The St. Edward High wrestling team claimed its 30th state championship at the OHSAA Tournament in Columbus last Saturday night.
The high-flying Eagles turned back a surge by Elyria in the consolation round to lay claim to the individual team title with one state titlist, two runners-up and three other place-winners.
Allan Hart (113), a 10th grader, brought home the 103rd individual title in school history. Hunter Ladnier (132) and Jared Campbell (195) each placed second while Jack Conway (145) and L.J. Bentley (126) were third. Parker Knapp (220) was fourth.
Ed’s rolled up 14.5 more points than runner-up Elyria, although the Pioneers crowned two individual titlists. Elyria winners were junior Ben Darmstadt (182) and undefeated sophomore Kevin Vough (285). Elyria set a school record for qualifying 8 wrestlers to the state tournament. They placed seven on the podium for another school record as JT Brown (170) and Nico O’Dor (132) placed fourth, Nicholas Mayer (120) and Brendon Fenton (113) took seventh and Mikah Price (152) place 8th.
It was a big night for Elyria Coach Erik Burnett, too. A 4-time state champ at Oberlin, Burnett was inducted into the Ohio Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Hall of Fame before the finals.
Ed’s returns to the title role for the first time since 2013. Elyria last won the state title in 1973, but this year’s runner-up trophy caps a year of firsts for the program, including first Walsh Jesuit Ironman champion, first team title at the Bill Dies Memorial Tournament and the most state placers (seven) in school history. The Pioneers also graduate just one senior in Mayer.
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