By ANDY WOLF
Carey’s Tanner May wasn’t on the mat for the last wrestling match of his career.
May, a senior and three-time state placer, medically forfeited his Division III district final at Napoleon due to what turned out to be a minor bone bruise in his shoulder. He had already qualified for state.
That last-match realization set in on Thursday when the OHSAA officially canceled the remaining winter sports tournaments.
“It’s weird to think about now but I never thought it would come down to something like this, but it did,” May said of his last match.
May, a 182-pounder, was one of 16 area wrestlers who had qualified for the state wrestling tournament at the Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus —
originally slated for March 13-15 but was postponed indefinitely on March 12 due to coronavirus concerns. He would’ve been fully healthy heading in.
May, Carey’s winningest wrestler at 169-24 all-time, always wrestled with the thought of never knowing when his last match could be.
“I kind of knew (the cancellation) was going to happen with everything that was going on,” May said. “We’re just going to move on. It kind of sucks for those first-time seniors going down there, not being able to experience it.”
Patrick Henry senior T.J. Rhamy was not only eying a Division III state title at 160, feeling it was his best shot, but was looking to at least become a three-time state placer.
The news of cancellation didn’t surprise Rhamy.
“It’s just one of those things that I thought I accepted it when it first came out and now it’s just re-hitting myself,” Rhamy said. “It’s going to take a little bit of time to get accepted that my wrestling career is over.”
May and Rhamy both will not wrestle collegiately, though Rhamy is committed to play football for Heidelberg University.
Rhamy came into wrestling season at 185 pounds, his football playing weight, and gradually worked his way down to 170, trimming off the extra weight he put on for football.
He then made his hard cut down to 160, maintaining about 165 during season, but slower than usual to not lose the muscle mass after doing research on healthier ways to lose weight.
Now, he’s back up to 174 pounds, more his natural weight.
The book being closed on wrestling season only shifts his dieting focus.
“Now, I’m trying to put on lean muscle mass,” he said. “So, I’m keeping my diet, just increasing my (portion) sizes.”
The rest of the eight total senior state qualifying wrestlers included Findlay High’s Jonah Smith (145 pounds, 36-8) and Jake Noon (220, 33-10); Patrick Henry’s Wil Morrow (220, 22-3); Van Buren’s Cade Whitticar (170, 37-11) and Kaleb Snodgrass (285, 45-4); and Elmwood’s Will Bechstein (220, 42-7). May finished the season 38-2, while Rhamy finished 26-8.
Snodgrass has signed a letter of intent to wrestle in college, doing so for Division I Lock Haven. Morrow is committed to Clarion, another D-I school.
Smith and Noon each inked to Division II schools in West Liberty and Tiffin, respectively.