By JAMIE BAKER
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 scheduled to compete.
The Trojans are coming off a championship performance at the 27-team Defiance Border War Classic on Dec. 30.
Joey Staschiak leads the team with a 15-4 record at 132 pounds. Zach Bryant (13-3 record, 182 pounds), Liam Morrison (13-4, 120), Josiah Trevino (13-5, 152), Jonah Smith (12-4, 106), Seth Douglas (12-4, 145) and Dewey Lee (12-5, 285) also have a dozen or more wins for the Trojans.
Five other Findlay wrestlers, Max Jolliff (9-7, 138), Dru Hernandez (9-6, 160), Jeremiah Snider (6-4, 170), Loren Charles (11-6, 195) and Aaron Kupferberg (7-5, 220) also have winning records.
Patrick Henry returning state qualifier Kent Petersen will also be one of the area wrestlers to watch at the tournament.
The tournament, which featured more than 70 state qualifiers and nine state champs last season, gets underway at 11 a.m. Friday. The finals are set for 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
BUSY WEEKEND: After a lull in the schedule last week, area teams will compete at five sites around the region.
An area wrestling staple, the Carey Classic, will be contested in the school’s new gymnasium on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. St. Wendelin, Hopewell-Loudon, Arcadia, Lakota, Riverdale, McComb and North Baltimore are among the schools scheduled to compete.
Liberty-Benton, Cory-Rawson and Ada will compete at the Lima Senior Invitational, Mohawk will wrestle in Napoleon’s Gold Medal Duals and Columbus Grove travels to the Coldwater Invitational.
Upper Sandusky, coming off a strong performance at last week’s Mansfield J.C. Gorman Invitational, will wrestle in the Marion County Invitational at the Marion County Fairgrounds Coliseum.
VBI TICKETS: Don’t want to stand in line waiting to get inside at next week’s Van Buren Invitational? The school has set up a link to buy tickets for the tournament in advance.
Fans can visit https://gofan.co/app/school/OH2458 to purchase tickets in advance for this year’s tourney.
ROUGHNECKS HEAD TO PARKSIDE: The University of Findlay wrestling team will make the trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin to compete in Wisconsin-Parkside’s Ranger Duals.
The Roughnecks, the No. 8 team in the latest NCAA Division II coaches’ rankings, open the tournament at 10 a.m. Saturday against No. 5 Wisconsin-Parkside. UF will then face McKendree at 11:30 a.m. and top-ranked St. Cloud State at 1 p.m.
Individually, UF senior and Elmwood grad Nick Goebel is the top-ranked wrestler in the nation in the 149-pound weight class while Bradley Metz is ranked seventh at 174.
Alonzo Turner, Joey White and Josh Wimer are also ranked nationally in their respective weight classes. Turner is ranked tenth at 165, White is ranked tenth at 157 and Wimer is ranked 11th at 141.
Van Buren grad Chance Sonnenberg has worked his way into a starting role for the Roughnecks at 197 pounds.
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