OHSAA state wrestling: Elmwood’s Grossman places third in Division III

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR COLUMBUS — They don’t make ’em much tougher than Elmwood senior Jace Grossman. Physically and mentally. Saturday was a day of redemption for Grossman as he led area state placers by finishing third on the final day of the OHSAA state...

OHSAA state wrestling: Elmwood’s Grossman takes third

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR COLUMBUS — They don’t make ’em much tougher than Elmwood senior Jace Grossman. Physically and mentally. Saturday was a day of redemption for Grossman as he led area state placers by finishing third on the final day of the OHSAA state...

OHSAA state wrestling: O-G’s Beemer falls in battle of unbeatens

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR COLUMBUS — The deck was stacked against the area’s three Division III wrestling state semifinalists. Two returning state champs and a returning finalist, all from Northeast Ohio, blocked the paths to the state finals for Ottawa-Glandorf...

OHSAA state wrestling: PH’s Petersen beats Carey’s Racheter as friends square off

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR COLUMBUS — When it’s a question of “him or me” at the OHSAA state wrestling tournament, the answer will always be “me”. Wrestling someone you know at the state tournament can be tough, and Patrick Henry’s Kent...

OHSAA state wrestling: Findlay duo gained experience

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR COLUMBUS — Findlay High School’s wrestlers and coaches were hoping for a long weekend at this year’s OHSAA state wrestling tournament. Unfortunately, it turned into a one-night stand. While Findlay High School juniors Dru Hernandez...

Prep girls basketball: Columbus Africentric coach suspended

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR COLUMBUS — The OHSAA has slapped Columbus Africentric girls basketball coach William McKinney with a fine and one-game suspension for postgame comments about the officiating after the Nubians’ 85-46 Division III regional semifinal win over...

State wrestling: Eight are alive for potential titles

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR COLUMBUS — Area returning state qualifiers made it look easy. Some state tournament newcomers did, too. When the day was done, state championship dreams are still alive for eight area wrestlers after Thursday’s opening day of the 2017...

OHSAA State Wrestling: Postseason drive equals 5 state qualifiers for O-G

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR Ottawa-Glandorf wrestling coach Randy Ebbeskotte had a premonition or, maybe, just an off-the-cuff remark. Or maybe even an off, off-the-cuff remark. “Last year at the parents’ meeting, I told them that we had the opportunity to take five...

Prep wrestling: From JV to state qualifiers

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR Few that follow the sport of high school wrestling probably expected Findlay High School juniors Dru Hernandez and Zach Bryant to qualify for this week’s OHSAA state tournament. Their stories are probably unique among the 612 wrestlers from...

Prep wrestling: Royal wrestlers looking to end seasons with a bang

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR Few wrestling teams in the state have the hammers that Elmwood has in the mid to upper weights. And three of those Royals will get their shot at a state championship. Seniors Noah Baker (170 pounds) and Jace Grossman (182) and junior Dylan Hinton...