Crestview High wrestling coach, Ohio State mat alum killed in car crash

Jesse Campbell, wrestling and football coach at Crestview High School in north-central Ohio between Columbus and Cleveland who had wrestled at Ohio State and two other universities a decade ago, was killed in a three-car crash near Ashland, Ohio early Monday evening. He was 31.

Jesse Campbell
The wreck took place on State Route 545. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said Campbell attempted to pass another car while traveling north on the rural highway. Campbell's car hit a third car head-on, then struck the car it was trying to pass. Campbell was pronounced dead at the scene.

Campbell was a three-time All-American wrestler at Sullivan Black River High, having won an Ohio state heavyweight title as a senior in 2007 after being a runner-up in 2006. He continued his academic and mat career at Ohio State, Ashland University and Tiffin University before returning to his high school alma mater to serve as wrestling coach before coaching the mat program at Crestview in fall 2018.

The Crestview Cougars wrestling program posted this message on Facebook Tueseday morning:

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Football and Wrestling Coach Jesse Campbell. Coach Campbell was a staple in both programs. He had a great drive and passion to push his athletes not just in sports but as individuals as well. Coach Campbell was a brother to many and a friend to all. The Crestview Wrestling and Football program will carry his memory high, and we are thankful to be able to call him coach and friend.

"Grief Counselors will be at the High School today until noon for anyone that was impacted by the loss of Coach Jesse Campbell."

Ohio Wrestling News and Events also shared the news on its Facebook page Tuesday:

"Please keep the Crestview and Black River wrestling program in your prayers. We lost a great coach, friend, and most of all a piece of all our family. Jesse Campbell passed away last night in a car accident. The Campbell family has been in wrestling for's in their blood. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers. 🙏🏻"

Jesse Campbell was a member of a wrestling family that spanned two generations, according to a 2018 article from The Lorain County Gazette. His father Bruce won an Ohio state title for Oberlin High School during an undefeated season in 1976 and later wrestled at Cleveland State. Jesse had two younger brothers: Jacob, who in 2018 was finishing up his mat career at Black River, and Cory, who was a member of the Kent State wrestling program.

What's more, Jesse Campbell was an inductee into the Lorain County Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Hall of Fame.

UPDATE 1/4/20

A memorial service for Jesse Campbell has already been held. To honor his memory, in lieu of flowers, contributions in Jesse's name can be made out to the Black River or Ashland Crestview High School Wrestling Programs for future scholarships in Jesse's name. Online condolences may also be made to


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