COLUMBUS — The trademark blue and white Zubaz pants that Logan Heil has worn his entire career as a Brunswick wrestler won’t be retired. They’ll just move from the land of the Blue Devils over to his cousin at Berea-Midpark.
That said, the zebra-striped attire finished its career with Heil the best way possible Saturday when the senior won the 126-pound title at the Division I state tournament.
“I’m not retiring them yet. I’m going to wear the green, black and white ones all throughout college at Cleveland State,” Heil said. “These will go over to my cousin (Shane Heil) so he can wear them.”
If they bring the Titans’ state placer the success they brought Heil at Brunswick, they should be enshrined in a hall of fame.
Heil became Medina County’s 55th state champion and Brunswick’s fifth when he beat St. Edward’s Angelo Rini 6-4 to claim the Blue Devils’ second state crown in the last three seasons (Nick Kiussis, 2017).
Heil also is the fourth state champion Mike Koshar has coached in 21 seasons.
“I don’t know a better way to go out than on top,” Koshar said. “This family leads by example. You just say, ‘Go,’ and they go. They’re always ready to start. The other kids see that. It started with (brother) Josh. He passed it on to Logan, and that’s how Logan has worked all four years.”
Logan Heil’s title was a continuation of wrestling royalty.
One of his four brothers, Dean Heil, was a four-time state champion for St. Edward and won two national titles at Oklahoma State.
Another brother, Josh Heil, was Brunswick’s first four-time state placer and is finding great success at Campbell University.
His father, Mike Heil, was a two-time state placer for Brooklyn High School and wrestled at John Carroll.
“It means a lot for him and their family,” Koshar said. “They put a lot of time into it. Josh and Logan both wrestled for us. Josh was our first four-time state placer. Logan follows it up as a four-time qualifier, a three-time state placer and a champion. It’s just a signature of who they are and what they do.”
Wrestling with a name like Heil could bring a high school kid to his knees, but that’s not how Logan Heil has looked at it.
In fact, the four-letter last name is anything but a four-letter word to the senior.
“I take it as an honor to have a name in the wrestling community,” he said. “It shows that people below me and above me will be watching for me now. They want to be careful when they wrestle me, because they know I’ll be aggressive. I don’t give up. Even if I’m tired, I’m still pushing.”
Logan Heil wasn’t just wrestling for himself. He was doing it for everyone in the family.
Josh Heil finished his career with the Blue Devils in 2016 and reached the semifinals but lost and finished third.
Logan Heil was a freshman then and never forgot what falling short meant to his older brother.
“This means a whole ton because the second my brother Josh lost in the semis, I knew I had to get it back,” Logan Heil said. “I knew had to avenge his loss. I took that motivation and kept driving all these years no matter how many times I got yelled at, no matter how many times I cried, no matter how many times I got hurt. I kept coming back for what my brother deserved.”
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