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VBI Notebook: Emerine, Ludwig finish with wins

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR VAN BUREN — An outstanding Friday turned in to a bit of a frustrating Saturday for host Van Buren’s wrestling team at the 40th VBI. The Black Knights seemed poised for perhaps their best VBI finish ever when they were in eighth place with...

Prep wrestling: Van Buren Invitational a star-studded affair

By JAMIE BAKER sPORTS EDITOR Tonight, the 40th team championship will be won and 14 wrestlers will add their name to a long list of Van Buren Invitational individual champions. There have been some outstanding wrestlers in the tournament during its 40-year run. The list of...

Prep wrestling: VB’s Ludwig stays on target

By JAMIE BAKER sPORTS EDITOR VAN BUREN — There would be nothing sweeter for Van Buren senior Tyler Ludwig than to finish on top at home one more time. After Friday’s first day of the 40th Van Buren Invitational, he’s halfway there. Ludwig racked up a pair of...

Prep Wrestling: A loaded field for the 40th Van Buren Invitational

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR As quality goes, this year’s Van Buren Invitational might be the deepest it’s been in years. The madness on the mats begins an hour earlier this year at 4 p.m. today when the 40th, or as tournament organizer Ron Nieset calls it, the Ruby...

Prep wrestling: Van Buren Invite still going strong after 40 years

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR Since 1979 the Van Buren Invitational has been a premier event on many area school’s wrestling schedules. This year will be no different as the tournament will celebrate its 40th anniversary when competition begins on Friday. “If your team...

Prep Wrestling: Grove Bulldogs rule in-school dual

By JAMIE BAKER sPORTS EDITOR COLUMBUS GROVE — This year it was the Bulldogs’ turn. The Bulldogs recorded a pair of pins and took advantage of three open Riverdale weight classes for a 33-20 wrestling win over the Falcons in Thursday’s in-school dual at Columbus...

2017’s top stories: Big Ben comes home

By JAMIE BAKER SPORTS EDITOR As it does most years, prep sports dominated the local sports scene in 2017. There was success at the state tournament level for area prep teams and athletes, a star comes home, coaches coming and going and the passing of a local golf icon during the...

Prep wrestling: Blank wrestling for P-G Rockets

By JAMIE BAKER sPORTS EDITOR If you didn’t already know, you probably missed it. Tucked inside The Courier’s wrestling roundup in Monday’s newspaper in small type was an odd entry in the team standings for Saturday’s Arcadia Invitational. Pandora-Gilboa...

Prep wrestling: FHS team loaded up with 10 seniors

By JAMIE BAKER sPORTS EDITOR With 10 experienced seniors and 19 total letterwinners on the Findlay High School wrestling team this season expectations are at an all-time high. And why not? Coach Ben Kirian’s Trojans pushed powerful Perrysburg to the limit before falling in...

Cross country: Ellerbrock, Oler earn all-Ohio honors

By JAMIE BAKER sPORTS EDITOR LURAY — Saturday’s OHSAA girls state cross country meet was the perfect way for Destini Oler to end her brief Mohawk cross country career. For Columbus Grove’s Alyssa Ellerbrock, it may be a sign of bigger and better things to come....