Columbus, OH- Wapakoneta Senior Landon Hall won the OHSAA Division II 220lb State Wrestling Championship Saturday, becoming the school’s 3rd State Champion in the sport. Fellow Senior Jayden Hefner turned in a rock solid performance in securing a 5th Place spot on the podium. The Redskin duo’s performances led to an overall 14th Place finish for the Team out of 113 schools represented at the tournament that scored points (other schools had participants, but did not score any Team points).
Hall entered the tournament as a projected finalist and left little to doubt as he steam rolled through his first two opponents and made turned in a workman like performance against his semifinal opponent. In opening round action, he pinned Senior Kyle Gallagher of West Geauga in 3:39. In the Quarterfinals, he wasted no time with Steubenville Senior Drone Moore, pinning him at 1:56 of the 1st period. In the Semifinals, he methodically defeated Girard’s Sophomore Jack DelGarbino 5-2.
In his finals match, Landon jumped out to an early 6-1 lead against Maumee’s Brandon Phillips, and then easily fended off his opponents attacks before claiming his Championship with a 6-4 victory. Hall defeated Phillips by major decision in last week’s District Championship.
The Tiffin University football commit, completed his Senior season with a 46-3 record, notching a WBL, Sectional, District, and now a State Championship along the way. In his four years, he became the school’s 2nd 4-time WBL Champion, 2nd 4-time State Qualifier, 2nd 3-time State Placer, and 3rd State Champion.
Jayden Hefner, who’s last two seasons ended with him qualifying as a State Alternate and not getting into the tournament, made sure he took advantage of his final matches at the Schottenstein Center. The Senior went 4-2, avenging his two District losses, on the weekend enroute to his State placement.
Hefner opened up against 2-time, now 3-time, State Champ Mitch Moore of Graham. As expected when you are wrestling the number 3 ranked wrestler in the country, Hefner did not fare well and lost by fall. Unfazed, Hefner bounced back and defeated Tallmadge Sophomore Jake Potok 7-3. This set the stage for a District rematch against Mansfield Madison’s LeConte Merrell. The Mansfield State placer had defeated Hefner 3-0 at last week’s District tournament. Hefner reversed the table when it mattered and defeated Merrell 9-3 to knock him out of the tournament. The win over Merrell rewarded Hefner with another rematch of his other District loss. Hefner face Sandusky Perkins Senior Drew Crabtree in the Consolation Quarterfinals. Crabtree had defeated Hefner 3-2 in the District opening round. Hefner turned it up this time, and after building a lead, pinned Crabtree at the 4:43 mark.
In the consolation semifinals, Hefner lost by fall to eventual 3rd place finisher Hunter Yackee of Wauseon. In his 5th Place match, he controlled Washington Court House Miami Trace’s Coby Hughes from the onset, and defeated the Junior 8-1 to secure the 5th Place finish. Jayden finished his Senior season 41-12 and is a 3-time District Placer in addition to his 5th place finish this at State this season.
Other fellow WBL wrestlers making the podium were Bath’s Tre Terry (6th at 170lbs), Defiance’s Danny Assaf (7th at 126lbs), Timothy Gage Grunden (Runner-up at 138lbs), Robbie Bowers (4th at 182lbs), Elida’s Noah Meeker (8th at 285lbs. In Division III, Ottawa Glandorf’s Daniel Beemer finished 4th at 195lbs.
Around the area, Ada’s Chase Sumner finished 8th in Division III at 138lbs. Allen East Senior Schuyler Caprella placed 5th at 132lbs. Delphos St. John’s Senior Brett Vonderwell finished 2nd at 170lbs to the number one ranked wrestler in the nation, Ohio State commit Kaleb Romero of Mechanicsburg, who notched his 4th State Championship.
Division two brackets are attached.