Miami East’s Max Shore wins D-III state title; Cooper Shore takes third, David Davis fourth


COLUMBUS — Miami East 126-pound senior Max Shore did what he has been doing on the mat for four years Sunday night at the D-III state championships at the Schottenstein Center.

Then, he showed what wrestling and family are all about.

Shore, the state runnerup as a freshman, completed a 46-0 run over the last two seasons — defending his 2021 state title by dominating Wesley Wydick of Utica in an 18-3 technical fall win.

As soon as the match ended, Shore went to his corner and pulled out a sign, circling the mat with the sign, which read “This one is for you Cooper” with a heart next to his brother Cooper Shore’s name.

Cooper Shore had looked to be on his way to the 113-pound state title when he received a DQ in Saturday’s semifinal, before coming back with two wins Sunday to finish third.

“I always wanted to win a state championship with a sibling,” Max Shore said. “Graham (Shore, his older brother who won a state title) was a year to old for that to happen. What happened to Cooper was really tough for me. For sure (what happened Saturday) was a big motivator for me.”

Miami East coach said what Max Shore did Sunday was no surprise.

“He is just an incredible wrestler,” Rose said. “He works so hard. What happened tonight (the tech fall win) is pretty much what has happened every match he has had the last two years. What happened to Cooper (Shore) was unfortunate. But, those things happen sometimes. It was definitely a motivator for Max (Shore) tonight.”

And while Max Shore make look it easy on the mat, dominating opponents, it is anything but.

“Nobody is going to ever outwork me, that is for sure,” Max Shore said. “I tore my labrum before this season, so that made things tough. But, nobody is going to outwork me.”

It was the final high school match for Max Shore.

“In a way it is hard to believe (it was his last high school match),” he said. “But, I am ready for the next challenge. I am going to wrestle for Tiffin University and hopefully I can win a couple national championships.”

Cooper Shore had to go through two familiar wrestlers who competed in the same district a week ago, Covington’s Jericho Quinter and Eli Campbell of Legacy Christian to take third place.

First, Shore defeated Quinter 11-5 in the consolation semifinal as he controlled the entire match on his feet. He then did the same against Campbell in the consolation final on his way to an 8-2 victory.

Shore concludes his junior year with a 30-1 record and as a two-time state placer after being runnreup a year ago.

Viking senior David Davis also had a big weekend as he finished fourth in the 157 pound weight class. Davis won his consolation semifinal bout with a 5-3 decision over Remington Bauer of Milan Edison and then faced Tate Geiser of Dalton in the consolation final.

In what was a very close battle, Davis came up short of placing third as Geiser held on in the end for a 5-2 win.

Davis ends his senior year with a 43-4 record and as a two-time state placer.

“We had a good weekend,” Rose said. “We could have had a couple things go different, but you are always going to have that.”

And it capped an amazing two week run for the Shore family.

Their older sister Olivia Shore, won a national championship in her freshman season at Tiffin University going 29-1.

“I am going to join her at Tiffin (University),” Max Shore said. “I am so proud of her. To pin and tech fall her way through the national tournament to win a national title.”

For the Shore family, that is what wrestling and family are all about.

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