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Witt, Buckner, Cubberly part of MAC wrestling picture
Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Tuesday, 22 December 2009 14:51

After one of the best seasons in modern school his¬tory, the Kent State wrestling team plans to continue to raise its standards. Two local wrestlers are part of the picture to do so.

Redshirt freshman Keith Witt (Oak Harbor) is getting plenty of action at 174, and Ryan Buckner (Woodmore) is competing for a chance to represent the Golden Flashes at 197.

“Our young guys have to develop the way that we think they can and our older guys have to continue developing like they have. Right now, expectations on the outside are that we're a top 20 team, but our goal is to be a top 10 team at the end of the year," Kent State coach Jim Andrassy said.

Witt went 4-1 at the Body Bar with three first period pins and is currently ranked third in the MAC. He is second on the team with five pins. Witt earned his way into the semifinals at both the Oklahoma Gold and the Hokie Open, where he won his first four matches and upset top-seeded and nationally ranked Bagna Tovuujav of George Mason.

Rocket grapplers looking hard to beat right now
Written by Mark Griffin   
Tuesday, 22 December 2009 14:51

Taking on Genoa and Fremont Ross on Dec. 16 must have seemed like a cakewalk for Oak Harbor's wrestling squad after what it went through less than a week earlier.

The Rockets crushed Ross 67-6 and manhandled Genoa 56-14 just four days after competing in the Ironman tournament at Walsh Jesuit High School. The Ironman is considered the toughest wrestling tournament in the nation.

Coach George Bergman's Rockets took 14th place out of 48 teams and had two individual place-winners in juniors Ian Miller and Konner Witt.

"This was our fifth year in a row there as a team - we've sent individuals before - and this was the best finish we've had," Bergman said. "It gives our guys some goals and lets them know what the best wrestling in the country is like.

"For our top-end guys, it shows where they're at, too. If we have anybody on our team undefeated at this point, then we have a scheduling problem. It lets us know what we need to work on, as a team and as individuals. If your kids perform well at the Ironman, they're nationally noticed. By placing at that tournament, they receive a lot of interest with Division I programs."

Wood County Dartball
Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Friday, 18 December 2009 08:51
Bethlehem No. 2 (25-8) took sole possession of first place with its three-game sweep of Zion Luckey (22-11). Bethlehem No. 2 scored a league evening-best 23 runs. ZL’s 11 runs were its second-lowest total of the season.

Bethlehem No. 2 extended its winning streak to a league high 14 games. Bethlehem No. 2 and ZL will conclude the season with a three-game set in Luckey. ZL had not been swept since losing three one-run games at Bowling Green Trinity United Methodist on Nov. 26, 2007. 

Stony Ridge (24-9), which entered play Monday with a share of first, dropped to second place despite winning twice. SR trails first-place Bethlehem No. 2 by one game, and now holds a two-game advantage over ZL. Pemberville Methodist (20-13) and BGTUM (20-13) are the other league teams to have won 20 games through the midway point of the season.

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