Wyatt Music got the state championship medal he coveted Saturday night. The letter of intent, on Ohio State letterhead, will probably be faxed over to Ashland High School on Monday.
OK, that’s probably just a dream scenario. But, then, Music thinks he’s living a dream anyway.
Putting the Arrows’ senior 145-pounder in a fairy tale-like trance was his shockingly easy 8-0 win over Olentangy Liberty’s Jake Ryan in the Division I finals of the 76th state wrestling tournament before 13,820 at Value City Arena.
“I figured it would be a 2-1 match, ultimate overtime, but I’ll take it,” Music said. “It’s a sweet feeling. It’s going to be awhile before it goes away.”
Ryan is the son of Ohio State coach Tom Ryan. That led to wistful thoughts of scholarship offers forthcoming from the Buckeyes.
If their arch-rival doesn’t beat them to the punch.
“I think Michigan’s coach is going to be calling,” joked Ashland coach Ted Tonn.
Music didn’t let his opponent’s pedigree intimidate him.
“We knew he was the son of the Ohio State coach,” Music said, “but you still have to go wrestle.”
Music scored an early takedown and made it hold up until the third period when he tacked on an escape, takedown and late nearfall for the comfortable margin of victory.
“I think I looked over at the clock when there were 15 seconds left and I thought, ‘We’re going for (the back points),” Music said. “My arms were dead at that point, but there was still something there.”
Music sandwiched two Division III state medals around an injury-marred sophomore year before following Tonn from Crestview to Ashland for his senior season. They helped build Crestview into a Firelands Conference power together.
And now the foundation is there for possibly something big at Ashland. Music became the school’s first finalist and champion and set school records for single-season wins (44, against five losses) and pins (27, including two in this meet).
“I’ve never found anybody who has wrestled three years in Division III and then jumped two divisions to win a state title,” Tonn said. “If it’s happened, it’s happened, but it was before my time … and I go back quite a ways.”
Tonn poked fun at his all-black “Johnny Cash” attire, saying black brought him the same luck when Hunter Reed won a state championship for Crestview in 2007. In all, Tonn has had seven state finalists in his head coaching career, including two at Field.
“My wife says black is slimming,” said Tonn, pointing out that he was in sync with Ashland’s school colors.
“My underwear is orange,” he joked.
All kidding aside, Tonn said the interest from colleges in Music has picked up in recent weeks.
“Quite a few coaches have contacted me that can’t talk to him during competition,” Tonn said. “But I think he’s going to have a lot of good options.
“”I’ve never seen a kid on such a mission, perform at such a level, especially going up two divisions. I’ve had state champs, but I’ve never had a kid do this. I’m speechless … and, as you know, I’m never speechless.”