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Your Prep Sports
The Your Prep Sports wrestling team honors the top wrestlers in the area for their performances on the mat this season.
This year’s team features a state champion and a state runner-up among 11 state medalists.
Solon freshman Hayden Taylor is the Your Prep Sports wrestler of the year after going 51-2 and becoming the fifth state champion in Solon history.
Taylor had a pin, a tech fall and a major decision on his way to becoming the first freshman champion in program history.
Included in his run to the 126-pound title was a 15-0 win over unbeaten defending state champion Andrew Flora of ADM.
106 – Ethan Wood Finley (36-5) Jr., City High: For the second consecutive season won MVC and district titles before finishing fifth at the Class 3A state meet.
113 – Parker McBride (25-13) Fr., West High: Won 25 matches and finished third at the district meet in his varsity debut season.
120 – Hunter Garvin (39-4) Fr., West High: Capped an impressive debut season that featured MVC and district titles with a runner-up finish at the 3A state meet.
126 – *Hayden Taylor (51-2) Fr., Solon: Was dominant at the 2A state meet on his way to becoming the first freshman champ in Solon history earning a 15-0 tech. fall over a defending state champion in the semifinals and an 11-3 major decision in the title match.
132 – Zeb Gnida (40-12) Sr., Solon: Picked up a second state medal in as many seasons with a sixth-place finish at the 2A state meet.
138 – Graham Gambrall (37-12) Soph., West High: Won conference and district titles for the second straight season before earning a second consecutive state medal with an eighth-place finish.
145 – Andrew Rohret (45-9) Sr., Clear Creek Amana: In his first season competing in Class 3A Rohret won a career-high 45 matches, a district title and went 4-2 at the state meet en route to a fifth-place finish.
152 – Zack Bevans (45-7) Sr., Solon: Claimed WAMAC Conference, sectional and district titles before going 1-2 at the state meet with back-to-back 3-1 loss to top-six ranked opponents.
160 – Brandon Lalla (32-10) Sr. City High: Just missed a second consecutive state meet appearance with back-to-back 3-2 losses at the district meet.
170 – Ashton Barker (21-5) Soph., Liberty High: Made history as the first state qualifier and state medalist at Liberty High winning a district title and placing third at the 3A state meet.
182 – Will Hoeft (37-9) Jr., West High: Suffered a torn ACL at the MVC Super Meet but went on to win a district title and pick up the first state medal of his career with a sixth-place finish.
195 – Landon Green (38-11) Sr., West High: Spent most of the season at 195 pounds before making the move up to 220 for the postseason where he won a district title and placed sixth at the state meet.
220 – Mike Hoyle (45-4) Sr., Solon: Opened the season with 29 consecutive wins and earned the first medal of his career in his third consecutive state meet appearance.
285 – Jacob Murry (32-6) Sr., City High: Earned the first state medal of his career in his second consecutive trip to the state meet finishing seventh in Class 3A.
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