Clay sends seven wrestlers to Division I state meet
Three weeks after Clay, the No. 5 ranked team in Division I, reached the quarterfinals of the first annual state dual team tournament, seven wrestlers qualified for the individual state meet in Columbus last weekend.
Eagles qualifying were junior Jared Davis (32-11) at 113, sophomore Richie Screptock (48-4) at 120, senior Damon Dominique (31-7) at 152, junior Nick Stencel (41-10) at 160, senior Edward Silva (39-9) at 182, senior Jarred Gray (21-5) at 220, and junior Antonio Zapata (33-18) at 285.
|Genoa state qualifiers, left to right, Drew Keenan, Jake Fejes, Jay Nino, and Cody
Buckner with two black eyes and a broken nose among them. (Submitted photo)
At the Cleveland State district meet, Screptock was Clay’s only champion. The Eagles finished third as a team in the 41-team district, scoring 173 points to follow champion Lakewood St. Edward (271) and Brecksville (224). The Eagles had lost to No. 4 Brecksville in the team state duals meet, 48-19, as only Screptock, freshman Matt Stencel, Gray, and Zapata won matches.
Four Oak Harbor wrestlers continued their season at the D-II state tournament. The Rockets finished sixth overall in a field of more than 40 teams at the district meet.
Oak Harbor senior Luke Cramer (38-5) will be making his second appearance after finishing fourth at last year’s state tournament. He did it by defeating his first two opponents by pins at the district meet, then taking down the defending state champ by a score of 5-0.
In the finals, Cramer defeated his opponent from Bryan by technical fall, taking the 170 pound title. Joining Cramer at state in 170 pounds is Eastwood senior Randy Caris (52-3).
At 285, Oak Harbor sophomore T.J. Lawrence (31-11) punched his ticket to state. Lawrence made the finals after winning a close first match in overtime then taking his next two matches with 3-1 and 5-0 scores. He ended up second at the district meet.
Seniors Jared Chambers (30-9) and Alec Bowlick (34-10) took third at the district tournament to move on to state.
Chambers (152) advanced to the semifinals, dropped that match, but came back and to win the consolation final. This will be his second trip to the state tournament.
Bowlick dropped a close 3-2 decision to the eventual district champ, but battled back in consolation to also finish third in the 132-pound weight class.
A record 11 Genoa wrestlers competed in the 56-team D-III district tournament at Bowling Green State University, six placed, and four advanced to state. In 47 years Genoa has only qualified four wrestlers twice before (1993 and 1998).
Genoa set yet another mark in the books as a team by outdistancing Archbold for a third place finish. It was the school’s highest finish ever in any district wrestling tournament.
Delta won, scoring 143 points, followed by Upper Sandusky (120½) and Genoa (105). Other area D-III schools finished as follows: Woodmore was 23rd, Northwood 36th, and finishing tied for 37th were Gibsonburg and Lake.
Pinning down a second place finish at 220 pounds was Genoa sophomore Jay Nino (57-4). Senior 145 pounder Drew Keenan (61-4) defeated Michael Bear of Elmwood in the finals to place third while fellow senior Jake Fejes (152) and junior Cody Buckner (285) each placed fourth for the Comets. Fejes was 52-8 and Buckner 32-9 heading into the state meet.
Junior Max Reeder (132), 55-9, earned fifth place honors and qualified as a state alternate by crushing his opponent in the finals, 14-0. Mike Snider (170) finished off a solid 47-win senior campaign by placing sixth.
Woodmore junior Evan Ulinski (46-3) finished third at the BGSU D-III district and qualified for state in 106 pounds. It is Ulinski’s third trip to Columbus.
Four other Woodmore grapplers, sophomore Thomas Schnitker, junior Tony Rozzi, and seniors Colten Datkun and Dylan Young qualified for the district meet.
Players are still being sought for the Clay alumni game. Game(s) are May 11 starting at noon at John Ousky Field. Registration includes a $20 check payable to Clay Baseball. Need: name, graduation year, # for jersey, size of jersey and contact info, mainly e-mail so organizers can create a mass mailing list. Send to 3703 Seaman or drop off at the City of Oregon building inspection office. Cut-off date will be April 1. Please designate if player is a pitcher or a catcher. Call Gerry Wasserman at 419-693-8389 or 690-9371.
Summer softball sign-ups for Lake Township will be held Mar. 9 at St. Peter's Church in Millbury from noon to 2 p.m. Call Sheri Materni at 419-787-9123.