Bodkin, Quinn finish as all-Ohio
Martins Ferry’s Jonathan Bodkin and Shadyside’s Greg Quinn concluded their high school wrestling seasons by standing on the podium late Saturday night inside the Jerome Schottenstein Center.
The outstanding duo were accorded with Division III all-Ohio honors as the 77th annual state tournament came to a close on the campus of The Ohio State University.
Bodkin, the Purple Riders’ 285-pounder, earned a fifth-place medal after winning three of five bouts over the weekend. He finished the season at a very fine 43-4.
“I’m proud of him,” Martins Ferry head coach Chas Yoder said via telephone Saturday afternoon. “He wrestled really well out here.”
Saturday morning Bodkin met up with Columbus Bishop Ready’s Patrick Garren in the consolation semifinals. He dropped a 9-3 decision to the defending state champion, who was pinned in the championship semis Friday night. Garren had pinned Bodkin in the Heath District finals a week earlier.
“Jonathan was in the match the entire way,” Yoder explained. He had to give up a couple of points late in trying to come back. He’s only a junior and the sky’s the limit next season for him. Hopefully, he’s in the finals.”
Bodkin, who tips the scales at a light 225, bounced back and defeated Garaway’s Ben Sexton, 5-2, for fifth place. Sexton finished fourth a year ago.
Quinn, the Tigers’ sensational freshman, placed sixth at 106 pounds.
After being knocked out of the championship bracket in his first match, Quinn won three consecutive consolation bouts before losing to Delta’s Drew Mattin by pin in the consolation semifinals. He then lost to Massillon Tuslaw’s Shane Johnston, 7-2, to finish the season at 45-5.
“Greg wrestled tough. He was in a tough weight class with some upperclassmen who had placed before and some tough freshmen,” Shadyside head coach Sean Grinch said of Quinn. “He lost a tough first-round match, and looking back he probably should’ve won. He showed a lot of heart character in winning three straight consolation matches.
“To place in the top six in the state as a freshman is quite an accomplishment,” Grinch allowed.
Caldwell’s Kameron Rayner placed seventh at 132.
In Division II, Steubenville’s Tariq Wilson (49-1) was going for a state title. He was paired with St. Paris Graham’s Eli Stickley (49-3).
In Division I, Troy heavyweight Alex Dalton, coached by former Martins Ferry and West Liberty standout Doug Curnes, finished fifth.
Heading into Saturday night’s championship finals, Massillon Perry (D-I), St. Paris Graham (D-II) and Delta (D-III) easily led the team standings.