Class of 2018 rankings are the opinions of the OWN team. Rankings are based on regular and off season results. Also, performance at National tournaments hold more weight(ie Ironman, Beast, Fargo, etc) then a small margin head-to-head win at a local/regional tournament.
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Nothing has changed with the top four since their sensational freshman campaigns. Out of the top four Class of 2018, they have a combined 8 out of 8 state final appearances and 7 for 8 capturing gold in Columbus. Carr gets the #1 nod over the always exciting Mitch Moore due to his recent Who's #1 win. Moore has made leaps and bounds this summer (if anyone thought that was possible), but we have yet to see him on the National scene this pre-season. It will be interesting to see where he lands at Super 32. Hoskins gets the nod over Mattox merely for being a 2X champ, where Mattox dropped a freshman state final to Hart(St. Ed).
Jordan speaks for himself as he is carrying on the family legacy.
Look for Cardello to make the biggest jump this year as he is working out with Decatur day after day. Yinger just recently won the Grappler Fall Classic in impressive fashion and will continue to open eyes at the Ironman. The fact that he is now with Coach Doggett and in the Mechanicsburg wrestling room is enough to make this already tough competitor that much more dangerous. Fenton is the one that could have been a few spots higher or lower, his Ironman performance will determine where he falls in his class in two months. Same thing goes for Fargo AA Shore as it does Fenton, he could easily be up a few or down a few spots, but he was bronze in a brutal weight last March finishing behind Hoskins and Quinn. He also owns a win over Hoskins.
The question of why Thomas is ahead of state champion Freeman is simple, Thomas lost a two quarter final against Adkins in Columbus and then he came back to wreck the bracket. Our speculation is that Thomas would comfortably defeat Freeman, but we will never know as the two are separated by two weight classes this season.
The scary part is there is enough points with the four Graham juniors on this list to likely win a state team title by themselves.
|1.||David Carr||Massillon Perry|
|3.||Tommy Hoskins||Legacy Christian Academy|
|4.||Jaden Mattox||Central Crossing|
|9.||Graham Shore||Miami East|
|11.||Keevon Thomas||Lake Catholic|
|13.||Matt Fields||Walsh Jesuit|
|14.||Matt Kazimir||St. Edward|
|15.||Victor Marcelli||Massillon Jackson|
|18.||Trevor Lawson||Olentangy Liberty|
|19.||Ronnie Rowan||Akron Firestone|
|21.||Lamonte Chapman||Fremont Ross|
|22.||Jacob Edwards||Troy Christian|
|23.||Jared Ball||Hilliard Darby|
|24.||Cody Howard||St. Edward|
Rob Koll and Brian Smith were reminiscing prior to Missouri’s dual meet this season at Cornell. It was mid-January in Ithaca, N.Y., where the average temperature hovers in the low-20s, but their thoughts were 1,350 miles south.
A couple weeks earlier, they were up before daylight on New Year’s morning, getting their wrestlers down to weight for the Southern Scuffle, and the confluence of cold weather and long days at midseason tournaments sparked memories. Read rest of article