Clay finished 23rd at the Division I state wrestling tournament with 20 points last weekend, and had two wrestlers place.
Nick Garcia (103) closed out the meet by winning fifth place on Saturday morning, defeating Corey Salmon of Cincinnati Princeton 10-1 with a major decision.
Justin Wharton (160) finished seventh, defeating Ian Korb of Cincinnati Elder, 7-2, in his final Saturday morning.
Garcia opened by winning an 11-6 decision over Matt Terry (Vandalia Butler) 11-6, but in the quarterfinal fell to Kory Mines (Maple Heights) in an 11-4 decision. In the consolation round two, Garcia defeated Austin Marsico (Pickerington North) 1-0 to qualify for Saturday morning’s action.
In the consolation semifinal, Garcia lost to John Dillon (Youngstown Boardman) 7-1. A win would have allowed the Clay grappler to wrestle for third place.
Wharton opened by losing a 7-3 decision against Darren Rhodes (Macedonia Nordonia), but came back in the first consolation round to defeat Matt Ferguson (Pickerington North) in overtime, 6-4. Wharton then on a 13-5 major decision over Charles Mason (Cincinnati Moeller) 13-5, but lost in the consolation quarterfinal to Zack Goins (Elyria) by a 13-0 major decision to move into the seventh place match Saturday morning.
In Division II, fifth-place Oak Harbor (46 points) had three wrestlers, Eastwood had one place, and Central Catholic had one local wrestler who placed.
At 189, Central’s Jake Henderson, an East Toledo resident, wrestled Eastwood’s Ashton Brown for fifth place, and Henderson won by decision. Henderson had wrestled five years as a youth for the East Toledo Wrestling Club.
Both Henderson and Brown had a chance on Saturday morning to earn third place, but lost their consolation semifinal earlier in the day.
Henderson lost a close 5-3 decision to Beau Wenger of Navarre Fairless, despite a last second attempt to score. Nonetheless, the Irish wrestler enjoyed the experience.
“I tried to get a takedown and then time ran out,” Henderson said. “This is my first time down here, and it’s great. It’s a huge arena — a lot of fun.”
Brown lost his consolation semifinal via a 10-4 decision to Joe Poyser of Louisville, but he enjoyed success throughout the meet to get there.
Although Brown lost his round one match to Wenger via a major decision, he came back in the consolation rounds to pin Jake Henderson of Lisbon Beaver in 2:15, and then won a major decision over Travis McIntosh (Washington Court House Miami Trace) in the second round consolation.
Henderson took a different route, opening by defeating John Sill of Perry, 6-0, then won a decision over McIntosh in the quarterfinal, but lost his championship semifinal match via decision to Nick Mills of Hunting Valley University School.
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