League Wrestling Capsules
WHEN: Saturday, 10 a.m.
WHAT TO WATCH: Van Buren is trying to win its fourth straight BVC wrestling championship.
The Black Knights certainly have the talent, but Liberty-Benton and Arcadia are aiming to make sure it won’t be easy.
Arcadia’s John Hill will be a heavy favorite to join McComb’s Dylan Montgomery as the only wrestlers in conference history to win four league crowns when he steps on the mat in the 285-pound weight class.
Hopewell-Loudon’s Blake Hoover, Kole Freeman and Caden Crawford, McComb’s Jacob Dillon (although currently injured) and Brice Markel and Cory-Rawson’s Deontae’ Davis are also returning BVC champions.
WHERE & WHEN: Saturday, 10 a.m. at Toledo Whitmer
DEFENDING CHAMPS: Oregon Clay
WHAT TO WATCH: Findlay was third in last year’s TRAC tournament and despite losing 10 starters to graduation from last year’s team, the Trojans have a shot at bettering that finish.
While Oregon Clay is still the class of the league, there’s plenty of parity in the rest of the league and Findlay, Fremont Ross and Whitmer are the best of the next level of teams in the TRAC.
Jaden Johnson (132) is the highest returning placewinner as he finished second in the league a year ago. Junior Jonah Smith (138), who won his 100th career match against Napoleon Saturday, was a league champ as a freshman.
WHEN: Saturday, 10 a.m. at Wapakoneta
DEFENDING CHAMPS: Wapakoneta
WHAT TO WATCH: Ottawa-Glandorf was second in last year’s league tournament. The Titans, though, won’t likely have the firepower to match that placement on Saturday.
That doesn’t mean the Titans won’t have any star power.
Senior 182-pound returning state placer Danny Rosales is back to try and win the league for the first time in his career. Classmate Isaac Hernandez has been solid at 126 and could be in the mix for a title.
O-G has a handful of other wrestlers that should finish in the top four.
WHEN: Saturday, 10 a.m. at Lakota High School
DEFENDING CHAMPS: Edison
WHAT TO WATCH: It doesn’t get any tougher as far as league tournaments go than the SBC. Subtract Shelby, who left the league, and add Gibsonburg and Danbury, and there will be 19 schools going toe-to-toe for the title.
Lakota was 11th in last year’s event and returning state qualifier Trevor Franks is the top returning placer for the Raiders as he was fifth at 152 pounds a year ago.
A wrestling tournament that is certainly worth the price of admission.
WHERE & WHEN: Saturday, 10 a.m. at Wauseon.
DEFENDING CHAMPS: Wauseon
WHAT TO WATCH: Patrick Henry won’t challenge Wauseon or Delta this season for NWOAL team supremacy, but the Patriots do have a pair of contenders for indivdual titles.
Juniors T.J. Rhamy (160) and Wil Morrow (195) have built upon last year’s successful seasons in which both placed at the OHSAA state tournament. Rhamy is a returning conference champ. The Patriots have had at least one league champ in each of the last four years.
WHERE & WHEN: Saturday, 10 a.m. at Mohawk High School
DEFENDING CHAMPS: Upper Sandusky
WHAT TO WATCH: Should be an interesting day at Mohawk on Saturday. Upper Sandusky is the defending N10 champs but the Rams were hit hard by graduation.
Still, it looks like Upper Sandusky is the favorite but the Rams will get a challenge from both Carey and Mohawk. Ashton Shepherd and Brayzin McDaniel are returning league champions for Upper Sandusky.
Carey’s Ethan Schlack (285) and Mohawk’s Morgan Price (152) are also returning champions.
Whoever is the healthiest and can fill the most weight classes will have the inside track to the title.
WHERE & WHEN: Saturday, 9 a.m. at Allen East High School
DEFENDING CHAMPS: Allen East
WHAT TO WATCH: Bluffton and Columbus Grove, who were second and third respectively at last year’s tournament, are waiting in the wings to topple defending champion Allen East on the Mustangs’ home mats.
DeAndre Nassar (182) is still unbeaten on the season and will be seeking his third career NWC crown. The Pirates’ Tayton Kleman (106) is also a returning champ.
Returning state qualifiers Dylan Sargent (220) and Jeff Meyer (285) are returning NWC champs for Columbus Grove.
WHERE & WHEN: Saturday, 10 a.m. at Otsego High School
DEFENDING CHAMPS: Genoa
WHAT TO WATCH: Genoa won nine of the 14 weight classes at last year’s NBC tournament and are heavy favorites to win again. The Comets are coming off a state championship performance in Sunday’s OHSAA team tournament.
Elmwood will be looking to improve upon last year’s fourth-place team finish. Tyler Bechstein (220) and Kain Brossia (285) both return after finishing second in last year’s tournament.
A young Fostoria team has struggled this season and will be looking for improvement after last-place showings in the league in each of the last two years.