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Published: 12/18/2008

SIDELINES: Arcadia looks for third straight OWL crown

BY JOHN WAGNER
BLADE SPORTS WRITER
Cardinal Stritch s Josh Reindel, a two-time state qualifier and OWL champion, tries to escape from Otsego s Andrew Johnson. Cardinal Stritch s Josh Reindel, a two-time state qualifier and OWL champion, tries to escape from Otsego s Andrew Johnson.
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Arcadia, which has won the first two Ohio Wrestling League titles, is the favorite to win its third despite losing a pair of state place-winners in Mason True and Lee Schumaker.

The Redskins will be led byjuniors Anthony Elchert, a two-time league champ at 103 pounds who advanced to state a year ago, and Dylan True, who won the OWL title at 160 last season.

While Cardinal Stritch may not have the depth to challenge for the league title, the Cardinals have enough talented wrestlers to be competitive.

We re looking to stay competitive in the league, coach Dave Wlodarz said. We may not fill every weight class, so winning the league may be a challenge.

Leading the charge is senior Josh Reindel, one of three seniors on the roster. Reindel, who will wrestle at 140 or 145, is a two-time state qualifier who also has won a pair of league titles.

Another potential state qualifier is junior Kyle Gladieux at 152, who is back in the program after qualifying for the state tournament as a freshman.

Wlodarz expects two other seniors, district qualifier Nick Hineline (189) and Jared Heidebrink (215), as well as junior Ricky Bacon (125) to score points for the Cardinals.

Northwood currently has nine wrestlers in the room, and coach Steve Simok expects to eventually have 12 wrestlers by the end of the season.

Top wrestlers for the Rangers include seniors Lance Mendoza (130), who qualified for district a year ago, and Russell Grimm (152), both of whom serve as team captains.

Other wrestlers to watch for Northwood include junior Mike Miller (171), whose 22 wins last season was tops on the team, and Nick Lang, who won 19 matches a year ago.

We hope, by the end of the year, to get everyone healthy and ready to wrestle, Simok said. I think we can compete for a spot in the top half of the league, and with this group that type of finish should definitely be the goal.

Toledo Christian suffered graduation losses that include state qualifiers Mathew Curcio and Nate Bayly as well as district qualifier Joel Curcio.

This year the Eagles have only two wrestlers on the roster, although both are experienced juniors. One is district qualifier Spencer Wotring (152), while the other is 285-pounder Ben Sanders.



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