WRESTLING - Barnett, Oney, Ferber, Gross all win titles at East of Chicago Invite

WILLARD - South Central, St. Paul and Willard were among the teams to compete in Saturday's East of Chicago Invitational.
Mike Greco
Aug 25, 2010

WILLARD — South Central, St. Paul and Willard were among the teams to compete in Saturday’s East of Chicago Invitational.
The Trojans led the local contingent with a sixth-place finish at 95.5 points.
Caleb Barnett at 112 pounds, Payton Oney 135 and Anthony Ferber 152 each captured titles.
Barnett posted three decisions for his crown. He edged out Ryan Parsons 4-3 in the finals for his title. Barnett raised his record to 25-9.
“I had a great day,’’ Barnett said. “This is the first time I cut to 112 pounds. I wrestled my hardest today. I really wanted to win. I am just happy I had a shot at a title.”
Oney recorded three pins, including one over Westerville South’s Ryan Meyers at 3:33 in the finals. He is 38-1 and now has 163 career wins, breaking the old South Central record of 160 by Nick Hamilton.
“I feel I am finally peaking at the right time,” Oney said. “One is seeking his third state bid in four years. It was a good day for me. I wrestled pretty well. I had three pins I am looking forward to the conference. I want to be a three-time champion.’’
Ferber notched a pin, injury default victory, tech fall and 8-2 decision over Crestview’s Nick Hall en route to his championship. He is 37-3.
Also for South Central, Dakota Workman finished third at 130.
The Flashes’ A team were ninth out out of 13 teams with 57.5 points.
Ben Petrie placed second at 160 and Ryan Polachek attained third at 215. Petrie has a 20-5 mark.
“They gave it their all,’’ said Flashes coach Tim Carver, whose team was hurt by having to face many top seeds.
St. Paul finished 11th with 45 points.
Mitchell Gross won at 171 with three pins.
Gross pinned Steven Petroff of Ashland Crestview in 1:27 in the championship match and improved to 26-6 on the campaign.
“I am elated,’’ Gross said. “It’s my first championship. I have been second a bunch of times.”
Flyers coach Pat Welfle talked of Gross’ performance.
“He wrestled pretty well today,’’ Welfle said. “He had five seconds last year and two as a freshman, but this is his first win. I am proud of the kids. We are just getting started. We were set back by the success of the football team.’’
Cam Crum grabbed fourth at 145 for the Flyers.
Willard’s B team scored four points as Kyle Groves picked up a win at 215.
Ashland Crestview won the Invitational with 163 points.