EC, Blan wrestlers one step from state


By Mark Huber - [email protected]



East Clinton’s Noah Morgan is one of four Clinton County wrestlers who will be competing Friday and Saturday in the Div. III Southwest District wrestling tournament at Troy’s Hobart Arena.


Linda Rinehart | News Journal File

Four wrestlers from East Clinton and Blanchester will be competing Friday and Saturday in the Div. III Southwest District wrestling tournament at Troy’s Hobart Arena.

Doors will open 2 p.m. Friday with the first session scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. The second session Friday, which will be the quarterfinal round and round one consolations, is set to start at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, doors will open 9 a.m. with the round two consolation matches as well as championship semifinals and consolation semifinals in session three scheduled to start at 10 a.m.

The arena will then be cleared with the championship and consolation finals as well as the fifth-place matches slated to begin at 4 p.m.

Admission is $12 Friday for both rounds, $22 for all sessions, $6 for session three and $7 for the championship round.

Wrestlers from East Clinton and Blanchester will be participating in the tournament. The top four finishers in each of the 14 weight classes will advance to the state tournament next week in Columbus.

District wrestlers from East Clinton are Samuel Morgan (11-11) at 138 and Noah Morgan (30-13) at 145.

District wrestlers from Blanchester are Brent Hopkins (21-12) at 120 and Clayton Schirmer (15-9) at 126.

Hopkins 120-pound weight class is loaded with four wrestlers projected to finish in the top eight in the state. Samuel Morgan’s 138-pound class is the same way with four projected to finish in the top eight at state. In addition, the 285-pound class has four projected to finish in top seven at state.

Among the top wrestlers outside the county who will be participating, according to Billy Schaefer of BoroFanOhio.Net, are Ronnie Pietro (29-6) of Dayton Christian, projected state runnerup at 106; Jacob Edwards (39-2) of Troy Christian, projected state fourth-place finisher at 106; Tommy Hoskins (39-1) of Dayton Christian, projected state champion at 113; Graham Shore (39-5) of Miami East, projected state fourth-place finisher at 113; Hunter Lucas (38-2) of Lima Central Catholic, projected state runnerup at 120; Alex Rhine (43-7) of Mechanicsburg, projected state third-place finisher at 120;

Also, George Clemens (42-0) of Wayne Trace, projected state fourth-place finisher; Nick Miller (44-7) of Mechanicsburg, projected state fourth-place finisher at 132; Tanner Smith (43-5) of Mechanicsburg, projected state runnerup at 138; Ryan Ford (39-5) of Covington, projected state third-place finisher; Logan Lacure (24-0) of Dayton Christian, projected state champion at 145; Wade Smidddy (43-2) of Mechanicsburg, projected state third-place finisher at 145; Nick Vestal (34-6) of Dayton Christian, projected state runnerup at 152; Jake Gutierrez (28-2) of Springfield Catholic Central, projected state fourth-place finisher at 152;

Also, Kaleb Romero (44-0) of Mechanicsburg, projected state champion at 160; Lance Miller (43-5) of Covington, projected state fourth-place finisher at 160; Jansen Love (27-7) of Dayton Christian, projected state fourth-place finisher; Corbin Bunsold (48-0) of North Union, projected state third-place finisher; Jordan Leasure (41-0) of Amanda-Clearcreek, projected state champion at 195; Ben Sullivan (11-0) of National Trail, projected state champion at 220; Reece Human (20-4) of Carlisle, projected state fourth-place finisher; Brandon Bennett (35-1) of Patrick Henry, projected state champion at 285; Ben Ferguson (35-5) of Miami East, projected state fourth-place finisher.

East Clinton’s Noah Morgan is one of four Clinton County wrestlers who will be competing Friday and Saturday in the Div. III Southwest District wrestling tournament at Troy’s Hobart Arena.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_WR_ec_noahmorgan_chil-1.jpgEast Clinton’s Noah Morgan is one of four Clinton County wrestlers who will be competing Friday and Saturday in the Div. III Southwest District wrestling tournament at Troy’s Hobart Arena. Linda Rinehart | News Journal File

By Mark Huber

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Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports.

Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports.

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