Wrestling season is upon us

Monday saw Oak Harbor become the preseason favorite to win the Sandusky Bay Conference by both the media and the SBC coaches. As for the rest of the conference? Here's some news and notes from media day.
Anonymous
Aug 25, 2010

Monday saw Oak Harbor become the preseason favorite to win the Sandusky Bay Conference by both the media and the SBC coaches. As for the rest of the conference? Here's some news and notes from media day.

In order of how the coaches selected them to finish, here's a few thoughts on each school as they begin the 2009-10 wrestling season...

Oak Harbor

The Rockets are the favorite and there's no reason to think they won't win the SBC again. They return Drew Stone, who's headed to Ohio State next fall, along with four other top finishers in the SBC — Zach Sandwisch, Mike Mallernee, Zach Bergman and Ian Miller.

Edison

Two returning conference champs in Eric Boyce and Kyle Burns will definitely aid the Chargers in their quest to knock off Oak Harbor. With five guys compiling 40 or more individual wins in 2008-09, there's enough experience there to get it done.

Perkins

The Pirates have a few guys — Spencer Matthias, Joey Snyder and Corey Urso — that finished a step shy of an SBC title. If they can take the next step in their development, along with returning champ Alex Trautman, this is another squad that could legitimately challenge Oak Harbor.

Clyde

The vibe from the Clyde coaching staff Monday night was they need some surprises from the freshman class. There are 10 freshmen on the roster and a couple will likely be needed to put up good performances if the Fliers want a legitimate shot at contending.

St. Mary Central Catholic

Losing David Harrington is a killer. Now, it's not for certain. Coach Rick Bellamy gave a little bit of optimism that he could be back. If that's the case it will help tremendously right now. If not, it could help tremendously in the long run as younger talent will likely fill in with the void.

Port Clinton

It seems like an only-place-to-go-is-up scenario for the Redskins.

Huron

Lots of kids and little experience was the theme from coach Rob Majoy Monday night. It appears that Huron, Port Clinton and Margaretta are all in a similar boat, if you will.

Margaretta

The one word to take away from media night for the Polar Bears is "raw." Coach Keith Taylor dropped that word four or five times in his short announcement regarding his team. Lots of wrestlers is a good sign as there is a lot of talent to develop.

   

Comments

Anonymous

Unfortunate that David Harrington isn't wrestling.  Hopefully, he'll change his mind considering he was the only State Placer for the Panthers last season, finishing 3rd.  I wrestled with his father and know his dad was a 3X State Placer, with his best finish being 2nd Place after losing in the finals to Ohio Wrestling Legend, Jeff Jordan.  I'm aware David's brother wrestles for Ohio State at a 125lbs, and has improved tremendously.  I understand he is on the brink of cracking the starting lineup there.   I  read  he  recently  upset  the  #13  ranked  wrestler  in the  country, and loss a close match to the #8 ranked wrestler in the country 7-6 at the Oklahoma Gold Tournament in New York.