HS Wrestling – St. Paris Graham (Ohio) wins Walsh Ironman

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by Jeff Fisher

High school wrestling is a lot like NASCAR as it kicks-off its season with big national tournaments, much like the Daytona 500.

Over the weekend, the prestigious Walsh Ironman was held at Walsh Jesuit High School in Ohio with many of the top-ranked teams in the nation battle for the first set bragging rights for who will win the national championships.

Ohio’s St. Paris Graham, ranked in the Top 25 by many of the national ranking services, came away as the top dawg winning the team championship with 211 points.  Blair Academy from New Jersey finished second with 189.5 points, followed by Oak Park-River Forest from Illinois in third.

St. Paris Graham, a 14-time Ohio Division II champ, had two champions with six other placewinners.

One of the true highlights of the weekend was Zahid Valencia of St. John Bosco in California becoming just the second four-time Ironman champ.  David Taylor, a St. Paris Graham alum who went-on to a great career at Penn St., is the only other four-time win.

Taylor was back at the Ironman this weekend and you can listen to him talk about that in the video above.

Final team standings (top 10)
1. St. Paris Graham 211
2. Blair Academy, N.J. 189.5
3. Oak Park River Forest, Ill. 173
4. Wyoming Seminary, Pa. 134
5. Franklin Regional, Pa. 115
6. St. John Bosco, Calif. 104
7. St. Edward 87
T8. Elyria 83.5
T8. Montini Catholic, Ill. 83.5
10. Broken Arros, Okla. 78.

Click here to read the individual championship results from Cleveland.com.

About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.