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Konner Witt has his eyes on the prize this weekend at the Division II state

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wrestling tournament in Columbus.

"If I wrestle the way I've been wrestling all year, I should do well," the Oak Harbor junior said. "I think I can take care of everybody in my bracket. It's about who wants it more, and I want it pretty bad this year. We've been in the best tournaments you can get in and we practice hard and train hard, so anything is possible if you put your mind to it."

Witt, who competed at 160 pounds most of the season, takes a 45-3 record into the state tournament at the Schottenstein Center. Witt will compete at 152 pounds where three wrestlers, including two-time state champion Harrison Hightower of University School, qualified for this year's tournament.

Oak Harbor coach George Bergman said it made more sense for Witt to compete at 152 in Columbus rather than at 160.

"Konner went 152 at the Medina tournament and went 160 for the Ironman and ended up sixth, and those top six guys were all from Ohio, most of them in Division I," Bergman said. "In Division II, there are two very, very good guys at 160. At 152, there's a two-time state champ so we're going to a weight class where there is one outstanding guy instead of two outstanding guys."

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They say people feel better about themselves when they share, but Eastwood's

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boys basketball team wanted none of that.

When the Eagles took on Suburban Lakes League rival Otsego last Saturday in Tontogany, an outright SLL championship was on the line for Eastwood. Lose, and the Eagles would have to share the crown with the Knights.

"We didn't want to share it," said Eastwood senior co-captain Clay Rolf. "No one wants to share the league. We wanted to win it for the seniors and the coaches."

For everyone involved in the Eastwood program, the difference between sharing the league title and winning it outright was huge.

"That was our goal from the beginning and we didn't want to share with anybody, especially after going 14-0 last year," said Clayton Ruch, a 6-5 senior co-captain. "After losing to Elmwood, we really wanted to win it outright because we knew we shouldn't have lost to them."

The game at Otsego ultimately came down to one crucial play in the fourth quarter.

Following a missed Eastwood free throw, the Knights grabbed the rebound but the 6-7 Rolf swiped at the ball and tipped it to himself with about 20 seconds left in the game.

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Rocket relay team places in two events at state meet
The Oak Harbor 200 meter relay swimming team finished 12th overall in Division II while the Rocket 400 relay team finished 13th at the state in Canton last weekend. Both relay teams consisted of senior Jenna Diekman, senior Olivia Porter, junior Marlee Carpenter, and senior Brielle Hanthorn.

In the 200 relay, Oak Harbor finished in a preliminary time of 1:41.22 and in the finals at 1:41.89, scoring 10 points for Oak Harbor. In the 400, the relay team finished with a time of 3:45.27 in the prelim and 3:44.51 in the final, scoring eight points for the Rockets.

Those two events helped the Rockets finish 31st in the state meet with 18 points. Gates Mills Hawkens was the Division II state champions with 333 points, and 54 schools scored points in the D-II girls meet. Porter also competed in the 50 freestyle individual race.

Lake sophomore Sam TenEyck (D-II) and St. Francis DeSales junior Dylan Szegedi (D-I), an Oregon resident, each finished 11th in diving. Szegedi had a score of 261.8 in the semifinal and 377.3 in the final. TenEyck scored 223.15 in the semi and 295.45 in the final.

Eastwood’s Nathan Decker finished 15th in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 5:00.25 in the preliminaries and 4:59.44 in the final.

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