores were kept in an event hosted by the Greater Cleveland Coaches Association. City championships in some locales had been held since the 1920s, but this was the first recognized state-wide tournament. Since that time, 1,520 wrestlers have won at least one state title, with 316 having gained multiple championships. Overall, 55 high schools have won team championships, with Lakewood St. Edward’s 26 titles the most by any school.
This year, over 300 high schools will be represented as action begins on Thursday featuring 672 of the finest wrestlers in Ohio. Almost in celebration, this 75th tournament features 25 former state champions, including a record 22 in Division I and II, and another 20 who were runners-up—again one of the largest sets of returning finalists in tournament history. It was anticipated that one of the highlights of this event would be Felipe Martinez’s (Genoa) attempt to become Ohio’s 23rd four-time champ. Unfortunately, a close family death prevented the brilliant Martinez from competing at the district level after winning a sectional title the weekend before. However, six other wrestlers—three seniors and three juniors—will be looking to capture their third state title. Meanwhile, in a record-setting and unprecedented performance, Lakewood St. Edward qualified their entire 14-man lineup at the Ashland District, virtually clinching their 27th team title. At the same time St. Paris Graham is a heavy favorite to capture their 12th consecutive Division II team title, but there is no consensus favorite in Division III, where a number of teams have title aspirations.
2012 Brackets - Results & Brackets from the 2012 Ohio Individual State Tournament
Baumspage.com - OHSAA State Tournament Page with Results, Brackets
OHSAA State Wrestling Championships - Information & Results for the 2012 State Tournament
Ohio HS Wrestling Rankings - Wrestler Rankings & Statistics for Ohio HS Wrestling