Edison handled Defiance Ayersville (75-3), Liberty Center (47-22) and Delta (46-27) at Saturday’s Region 17 championships at Elmwood High School to advance to Sunday’s eight-team state championships at St. John Arena on the campus of Ohio State University.
Edison is 4-1 all-time at the state duals, winning the state championship in 2017.
In the finals against Delta, Casey Barnett (113 pounds), Ray Adams (120), Jordan Keegan (145), Griffin Soviak (170) and Jacob Thompson (182) all won by pin — each in less than 98 seconds.
Also in the finals for Edison, Jakey Neer (126) won by technical fall (20-5), as did Jacob Brewer at 195 (18-1). At 152, Shadrick Slone won by a 9-7 decision, and Logan Lloyd did the same with a 4-0 win at 160.
“We knew Delta would be a tough one,” Edison coach Dave Hermes said. “We actually went down 18-17 after 138, but we had some freshmen step up big. We didn’t lose a match from 145 to 220 and there were some toss-up matches in there that we had freshmen win. Shad[rick] Slone beat a senior [Dawson Swicegood] that was state-ranked, then Logan Lloyd, another freshman at 160, went and got a 4-0 win.
“Griffin Soviak, was just coming back off an injury that kept him out six weeks,” he added. “We weighed him in at 160 as a 152-pounder and bumped him up to 170, and he went out and got the pin.”
In an impressive display in the 75-3 rout over Ayersville in the quarterfinals, Edison won 13 of the 14 matches, with a staggering 12 by pin.
Alec Homan (106), Barnett (113), Ray Adams (120), Neer (126), Garrett Scott (132), Jordan Keegan (138), Slone (145), Lloyd (152), Soviak (160), Thompson (182), Jacob Brewer (195) and Cason Holmes (220) all won by pin. Heavyweight Jackson Berardi won an 8-3 decision.
In the semifinals against Liberty Center, Homan (106), Barnett (120), Scott (132), Slone (145) and Soviak (170) won by pin.
Lloyd won by major decision (12-1) at 152, while Jared Fantuzzi posted an 11-2 major decision at 113. Holmes scored a 10-5 decision at 220.
Barnett, a sophomore and defending state champion, earned his 100th win on Saturday.
Genoa, Mantua Crestwood, Rootstown, Marion Pleasant, Bidwell River Valley, Blanchester and Versailles along with the Chargers will make up the championship field on Sunday.
“I hope we’re the No. 2 or No. 3 seed,” Hermes said. “I think we deserve it. Our only losses are to Genoa and Oregon Clay, and Genoa is obviously going to be the No. 1 seed.”
Quarterfinal: Edison 75, Ayersville 3
106: Alec Homan (EDI) pin Trevor Johnson (AYE), 1:15
113: Casey Barnett (EDI) pin Tyler Winezeler (AYE), 2:28
120: Ray Adams (EDI) pin Carson Tracy (AYE), :29
126: Jakey Neer (EDI) pin Coltyn Aden (AYE), 1:17
132: Garrett Scott (EDI) pin James Zimmerman (AYE), 1:49
138: Jordan Keegan (EDI) pin Garrett Shreve (AYE), :36
145: Shadrick Slone (EDI) pin Luke DeLano (AYE), 1:52
152: Logan Lloyd (EDI) pin Joseph Romes (AYE), 1:21
160: Griffin Soviak (EDI) pin Hunter Rue (AYE), 1:21
170: Caden Brown (AYE) dec. Gavyn Klima (EDI), 11-4
182: Jacob Thompson (EDI) pin Parker Sifuentes (AYE), 1:04
195: Jacob Brewer (EDI) pin Jacob Stiltner (AYE), 1:22
220: Cason Holmes (EDI) pin Chase Eitniear (AYE), 3:23
285: Jackson Berardi (EDI) dec. Carson Lause (AYE), 8-3
Semifinal: Edison 47, Liberty Center 22
106: Alec Homan (EDI) pin Ethan Borstelman (LC), 2:22
113: Jared Fantuzzi (EDI) maj. dec. Kendall Bostelman (LC), 11-2
120: Casey Barnett (EDI) pin Cameron Henneman (LC), 3:26
126: Dylan Matthews (LC) dec. Ray Adams (EDI), 2-1
132: Garrett Scott (EDI) pin Drew Bowser (LC), 3:45
138: Jordan Keegan (EDI) forfeit (LC)
145: Shadrick Slone (EDI) pin Andrew Moench (LC), :15
152: Logan Lloyd (EDI) maj. dec. Camren Foster (LC), 12-1
160: Tyler Kay (LC) maj. dec. Walker Cisco (EDI), 10-2
170: Griffin Soviak (EDI) pin Owen Johnson (LC), :30
182: Tyler Echler (LC) pin Jacob Thompson (EDI), 2:29
195: Caleb Carpenter (LC) dec. Jacob Brewer (EDI), 3-1
220: Cason Holmes (EDI) dec. Ray Culler (LC), 10-5
285: Conner Johnson (LC) pin Jackson Berardi (EDI), :56
Final: Edison 46, Delta 27
106: Zack Mattin (DEL) pin Alec Homan (EDI), 1:39
113: Casey Barnett (EDI) pin Carson Chiesa (DEL),:49
120: Ray Adams (EDI) pin Robbie Boulton (DEL), :57
126: Jakey Neer (EDI) tech. fall Dakota Sintobin (DEL), 20-5
132: Cole Mattin (DEL) pin Hunter Conley (EDI), 1:32
138: Evan Perry (DEL) pin Garrett Scott (EDI), 5:40
145: Jordan Keegan (EDI) pin Jayce Helminiak (DEL), :43
152: Shadrick Slone (EDI) dec. Dawson Swicegood (DEL), 9-7
160: Logan Lloyd (EDI) dec. Max Hoffman (DEL), 4-0
170: Griffin Soviak (EDI) pin Spencer Goodsite (DEL), 1:03
182: Jacob Thompson (EDI) pin Rollin Robinson (DEL), 1:38
195: Jacob Brewer (EDI) tech. fall Tristen Saeger (DEL), 18-1
220: Austin Kohlhofer (DEL) dec. Cason Holmes (EDI), 8-4
285: Dalton Richard (DEL) pin Jackson Berardi (EDI), :19