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Oak Harbor runner-up at Division II state dual meet
Written by Mark Griffin   
Thursday, 14 January 2010 11:17

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


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."

Despite numbers, Northwood grapplers getting wins
Written by Mark Griffin   
Thursday, 14 January 2010 11:15

With just eight varsity wrestlers this season, third-year Northwood coach Steve


Simok knows all about the numbers game.

"I don't pay attention to the team scoreboard, since we do have so few wrestlers," Simok said. "We just want to go out there and improve to get better before the sectional tournament. We started the season with wins over Cardinal Stritch and Gibsonburg, and I didn't realize until we were on our way home that we had won either of them.

"When you're putting out only half a lineup, to win those dual meets we're looking to have to pin every time we go out on the mat. We have the first four weight classes (filled) and we'll move those other guys around to have matches instead of forfeits."

The Rangers had seven forfeits in a 42-33 loss to Van Buren this season. They beat Stryker 34-18 and lost to Lake 33-21, but they earned a big win over Division II Fostoria, beating the Redmen 44-24 behind six pins and two major decisions.

City rebound leader a star on court and classroom
Written by Mark Griffin   
Thursday, 14 January 2010 11:13

A reporter called Antonio Allen around 9 p.m. Monday night, expecting Waite's 6-6, 210-pound senior forward-center to be busy watching TV or playing video


games with friends.


Allen, the top rebounder in the City League, was studying for an exam.

"It's called measurement and analysis," said Allen, who was asked to explain exactly what that meant. "It's a little bit of algebra, a little bit of geometry. Math is my favorite subject."

This time next year, Allen will be in college somewhere. He said he will be the first person in his family to attend college. Whether or not he will still be playing basketball is secondary.

"School comes first," Allen said. "Growing up as a kid, everybody I was surrounded by made sure to tell me school comes first, before basketball."

Waite coach Dave Pitsenbarger said Allen "is being recruited by several Division II and Division III schools."

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