Area league wrestling capsules

Ohio Wrestling League
WHEN: Saturday, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Toledo Christian.
DEFENDING CHAMPS: Gibsonburg.
WHAT TO WATCH: Could likely be the final OWL tournament for the area contingent as the Blanchard Valley Conference will have enough schools to field a championship next season.
Van Buren, which has never won a league wrestling championship, was picked by the coaches as the preseason favorite although defending champ Gibsonburg will certainly have a say in who wins.
Arcadia’s Trevor and Jarrod Bowman, Van Buren’s Isaac Sexton and Chance Sonnenberg and Cory-Rawson’s Austin Brown and Dylen Hartman are returning champs.
Midland Athletic League
WHEN: Saturday, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Hopewell-Loudon.
DEFENDING CHAMPS: Carey.
WHAT TO WATCH: Carey is shooting for its school-record fourth straight MAL title. The Blue Devils can fill all 14 weight classes which is a definite advantage in a field that will include a number of teams that will likely field less than half of a full lineup.
The host Chieftains will be the top challenger to the Blue Devils as Damion Vitt and Alex Brock are returning MAL champs.
Carey’s Cody Ferguson is also returning champ while St. Wendelin’s Cole Williams has won a pair of league titles for the Mohawks.
Three Rivers Athletic Conference
WHEN: Saturday, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Fremont Ross.
DEFENDING CHAMPS: Oregon Clay.
WHAT TO WATCH: Oregon Clay and Toledo Central Catholic finished 1-2 in last year’s TRAC tournament and will likely be atop the team standings again.
Findlay will be looking to move up after a fourth-place showing in 2013. The Trojans, Fremont Ross and Toledo St. John’s should battle for the No. 3 spot.
Jimmy Staschiak was a league runner-up last season. Ian Silette and Marcus Winklejohn will be looking to improve upon third-place TRAC finishes for Findlay.
Northwest Ohio Athletic League
WHEN: Saturday, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Evergreen.
DEFENDING CHAMPS: Delta.
WHAT TO WATCH: Delta leads a tough field and the defending champs had its lineup bolstered by the addition of two NWOAL champs from other schools in Ryan Patchin (Evergreen) and Chance Vellor (Swanton).
Patrick Henry can expect a solid effort from Kent Petersen as the Patriots try and move up the NWOAL ladder after placing eighth in 2013.
Northern Buckeye Conference
WHEN: Saturday, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Elmwood.
DEFENDING CHAMPS: Genoa
WHAT TO WATCH: Watch out for Otsego, the Knights have been wrestling well this month and could knock off defending champion Genoa.
Elmwood’s Jake Wise has had a tremendous season and could be the favorite at 170 pounds. Dylan Hall and Brik Dauterman will also be among the Royals to watch.
Fostoria’s Jake Leonard was second in the conference last season. But he’ll likely have to upset Otsego’s Buddy Limes to win a title.
Western Buckeye League
WHEN: Saturday, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Kenton.
DEFENDING CHAMPS: Wapakoneta.
WHAT TO WATCH: Defiance appears to be the team to beat. The Bulldogs went 9-0 in WBL duals which puts them in prime position to knock off defending champion Wapakoneta.
Ottawa-Glandorf went 2-7 in WBL duals this season as they try and improve on last year’s ninth-place finish. Look for a strong finish from the Titans’ Derek Ebbeskotte in the upper weight.
North Central Conference
WHEN: Saturday, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Riverdale.
DEFENDING CHAMPS: Upper Sandusky.
WHAT TO WATCH: Riverdale will be the host for the final NCC tournament ever before Riverdale joins the Blanchard Valley Conference and the rest of the conference joins the Northern 10 next year.
The Rams will be trying to win their third straight NCC crown. Upper Sandusky’s Thurston Dyer, Carson Mengerink, Alex Kenner, Tylor Pritchard and Dylan Robertson are all returning NCC champs.
Expect a strong performance from the Falcons too. Riverdale’s Kolten Martin and Paul Frey are returning league titlists.
Northwest Conference
WHEN: Saturday, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Allen East.
DEFENDING CHAMPS: Paulding.
WHAT TO WATCH: The NWC tournament appears to be wide open this season.
Defending champ Paulding, Spencerville and Columbus Grove appear to be the leaders in the clubhouse.
Columbus Grove can score in a lot of different weight classes and have title candidates in Alec Gladwell and Will Selhorst in the upper weights.
Ada is also looking to muscle into the top three this season. Austin Windle and Noah Beach are the top wrestlers for the Bulldogs.

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