Puller takes impressive youth, JH resume to WHS wrestling program


Josiah Puller ended his junior high school wrestling career with quite the resume.

He’ll wear the orange and black of Wilmington High School next season.

Puller finished his middle school career with a 69-2 record. Both losses came in the Ohio Athletic Commission (OAC) state tournament. He was defeated in the championship match of his weight class as a seventh grade and finished second overall. He lost in the quarterfinals this year but came back to place third overall.

In addition to many Miami Valley Kids Wrestling Association titles, Central Ohio Buckeye Youth Wrestling Association championships and other dual and tournament events across the country, Puller’s youth credentials in Ohio alone are impressive.

In his first year of wrestling, Puller placed sixth in the Mason District tournament at 45 pounds. The next year, Puller wrestled in the MVKWA.

In 2016, Puller expanded his wrestling landscape and the results expanded as well. At 55 pounds, he won the Mason District, the OAC state and the Ohio Wrestling Association for Youth (OHWAY) state then went on to place second in the National United Wrestling Association for Youth national tournament.

In 2017 at 61 pounds, Puller was third in the Mason District and third in the OAC state tournament.

In 2018 at 70 pounds, Puller was first at Berea District, first at OAC state, first at OHWAY state and fifth in the national tournament in Tulsa, Okla. Puller also was named the outstanding wrestler in the OHWAY state that season.

In 2019 at 80 pounds, Puller won the Berea District and finished fifth in the OAC state. He also finished second in the OHWAY state tournament and won the Divisional state tournament.

In 2020 at 80 pounds, he also qualified for the state tournament as the Mason District champion but state was cancelled because of Covid.

In 2021 at 95 pounds, he qualified for the state tournament but chose not to attend because of the pandemic.

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