Dayton Christian High School senior Jacob Danishek wanted to leave with a flair.
Going for his fourth state title, Danishek wanted to continue his string of dominating and crowd-pleasing title matches.
Danishek got his fourth title but wasn’t overly satisfied with his performance.
“I’m disappointed,” Danishek said after taking a 12-7 win in the 152 Division III finals. “I wanted to put on a show. A win is a win, but that was ugly.”
Ugly enough that a throw-attempt gone bad put Danishek in an early 5-0 hole. Danishek, however, recorded a quick reversal and near fall of his own to tie the match and dominated the final five minutes.
“It is a throw for tall skinny men, not short guys, but I thought it was there,” Danishek said. “Then it was, ‘Oh crap, that was a bad idea.’ “
Danishek was one of four area wrestlers to claim state titles with National Trail freshman Ben Sullivan (220) and Centerville’s Conan Jennings (285) still to wrestle at press time.
Garrett Hancock (120) and Covington 126 pounder Jarrod Ganger both claimed second state titles in Division III.
Dayton Christian senior Christian Clary joined Danishek on top of the podium. The four-time state placer claimed his first state title when he hit a spladle to record the fall in 2:36.
“The funny thing is I was joking with my coaches before the finals about hitting that move,” Clary said of the unorthodox counter to a takedown. “No one really does it in the finals and I was joking it would be sweet.”
The Clary and Danishek titles were part of a 2-2 championship round for Dayton Christian, which finished second to Delta in the team race with 122.5 points. Alex Becker (138) and Hunter Bray (106) fell in their title matches.
“For us, this is a lot,” Bray said of finishing second. “It is fun just being in the team race. Our goal is to get as many state champs as we can and we are getting there.”
While not claiming the team title was a bit of a downer for Danishek, the senior managed to smile as he received a standing ovation from the podium after being recognized as the 26th four-time state champ.
“It was really cool,” Danishek said. “It made me smile and I usually don’t get too emotional, but it made me a little worked up. We were hoping to win the team title, but once we were out of it, I just had to go out and wrestle my match.”
Chaminade Jullienne senior Lyle Plummer (132) and Bellbrook junior Cameron Kelly (126) also finished second.
Josh Parrett from Fairmont was second at 126. He lost 3-1 in overtime to defending state champ David Bavery of Massillon Perry.
Conan Jennings of Centerville lost 3-2 in the 285 finals.