Padilla wins heavyweight title at state

Wayne heavyweight Jacob Padilla won by a fall in 1:18 over Tyler Jones of North Olmsted in the first round at the state tournament.

Photo by Tom Slentz

COLUMBUS — Wayne heavyweight Jacob Padilla became state champion and remained undefeated at 42-0 by defeating Jack Roesch of Avon 3-2 in the championship match at the state wrestling tournament Saturday night.

He pinned Max Millin of Massillon Perry in the semifinal Friday in 3:04.

The state’s top ranked heavyweight, Padilla won each of his matches at the state tournament taking place in Columbus at the Jerome Schottenstein Center.

Padilla, a junior, opened the tournament against senior Tyler Jones (17-6) of North Olmsted to win by a fall in 1:18. Padilla advanced to score a 7-2 decision over junior Yousef Awad (30-5) of Lakewood.

He then defeated Millin in the championship semifinals Friday to advance to the title match.

Teammate Jaden Hardrick, also a junior, did not fare as well in the 160 pound weight class. Hardrick (26-7) lost his first match by major decision 9-1 to senior Drew Newton (40-8) of Perrysburg.

In the consolation bracket Hardrick scored a 2-1 decision over Anthony Rizzo of Brecksville-Broadview Heights. Hardrick then lost a 9-3 decision to Aaron Morton of Westerville South to end his state tournament run.