The Blade/Andy Morrison
26-second pin puts Day in state finals
The coach told his elated wrestler to put on a sweatshirt. Archbold’s Logan Day needed to keep sweating — and shed pounds for an impending weigh-in — after his semifinal match in the Division III state tournament Friday night. There was just one problem. “I didn’t sweat,” Day replied. The Archbold junior pinned his 138-pound opponent in 26 seconds — a result that turned heads throughout the Schottenstein Center and led Day to exclaim over and over, “This doesn’t feel real.” READ MORE.
Half dozen from area move on to title bouts
If someone had handicapped the probability of success for the six area wrestlers competing in the Division II state semifinals, the forecast would have called for as many as five wins. Napoleon’s Seth Beard, representing the greatest obstacle to perfection, knew the majority of people Friday were counting him out. "But I knew I had a shot," he said. The headstrong freshman upset projected 106-pound champion Eli Stickley of national-power St. Paris Graham to jump start a blistering run by northwest Ohio. READ MORE.
Penalty for hair band costs Moore title shot
Losses at this stage of the season always elicit second guesses. “If only I had chosen neutral to start the second period.” “I should have known that move was coming.” “Why didn’t I remove the hair band from my wrist?” The last one was introduced Friday by Marquise Moore. No one all season long had figured out how to beat the massive Whitmer heavyweight, and Canton Glen Oak’s Corey Siegfried did so only after receiving a huge lift from his opponent’s absent mind. Moore, who uses a hair band to keep his long dreadlocks in place, was “too pumped up” to remember to remove the band from his wrist before a Division I state semifinal bout at the Schottenstein Center. READ MORE.
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