JJHuddle Wrestling Notebook: The Postseason starts this weekend!

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Brookville’s Nick Lipinski (top) tangles with Valley View’s David Day at the SWBL. (Photo by Pat Auckerman/Middletown Journal)

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February opened with two big weekends of league meets. Now the Month of Champions heads into postseason play. Here’s what’s happened the last two weeks and what to look forward to this week and beyond.

WRESTLERS OF THE WEEK

Kyle Rose, Centerville, 285:
Continues his perfect run through the season with GWOC title. In four matches, Rose spent just 2:48 on the mat. His longest match lasted 1:07.

Zane Krull, Wauseon, 215:
Unseeded at the NWOAL tournament, Krull went 3-0 on the weekend to claim the league title as Wauseon rolled to the team title.

WRESTLING NEWS

Beavercreek blitzes GWOC field:
The Beavers ran away early with the Greater Western Ohio Conference tournament, winning by 47.5 points. The real race was for second where Springboro got some unexpected second level points to edge out Centerville 164-161.

Centerville’s Kyle Rose continued his undefeated run through the season with a dominating performance at 285.

Beavercreek was a perfect 3-0 in the championship finals and placed 11 on the podium.

Surprise at SWBL:
With all eyes focused on state ranked Oakwood and Dixie, Brookville snuck in and took the big prize.

The Blue Devils only had one champ, but placed seven to finish with 171 points. Dixie and Eaton tied for second with 161 points while Oakwood was fourth (155) despite having four champs.

Wauseon rolls at NWOAL:
Wauseon claimed six individual titles and placed 13 in the top four to run away with the Northwest Ohio Athletic League title with 241 points.

Archbold was second with 181.5 while Delta finished third with 178.

The Zany SLL:
Heading into the finals, the team race looked like it was going to come down to the wire… then Genoa handed it off.

The Comets held the lead heading into the finals over Elmwood, but then forfeited championship matches at 112 and 119 – both against Elmwood wrestlers.

Elmwood ended up taking the team title with 193 while Genoa finished a distant second with 180.5.

Elmwood’s Nick Goebel became the school’s first four time league champ after claiming the 125 pound title.

Big Days for state ranked teams:
Graham cruised to the Central Buckeye Conference crown, winning by 212 points after putting 372 on the field. The Falcons won 10 individual titles, finished second twice and had two fourth place finishes in cruising to the title.

The big news of the day…. Isaac Jordan is back.

After sitting out most of the season while rehabbing an injury, Jordan improved to 6-2 on the season in cruising to the title.

Mason claimed four titles and placed nine in the championship match in cruising to the Greater Miami Conference title with 227 points. Lakota West was second with 143.5 points.

Brecksville claimed six titles and placed 10 on the top two steps of the podium in winning the Southwestern Confernece with 224 points. Olmsted Falls (190) was second.

Moeller set a new record in claiming the Greater Catholic League title with 310 points to easily out-distance second place Elder (238).

Chanel tops Walsh:
Bedford St. Peter Chanel showed they are ready to make a run toward the Division III state title with a dual meet win over D-II state ranked Walsh Jesuit. Chanel claimed six of the nine matches wrestled on the night to take the 36-27 decision.

Month of Champions begins:
The Month of Champions kicks off this weekend with the sectional wrestling tournaments.

The top four advance to the district tournament.

To keep up to date on how the sectional tournaments are progressing, and for the first look at the district pairings, Gary Baumgartner is second to none.

Check out www.baumspage.com for all the sectional results and the first look at the district pairings.

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