Prep wrestling: Royals third in tight team race at VBI

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR VAN BUREN — Elmwood senior Devin Uzelac set up a down-to-the-wire finish Saturday night at the 37th Van Buren Invitational. Uzelac pinned Carey’s Marcus O’Flaherty in just 54 seconds in their 220-pound title bout as the Royals were...

Prep wrestling: Six grapplers win VBI championships

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR VAN BUREN — There were dominating performances and thrillers in the finals of the 37th Van Buren Invitational. Carey’s Jevyn Pratt and Chet Swartzmiller dominated their finals matches and Liberty-Benton’s Tyler Sarreshteh collected...

VBI Notebook: Team race goes down to the wire

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR VAN BUREN — Elmwood senior Devin Uzelac set up a down-to-the-wire finish at the 37th Van Buren Invitational Saturday night. Uzelac pinned Carey’s Marcus O’Flaherty in just 54 seconds in their 220-pound title bout as the Royals were...

Prep Wrestling: Six area titlists at VBI

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR VAN BUREN — There were dominating performances and thrillers in the finals of the 37th Van Buren Invitational. Carey’s Jevyn Pratt and Chet Swartzmiller dominated their finals matches and Liberty-Benton’s Tyler Sarreshteh collected...

VBI Wrestling: Unbeaten grapplers perfect on first day of VBI

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR VAN BUREN — For high school wrestlers, it isn’t easy getting to the third week of January with an unbeaten record. Trouble looms at tournaments every weekend with opponents trying to become that one blemish on a previously untarnished...

Prep wrestling: L-B’s Sarreshteh aims to be three-time tournament champ

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR VAN BUREN — Even though Tyler Sarreshteh attends Liberty-Benton, the Van Buren Invitational feels like home. The two-time state placewinner never wrestled in a home match during his three years at Liberty-Benton and, when he wrestles each year...

Prep wrestling: Black Knights hope to shine at the VBI

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR VAN BUREN — Things are a little different in the wrestling room at Van Buren this week. There’s a little extra enthusiasm and intensity in the room. It’s Van Buren Invitational week. The Black Knights and wrestlers from 26 other...

Transplanted Ducks surrounded by Bucks

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR BLUFFTON — In a land filled with Bucks, it’s tough to find many Ducks. That’s especially true this week as the Ohio State Buckeyes prepare to play the Oregon Ducks today in the College Football Playoff championship game in Arlington,...

Girls basketball: Chieftains rally in second half, down Fostoria 50-37

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR FOSTORIA — Hopewell-Loudon girls basketball coach Rod Daniel said it best before the interviews began following the Chieftains’ nonconference win over Fostoria on Saturday afternoon. “We needed this.” They got it....

Girls Basketball: Big 3rd quarter helps H-L top Fostoria

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR FOSTORIA — Hopewell-Loudon girls basketball coach Rod Daniel said it best before the interviews began following the Chieftains’ nonconference win over Fostoria Saturday afternoon. “We needed this.” They got it. Hopewell-Loudon...