Ohio Represented Well at the Walsh Jesuit Ironman Tournament
Over the last 26 years the Walsh Jesuit Ironman tournament has been held at Walsh Jesuit high school in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. This tournament is known as one of the top three in-season high school tournaments in the country, along with the Powerade Wrestling Tournament and the Beast of the East. Many of the top programs in the country send their wrestlers to this tournament to compete individually and as a team. This year’s Ironman tournament was held from December 13th-14th.
Ohio had been well represented at the Ironman tournament with over 230 athletes registered. Throughout the last two days, athletes from all over the country competed until a handful remained for the finals. Out of the 14 weight classes, wrestlers from Ohio competed in 6 of them for individual titles.
The top ranked 145-pounder in the country Victor Voinovich, a junior from Brecksville High School wrestled the number 3 ranked Lachlan McNeil from Wyoming Seminary for the 145-pound title. Wyoming Seminary is one of the premier wrestling programs in the country who was the team runner up at the 2018 Ironman tournament. Mcneil defeated Voinovich by a 5-1 decision in the finals to be crowned the 145-pound champion.
Paddy Gallagher, a junior from St. Edward High School and the number two ranked 160-pounder in the country competed against the sixth ranked Andrew Cerniglia from Notre Dame High School in Pennsylvania for the 160-pound title. In the finals, Gallagher rallied from a 3-0 deficit to defeat Cerniglia by a 4-3 decision to win the 160-pound title.
Jake Evans, a junior from Elyria High School competed against the eighth ranked 182-pounder in the country Rylan Rodgers from Blair Academy in New Jersey for the 182-pound title. In the finals, Rodgers defeated Evans by a 5-4 decision to be crowned champion at 182-pounds.
Seth Shumate, a sophomore from Dublin Coffman High School and the number 10 ranked 195-pounder in the country competed against Nicholas Feldman from Malvern Prep out of Pennsylvania for the 195-pound title. In the finals, Shumate defeated Feldman by a 10-8 decision to win the 195-pound title.
Ethan Hatcher, a senior from Brecksville High School and the fifth ranked 220-pounder in the country competed against the nation’s top 220-pounder and one time Ohio State target Braxton Amos from Parkersburg South High School for the 220-pound title. In the finals, Amos defeated Hatcher by a 7-1 decision to be crowed champion at the 220-pound title.
Max Millin, a senior from Massillon Perry High School competed against Cole Deery from Malvern Prep for the 285-pound title. In the finals, Deery defeated Millin by a decision 3-1 decision in sudden victory to win the 285-pound title.
Even with elite wrestlers from all over the country competing in this tournament Ohio has proven they continue to produce elite wrestling talent. Out of this group of finalists, Ohio State currently has commitments from Seth Shumate and Paddy Gallagher. Ohio State continues to recruit Voinovich but it may be an uphill battle because Ohio State currently has Sasso on the roster with Anthony Echemendia and Paddy Gallagher committed.
Written by Brandon Dodson
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