Created on Thursday, 08 January 2009 Written by AARON LaBATT
The area’s wrestling teams will be getting some statewide exposure Tuesday when I am on the next broadcast of Ohio Wrestling Radio. The show airs from 7 to 9 p.m. and is on Internet radio.
To access the show visit www.ohiowrestlingradio.com and instructions will be on the page on how to listen.
I’ll be talking about all of our area wrestling teams, league and postseason thoughts as well as surrounding area teams. I think this is a great opportunity to give Logan County and Champaign County teams some much deserved recognition.
This area has been home to some exceptional talent in the past. Former Indian Lake head coach Bill Fulton has told me stories of coaches and officials from Northeast Ohio asking where the Lakers were from. Well now everyone can get some insight.
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Graham to host Division II state duals
The state duals begin Sunday and are typically a favorite meet of mine to attend. The Division II duals have moved closer to home this season and will be hosted by Graham at the junior high.
However, the duals lack a certain luster this year with a field of teams that seems down compared to past competition. The Falcons will win again, with University School most likely taking second. The duals begin at noon.
Here are the first-round pairings with seeds in parentheses: Graham (1) vs. Perry (8), Harrison Central (5) vs. Medina Highland (4), Lexington (3) vs. Columbus DeSales (6) and New Richmond (7) vs. University School (2).
The Division I duals are in Wadsworth and will see an actual battle for the championship as opposed to previous years. Lakewood St. Edward, Massillon Perry and Wadsworth are the top three seeds. Last week, I felt Perry could contend with St. Ed’s for the Division I team title, but after looking at more information, I also see Wadsworth as another team that will be in the hunt.
The Division III duals are in Evergreen with Troy Christian, Cuyahoga Heights and Marion Pleasant as the top three seeds.
Buckeyes building momentum
Ohio State rallied to beat Kent State 20-15 on Sunday in the Buckeyes’ home opener. OSU was down 15-13 after former Eastwood standout Drew Lashaway (141) pinned Ohio State’s J. Jaggers. However, the Buckeyes were able to win the final two matches to take the dual.
Sixth-ranked Ohio State improves to 4-0 this season and Kent State is 3-2. Highlighting the Buckeye win was topranked Mike Pucillo (184), who beat sixth-ranked Dustin Kilgore 6-1. The victory earned Pucillo Big Ten wrestler of the week honors. It was Pucillo’s second win over a top ranked wrestler this season.
The most noteworthy news aside from the state duals involves Lakewood St. Edward and Cincinnati Moeller. The two big Ohio schools competed in The Clash VIII, a national duals tournament, in Rochester, Minn.
St. Ed’s finished second in the second-place bracket, which translates to sixth overall. There were 32 teams in the field of elite national teams, so I would say that is a very respectable finish for St. Ed’s. Many felt St. Ed’s would meet Apple Valley High School of Minnesota in the finals, but St. Ed’s fell in the opening round to Kenyon Wanamingo of Minnesota 49-27.
Apple Valley beat another Minnesota team in Simley 42-12 in the finals.
Moeller took fourth in the sixth-place bracket, which translates to a 24th overall finish.