By JAMIE BAKER
COLUMBUS — Sometimes you get the bear, and sometimes, the bear gets you.
The bear got Elmwood senior Dylan Hinton in the Division III 197-pound state final Saturday night.
And that bear came in the form of Columbus Grandview Heights junior Hudson Jump.
A takedown 40 seconds into the match and a two-point nearfall near the end of the first period, set the tone as Jump went on to knock off Hinton 9-0 in the OHSAA state wrestling finals at Value City Arena.
“He’s tough, he’s a really good wrestler. I wasn’t nervous. I was ready to go out there and wrestle my best match,” said Hinton, who finished the season with a 48-3 record.
“I was confident I would wrestle hard, wrestle tough, but I just couldn’t get it done tonight.”
Hinton knew he would be in for a battle.
Jump, who finished the season with a 42-1 record, is a three-time state placer, placing fifth last season and seventh as a freshman.
The pair do have a bit of a history.
Jump pinned Hinton in 2:03 in the second round of consolations a year ago, ending Hinton’s junior season.
“I knew going in it was going to be tough. I knew how good he was,” said Hinton, who will wrestle and study nursing at NCAA Division II University of Indianapolis next year.
“I’m happy I wrestled as hard as I could, and I’m happy I made it to the finals. I can walk away knowing I gave it everything I had.”
Hudson added a takedown and escape in the second period to push his lead to 7-0. He tacked on a third-period takedown for the final margin.
The loss was also the end of an era for Elmwood and the area wrestling community.
It was the final time Dave Lee would sit matside as the school’s head wrestling coach.
Lee steps aside after 31 years at Elmwood.
He amassed an Ohio high school record of 540 dual meet victories during his coaching career.
Hinton was Lee’s ninth state finalist and 31st state placer at Elmwood.
He was honored to be Lee’s last man standing.
“I absolutely love it. It’s a great privilege to be Dave Lee’s last wrestler in high school,” Hinton said.
The feeling was mutual as Lee still has a passion for wrestling and, moreover, still has a love and respect for the kids he coaches.
“He thought he was going to win, and even when he came off that last time with 40 seconds left, he still thought he had a chance because he can pin people,” Lee said.
“I couldn’t be prouder of this young man.”
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By JAMIE BAKER