COLUMBUS — Mission accomplished.
Since finishing fourth at the 2017 state wrestling tournament, Ottawa-Glandorf's Daniel Beemer has been on a mission to finish atop the podium at the 2018 state tournament. Saturday night the O-G senior finished that mission as the OHSAA state wrestling championships wrapped up at the Schottenstein Center.
Grabbing a first period lead and countering opponents Sam Stoll's, Milan Edision, every attack, Beemer claimed the 182 pound Division III state championship with a 9-4 win. Beemer is the Titans first state champion in wrestling and a three time state placer for the program. He finished the season with a 41-0 record.
Beemer is the second Putnam County wrestler to win a state championship as Columbus Grove had an individual state champion in 1999.

"It's surreal right now," Beemer said. "I have visualized this a 1,000 times. It's the only thing that has crossed my mind before I go to bed and when I wake up since the end of last season. It's honestly so surreal right now. It's been a lifelong goal of mine to stand on top of that podium just being the best at something. I just can't believe it right now.
"I'm truly blessed with the guys I have around me, around Northwest Ohio and surrounding schools. You don't see that many guys around our area wrestling for a state title, let alone winning it. It shows that anything is possible no matter what school you are at."

Beemer, who finished fourth at 195 pounds in 2017 and fifth at 182 pounds in 2016, came out the aggressor Saturday night in his championship match with Stoll.
Beemer had a 2-1 lead after the opening period as he recorded an early take down and Stoll managed an escape point later in the period. Beemer went up 5-1 in the second period as he started from the down position and quickly picked up an escape point before registering a take down of Stoll, the Division V Player of the Year in football.
Stoll managed to pick up another escape point and Beemer gave him a point to start the third period. Stoll tried several times to shoot on Beemer in an effort to get a take down and possibly the lead, however, the O-G wrestler was able to counter his moves to avoid trouble. Midway through the final period, Stoll attempted to get a take down only to have Beemer counter and get two points on the Edison senior with a take down of his own.
Stoll was able to pick up another escape point later in the period and with 20 seconds left, Beemer put the finishing touches on his championship with another take down for the 9-4 win.
"I knew coming in, he was a strong, athletic kid. He was the D-V football Player of the Year, so that tells you how athletic he is," Beemer said. "For me to be able to stop his go to move, I would just circle out of it every time, go around the head and try to get a stalemate. I just wanted to keep up the pace and beat on his head the entire match. I didn't want to give him any space to work with, let alone breathe."

Bemer finished his O-G wrestling career with a school record 165 wins.
Beemer was not the only O-G wrestler to place at the state tournament Saturday as junior Danny Rosales at 170 pounds finished seventh. In the seventh place match, Rosales defeated Dustin Knapp of Mechanicsburg 3-2. Rosales finished the season with a 42-9 record.