Beau Minnick isn’t scared.
A lot of people think he should be, given who he’s up against today.
The Clyde senior posted a 9-3 decision over Indian Lake’s Heath Lange in the championship semifinals Friday night, advancing to today’s Division II 145 finals match.
Minnick will take on three-time defending champion Micah Jordan of St. Paris Graham Local. Jordan is looking to become the 26th wrestler in Ohio history to become a four-time champ.
“He’s ranked No. 2 in the nation and going for his fourth title, but it doesn’t really matter to me because I’m not afraid of him at all or else I wouldn’t have went this weight,” Minnick said. “I just have to go out, attack and can’t let him set the pace of his own match. I have to set the pace.”
Minnick scored early and often on Lange and said he’s hoping the momentum will carry over today.
“My counter attacks were there and so was my elbow pass,” he said. “There with 15 seconds left I just based out because I knew I didn’t have a stalling call yet. I was just trying not to get scored on.”
Clyde coach Rob Jennings talked about how far Minnick has come.
“I’m unbelievably proud. Everything that he’s gone through over these years, not just in high school, but where he’s come from in biddy up until now,” Jennings said. “All the hurdles he’s had to jump through, it’s been quite a ride. All the credit to dad for driving him around all these years. All that pays off and now he has a shot. Winning a state title is all he’s wanted to do and now he’s put himself in a position to do that.”
Repko finishes wild season on high note
Vermilion’s Mike Repko (152) has been injured more than he’s been healthy.
For his first three seasons, he wrestled with various injuries that seem to hold him back.
At the beginning of the year, Repko decided he had had enough and quit.
Then he had second thoughts.
“I didn’t want there to be any regrets,” Repko said.
The senior joined the team again just before the conference meet, and has been dominating ever since.
Repko beat Clyde’s Blake Miller 10-6 Friday night to advance to the Div. II championship match today.
Repko lost 6-2 to Miller in the district semifinals.
“Me and coach talked about how he liked underhooks and rushing a lot so we just planned to keep elbows in and wait for his shot,” Repko said. “He’s going to come in and do a couple of fakes. That match at the end, I was getting tired, but I had to get that second breath and come in and keep that lead late in the third.”
Miller jumped out to a 2-1 lead, but Repko answered with some back points to go up 5-2. Miller later got it up to 8-6, but Repko managed another takedown.
“It’s definitely the right choice coming back and training hard everyday. I don’t regret a thing,” Repko said. “I don’t think it’s really hit me yet. I don’t know what’s really going on right now.”
Repko, who now hopes to wrestle collegiately, will face Alex Mossing of Toledo Central Catholic today in the finals.