Some coaches will call an athlete well-rounded if he has a good mix of strength and speed. Some fans will call their player multitalented if he is a winner on the field and in the classroom. But not many high school wrestlers can match the versatility of Amherst senior 171-pounder Aaron Winemiller.
Winemiller, who was a Division I state qualifier last season, is a standout for the Comets’ football and wrestling programs, just achieved a perfect score on the science portion of his ACT and is an accomplished thespian for the Amherst High Drama Club.
“I look forward to doing each one,” Winemiller said. “It’s a change of pace and it keeps things from getting boring. I look forward to doing the next thing each season, but I’m always missing the other two.”
Winemiller reaped the awards after a solid senior season as nose tackle and is on pace to break the school’s wrestling record of 36 wins in a season — held by former stars Jake Percival and Brian Cesear.
“That has definitely become a goal of mine,” Winemiller said. “I didn’t even know I had a shot at that until a few weeks ago. I can lose a couple of matches, but not many. There’s not much room for error.”
The science score on the ACT shouldn’t have been too surprising, especially since Winemiller admits he sometimes loses sleep trying to solve difficult physics problems. But that acting bug bit him as a freshman.
“It’s incredible to watch him quoting Shakespeare,” Comets coach Bill Walker said. “I can say scene so-and-so from ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and he just starts reciting it.”
Winemiller has appeared in several of the bard’s plays, and plans to perform in “The Tempest” next spring.
“Shakespeare is one of my favorites,” Winemiller said. “I really like his language — it kind of flows.”
But for now, Winemiller is focused on the task at hand. He wants to earn another state tournament berth and finish with a high placement, if not the title.
“Everyone who placed at state has their name and placement painted on our wrestling room wall,” Winemiller said. “I’ve been staring at that wall since I was in the third grade. Even though it will feel like a piece of me is gone after my senior season, if I can get on that wall I’ll know I left a piece of me there.”
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Freshman wrestlers should be the last members of a team to have pressure put upon them, yet Black River freshman Cory Campbell feels the heat every time he steps onto the mat.
“He puts a lot of pressure on himself,” Pirates coach Corey Kline said. “I think, even this late in the season, he’s still feeling nervous because of what his brother did.”
The brother is Jesse Campbell — a freshman on the Ohio State wrestling team — and the older sibling capped a stellar high school career by winning a Division III state championship over nationally ranked Chanel heavyweight Cameron Wade, his biggest rival.
“He left some pretty big shoes for me to fill,” Cory said. “Watching him win the title down at state last year, that was big motivation for me going into this year.”
The younger Campbell is further along than his brother was as a freshman, according to Kline. He proved it last week by handing two-time state qualifier Colin Dennis, a Lutheran West senior who placed at state his sophomore season, just his second defeat of the season.
“If Cory would have had his eyes open he’d have beat him worse,” Kline said of Campbell’s 4-2 decision over Dennis. “He’s only lost three times this year and one was a kid he shouldn’t have lost to. The other two were to state placers.”
While Kline said several times Campbell’s confidence isn’t as high as the coach would like it to be, the freshman said his goal is a bit loftier than matching his brother’s one state title.
“My goal right now is four,” Campbell said. “But (Jesse) warned me that any match you can be beat. So I just have to take it one match at a time.”
Week in review
Midview finished with six individual placers at the Dale Carroll Invitational at Clyde High School on Saturday. Sean Pincura finished third at 152 pounds, Adam Davis (140), Tom Lemons (145) and Brandon Dean (215) grabbed fifth-place finishes and Paige Gusky (125) and Jeff Miller (189) finished sixth.
l Brookside had 11 placers at the Western Reserve Academy Duals on Saturday, including individual championships from Steve Chancey (189 pounds), Jordan Kaspar (215) and Brett Harmon (heavyweight). Also placing were Mike Pritt (runner-up at 119), Nick Rados (runner-up at 171), Austin Tackett (runner-up at 160), David Sabol (runner-up at 145), Brett Swanger (runner-up at 130), Eric Bradley (third at 125), Zach Thompson (third at 152) and Sean Harmon (third at 215).
Tournaments on tap
Black River and Olmsted Falls will participate in the Bill Dies Invitational at Firestone High in Akron on Friday and Saturday.
l Southview will be at the Mary Kerr Invitational at Toledo Waite High on Friday and Saturday.
l Vermilion will be at the Napoleon Gold Medal Duals on Friday and Saturday.
l Berea and University School will be at the Top Gun at Alliance High on Friday and Saturday.
l Admiral King will be at the Western Reserve Invitational on Saturday.
l Wellington will be at the Husky Duals at Northwestern on Saturday.
l Lutheran West will be at the Bedford Invitational on Saturday.
Oberlin 215-pounder Dalton Rimbert is expected to be lost for the season, according to Phoenix coach Craig Enos. Rimbert suffered a wrist injury and has been fitted for a cast.
l In a bit of sad irony, Lutheran West senior 171-pounder Mike Davis suffered a concussion and saw his season end less than a week before the Longhorns’ Senior Night. The event was held Thursday night during a quad match against Buckeye, Trinity and Willoughby South, and Lutheran West recognized its seniors and alumni in attendance.
l North Ridgeville heavyweight Greg Byrd, a district qualifier who missed state by a match last season, is expected to rejoin the Rangers lineup sometime next week, coach Ed Haller said.
l Two area wrestlers landed on InterMatWrestle.com’s national rankings — Elyria senior Steve Mitcheff is No. 13 at 112 pounds, and St. Edward junior Collin Palmer, a Columbia Station resident, is No. 1 at 135 pounds.
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