Mechanicsburg’s Kaleb Romero becomes 29th four-time state champion


R-H staff



COLUMBUS — Mechanicsburg senior Kaleb Romero won his fourth-consecutive individual wrestling state championship and Lakewood St. Edward, St. Paris Graham and Mechanicsburg took home individual wrestling team state championships at the 2017 OHSAA state wrestling individual tournament Saturday, March 11, at the Jerome Schottenstein Center.

Romero capped off a perfect 52-0 season by pinning Delphos St. John’s senior Brett Vonderwell in 52 seconds in the Division III 170 pound state final match to become the 29th OHSAA wrestling four-time state champion. He also won the Division III Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Meet award. Romero’s victory, along with two other state champions, guided Mechanicsburg to its first OHSAA individual wrestling state championship in school history. The Indians finished with a total of 118.5 points.

St. Edward won the Division I team state championship for the third-consecutive year with a total of 151 points. The Eagles now own a state-record 31 wrestling team state titles and have won 19 of the last 21. The Eagles finished with a total of eight state placers. St. Edward’s lone state champion was senior Jared Campbell in the 220 pound class.

St. Paris Graham won the Division II individual wrestling team state championship for the 17th-straight time with a total of 232.5 points, bringing its total individual wrestling state team title count to 19. The Falcons finished with six state champions, led by junior Mitch Moore who won the Division II 132 pound state final match, finishing the season 38-1 on the way to becoming a three-time OHSAA wrestling state champion.

Xenia Legacy Christian junior Tommy Hoskins also became a three-time state champion, winning the Division III 120 pound class. Delta senior Drew Mattin won the Division III 126 pound class to claim his third state title. Massillon Perry junior David Carr won his third-consecutive title, as well, winning the Division I 152 pound class. He also won the Division I Wrestler of the Meet award.

Hoskins, Mattin, Moore and Carr are the 65th, 66th, 67th and 68th three-time OHSAA wrestling state champions, respectively.

Sophomore Ben Pasiuk of Carrollton won the Division II Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Meet award for his effort in winning the state title in the 132 pound class.

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