Central Catholic's Nate Hagan advanced to the Divison II state wrestling tournament as a district champion a year ago.
But a skin rash denied him the chance to participate. He was left watching the rest of the qualifiers pursue their season-long dreams.
That's served as a major motivator this season. The memory helped drive him to a 3-1 decision over Perry's Aaran Gessic in a 132-pound championship semifinal Friday at Value City Arena. READ MORE.
Clay's Richie Screptock and Matt Stencel are each one win shy of becoming a state wrestling champions.
Screptock, a junior, topped Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit's Nolan Whitely 7-2 in a 132-pound championship semifinal Friday at Value City Arena.
Screptock (46-9) made it to the state semifinals a year ago and was determined to get past that point this year. READ MORE.
Woodmore’s Evan Ulinski knew Delta’s Jake Spiess quite well before they met Friday in the Division III state wrestling semifinals at Value City Arena.
Spiess, a sophomore, entered with a 46-0 record at 113 pounds and was a season-long favorite to win a state championship. He owned a 2-0 record all-time against Ulinski, including an overtime victory in last year’s state final at 106.
Yet Ulinski, a senior, never stopped believing he could beat Spiess, then finally proved it with a stunning 5-3 come-from-behind victory. READ MORE.