Brookville Wrestlers Regional “TEAM” Champions
By: Dr. John Rhodes
“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” – Ryunosuke Satoro
In 1972, Bay Village sent three wrestlers to the then AAA (Division 1) individual state wrestling tournament. They qualified just three wrestlers, out of all the weight classes. In 1972 there was not a “TEAM” champion, only individual champions were recognized. These three wrestlers from Bay Village scored enough individual points to bring Bay Village a state championship, 2 of the 3 were crowned individual champions of their respective weight classes, and scored enough points to win the state tournament.
Today, we have recognized the value of a TEAM, and as a team, compete for a state championship. There is still an individual championship in March, but this is a team contest. The emphasis is on Team! Thus the highlighted headline!
Brookville was given the task of hosting this first weekend of regional competition, and they proved to be up to the task. Tournament director/coordinator was assigned to Ohio and Miami Valley Wrestling Hall of Fame former coach Pete Chakiris, and he assembled a first rate crew of table workers, and helpers, to put on a first class tournament. To qualify for this competition, your team must have at least 7 of the 14 weight classes represented.
Brookville entered the tournament as a #3 seed, the #1 seed was perennial power Covington, and #2 seed Xenia Legacy Christian, other notables were, never to be underestimated, #5 seed Miami East, and Troy Christian.
In opening action Brookville found itself paired up against league foe Carlisle. Brookville came out firing on all cylinders and posted a commanding lead 45-3 before Coach Sampson forfeited out the remainder of his line up. “We were up 45-3 on Carlisle before we forfeited 170 through heavy weight. I wanted the boys fresh and it wasn’t worth risking injury for a match that wouldn’t have mattered.”
Wins by pin were scored by 113 Khadyn Jacobs, 120 Bailey Larson, 126 Timmy Davis, 138 Owen Ashworth, 145 Gianni Carey, 152 Dylan Starnes, and 160 Mason Starnes. Mason Esterline won by decision 7-6.
Next up for the Blue Devils was Xenia Legacy Christian. Xenia Legacy Christian offers open enrollment, and welcomes athletes from wherever. There are other schools in the area offering open enrollment, that we compete against, I despise the practice and consider it an unfair advantage. XLC recently defeated Division 1 Cincinnati Elder and as the #2 seed was ready to advance. (Elder also finished in the elite 8 and advances to the state team contest Division 1).
“Logan Jones won the match for us, he lost but he went up against a state ranked wrestler and wasn’t pinned, those points were the difference in the match.” said Sam. Dylan Starnes also pinned his XLC opponent as Brookville posted a 48-34 team win. “Dylan Starnes cut (weight) to 152 just for Legacy,….there aren’t names for what he does out there, he just does what it takes to win!” bragged Coach Sampson.
When Miami East enters a tournament as a #5 seed you can bet there are some excellent wrestling schools present! East defeated North College Hill, Troy Christian (open enrollment), and #1 seed Covington on it’s way to a showdown with #3 seeded Brookville.
Brookville won 8 of 12 contested matches and received 2 forfeits as they posted a 51-22 win over Miami East. 113 Bailey Larson won by pin, 138 Brennon Moore decision 4-3, Devon Meyers decision 7-2, Gianni Carey decision 9-7, 160 Dylan Starnes via pin, Chase Dyer pin, Luke Williams pin, and Jon Mitchell pin, to end the scoring for the Blue Devils.
Brookville won this first weekend of regional competition and now advances to next Sunday’s showdown at 11am, in the historic St. John’s Arena as one of the top 8 schools in team competition.
Coach Sampson recaps this regional championship by saying, “I thought it was going to be a battle. There were at least 7 D3 individual champs and 20+ State placers. I was nervous but also excited to see how we stacked up…our guys were amped up and hungry…Literally everyone who stepped over the line gave all they had…There is no wrestler of the week, this week, instead the entire team will be honored, because this was a team victory…I am so proud of these kids, they will give you 6 minutes of everything that they have, even if they are losing!” I don’t think any of us can ask for anything more than that, Coach! Good Luck Blue Devils, next weekend!
“I want to thank all the table workers, concession workers, hospitality room workers, and Tournament administrators for putting on a top notch tournament. It was all hands on deck for the Brookville wrestling family. I’m proud to be a blue devil, and you should be too.” concluded Coach Sampson.
We are proud Sam, and on behalf of that wrestling family I wish you, your coaching staff and of course, the young men, all the best next weekend!
Support our schools, support wrestling, see you, on the mat…of course!