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College Wrestling: UF’s Walters second, Sergent 7th in latest Division II rankings

EDMOND, Okla. -- Notre Dame (Ohio) finished its season-long stint as the No. 1 team in the NCAA Division II wrestling rankings Wednesday when the Falcons were the unanimous pick in the final poll by the Division II Wrestling Coaches Association.   NDC received all eight first-place votes and finished with 160 points in balloting of head coaches from around the country to keep the top ranking for the eighth consecutive time.  The Falcons won the East Super Regional title last week in  qualifying a tournament-high nine individuals for the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships, set for March 14-15 in Cleveland, Ohio.   Two-time defending national champion and Central Super Regional winner Nebraska-Kearney earned all eight second-place votes and stayed No. 2 in the poll with 152 points.  Central Super Regional runner-up Lindenwood (Mo.) jumped from eighth to third with 134 points, while Midwest Super Regional champion Indianapolis (Ind.) moved from 14th to fourth and West Regional winner Western State (Colo.) from 12th to fifth.   Rounding out the top 10 is St. Cloud State (Minn.), Newberry (S.C.), Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.), McKendree (Ill.) and Fort Hays State (Kan.).   NDC and UNK each have two top-ranked individuals -- 165-pounder Eric Burgey and 174-pounder Joey Davis for the Falcons, 133-pounder Daniel DeShazer and 197-pounder Romero Cotton for the Lopers.   The top 20 poll, with points and each team’s last ranking, following by the individual rankings at each weight:  
Rank                School (State)                                           Points                        Last Ranking
1.                   Notre Dame (Ohio)                                     160                                   1st 2.                   Nebraska-Kearney                                      152                                  2nd 3.                   Lindenwood (Mo.)                                      134                                  8th 4.                   Indianapolis (Ind.)                                      126                                 14th 5.                   Western State (Colo.)                                  122                                 12th 6.                   St. Cloud State (Minn.)                               115                                  3rd 7.                   Newberry (S.C.)                                          113                                  5th 8.                   Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.)                          97                                  11th 9.                   McKendree (Ill.)                                          89                                   9th 10.                   Fort Hays State (Kan.)                                 78                                   15th 11.                   California Baptist                                         75                                   10th 12.                   Mercyhurst (Pa.)                                          69                                    7th 13.                   Central Oklahoma                                        68                                    4th 14.                   Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)                                59                                   17th 15.                   Ashland (Ohio)                                            53                                   19th 16.                   Maryville (Mo.)                                           44                                   13th 17.                   Upper Iowa                                                  40                                    6th 18.                   Adams State (Colo.)                                     37                                    NR 19.                   Kutztown (Pa.)                                             25                                   16th 20.                   Lake Erie (Ohio)                                          12                                    NR Others receiving votes:  Colorado Mesa, Findlay (Ohio), North Carolina-Pembroke, Southwest Minnesota.

Individual Rankings

  125 Pounds 1.         Bryden Lazaro, California Baptist 2.         Skylor Davis, Simon Fraser (Canada) 3.         T.J. North, Augustana (S.D.) 4.         Garrett Evans, Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 5.         Dave Fogle, Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.) 6.         Matt Turek, Gannon (Pa.) 7.         Ben Sergent, Findlay (Ohio) 8.         Alex Johns, Indianapolis (Ind.)   133 Pounds 1.         Daniel DeShazer, Nebraska-Kearney 2.         Michael Labry, Ashland (Ohio) 3.         Nate Rodriguez, Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 4.         Casy Rowell, Central Oklahoma 5.         Isaiah Hurtado, San Francisco State (Calif.) 6.         Dustin Stodola, Chadron State (Neb.) 7.         Evan Yenolevich, Kutztown (Pa.) 8.         Marty Carlson, Notre Dame (Ohio)   141 Pounds 1.         Ryan Fillingame, Adams State (Colo.) 2.         Maurice Miller, Notre Dame (Ohio) 3.         C.J. Napier, Fort Hays State (Kan.) 4.         Justin Keiffer, Indianapolis (Ind.) 5.         Daniel Ownbey, North Carolina-Pembroke 6.         Dylan D’Urso, Mercyhurst (Pa.) 7.         Darick Lapaglia, Maryville (Mo.) 8.         B.J. Young, Newberry (S.C.) 149 Pounds 1.         Frank Cagnina, Central Missouri 2.         Edwin Cooper, Upper Iowa 3.         Jay Hildreth, St. Cloud State (Minn.) 4.         Jordan Basks, Central Oklahoma 5.         Terrell Wilbourn, Lindenwood (Mo.) 6.         James Martinez, Colorado Mesa 7.         Cameryn Brady, Indianapolis (Ind.) 8.         Kyle Williams, McKendree (Ill.)   157 Pounds 1.         Cory Dauphin, Central Oklahoma 2.         Brady Bersano, California Baptist 3.         Zak Vargo, Lake Erie (Ohio) 4.         Clint Poster, St. Cloud State (Minn.) 5.         Jon Rivera, Notre Dame (Ohio) 6.         Bobby Williams, Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 7.         Daniel Kelly, Adams State (Colo. 8.         Justin Pencook, North Carolina-Pembroke     165 Pounds 1.         Eric Burgey, Notre Dame (Ohio) 2.         Chris Watson, Central Oklahoma 3.         Jeff Weiss, Indianapolis (Ind.) 4.         Nick Haferkamp, McKendree (Ill.) 5.         Mark Mabry, Adams State (Colo.) 6.         Kyle Begin, Southwest Minnesota 7.         Ty Loethen, Central Missouri 8.         Brock Smith, Nebraska-Kearney   174 Pounds 1.         Joey Davis, Notre Dame (Ohio) 2.         Adam Walters, Findlay (Ohio) 3.         Elliot Copeland, Western State (Colo.) 4.         Patrick Martinez, Nebraska-Kearney 5.         Brendan McKeown, East Stroudsburg (Pa.) 6.         Josh Rodriguez, Fort Hays State (Kan.) 7.         Trevor Grant, Colorado State-Pueblo 8.         Blaze Shade, North Carolina-Pembroke 184 Pounds 1.         Travis McKillop, Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.) 2.         Kyle Piatt, Western State (Colo.) 3.         Jon Vogt, McKendree (Ill.) 4.         Bryson Hall, Ashland (Ohio) 5.         Nick Brughardt, Maryville (Mo.) 6.         Jon Inman, Fort Hays State (Kan.) 7.         Mark Fiala, Nebraska-Kearney 8.         Garrett Lineberger, Notre Dame 197 Pounds 1.         Romero Cotton, Nebraska-Kearney 2.         Carl Broghammer, Upper Iowa 3.         Julian Smith, McKendree (Ill.) 4.         Zachary Bennett, Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.) 5.         Jayd Docken, Augustana (S.D.) 6.         Brandon Johnson, Notre Dame (Ohio) 7.         Joe Brandt, Ashland (Ohio) 8.         Tanner Kriss, Fort Hays State (Kan.)   285 Pounds 1.         Ziad Haddad, Kutztown (Pa.) 2.         Steven Butler, Lindenwood (Mo.) 3.         Austin Goergen, St. Cloud State (Minn.) 4.         Jacob Mitchell, California Baptist 5.         Donnell Walker, Maryville (Mo.) 6.         Tyler Houska, Ashland (Ohio) 7.         Evan Woodling, Indianapolis (Ind.) 8.         Chris Giddens, North Carolina-Pembroke  

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State Wrestling: Five area wrestlers go out winners

By ANDY WOLF for The courier COLUMBUS -- Very few wrestlers get the opportunity to finish a season with a victory. However, all five area wrestlers finished their season with a win in their final match on Saturday at the OHSAA state wrestling championships at Value City Arena. In Division II, Tylor Pritchard (220) capped his senior year with a 4-0 victory to earn seventh place over Adonis Watson of Alliance. "It's bittersweet to end out on a win but I never wanted it to be over, so it's hard," Pritchard said. Taking top position in a scoreless second period, Pritchard scored the first points of the match by turning Watson via power half-nelson for a three-point nearfall. "My goal was to be on the podium and I'm happy with it," Pritchard said. "I went out and had fun in my last match doing what I love." Pritchard started the day in the consolation semifinals where he fell via pin in 3:37 to Norton's Sean Rutherford, who Pritchard previously beat 3-2 in sudden victory in Thursday's first round. "Everyone has their good days and sometimes you're better than guy that day," Pritchard said. "The next day he can beat you. The talent level is out of this world." In Division III, Van Buren's Chance Sonnenberg (160) and Liberty-Benton's Tyler Sarreshteh (120) each won their fifth-place match despite losing in the consolation semifinals. Sarreshteh fell 7-0 to Evan Cheek of Edison to fall into the fifth place match up against Michael May of Dayton Christian. There Sarreshteh led from start to finish, starting with a takedown in the first period and adding another in the second period to take a 5-2 decision. "Whenever I get a takedown in the first period I feel comfortable knowing I can do it again," Sarreshteh said. "To go out my junior year with a win is good but I next year I want to get to the finals and win it." Last year Sonnenberg, at 160, and Sarreshteh, at 113, finished fifth and fourth respectively last year as sophomores. Despite looking to improve on that fifth-place finish, Sonnenberg came away happy with his performance. "The people i lost to were great kids and I've got nothing to be ashamed of," Sonnenberg said. In the consolation semifinals, Delta's Tyler Fahrer started the second period with a reversal on Sonneberg for the only points. Sonnenberg soon responded from his 2-0 loss with a 2-0 victory over Otsego's Jordan Hendrix. "The nerves of going to state didn't get to me as much as they did last year," Sonneberg said. "I need to work harder and practice with more intensity for next year." Rounding out the place winners are Ada's Austin Windle (160) and Elmwood's Jacob Wise (170), each winning tight matchups to earn seventh place. Windle defeated Drew Brasiel of Akron Manchester 6-2 but had to survive a late charge by Brasiel. Trailing 2-1 after two periods, Brasiel shot in deep on Windle's legs but couldn't finish and ended up surrendering a takedown to Windle. "I thought (Brasiel) was going to be a lot stronger than what he was," Windle said. "I kept my pressure on his head and I was confident in my shot defense." Pitted against Norwalk St. Paul's Hayden Miller, Wise found himself in the opposite scenario, trailing 3-2, but with plenty of time in the third period to make something happen. Wise kicked out Miller to start the period forcing both wrestlers into a neutral position. But Wise soon turned a takedown straight into a five-point move to go ahead 7-3 in final remaining minute of the match. "My main strategy was to kick him out because he's really good on bottom," Wise said on his comeback victory. "I just went after it, knowing I had to," Wise prevailed 7-4 over Miller, finishing his senior season on a high note. "It was awesome coming down here, looking up and seeing all the fans," Wise said. "Not may seniors get to go out with a win and I knew I had to do it this match." Saturday's Consolation Semifinals Division III 120 -- Evan Cheek, Edison dec. Tyler Sarreshteh, Liberty-Benton, 7-0. 160 -- Tyler Fahrer, Delta dec. Chance Sonnenberg, Van Buren, 2-0. Division II 220 -- Sean Rutherford, Norton pinned Tylor Pritchard, Upper Sandusky, 3:37. Saturday's Finals Division III Fifth-Place Matches 120 -- Tyler Sarreshteh, Liberty-Benton dec. Michael May, Day. Christian, 5-2. 160 -- Chance Sonnenberg, Van Buren dec. Jordan Hendrix, Otsego, 2-0. Seventh-Place Matches 160 -- Austin Windle, Ada, dec. Drew Brasiel, Akron Manchester, 6-2. 170 -- Jacob Wise, Elmwood dec. Hayden Miller, Norwalk St. Paul, 7-4. Division II Fifth-Place Match 220 -- Tylor Pritchard, Upper Sandusky dec. Adontis Watson, Alliance, 4-0.

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State Wrestling: Findlay’s Jolliff falls in consolations

By ANDY WOLF FOR THE COURIER COLUMBUS -- It takes two wins at the OHSAA state wrestling tournament earn a medal. Findlay High School junior Justin Jolliff (126) fell just one match short of placing in the Division I 126-pound weight class Friday afternoon at Value City Arena. After pinning Greg Brusco of Delaware Hayes, a returning fourth-place state finisher, in 1:49 in his first consolation match on Thursday, Jolliff squared off against North Royalton's Alec Benedetti (31-9) with the winner ensuring a state placement. But Jolliff (36-10) dropped a 7-4 decision to end his state medal hopes. "Mentally he was where he needed to be and he knew what he had to do," Findlay coach Ben Kirian said. "A couple things didn't out way and we ended up losing the match." Bendetti scored a takedown in the first period and took bottom to start the second period up 2-0. "I felt confident that I could comeback," Jolliff said. "I went out with determination and had to be physical with him." Midway through the second period, Jolliff gave up another point after locking hands to fall behind 3-0 at the start of the final period as he went on to drop a 7-4 decision to Benedetti. "It's still disappointing but this is definitely something we can build off for next year," Kirian said. "Justin is the type of kid that expects to earn a high placement." Despite the loss. Jolliff is already thinking about what he has to do next year for his senior season. "Next year I'll be more prepared and spend the offseason trying to make the finals match," Jolliff said.

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State Wrestling: Sarreshteh, Pritchard fall in semifinals

By ANDY WOLF For The Courier COLUMBUS -- Four area Division III wrestlers entered with hopes of earning a spot on the state tournament awards stand on Friday and all four got the job done. But their work is not complete as the quartet will wrestle today to determine which medal they'll receive at the 77th OHSAA state wrestling championships at Value City Arena. Liberty-Benton's Tyler Sarreshteh (120) and Van Buren's Chance Sonnenberg (160) will both wrestle in today's 10 a.m. consolation semifinals while Ada junior Austin Windle (160) and Elmwood senior Jacob Wise (170) will wrestle for seventh place. Sarreshteh started the day scoring a 7-6 decision over Dayton Christian's Michael May in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals. "Tyler was focused all day long," Libery-Benton coach Jim Wittkamp said of Sarreshteh reaching the semifinals. "It was nice to watch him wrestle a whole six minutes and nice to see his training all year long pay off for him." But Sarreshteh ran into a buzzsaw in Delta's Kyle Keller. Keller scooped the left leg of Sarreshteh, and turned it into a 2-0 lead in the first period. Starting on bottom position in the second period, Sarreshteh got caught in a cradle and was pinned with 17 seconds remaining. Sarreshteh will now wrestle Edison's Evan Cheek in the consolation semifinals. "He knows Cheek is going to come after him hard," Wittkamp said. "Tyler got beat, he took it hard, he's let it go and he's ready to go for tomorrow." Sonnenberg also started the day in the quarterfinals but a 17-6 major decision loss to unbeaten Creston Norwayne's Kollin Moore sent him into the consolations. After finishing fifth last season at 160, Sonnenberg remained focused at the task of returning to the podium. "I just wanted to get my second win to make sure I'm placing and then hope to win my next match," Sonnenberg said. "If I didn't place this year, I'd look pretty bad when I got back to school." Facing Jerot Schill of Elyria Catholic, Sonneberg trailed 5-2 heading into the final period. With time running out Sonnenberg scored a quick takedown and immediately put Schill in a cradle. The five-point move put Sonnenberg ahead 7-5, and he held on 8-6 to advance. He beat Akron Manchester's Drew Brasiel 4-2 in his next match to reach the consolation semifinals. Windle, a junior, also rallied in the third period to become the first state placer in Ada's history. "It definitely feels great that I can make history for my school", Windle said. "A little pressure is off now that I've placed." After a scoreless first period, Windle allowed an escape in the second period to trail 1-0 entering the final period against Columbus Hartley's Jacob Crosswell. Taking bottom in the final period, Windle turned the tables on Crosswell with a reversal to emerge with a 2-1 win. "I was taking my time and I could feel a reversal," Windle said. "I waited until there was plenty of time to ride him out. Windle, lost to Cincinnati Reading's Ray Day in the consolation quarterfinals and will wrestle Akron Manchester's Drew Brasiel in the 160-pound seventh-place match. Elmwood's Jacob Wise (170) will also wrestle for seventh place against Hayden Miller (Norwalk St. Paul). Despite dropping his first match in the quarterfinals, Wise won his next 2-1 over Margaretta's Ryan to earn a spot on the awards stand. "It was really important for me to respond," Wise said after dropping a 4-3 overtime decision to West Salem Northwestern's Joey Meek in his quarterfinal match. "You can feel a lot of pressure in a match with this arena but I'm going at my next match as hard as I can no matter what." In Division II, Upper Sandusky Tylor Pritchard earned a spot on the podium with a 5-1 win over Amanda-Clearcreek's Cole Genders in the 220-pound quarterfinals. He fell a match short of reaching the final when he was pinned by Jonathan Alder's Troy Caldwell in the semifinals When Tylor Pritchard broke his leg in Upper Sandusky's final football game, his senior wrestling season was in jeopardy. The injury forced him to start his senior campaign more than a month late. "You really need to have a tough mentality to continue," Pritchard said. "I still think I wrestled tough but he wrestled his match and I didn't wrestle my match." Today, Pritchard will face a rematch in the consolation semifinals with Norton's Sean Rutherford, who Pritchard stopped in overtime in the opening round. "Tomorrow I'll come back, put my shoes on and give the same," Pritchard said. "Right now I'm going to get my mind right and come back at it tomorrow." Friday's Quarterfinal Results Division III 120 -- Tyler Sarreshteh, Liberty-Benton dec. Michael May, Day. Christian, 7-6. 160 -- Kollin Moore, Creston Norwayne maj. dec. Chance Sonnenberg, Van Buren, 17-6. 170 -- Joey Meek, West Salem Northwestern dec. Jacob Wise, Elmwood, 4-3, OT. Division II 220 -- Tylor Pritchard, Upper Sandusky dec. Cole Genders, Amanda-Clearcreek, 5-1. Friday's Second Consolations Division III 160 -- Chance Sonnenberg, Van Buren dec. Jerot Schill, Elyria Catholic, 8-6, 160 -- Austin Windle, Ada dec. Jacob Croswell, Columbus Hartley, 2-1. 170 -- Jacob Wise, Elmwood dec. Ryan Green, Margaretta, 2-1. Division I 126 -- Alec Benedetti, N. Royalton dec. Justin Jolliff, Findlay 7-4. Friday's Consolation Quarterfinals Division III 160 -- Chance Sonnenberg, Van Buren dec. Drew Brasiel, Akron Manchester, 4-2. 160 -- Ray Day, Reading dec. Austin Windle, Ada, 5-2. 170 -- Zach Sullivan, New Paris National Trail dec. Jacob Wise, Elmwood, 7-0. Friday's Semifinals Division III 120 -- Kyle Keller, Delta pinned Tyler Sarreshteh, Liberty-Benton, 3:43. Division II 220 -- Troy Caldwell, Plain City Jonathan Alder pinned Tylor Pritchard, Upper Sandusky, 3:42. Saturday's Consolation Semifinals Division III 120 -- Tyler Sarreshteh, Liberty-Benton, jr., 31-6 vs. Evan Cheek, Edison, jr., 57-2. 160 -- Chance Sonnenberg, Van Buren, jr., 40-5 vs. Tyler Fahrer, Delta, sr., 51-2. Division II 220 -- Tylor Pritchard, Upper Sandusky, sr., 31-5 vs. Sean Rutherford, Norton, sr., 31-2. Saturday's 7th-Place Matches Division III 160 -- Austin Windle, Ada, jr., 41-8 vs. Drew Brasiel, Akron Manchester, jr., 40-13. 170 -- Jake Wise, Elmwood, sr., 39-3 vs. Hayden Miller, Norwalk St. Paul, jr., 43-8.

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State Wrestling: Four from area reach state quarterfinals

COLUMBUS -- State championship dreams are still alive for four area wrestlers as they won their opening round bouts at the 77th OHSAA state wrestling championships Thursday night at Value City Arena. It was Upper Sandusky's Tylor Pritchard that scored the biggest win of the day for area wrestlers on the first day of the three-day tournament. Pritchard advanced to the quarterfinals in the Division II 220-pound weight class by stopping Norton two-time state placer and returning third-place finisher Sean Rutherford 3-2 in overtime. Pritchard (29-4) will take on Amanda-Clearcreek junior Cole Genders (49-9) in today's quarterfinals. Liberty-Benton's Tyler Sarreshteh, Van Buren's Chance Sonnenberg and Elmwood's Jake Wise were winners in Division III. Sarreshteh, a fourth-place finisher last season, edged Columbus Grandview Heights' Brendan Fitzgerald 3-2 at 120 pounds. He'll wrestle Dayton Christian's Michael May (33-2) in the quarterfinals. Sonnenberg, also a returning state placer, stopped Cincinnati Reading's Ray Day 4-2 in his 160-pound opener. He faces a tough foe in his next match as he'll square off against unbeaten Creston Norwayne junior Kollin Moore (47-0). Wise also scored a tight win as he eked out a 3-2 win over Delphos St. John's Wes Buettner at 170. Wise (28-1) will wrestle West Salem Northwestern's Joey Meek (46-3) in his opener today. Ada's Austin Windle (160) was the lone area Division III wrestler to win his consolation match to remain alive in the tournament. With a win in his next bout, the Bulldogs' first state qualifier will assure himself a spot on the awards stand. Findlay's Justin Jolliff split his matches to reach the tournament's second day in the Division I 126-pound weight class. Jolliff dropped a 10-0 major decision to three-time state placer and 2012 state champ David Bavery of Massillon Perry in his opener. He bounced back nicely to advance in the consolation bracket with a pin against Delaware Hayes sophomore Greg Brusco in a time of 1:49 to improve his record to 36-9. It was a big win for Jolliff as he eliminated Brusco, who finished fourth at state last season. Riverdale's Mitchel Matheny, who got into the tournament as an alternate at 138 pounds, Cory-Rawson's Dylen Hartman (160), Ottawa-Glandorf's Derek Ebbeskotte (195) and Patrick Henry's Kent Petersen (195) all went 0-2 in Division III and were eliminated from the competition. Upper Sandusky's Thurston Dyer (113), Carson Mengerink (132) and Alex Kenner (160) and Fostoria's Luke Leonard (126) lost both matches and were eliminated in Division II. The tournament resumes today beginning at 10 a.m. with the Division III quarterfinal matches. The state semifinal matches are set for today's second session beginning at 6:15 p.m. Thursday's Preliminary Results Division III 120 -- Tyler Sarreshteh, Liberty-Benton, dec. Brendan Fitzgerald, Grandview Heights, 3-2. 138 -- Kaleb Romero, Mechanicsburg, pinned Mitchel Matheny, Riverdale, 1:45. 160 -- Austin Reese, Mechanicsburg pinned Dylen Hartman, Cory-Rawson, 1:35. 160 -- Chance Sonnenberg, Van Buren dec. Ray Day, Reading, 4-2. 160 -- Jordan Hendrix, Otsego tech. fall Austin Windle, Ada, 15-0. 170 -- Jake Wise, Elmwood dec. Wes Buettner, Delphos St. John's, 3-2. 195 -- Dezmond Perkins, Chillicothe Southeastern pinned Derek Ebbeskotte, Ottawa-Glandorf, 2:48. 195 -- Hudson Cole, Magnolia Sandy Valley dec. Kent Petersen, Patrick Henry, 8-1. DIVISION II 113 -- Lane Peters, Uhrichsville Claymont dec. Thurston Dyer, Upper Sandusky, 8-4. 126 -- Georgio Poullas, Canfield dec. Luke Leonard, Fostoria, 6-5. 132 -- Tyler Knul, Circleville dec. Carson Mengerink, Upper Sandusky, 10-6. 160 -- Alex Marinelli, St. Paris Graham tech. fall Alex Kenner, Upper Sandusky, 26-11. 220 -- Tylor Pritchard, Upper Sandusky dec. Sean Rutherford, Norton, 3-2, OT. DIVISION I 126 -- David Bavery, Massillon Perry maj. dec. Justin Jolliff, Findlay, 10-0. Thursday's First Consolations Division III 138 -- Bradley Wardell, Apple Creek Waynedale pinned Mitchell Matheny, Riverdale, 2:38. 160 -- Jerot Schill, Elyria Catholic dec. Dylen Hartman, Cory-Rawson, 10-4. 160 -- Austin Windle, Ada by forfeit over Josh Horning, Atwater Waterloo. 195 -- Jacob Campbell, New Lebanon Dixie pinned Derek Ebbeskotte, Ottawa-Glandorf, 1:44. 195 -- Scott Wolheter, Massillon Tuslaw dec. Kent Petersen, Patrick Henry, 5-0. DIVISION II 113 -- Brian Persinger, Wooster Triway dec. Thurston Dyer, Upper Sandusky, 1-0. 126 -- Elijah Cochran, Springfield Kenton Ridge dec. Luke Leonard, Fostoria, 4-2, OT. 132 -- Chandler Golec, Uhrichsville Claymont dec. Carson Mengerink, Upper Sandusky, 3-2. 160 -- William Navin, Granville dec. Alex Kenner, Upper Sandusky, 11-8. DIVISION I 126 -- Justin Jolliff, Findlay pinned Greg Brusco, Delaware Hayes, 1:49. Friday's Quarterfinal Pairings Division III 120 -- Tyler Sarreshteh, Liberty-Benton, Jr., 30-5 vs. Michael May, Dayton Christian, jr., 33-2. 160 -- Kollin Moore, Creston Norwayne, jr., 47-0 vs. Chance Sonnenberg, Van Buren, jr., 38-4. 170 -- Joey Meek, West Salem Northwestern, sr., 46-3 vs. Jake Wise, Elmwood, sr., 38-1. Division II 220 -- Tylor Pritchard, Upper Sandusky, sr., 29-4 vs. Cole Genders, Amanda-Clearcreek, jr., 49-9.

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College Wrestling: Notre Dame No. 1; UF’s Walters second in national rankings

EDMOND, Okla. -- Notre Dame (Ohio) maintained its position atop the NCAA Division II wrestling rankings in the final regular season poll released Monday by the Division II Wrestling Coaches Association. The Falcons earned six first-place votes and finished with 158 points in balloting of head coaches from around the country to keep the No. 1 ranking for the seventh consecutive time. Two-time defending national champion Nebraska-Kearney received the remaining two first-place votes and earned 151 points to come in second in the poll. St. Cloud State (Minn.) had 146 points to stay third, while Central Oklahoma picked up 133 points in moving past Newberry (S.C.) by three points for fourth. Rounding out the top 10 is Upper Iowa, Mercyhurst (Pa.), Lindenwood (Mo.), McKendree (Ill.) and California Baptist. Lindenwood, McKendree and Cal Baptist are all first-year Division II programs. Four regional qualifying tournaments are on tap this weekend, with No. 11 Pittsburgh-Johnstown set to host the East Super Regional, Lake Erie (Ohio) the Midwest Super Regional, No. 4 Central Oklahoma the Central Super Regional and No. 18 Colorado Mesa the West Super Regional. The NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships are set for March 14-15 in Cleveland, Ohio. The top 20 poll, with points and each team’s last ranking, following by the individual rankings at each weight: Rank School (State) Points Last Ranking 1. Notre Dame (Ohio) 158 1st 2. Nebraska-Kearney 151 2nd 3. St. Cloud State (Minn.) 146 3rd 4. Central Oklahoma 133 5th 5. Newberry (S.C.) 130 4th 6. Upper Iowa 114 6th 7. Mercyhurst (Pa.) 99 9th 8. Lindenwood (Mo.) 74 7th 9. McKendree (Ill.) 73 14th 10. California Baptist 72 11th 11. Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.) 71 15th 12. Western State (Colo.) 68 10th 13. Maryville (Mo.) 62 16th 14. Indianapolis (Ind.) 61 13th 15. Fort Hays State (Kan.) 60 12th 16. Kutztown (Pa.) 49 9th 17. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 31 20th 18. Colorado Mesa 34 17th 19. Ashland (Ohio) 19 NR 20. San Francisco State (Calif.) 15 NR Others receiving votes: Adams State (Colo.), Augustana (S.D.), East Stroudsburg (Pa.), Gannon (Pa.), Lake Erie (Ohio), North Carolina-Pembroke. INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS 125 Pounds 1. Bryden Lazaro, California Baptist 2. Skylor Davis, Simon Fraser (Canada) 3. T.J. North, Augustana (S.D.) 4. Alex Johns, Indianapolis (Ind.) 5. Matt Turek, Gannon (Pa.) 6. Garrett Evans, Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 7. Jeff Vesta, Newberry (S.C.) 8. Dave Fogle, Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.) 133 Pounds 1. Andy Pokorny, St. Cloud State (Minn.) 2. Michael Labry, Ashland (Ohio) 3. Dustin Stodola, Chadron State (Neb.) 4. Marty Carlson, Notre Dame (Ohio) 5. Nate Rodriguez, Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 6. Casy Rowell, Central Oklahoma 7. Daniel DeShazer, Nebraska-Kearney 8. Justin Reinsma, Southwest Minnesota 141 Pounds 1. Ryan Fillingame, Adams State (Colo.) 2. Maurice Miller, Notre Dame (Ohio) 3. B.J. Young, Newberry (S.C.) 4. C.J. Napier, Fort Hays State (Kan.) 5. Matt Nelson, St. Cloud State (Minn.) 6. Daniel Ownbey, North Carolina-Pembroke 7. Dylan D’Urso, Mercyhurst (Pa.) 8. Dylan Phillipy, San Francisco State (Calif.) 149 Pounds 1. Frank Cagnina, Central Missouri 2. Edwin Cooper, Upper Iowa 3. Destin McCauley, Nebraska-Kearney 4. Terrell Wilbourn, Lindenwood (Mo.) 5. Jordan Basks, Central Oklahoma 6. James Martinez, Colorado Mesa 7. Cameryn Brady, Indianapolis (Ind.) 8. Kyle Williams, McKendree (Ill.) 157 Pounds 1. Cory Dauphin, Central Oklahoma 2. Brady Bersano, California Baptist 3. Zak Vargo, Lake Erie (Ohio) 4. Chase White, Nebraska-Kearney 5. Clint Poster, St. Cloud State (Minn.) 6. Josh Ballard, McKendree (Ill.) 7. Jon Rivera, Notre Dame (Ohio) 8. Bobby Williams, Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 165 Pounds 1. Brock Smith, Nebraska-Kearney 2. Chris Watson, Central Oklahoma 3. Eric Burgey, Notre Dame (Ohio) 4. Braden Turner, East Stroudsburg (Pa.) 5. Jessie Hoffschneider, Colorado Mesa 6. Jeff Weiss, Indianapolis (Ind.) 7. Nick Haferkamp, McKendree (Ill.) 8. Dimitri Willis, Maryville (Mo.) 174 Pounds 1. Joey Davis, Notre Dame (Ohio) 2. Adam Walters, Findlay (Ohio) 3. Elliot Copeland, Western State (Colo.) 4. Patrick Martinez, Nebraska-Kearney 5. Blake Sorensen, Upper Iowa 6. Brendan McKeown, East Stroudsburg (Pa.) 7. Chester Granard, Colorado Mesa 8. Zeb Wahle, Maryville (Mo.) 184 Pounds 1. Bryson Hall, Ashland (Ohio) 2. Travis McKillop, Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.) 3. John McArdle, Lindenwood (Mo.) 4. Dallas Smith, Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 5. Zack Zelcs, Gannon (Pa.) 6. Kyle Piatt, Western State (Colo.) 7. Sean Derry, Augustana (S.D.) 8. Nick Brughardt, Maryville (Mo.) 197 Pounds 1. Romero Cotton, Nebraska-Kearney 2. Carl Broghammer, Upper Iowa 3. Julian Smith, McKendree (Ill.) 4. Brandon Johnson, Notre Dame (Ohio) 5. Jayd Docken, Augustana (S.D.) 6. Joe Brandt, Ashland (Ohio) 7. Tanner Kriss, Fort Hays State (Kan.) 8. Joey Grisko, Newberry (S.C.) 285 Pounds 1. Ziad Haddad, Kutztown (Pa.) 2. Austin Goergen, St. Cloud State (Minn.) 3. Logan Hopp, Upper Iowa 4. Steven Butler, Lindenwood (Mo.) 5. Jacob Mitchell, California Baptist 6. Chris Giddens, North Carolina-Pembroke 7. Matt Wade, Newberry (S.C.) 8. Kevin Christman, Tiffin (Ohio)

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Wrestling Notebook: Patrick Henry’s Kent Petersen takes unique route to Columbus

To say Patrick Henry freshman Kent Petersen beat the odds to qualify for state would be an understatement. There were 994 wrestlers competing in Division III district tournaments across the state last weekend. Petersen was the only wrestler in Division III who qualified for districts by finishing fourth in his sectional and worked his way through the bracket to wrestle for a district title. In fact, Petersen is the only wrestler to finish fourth in his sectional and qualify for this week’s OHSAA state tournament Value City Arena in any of the three divisions. Petersen pinned Ottawa-Glandorf’s Derek Ebbeskotte, who won last week’s sectional weight class in which he finished fourth, by fall in overtime in the district semifinals to ensure a spot at state. “When I beat by the kid who won our sectional in the semifinals, that felt good, really good,” Petersen said with a smile. “I was more excited there that I was last week because there was more to wrestle for it was a big rush leading up to that match.” The Patrick Henry freshman, who fell by fall in the district final to Willard’s Moises Lopez, will take a 25-9 record into Thursday’s state tournament preliminary round. Petersen will take on Magnolia Sandy Valley senior Hudson Cole (44-5) in his state opener. The only freshman in the Division III 195-pound class at state says he’ll be ready. “I did think I had a shot at making to the district finals and I came out this weekend and made it happen. It’s an amazing feeling to know I’ll be at state,” Petersen said. “I’m proud and excited and I know it’s going to be tough next weekend there are a lot of good guys but I’ll be ready for it.” THREE AT 160: There will be plenty of familiar faces for area wrestling fans in the Division III 160-pound division. Three wrestlers that know one another pretty well, Van Buren’s Chance Sonnenberg, Cory-Rawson’s Dylen Hartman and Ada’s Austin Windle. will all compete for the eight spots on the awards stand. Sonnenberg (37-4) will be looking for his second straight state medal after finishing fifth for the Black Knights at state last year. He will take on Cincinnati Reading senior Ray Day (36-7) in his first-round bout. Windle became Ada’s first state qualifier in the program’s short history at the school when he finished at the Division III district at Troy. The 39-6 junior will wrestle Otsego senior Jordan Hendrix (37-9) in his opening-round match. Hartman, a senior with a 38-8 record, is excited to get to state but he isn’t satisfied just yet. “I’m going to work hard this week and hopefully pull off an upset or two next week and get down there and place,” Hartman said. “We’ve only had one another state placer at the school and I want to be the second.” It’s been a long time too, 31 years in fact, since a Cory-Rawson wrestler has placed at state. Cory-Rawson’s last state placer was Keith “Rhino” Risner who finished fourth in the Class “A” unlimited weight class in 1983. FOUR-TIMERS: Two wrestlers this weekend will be looking to join the ranks of Ohio’s four-time state champions. St. Paris Graham’s Micah Jordan, the nephew of our Congressman, U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, will be trying to win his fourth state title in the Division II 145-pound division. He will try and join his brother Bo, father Jeff ad uncle Jim as a four-time champ. Dayton Christian’s Jacob Danishek will be seeking to win his fourth crown in the Division III 152-pound division. Both Jordan and Danishek are ranked first in their weight classes nationally. MORE COVERAGE: Look for more coverage of area wrestlers who have qualified for the OHSAA state tournament in Wednesday and Thursday’s Courier.

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