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Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Thursday, 14 March 2013 14:24

Behind Clay, Three Rivers defends all-star title
Clay wrestlers did their part as the Three Rivers Athletic Conference defended its championship in the Greater Toledo Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Meet in Perrysburg. Seven leagues competed, each with its own all-star team.

In a bracketed format, the Three Rivers defeated the Northern Lakes League, 47-14, in the semifinal and the Northwest Ohio Athletic League, 29-12, in the round three championship match.

Clay winners against the NLL were sophomore Richie Screptock (120 pounds), senior Brian Henneman (126), junior Gavin Nelson (132), junior Nick Stencel (160), and freshman Matt Stencel, who went up a class to 195. Winning against the NWOAL was Screptock, Nelson, Nick Stencel, and senior Jarred Gray (220).

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Three Rivers Athletic Conference all-star Brian Henneman(right) against
Central Catholic sophomore Nate Hagan in the TRAC meet. (Press file
photo by Scott Grau)

The TRAC and runner-up NWOAL were followed by the third place Sandusky Bay Conference, and then the NLL, Northern Buckeye Conference, Ohio Wrestling League, and Midland Athletic League followed.

The event’s history dates back years go to when three teams, the now defunct Great Lakes League, the Toledo City League, the NLL, and an at-large team competed. The TCL no longer offers wrestling.

“That was a joke. None of the kids took it serious and it was just screwing around. The all star meet almost died because of it,” writes coach Troy McLaughlin on a yappi.com wrestling forum.

“The Greater Toledo Wrestling Coaches Association (the few that are members and run it) has worked hard to make this all star meet something special and meaningful. The last four meets have been very good with t-shirts for all the kids, gear bags for the winning team, BCSN (Buckeye Cable Sports Network) televising the finals, etc.,” McLaughlin continued.

“All of the kids now wrestle hard and represent their leagues to the best of their abilities which is all anyone can ask. We have to put a show on for the fans and try to make our sport the best that we can. After all, they took wrestling out of the Olympics. We don't want them to take wrestling out of high school like they did in Toledo public.”

In round one, the NLL defeated the NBC, 43-12, the NWOAL downed the OWL, 58-12, and the SBC shut out the MAL, 70-0. In round two, the NWOAL defeated the SBC, 31-25, and the OWL downed the MAL, 48-21. In round three, the SBC defeated the NLL, 39-12, and the NBC defeated the OWL, 38-16.

For the SBC, Oak Harbor grappler Jared Chambers (152) and Division II state champion and Alan Miller All-Press Most Outstanding Wrestler Luke Cramer (170) won in their matches against the NWOAL. Rockets Jeremy Balboa (126), Alec Bowlick (132), Chambers, and Cramer won against the MAL. Balboa, Bowlick, and Cramer won against the NLL.

For the NBC against the OWL, winners were Woodmore junior and D-III state runner-up Evan Ulinski (106), Genoa sophomore Brandon Bates (120), Eastwood freshman Andrew Caris (126), Woodmore sophomore Seth Gaghen (132), Lake senior Chris Salaz (138), Genoa senior Drew Keenan (145), Lake senior Zach Meek (152), Eastwood senior and D-II third place state placer Randy Caris (170), and Woodmore senior Dylan Young (182). Gibsonburg’s Metcalf won for the OWL at 285.

Against the NLL, NBC winners were Bates, Andrew Caris, Seth Gaghen, and Keenan.

For the OWL in their win over the MAL, local winners were Gibsonburg freshman Griffin Geary (138), Gibsonburg sophomore Dan Henline (170), and Gibsonburg senior Nick Metcalf (195). Metcalf was the only local wrestler to win for the OWL against the NWOAL.

Some of the wrestlers who competed were different than those submitted last week. One hundred percent of ticket revenue from the all-star event goes towards scholarships the GTWCA gives to local senior wrestlers.


Glass City Marathon
The Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon seeks to raise over $75,000 from runner donations.

Representatives from sponsoring organizations Medical Mutual, YARK Subaru, Dave's Running and the Toledo Roadrunners Club will present this year's charity partners. Individuals and teams are able to raise money for one of the official charity partners through the event's ongoing Giving Page at www.glasscitymarathon.org.

The April 28 event offers multiple runs, including the Marathon, the Owens Corning Half Marathon, the 5-person Marathon Relay, 5K run and the Findley Davies Kids' Marathon.

The Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon is produced by the Toledo Roadrunners Club, a private non-profit organization that organizes several local running events each year and supports camaraderie through friends who share a lifestyle of fitness enthusiasm. Visit www.toledoroadrunners.org.


Sports announcements
Serenity Farm will holds its Sixth Annual 2K/5K Family Fun Walk/Run on May 18 in Pemberville, with registration in front of the fire hall at 1 p.m. and the walk/race beginning at 2 p.m. Registration forms can be found at www.serenityfarm.org or visit 2nd Sole Levis Commons or the Serenity Farm office, 21870 Lemoyne Road, in Luckey. Cost is $20, $5 for children under 12 years. Contact Executive Director Debra DeHoff at 419-833-1308 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Woodmore Athletic Boosters will hold its annual square dance fundraiser Mar. 29 from 7-11:30 p.m. at Ole Zim’s Wagon Shed to benefit its scholarship fund. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $15 per person, which includes food and an entry into a raffle for a flat screen television. Music is by The Legacy II Band. For advance tickets call Kelley Baumgartner at 419-849-2098 or purchase at the door.

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The Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department will present its inaugural 2013 Youth Sports Fundraiser Dinner on Apr. 20 at the Bowling Green Community Center.  Proceeds benefit Bowling Green Parks and Recreation’s youth sports programs. This year’s event is headlined by guest speaker, Fox Sports Detroit broadcaster for the Detroit Pistons, Gregory Kelser.  Kelser is a former Michigan State University Spartans basketball player and national champion. Tickets are $30.  Registration deadline is Apr. 5.  Group seating is available upon request. Contact Eric Fletcher at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 419-354-6223. Visit www.bgohio.org (click on parks and recreation).


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Clay senior and Three Rivers Athletic Conference all-star Brian Henneman (right) against Central Catholic sophomore Nate Hagan in their TRAC tournament match. (Press file photo Scott Grau).

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