Created on Thursday, 24 January 2013 Written by AARON LaBATT
ST. PARIS — Benjamin Logan’s wrestling team avenged a loss to a county rival here Wednesday at the inaugural Division II state dual tournament.
Benjamin Logan’s Bryce Gray holds onto Bellefontaine’s Bryan Ward during their 126-pound match at the Division II state duals on Wednesday at Graham High School. Gray won the match by an 18-2 technical fall. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)
The Raiders rallied in the final three matches to beat Bellefontaine 40-33 in the opening round in Region 16 A. Ben Logan then fell to host Graham 74-6 in the second round and was eliminated from the tournament.
The Falcons, who are ranked seventh in the country, host the regional semifinal round on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
While the loss to Graham was inevitable for the winner, both Bellefontaine and Ben Logan were focused on a much-anticipated rematch against each other in the first round.
The Chieftains defeated the Raiders 36-33 in December at the Logan Country tri-meet. It was the first dual win against Ben Logan in over 20 years and just the second in BHS program history.
Not only did the Raiders get to avenge that loss Wednesday, they were also able to claim a state dual meet victory.
“It was exciting to get a win in the state duals,” said Ben Logan head coach Tony Grant. “We have a good friendly rivalry with Bellefontaine and it was a good match. It came down to the coin toss. We won and were able to use that to our advantage.”
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