Being primarily a college wrestling enthusiast, watching the recruits of wrestlers committed to Ohio schools was perhaps what excited me most about the Ironman. When I saw the brackets seeding Johnni Dijulius, Hunter Stieber, Cam Tessari, and Ian Miller all on top, I started counting the titles in my head. (Yes, I was excited for a lot of others as well, but those lie outside my point.) And things started out wonderfully. Dijulius, Stieber, and Miller were all dominant in their first few matches.

Dijulius started off with two pins and then demolished Alfredo Gray in a 16-2 romp that was one of the most impressive single match performances I watched. Stieber started off with two first period pins and then beat Nate Skonieczny by the one point that is about the highest margin of victory you can expect anyone to have against the Walsh Warrior this year. Miller collected a pin and a couple majors before downing super sophomore Eric Morris (who beat Jamie Clark as a freshman last year) 3-1.

It was in the 130-pound semifinals that reality began to force itself into my line of sight.


Unfortunately there are no pictures in the article yet (though there are plenty of pictures in the galleries on the site, should you desire to browse).