by JOHN HOWLEY / sportingpumpkin.com
COLUMBUS — The 85th state wrestling tournament wrapped up Sunday night with a disappointed Cam McDanel.
The Teays Valley junior lost 7-4 in the championship match of Division I’s 190-pound weight class.
He lost the match to now three-time state champion Seth Shumate from Dublin Coffman.
“I think Seth was a little more aggressive there in the beginning of the first period, not that we weren’t, just compared to the (district final) match,” TV coach Todd Nace said. “We were close on two really good takedowns. I thought the one where we laced our legs and then the one he hipped on us. That was a crucial moment.
“The scramble there at the end was crazy. We were right there with him.”
The two squared off in last week’s district championship with McDanel coming out on top in that one.
“Honestly, it was opposite of what happened last time,” McDanel said. “Last time he couldn’t finish his shots and this time I was in three times, so close, and I just didn’t finish.
“I wrestled that match the best I could wrestle that match; I just didn’t finish any of the shots I had.”
For McDanel, it’s his second state runner-up finish at the state after taking that spot at 182 pounds last year.
“Everyone in the state knows what we have and how good Cam is. It will come for him,” Nace said. “We’re super proud of him. For what he’s brought in our room and coach (Ryan) Ford brings to the room. Coach (Josh) McDanel runs some of the practices. I think we’re right there.
“Last year we were 12th, this year (ninth) and maybe next year top five. That’s because his leadership in the room is pushing people and showing them the leadership, and the way he approaches the practices. It proves that what he’s doing in the room will put him here.”
Working with Ford and his dad have played a big part in McDanel’s development.
“I really think I have both my dad’s and coach Ford’s trust,” McDanel said. “I wrestle with coach Ford in the room every day and he knows exactly how to help me because he’s wrestling me every day and knows what I do. My dad has been with me on this entire journey. I think it hurts them just as much, if not worse, than it hurts me right now.”
The Vikings ended the tournament with 48 team points and in ninth place. St. Edward took home its 35th team title with 176 points while Perrysburg was second with 165.5 points. Dublin Coffman was third with 109.5.
In Division II, St. Paris Graham was way out in front with 176 points to win its 21st straight state championship, while Aurora was second with 95 points.
In Division III, Legacy Christian repeated as the team champion with 136 points and Milan Edison was second with 78. Amanda-Clearcreek picked up three team points during the tournament placing it in a tie for 70th.