Prep Wrestling: Galion newest team in the 39th VBI field

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR Bigger than ever. That’s a good way to describe this weekend’s 39th annual Van Buren Invitational. The addition of Galion brings the number of teams entered in this year’s event to 30 schools. It should be one of the stronger fields...

Prep Wrestling: Drawing a crowd

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR Liberty-Benton and Riverdale’s wrestling teams both certainly drew a crowd Thursday. Liberty-Benton, which was holding a home varsity wrestling match for the first time since the late 1980s, split a pair of matches with North Baltimore and...

Prep wrestling: Cool school duals at L-B, Riverdale

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR Midweek wrestling matches don’t typically draw much attention. It’s just another weigh-in for most wrestlers in an already long and grueling season and many matches are wrestled in front of parents with few students in the stands. Today,...

FHS wrestlers back to work

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR Findlay High School’s varsity team will be back in action at its toughest tournament of the regular season when the Trojans travel to Oregon Clay FRiday and Saturday for the 46-team Maumee Bay Classic. Fostoria and Patrick Henry are also...

Prep football: Mershman is named Carey’s new grid coach

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR Carey High School didn’t have to look far for its next head football coach. He was already in the building. The school announced Wednesday that assistant coach Jonathon Mershman would take charge of the program after Todd Worst stepped aside...

Prep wrestling: Trojans set to face Edison

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR Ask any wrestler or wrestling coach, you learn much more sometimes from losses than wins. Veteran Findlay High School wrestling coach Ben Kirian knows that. That’s why despite last Friday’s 39-30 loss to Fremont Ross during the annual...

Top stories: Kortokrax tops 2016 local stories

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR Prep sports dominated the local sports scene in 2016. There was success at the state tournament level for area prep teams and athletes, coaches coming and going and the passing of a women’s golf icon during the past year. We’ve compiled a...

Wrestling Notebook: Patrick Henry’s Petersen is shaking off the rust

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR If Patrick Henry senior Kent Petersen was a little rusty at last weekend’s Arcadia Invitational, it sure didn’t show. All he did was score three pins and a decision on his way to winning the 220-pound weight class. Not bad for having just...

Prep Wrestling Notebook: Lee at 509 wins and counting

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR The prep wrestling season isn’t even a week old and Elmwood coach Dave Lee has already added to his legacy. Lee’s Royals opened the dual meet portion of their schedule with wins over Rossford and Fostoria in a Northern Buckeye Conference...

A blue collar town’s blue collar team

By JAMIE BAKER THE COURIER Twenty-five years ago, the 1991 Fostoria Redmen football team was a microcosm of the city it represented at the Division II OHSAA state football championship game at Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium — blue collar. So says Pat Magers, a...