CCHS Wrestling History: State Champions & Place Winners
|Year||First Name||Last Name||Weight Class||Placement|
- 1956-1957 inaugural year of wrestling at Toledo Central Catholic HS
- For more Ohio history see OHSAA past results 1999 to present
- For results from Ohio wrestling history from 1938-1997 see “Ohio’s Best In Amateur Wrestling” by Mark Osgood
State Team Dual & Individual Meet Finishes
|Year||Team Finish (Individual States)||Team Finish (Team Dual States)|
Coach – Antonio Guerra
Antonio Guerra, Central Catholic’s head wrestling coach 2011-2015, is a two-time NCAA Division II national champion at the University of Findlay. He was a four-time All American and was named Findlay’s male athlete of the year, twice. Before becoming Central Catholic’s head coach, Coach Guerra served as Doc Leffler’s assistant during the 2010-2011 season and spent three years as a graduate assistant at Findlay under his former coach, Shawn Nelson. Coach Guerra earned a bachelor of science degree in biology at the University of Findlay.
Coach Emeritus – Mitch Naufel
Coach Naufel spent 3 decades coaching wrestling for Toledo Central Catholic High School. Coach Naufel was inducted into the Sandusky St. Mary’s Central Catholic Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2005. Coach Naufel ‘77 was an All-Ohio linebacker for the Panthers in his senior year and also qualified for the state wrestling championship where he finished third in just his second year of competition. He earned four varsity letters in football and wrestling at Defiance College where he was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2003. Coach Naufel is also a member of the National Wrestling Coaches Association Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Coach Emeritus – Doc Leffler
Coach Leffler started the wrestling program at Toledo St. Francis de Sales High School in 1956 and continued as head coach for 15 years. During that time, Coach Leffler put together Ohio’s longest high school dual meet win streak of 120 consecutive wins. In 1966-67, Coach Leffler was the president of the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association. During his tenure his high school team won two State Championships in 1964 and 1970. In 1971 Coach Leffler was the first coach named as the Ohio High School Coach of the Year. Doc is a member of the Ohio High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He is a member of the University of Toledo’s Athletic Hall of Fame as a wrestler. In 1971 Doc campaigned the US Junior World Wrestling Team to Japan. In 1972 Doc coached the US Junior World Team in the Greater European Games in Trieste, Italy. Doc has coached 11 individual Ohio High School State champions. Doc has a proven record of campaigning individuals and building champions.
Daniel A. Piloseno, 1914 – 2003
Central Catholic coach lifted wrestling program
Daniel A. Piloseno, a former coach and teacher at Central Catholic High School who helped build the wrestling program there into a state contender, died Tuesday in University Community Hospital, Tampa. He was 88.
He died from complications of pneumonia, stroke, and diabetes, his son, Daniel, Jr., said. Formerly of Sylvania Township and Worthington, Ohio, Mr. Piloseno lived most recently in Tampa and suburban New York City.
He was an assistant football coach and government teacher at Central Catholic in the late 1950s when he was assigned as head coach of a moribund wrestling program.
“He was an amazing character,” said Dick Torio, founder of Torio’s Health Club, who has wrestled, coached, and officiated the sport. Mr. Torio helped Mr. Piloseno the first few weeks.
“He did a marvelous job. He built the team up so that when they wrestled Rogers and St. Francis and Whitmer [high schools], you couldn’t get in,” Mr. Torio said. “the competition was fierce.”
Mr. Piloseno was inducted into several statewide athletic halls of fame, including the coaches and wrestling halls of fame and, in 1996, into the Central Catholic Hall of Fame.
“He wasn’t only important to the program at Central Catholic, he was important to wrestling in the Toledo area,” said Mitch Naufel, wrestling coach at the school the last 16 years. Central Catholic last month held its sixth annual Dan Piloseno Wrestling Invitational.
Mr. Piloseno was an all Atlantic Coast Conference offensive lineman at North Carolina State University and coached football at the high school and college level.
“It’s ironic that [wrestling was] what they inducted him into the athletic hall of fame for, because football had been his life” until the Central Catholic wrestling program, said his son, an administrative law judge with the Social Security Administration.
Mr. Piloseno grew up in Bellaire, Ohio, and was an Army veteran of World War II serving stateside. He had nearly completed his doctorate in education at the University of Toledo in the mid-1960s when he became supervisor of public high schools in Franklin County. He retired in 1983.