After announcing the new divisional assignments and playoff structure for football a few weeks ago, the Ohio High School Athletic Association has revealed the new divisions for basketball and wrestling teams throughout the state.
As with football, competitive balance data was used in the process for the first time in basketball, which is the only winter sport in which such data was used. Division assignments are based on gender-specific enrollment numbers provided to the OHSAA by the Ohio Department of Education and enrollment figures are then modified in the sports football, volleyball, soccer, basketball, softball and baseball based on competitive balance roster data submitted by each school.
Among Suburbanite-area schools, most teams will remain in their previous division. Reigning Division I boys basketball state champion Jackson will stay in the state’s big-school division alongside all six of its Federal League rivals, including Green, Lake and Hoover.
One team that will make a change is Springfield, which spent the past few seasons playing its postseason games against much larger schools as one of the smallest programs in Division I. Beginning this season, the Spartans will return to Division II with competitive balance-based boys basketball enrollment of 290.
There, the Spartans will rejoin neighborhood rival Coventry, one division above Manchester, which will hold steady in Division III and will be joined by Mogadore, which will move up one division just as its football team did, jumping from Division IV due to competitive balance numbers.
On the girls’ side of the ledger, all seven Federal League teams will remain in Division I, and much to the chagrin of the league’s coaches, seem likely to remain in the same packed district bracket.
Springfield and Coventry will slot in Division II once again, with Manchester staying in Division III and Mogadore’s girls team remaining in Division IV.
For wrestling, the OHSAA set differing standards for individual wrestling and dual team wrestling, with Division I for dual team wrestling having a threshold of 362 while individual wrestling has a threshold of 370.
In Division II, the team and individual thresholds are 210 and 200, respectively, while the numbers are 209 and 199 for Division III. Any new schools, or merged schools like the combined Kenmore-Garfield district in Akron, won’t be assigned a district until September, after enrollment figures are final.