COLUMBUS — The Decatur twins and David Massey made history Saturday at the Division II state wrestling meet.
For Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, junior Jacob Decatur won the 106-pound state title and junior Jordan Decatur won the 138-pound state title. In doing so, the Decaturs became the first twin brothers in Ohio history to repeat as state champions.
Wrestling for Woodridge as a senior, Massey won the state title at 126 pounds. He became Woodridge’s fifth state champion in school history, first in 14 years and first at the Division II level.
It was a happy night for CVCA coach Dave Bergen, who said the Decaturs were just letting it rip and having fun. Bergen said he was pleased with his entire state team.
"From a coaching perspective, you’re never 100 percent satisfied," Bergen said. "Knowing the hearts of my kids, I’m very happy. They came down wrestled their hearts out. Technically, we could start looking yesterday at things that we have to work on."
Bergen said the Decatur twins each "laser focus" heading into their respective finals and it showed.
Jacob Decatur faced a familiar foe in Perry’s Kyle Rowan in the Division II 106-pound final. It was the fourth time Decatur had faced Rowan this season.
In their previous three encounters, Decatur did not give up a takedown to Rowan and that trend continued. Decatur shot a double leg takedown in the first period, spun behind for a takedown in the second and stuffed a Rowan shot to get a takedown in the third period on his way to a 7-3 win.
Decatur finished the season at 40-0 as he picked up his second title. He admitted he’s getting a bit tired of running into Rowan, but had nothing but compliments for him.
"I love him and his family," Jacob Decatur said of Rowan. "He pushed me hard all season. He’s really good at hand fighting. I just had to get as many of my shots as possible. In any position, I feel I can win."
Meanwhile, Jordan Decatur faced a defensive-minded wrestler in Eaton’s Wade Monebrake in his final. Decatur showed off a fireman’s carry early against Monebrake and kept attacking from there. In the end, Decatur would score seven takedowns on his way to a 14-4 major decision.
"My best defense is my offense," Jordan Decatur said. "I’m just trying to score points."
"Every since we were kids, Jacob and I talked about making history," he added. "To do this with him is special."
Meanwhile, Massey faced off against St. Paris Graham freshman Nick Moore in the his final. After scoreless first period, Moore escaped from the down postion, but Massey was able to get low single and spin behind for takedown.
Tied 2-2 heading into the third period, Massey escaped and got another leg attack before locking in a cradle from the top for a takedown. Moore would escape, but Massey won 5-3 to take the title.
Massey became the first Bulldog to win a state title since Chris Hamed won the Division III 125-pound title in 2004.
"It’s awesome," Massey said. "I don’t remember anything about the match. That’s how I know I wrestled my best match. I knew he opens up when he reaches, so I knew those leg attacks would be there."
Woodridge coach — and David’s father — Mike Massey sounded a bit in awe of his son after the match.
"It means it all to me to see him succeed," Mike Massey said. "That kid’s resolve and work ethic and drive is like nothing else I’ve ever seen. He told me at the beginning of the season ‘I think I could win a state title.’ I told him that was going to take a lot of work and he did it."
"He’s a Woodridge kid through and thorugh," he added.
During the morning session Saturday at states, CVCA 120-pounder Matt Cardello was able to rebound from his semifinal loss Friday by finishing in third place.
Cardello won his consolation semifinal match with an 11-1 win over Plain City Johnathan Alter’s Jacob Johnson.
In the third-place match, Cardello faced Streetboro’s Dominic Carone for the third straight week. Cardello was able to get his third straight win over Carone with an 8-2 decision to take third place.
Meanwhile, Woodridge 152-pounder Isaac Yoho finished fourth to earn his first All-Ohio place.
Yoho won his consolation semifinal by forfeit, as Wauseon’s Sandro Ramirez was disqualified from the tournament.
Yoho’s third-place match was a rematch with Carrollton’s Justin Shaw, who pinned Yoho Thursday in the first round. Yoho avoided the pin this time, but lost 9-5 as Shaw took third place.
In the Division I tournament, Walsh Jesuit senior Dominic DiPietro had a rough morning Saturday, but was able to finish in sixth place.
Facing defending state champion Emil Soehelen of Massillon Perry in the consolation semifinals, DiPietro was pinned in 26 seconds.
DiPietro had no better luck in the fifth-place match, as he was pinned in 2:36 by Mason’s Eric Vermillion.