Shaping up sectional wrestling meets

Conference wrestling tournaments are great for crowning team and individual champions. But those annual tournaments also serve another purpose -- to serve as a tune-up for the sectional tournamen
Dan Gilles
Aug 25, 2010

Conference wrestling tournaments are great for crowning team and individual champions.

But those annual tournaments also serve another purpose -- to serve as a tune-up for the sectional tournaments.

The first step on the road to Columbus takes place Friday and Saturday for area wrestlers, coaches and programs at five different high schools covering the three divisions.

All starting wrestlers for the 23 area high schools get invited to sectionals. But only the four best in each weight class will advance to districts the following weekend.

Want to know where your favorite team or wrestler is going this weekend? How about how difficult a particular sectional will be? Let's take a look at the five area sectional tournaments:

 

Division I Northwest Sectional

WHERE: Toledo Rogers High School (222 Mctigue Ave., Toledo)

WHEN: Friday, 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. (finals 5 p.m.)

WHO'S THERE: 12 teams -- Ashland, Bowling Green, Findlay, Fremont Ross, Lima Sr., Madison Comprehensive, Mansfield Sr., Marion Harding, Perrysburg, Toledo Rogers, Sandusky, Oregon Clay.

AREA TEAMS: Two -- Sandusky, Fremont Ross

DEFENDING CHAMP: Mansfield Madison

NOTED: Sandusky finished third in last year's sectional tournament with 180.5 points and advanced eight wrestlers to districts. Fremont Ross finished fifth with 146 points and advanced six to districts. Davion Caston (So., 119) and Jerrell Valliant (Sr., 145) were Sandusky's lone sectional champs last season. Both are back to defend this season. Valliant placed sixth in the state last season. Delonne Baker (Sr., HVY), who finished second at sectionals last year and ended up become a state runner-up, was removed from the team last week and will not take part in sectionals. Justin Palma (So., 140) is also a defending district qualifier. He finished third at last year's sectional tournament. Out of Ross' five sectional runners-up last season, two remain - Yohe Rojas (Sr., 135) and Antonio Rodriguez (Jr., 119). Findlay won the GBC championship last Saturday.

WHAT'S NEXT?: The top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to the D-I Northeast District Tournament at Mentor High School next Friday and Saturday.

 

Division II Northwest Sectional

WHERE: Shelby High School (109 Smiley Ave., Shelby)

WHEN: Friday, 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. (finals 5 p.m.)

WHO'S THERE: 11 teams -- Bellevue, Clyde, Tiffin Columbian, Clear Fork, Galion, Lexington, Norwalk, Oak Harbor, Perkins, Shelby and Willard.

AREA TEAMS: Six -- Bellevue, Clyde, Norwalk, Oak Harbor, Perkins, Willard

DEFENDING CHAMP: Lexington

NOTED: This has a reputation for being the toughest sectional in Division II, especially in the Northwest District. Lexington won the title last year with 235 points, while Oak Harbor was second with 223.5 points. Oak Harbor won the SBC title last Saturday, while Bellevue won the NOL title the same day. Three of the top four teams in the SBC are competing (Oak Harbor, Perkins (third) and Clyde (fourth)) along with five of the top six teams in the NOL (Bellevue, Norwalk (second), Shelby (third), Tiffin Columbian (fourth) and Willard (sixth)). Perkins' Jonathan McGookey (Sr., 152) became a three-time SBC champion last weekend and enters sectionals as Division II's top-ranked wrestler in his weight class in the state by all the major wrestling prognosticators. McGookey is the lone returning area sectional champion. The sectional produced five of the area's state champions last season. All have graduated. Oak Harbor's Ian Miller (So., 135), a two-time SBC champ, missed sectionals last season with an injury. He is projected second in his weight class in D-II. Other returning district qualifiers include Oak Harbor's Jake Cramer (So., 112), Drew Stone (Jr., 119), Konnor Witt (So., 145) and Mike Mallernee (Jr., 160); Perkins' Sean Pisano (Sr., 160), Alex Trautman (Sr., 171) and Tyler Bouy (Sr., 189); Bellevue's Shane Justice (Sr., 130); Clyde's Zach Thurn (Jr., 112), Craig Gerber (Sr., 130) and Brandon Flores (So., 152) Norwalk's Gabe Sidoti (Sr., 125), Sam Montana (Sr., 140) and Jared Torrence (Sr., HVY); and Willard's Jeff Goines (Sr., 145).

WHAT'S NEXT?: The top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to the D-II Northwest District Tournament at Fostoria High School next Friday and Saturday.

 

Division II Northeast Sectional

WHERE: Medina Highland High School (3880 Ridge Road, Medina)

WHEN: Friday, 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. (finals 5 p.m.)

WHO'S THERE: 13 teams -- Avon, Bay, Brookside, Buckeye, Elyria Catholic, Medina Highland, Holy Name, Fairview, Firelands, Keystone, Parma Padua, Rocky River, Vermilion.

AREA TEAMS: Two -- Vermilion, Firelands

DEFENDING CHAMP: Medina Highland

NOTED: Highland scored 230 points in winning the sectional title last season. Vermilion scored 123 and had seven district qualifiers last season. This year, only five of those wrestlers are back for the Sailors - Alex West (So., 112), Anthoney Budka (So., 140), Andrew Squires (Jr., 135), Ryan Kohl (Jr., 171) and Vinnie Mannino (Sr., 189). West and Budka were West Shore Conference champions last Saturday for Vermilion. Firelands finished last in the sectional last year, but had one district qualifier - Paul Garcia (Sr., 140), who finished third. Alex Vandelov (135) was a WSC runner-up last Saturday.

WHAT'S NEXT?: The top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to the D-II Northwest District Tournament at Fostoria High School next Friday and Saturday.

 

Division III Northwest Sectional

WHERE: Plymouth High School (400 Trux St., Plymouth)

WHEN: Friday, 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. (finals 5 p.m.)

WHO'S THERE: 13 teams - Ashland Crestview, Edison, Huron, Margaretta, Monroeville, New London, Ontario, Plymouth, Seneca East, St. Mary Central Catholic, St. Paul, South Central and Western Reserve.

AREA TEAMS: 11-- Edison, Huron, Margaretta, Monroeville, New London, Plymouth, Seneca East, SMCC, St. Paul, South Central, Western Reserve.

DEFENDING CHAMP: SMCC

NOTED: It's safe to say that most of the area's district qualifiers and state qualifiers will come from this sectional. St. Mary has won 20 sectional titles in a row, but it is likely that that streak will come to an end this year. Crestview (Firelands Conference champ), Monroeville (FC runner-up and last year's sectional runner-up) and Edison (SBC runner-up) are the three favorites to win the team title this season. Crestview is the only team in the field that will have all 14 weight classes filled. There are only six 103-pound wrestlers competing, so only two will not advance to districts. In fact, none of the weight classes have all 13 spots filled - 125, 140, 145 and 152 are the ones with 12 wrestlers. Monroeville's Logan Stieber (Jr., 125) is a two-time sectional champ and is aiming to become a three-time state champion. Hunter Stieber (So., 119), Cam Tessari (So., 130) and Chris Phillips (So., 171) are all returning sectional champs and state champs for Monroeville, and are all favored to repeat as state champs again this year. Edison had six SBC champions last weekend, including SBC MVP Ryan Neuberger (Sr., 145). Only Tim Majoy (Jr., 112) and Craig Ritz (Jr., 215) qualified for state last season, but Dylan Howard (Jr., 152) was a sectional runner-up last year. St. Paul's Michael Cawley (Sr., 145) is a projected state champion and returning sectional champ. SMCC's David Harrington (Jr., 103 -- and SMCC's lone returning district qualifier) and South Central's Payton Oney (Jr., 135 -- a sectional runner-up last season) are projected state runners-up. Oney and Nick Hamilton (Jr., HVY) were FC champions for South Central, along with New London's T.J. Keathley (Sr., 160) and Monroeville's Lance Johnson (Sr., 112) and Cal Clark (So., 140). From Western Reserve, Mike Swan (Sr., 145) Tim Grys (So., 130) and Caleb Blair (So., 112) are returning district qualifiers. For host Plymouth, Myles Reinhart (Sr., 130) was a sectional runner-up last year, and David McDonald (Jr., 125) qualified for districts two years ago. Seneca East finished fourth at the Midland Athletic League Tournament last Saturday. Tyler Crapo was a sectional runner-up last year.

n WHAT'S NEXT?: The top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to the D-II Northwest District Tournament at Owens Community College next Friday and Saturday.

 

Division III Northwest Sectional

WHERE: Elmwood High School (7650 Jerry City Rd., Bloomdale)

WHEN: Friday, 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. (finals 5 p.m.)

WHO'S THERE: 13 teams -- Cardinal Stritch, Elmwood, Evergreen, Genoa, Gibsonburg, Lake, Kansas Lakota, Northwood, Otsego, Port Clinton, Fremont St. Joseph Central Catholic, Toledo Christian and Woodmore.

AREA TEAMS: Two - Port Clinton, Fremont St. Joe

DEFENDING CHAMP: Elmwood

NOTED: Port Clinton finished third at this sectional last year with 120.5 points. The Redskins took sixth at last weekend's SBC Tournament. Jacob Fleming (So., 119) and Jared Fleming (So., 145) are the lone returning district qualifiers for the Redskins. Jacob was third, while Jared was fourth in the SBC last Saturday. St. Joe finished last in the sectionals last year and were last in the Midland Athetic League Tournament last week. Austin Hilty (So., 112) was the Crimson Streaks' lone champ and was also named MAL MVP. Hilty was a district qualifier last season, finishing third at 103. Gabe Arreola (So., 152) is also a returning district qualifier for St. Joe.

WHAT'S NEXT?: The top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to the D-III Northwest District Tournament at Owens Community College next Friday and Saturday.