Mahoning Valley wrestlers broke a lot of new ground during Saturday’s championship round of the 2018 Ohio High School Athletic Association State Wrestling Championships, with three state title winners helping to set standards at their respective schools.
Canfield finished as the runner-up in the Division II team standings for the third straight year, with a Saturday push led by state crowns from 182-pound senior David Crawford and 220-pound junior Tyler Stein.
And just 38 seconds after Stein earned his state crown, Girard heavyweight Jack DelGarbino became the first wrestler in school history to win an Ohio high school championship with a stunning pin of Steubenville’s Tyler Ely.
Crawford’s 5-3 victory over David Heath of Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary made him the first Canfield wrestler to win two state championships, while Stein’ s 7-3 win over Brandon Phillips of Maumee marked the first time that the Cardinals had earned multiple state wrestling titles in the same season.
“Everybody has worked their butts off in the wrestling room for this,” said Stein, while celebrating his first championship. “Everybody works together, everybody pushes each other and we are all better for it.”
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.