COLUMBUS — Consolations in the morning, championships in the evening.
So far we have results on four area wrestlers. Edison's Kyle Burns and Sandusky's Davion Caston won, earning them a spot in the third-place matches, coming up soon. Oak Harbor's Jake Cramer fell to Matt Fee of Lake Catholic, so he'll wrestle for fifth.Here we go. All focus is on the four Monroeville boys, but there's a better chance we'll get interesting matches from the three Oak Harbor kids. Can Stone get revenge against DiJulius? Will Miller have an opponent? Can Witt pull the upset against Harrison Hightower? CONSOLATION FINALS Jerrel Valliant nearly overcame a four-point deficit in the final minute – He was down, 6-2, to Tyler Luft of Teays Valley, but scored a takedown to slash the deficit in half, 6-4. He let his Luft up, giving Luft an escape point. Valliant took Luft down again, but time ran out before Valliant could turn him. Valliant will battle in the fifth-place match later today. Joe Dauch hurt his shoulder in the consolation round, and will not be able to wrestle. He takes sixth place in the state, though, with his efforts this weekend. I'll try to catch up with SMCC coach Rick Bellamy, but it could be difficult to track him down. Clyde's Trevor Strickland (215) is the easiest guy to find in the arena because of his bright yellow hair ... And the fact that he's a good four inches taller than anyone else here. Strickland fell to Riley Shaw of Washington Court House Washington, He'll wrestle in the fifth-place match later. Davion Caston fell to Uland Ralston of Lorain Southview. Caston earned fourth place in the tournament. Someone noted that it was Southview's final state placer ever. Southland is closing after this year. They finished with 42 total state placers after Ralston's 3rd-place today. Wadsworth leads Division I with 154 points, followed closely by St. Ed's with 149.5. This is about as close as Division I has ever been this late. Oak Harbor: 73. Lexington: 58. (Toledo?) Central Catholic: 55. The race for second is tilting towards the Rockets. (Graham has 196.) Monroeville still has the team lead. They're mathematically the champions already. But note: Edison's tied for 20th with 23 team points.