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Prep Wrestling: Findlay High seeking first TRAC individual title

With powerful Oregon Clay and Toledo Central Catholic in the field, Findlay High School wrestling coach Ben Kirian knows his Trojans won’t have the firepower to win a Three Rivers Athletic Conference team championship.
That doesn’t mean some of his team’s individual goals aren’t within reach when the TRAC tournament gets underway at Fremont Ross Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.
“We’ve never won an individual championship in the TRAC and that’s something we are hoping to get done this weekend,” Kirian said.
“We have some guys that we think can compete for titles this weekend and that’s our main focus right now.”
Junior Justin Jolliff has had an outstanding season and is the Trojans’ top contender to win an individual title in the 126-pound weight class.
Jolliff has a 27-4 record this season and his coming off third-place finishes in his last two tournaments.
But Jolliff will have to reverse the outcome of one his four losses to do it as he dropped a 2-0 decision to Clay’s Jared Davis at the Maumee Bay Classic two weeks ago.
Kirian also expects strong performances from Jimmy Staschiak at 138 and Christian Sanchez at 132 pounds.
Staschiak was a TRAC runner-up last year and enters the weekend with a 23-9 record. Sanchez, a sophomore with a 21-8 mark, was second at Wadsworth last week but was pinned in 1:22 by Clay all-Ohioan Richie Screptock in the finals at Wadsworth.
In the upper weights, Ian Silette (25-5) could be a finals candidate at 182 pounds while Marcus Winklejohn (14-4) has wrestled well for the Trojans at 195.
As for the rest of the lineup, many of whom will be competing in their first TRAC tournament, Kirian just wants to see them get after it on Saturday.
“I just want to see our guys wrestle physical and smart,” Kirian said.
“Sometimes they make mistakes and give up four or five points that can be catastrophic in a close match. We just want to see them do the things we’ve taught them so they keep themselves in the match until the end.”
Finals of the TRAC tournament are scheduled to begin at approximately 5:30 p.m.