COLUMBUS, Ohio — A year ago Kameron Teacher entered the state wrestling tournament with an undefeated record, ready to fight for a state championship for Central Crossing High School.
And then he saw the crowd. And the lights. And heard the noise.
“I choked.” Teacher says, simply.
The Central Crossing standout proceeded to lose his first two matches at the tournament. That embarrassment provided Teacher all the motivation he’d need to get back to the Schottenstein Center for his senior season. Thursday he hit the mats for the final match of the opening round of the state tournament. A match a year in the making.
He entered the night 43-0, undefeated just like last year. But Teacher was more than ready. He pounced on his opponent, from Tim Tanner-Blair from Lakota West, with a quick takedown and hustled his way to an 11-3 opening night win. He’ll move into the winner’s bracket for Friday’s matches. Teacher ranks among central Ohio’s best hopes to win a state championship this weekend.
Teacher says he hopes to wrestle or play football in college next year.