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One would think Central Catholic coach Jim Welling would be nervous when he walked in Eastwood’s gymnasium as his Irish were taking on the Eagles three days before Christmas.

Eastwood is his alma mater.

Instead, he walked into a ceremony and saw familiar faces. Eastwood was honoring its first superintendent, the late Dallas Gardner, who took over when Eastwood consolidated in 1958 and stuck around for over a decade.

Dallas Gardner is the father of Sixth District State Representative Randy Gardner, who was Welling’s teammate at Eastwood until to their senior year (1977).

“They did a really nice service before the game in memory of his dad. His whole family was there — it was really, really nice,” Welling said.

Even though Central won the non-league game, 56-49, Welling said none of the Eagle fans made any effort to heckle the Irish coach. It was just the opposite.

“Lots of support. It’s kind of bittersweet, you know,” Welling said. “It’s the alma mater and Eastwood’s got a nice team. Anytime you travel and go on the road, it really doesn’t matter who you play. Can your kids execute and think on their feet? We sputtered a little bit in the first half, but in the second half I thought we played more like we were capable of playing.”

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Oak Harbor wrestling coach George Bergman has lots of nice things to say about

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Drew Stone as a wrestler, but there is a lot more to the Rockets' 125-pound senior than merely suiting up in a singlet and headgear.

"He's full of life," Bergman said. "He's always up to something. He's a character and he has a lot of fun. He's always in the middle of things. When things are getting stirred up, you know Drew and somebody else are behind it. He's a fun kid to be around. He's definitely a social butterfly."

For his part, Stone doesn't mind being known for being, well, a bit of a character and a prankster.

"I'd probably say that's true," he said. "Me and Konnor (Witt, Oak Harbor's 152-pounder) are usually up to something. We definitely like to pull each other's chain."

Like in the beginning of this school year, when Stone and Witt were involved in printing out a not-so-flattering picture of Oak Harbor wrestling coaches Bergman, Aaron Bomer and Bill Scherf.

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Last Sunday, Oak Harbor wrestling finished second to host St. Paris Graham at

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the Division II State Duals. The Rockets were the No. 2 seed behind Graham, which won its ninth straight Division II state (11th overall) last spring by setting a state scoring record with 282 points.

"We took second at the Duals one other time, when Cody Magrum was a senior (2007-08), and that team was a state runner-up," Coach George Bergman said. "Anytime you have a team like St. Paris Graham that is ranked No. 2 in the country and is in your division, the best you can do is take second."

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