Gibsonburg wrestlers picked to defend league title
Gibsonburg is the pre-season selection to defend last year’s Ohio Wrestling League championship this season. Last year’s league wrestling title was the first in school history.
Coach Justin Edgell returns for his third year after his team posted a 24-14 dual record his first two seasons. His assistants are Dennis Druso and Steve Liechty. Last year, the team was 12-6 and 7-1 in OWL competition.
Edgell, who has 16 wrestlers on his team, says he has a “very young line-up with potentially 10 sports filled by freshmen and sophomores.”
Six returning lettermen include seniors Nick Metcalf and Gage Collins, junior Jacob Auld, and sophomores Dan Henline, Troy Ickes, and A.J. Blausey.
Metcalf (182-195 weight class) was 33-13 last year winning a league championship. He was sectional runner-up and sixth at the district meet. Collins (106-113) was 23-17, second in the league and fifth at the sectional.
Auld (195-220) was 22-14 and sixth at the sectional meet, Henline (152-160) was 23-12 and second in the OWL, Ickes (132-138) was 10-11 and third in the league, and Blausey (145-152) was 10-11 and fifth in the sectional.
Edgell says other top prospects include senior Austin Webb (120-126 classes), and freshmen Damier Schmeltz (120-126), Griffin Geary (132-138), Zack Kaetzel (138-145), Marcus Kreais (195-220), and Billy Ruth (220-285). Other varsity wrestlers expected to contribute include freshmen Wesley Campbell, Jose Gomez, and Antonio Vasquez.
OWL voting saw Gibsonburg followed by McComb, Cory-Rawson, Van Buren, Arcadia, Cardinal Stritch Catholic, Northwood, Toledo Christian, and Danbury.
Gyurke runs in Midwest Meet
Clay junior cross country runner Erin Gyurke ran in the Foot Locker Midwest Regional Meet on Nov. 24 in Racine, Wisconsin. The race featured the top runners from 12 states.
At the Division I state meet this year, Gyurke placed eight with a time of 18:10.77. Freshman teammate Haley Hess placed 56th with a time of 19:05.36 and Haley’s sister, freshman Hanna Hess, placed 83rd in 19:30.36. There were 3,293 D-I girls who competed in cross country this year throughout Ohio, narrowed down to 150 in the D-I race on Nov. 3.
Gyurke will also be competing for the Clay gymnastics team this winter, and the Hess girls are playing basketball. All three are planning to run track in the spring.
J.D. Bergman to speak
Former Oak Harbor and Ohio State University wrestler J.D. Bergman, a 2010 World Team Member and newly announced 2016 Rio Olympic hopeful, will be speaking at Genoa High School auditorium starting at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30) on Nov. 28. Bergman, who competed in the Olympic trials this summer, will be addressing the Genoa wrestling program (k-12) in their annual "Meet the Team Night.” The event is free and open to the public.
In high school Bergman was a two-time state champion, winning in 2002 and'03 at 189 pounds while going a combined 85-0 in the process during his final seasons. At Ohio State from 2004-08, he finished second in career team points and fourth in career falls, winning 129 matches. A three-time All-American, Bergman finished second at the 2008 NCAA Tournament and was a three-time runner-up in the Big Ten Conference. He graduated from OSU with a degree in communication, earning academic All-American honors along the way.
Trainer Richard Jones will conduct a free sports clinic for young athletes and their parents and grandparents sponsored by the Oregon Eagle Learning Center at Heritage Christian Church on the corner of Coy and Brown roads in Oregon on Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. Jones, a graduate of Bowling Green State University and Ball State University, has taught physical education for 50 years and coached football, track, and cross country. An author, parent, and athlete, he teaches physical education at St. Boniface School in Oak Harbor and Oregon Eagle Learning Center.
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