Rohskopf wins MVW award, West Holmes second at WIT

By AARON DORKSEN Daily Record Sports Editor Published:

West Holmes senior 145-pounder Max Rohskopf has the perfect Twitter handle for someone vying to win his first state wrestling title: @MaxmumOverdrive.

Earlier this week, the returning third-place Div. II state-placer tweeted "I got better today already and its only 7:02 am! #getsome."

Rohskopf took several more steps toward reaching the top of the podium in Columbus this March when he won a championship at the 42nd annual Wayne Invitational Tournament held at Smithville's Berkey Field House.

"On a lot of days I'm up at 5:30 a.m. and get in a lift and run before school," said Rohskopf (7-0), who used a cradle to pin Dalton's Drew Everett for his fourth WIT title and wound up earning his second Most Valuable Wrestler award there. "Every year since seventh and eighth grade I've set my goals higher.

"At first I didn't have that high of goals, just to go to state. Once I got a taste of it, I wanted to place and now that I've done it, that's not enough. I want to be a state champion."

Rohskopf was the lone champion among West Holmes' seven top-four placers, helping the Knights to a runner-up finish with 171 points. New Philadelphia won the title with 199 points.

Chippewa had a WIT best three champions -- Garrett Hall (106), Phil Eisenhauer (195) and Zack Srock (285) -- to wind up third with 167 points.

Canton McKinley (159), Newcomerstown (153) and Coshocton (134.5) were next, followed by Norwayne (126), Ridgewood (103), Triway (85.5) and Wooster (71.5) to round out the top 10. Also competing were Orrville (66), Smithville (60.5), Akron Ellet (39), Massillon (33), Dalton (23), Akron North (19) and Ashland County Community Academy (16).

Also winning individual titles from the area were Orrville's Danny Wallo (120), along with the Norwayne duo of brothers Kollin Moore (152) and Kurt Moore (160).

Rohskopf, who owns a 112-17 career record and is trying to join former WHHS greats Clint and Colt Sponseller as the only four-time state qualifiers in school history, has barely broken a sweat in matches this year. He notched pins in 24 seconds and 1:04 to reach the WIT finals.

"I think Max is in pretty good shape right now," West Holmes coach Jeff Woods said. "We'll really find out where we're at in a couple weeks at the MIT (Medina Invitational Tournament)."

Garrett Hall won another interesting matchup as he defeated fellow freshman Cole Woods from West Holmes, 9-1.

"It feels good to win my first high school tournament," said Garrett, who put Woods on his back twice in the final period. "I was nervous because I know they're all tough in that (Woods) family."

Cole Woods was a good sport afterward, saying, "I'm happy with it. It wasn't what I wanted, but it's good enough for a freshman."

West Holmes added thirds from Jack Scherer (152), Josiah Allison (120) and Lane Darr (132), while fourths went to Jed Hendershott (138) and Raymond O'Donnell (220).

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