Old news. A few weeks ago I did something that I have never done in my world of high school sports. Should have as a coach, but never did. I sat through four hours of high school wrestling on Thursday at the OHSAA Ohio High School State Wrestling Meet.
One of my former assistant football coaches gave me a ticket, and the seat was good. Four years - remind you. Fourteen different weight classes, but the last five, begin at 170. Not too many college football prospects under 170, but fun just the same. For sure, many tough "kids" were on the mats.
The Upper Sandusky Rams, I believe had six wrestlers in Columbus, but fell on some tough times. But they still worked hard to get there. Most are underclassmen, making chances good that they may return next winter.
I have watched Toledo Whitmer's Marquise Moore (285) play defensive tackle for two years. Only 6'1, but 280 and powerful. Excellent feet. Strong. Most of all, tough. Evident that he has not wrestled much. Impressive on the mat. Will play DL at University of Toledo.
Jon Morgan-Cunningham(285), another DL looked strong on the mat. Powerful. Much the same strengths as Moore. Impressed with his aggressiveness. Though that he took plays off on the football field, in wrestling - no way. Full speed for 6 minutes.
Actually, Pickerington North's OL Geno Rollo(285) looked good. Listed 6'6. Good bender. Good balance. He could surprise alot of college coaches this summer. Looked huge. Could be one of the top OL guys in the Class of 2014. Finised high.
Made a note of another heavyweight. Perrysburg's Cale Bonner (285) is in the Class of 2015. Strong, Guessing about 6'3. Watching on the mat, he will need to continue top work on his football agility. Did start on the varsity line last year. One to watch.
Have watched Springfield's Devin Nye (220) grow and mature over the last two years. Really skinny as a sophomore. Played some TE/DE as a tenth grader. All of 6'4, he is long, with the possibility of adding good weight. If he could ever add enough weight, his best postion would be on the OL. Wrestled well. Excellent leverage.
Really believe Moeller's Chalmer Frueauf (220) will come into his own as a DL guy at Moeller this fall. Started last year. Runs well. Changes direction. Really like his burst. Pad under pad most of the time. Could be one of the top DL guys in the Class of 2014.
Maybe one that needs to really draw some attention this fall is Andy Struttman (220). Plays linebacker at Westerville North High School. First saw him at the Ohio State Camp. Watched him play last fall. Listed at 6'1. Moves well. Tough tackle to tackle run stopper. Also played some fullback. Team is young, which hurts him at times.
Austin Pfarr (220) plays LB at Marysville High School. Need to see more of him this summer. Good frame. Need to watch his change direction. Does have toughness. Member of the Class of 2014.
Two of the better potential college football players wrestling were from Cincinnati. Both 195 class wrestlers. Both juniors. Tinashe Bere plays LB at Sycamore. Really glad I saw him wrestle. Lost some weight. Moved some weight. Really wrestled tough. Good quickness. Powerful. Toughness. I hope that he can carry that package into football next fall. Another top LB in the Class of 2014 is Colerain's TeGray Scales. Runs really well on the football field. Changes direction well. Tough. Pursues well. Drops well into coverages. Will need to add much weight.
Took notes on some other underclassmen, but too early to comment on them.
Also watched some senior football players show their toughness on the mat.