Freshman Felipe Martínez wins grappler title
Columbus: In the 72nd annual Ohio state wrestling tournaments, March 5-7, 2009, Freshman Felipe Martínez of St. Paris Graham Local defeated two Seniors and two Juniors—three by pins—to become the first Latino Freshman to win the state wrestling championship in Division II.
Martínez is originally from Genoa, Ohio, but his family moved to the St. Paris area several years ago. He has been wrestling since the age of 5; his brother, Joseph, also has years of wrestling experience.
Martínez’s team—St. Paris Graham Local—dominated Division II, with 7 of its wrestlers winning championships. The school totaled 282 points, followed by Uhrichsville Claymont with 81.0 points; Hunting Val. Univ. School with 80.5 points; Toledo Central Catholic with 47.0 points; and Oak Harbor with 46.0 points.
First Place matches included:
103 lb: Nick Brascetta, St. Paris Graham Local maj. dec. Andrew Bertubin, Cambridge 13-4;
112 lb: Ty Mitch, Aurora dec. Brandon Gambucci, Lexington 12-7;
119 lb: Johnni DiJulius, Cuy. Falls Walsh Jesuit dec. Drew Stone, Oak Harbor 1-0;
125 lb: Zach Neibert, St. Paris Graham Local dec. Nate Skonieczny, Cuy. Falls Walsh Jesu 8-6;
130 lb: Felipe Martínez, St. Paris Graham Local pin Ryan Nakama, Sunbury Big Walnut 1:14;
135 lb: David Taylor, St. Paris Graham Local pin Manuel Cintron, Alliance 2:39;
140 lb: Harrison Hightower, Hunting Val. Univ. School dec. Matt Stephens, St. Paris Grah 5-2;
145 lb: Brian Stephens, St. Paris Graham Local maj. dec. Mike Fee, Mentor Lake Cath. 14-6;
152 lb: Jonathan McGookey, Sandusky Perkins dec. Huston Evans, St. Paris Graham Local 9-3;
160 lb Kyle Ryan, St. Paris Graham Local dec. Adam Walters, Chesterland W. Geauga 5-2;
171 lb: Zach Garbrandt, Uhrichsville Claymont dec. Dennis Raber, Orrville 4-3;
189 lb: Max Thomusseit, St. Paris Graham Local dec. Nick Mills, Hunting Val. Univ. Schoo 4-1;
215 lb: Tyler Houska, Medina Highland dec. Dave Pickerel, Tol. Central Cath. 3-2ott;
285 lb: Josh Jackson, Uhrichsville Claymont dec. Ian Jones, Painesville Harvey 5-4.
In other wrestling action, in Division III, Patrick Henry’s Alex López placed second place in the 125 pound division. He lost to Monroeville’s Logan Stieber, 16 to 1.