League Wrestling Caps
Three Rivers Athletic Conference Championship
WHEN & WHERE: 10 a.m. Saturday at Toledo Central Catholic High School.
DEFENDING TEAM CHAMP: Oregon Clay.
AREA INDIVIDUAL DEFENDING CHAMPS: Jonah Smith, Findlay; Jake Noon, Findlay.
WHAT TO WATCH: Findlay High senior Jonah Smith will be seeking his third Three Rivers Athletic Conference title this weekend. Smith won the 106-pound title as a freshman, won at 138 last season and has had a stellar year at 145 in compiling a 29-6 record. Jake Noon, meanwhile, is the defending champ at 220 pounds and enters the tournament with a 25-6 mark.
Findlay sophomore T.J. Barnes (23-14 at 113) was third at 106 a year ago; junior Jimmy Phadphom (30-5 at 126) was third at 113; and junior Max Farmer (23-13 at 285) was third at 285.
Several freshmen will also look to make an impact in their first conference tournament for the Trojans. Hudson Goebel has posted a 31-7 record at 106, while Ethan Mitchell (25-11) has had a strong campaign at 120. Ethan Klotz (18-13) will compete at 132.
Findlay was fourth in last year’s conference championship. Oregon Clay has won the last two TRAC titles.
Blanchard Valley Conference Championship
WHEN & WHERE: 10 a.m. Saturday at McComb High School.
DEFENDING TEAM CHAMP: Van Buren.
AREA INDIVIDUAL DEFENDING CHAMPS: Luke Broerman, Liberty-Benton; Dru Baker, Liberty-Benton; Deontae’ Davis, Cory-Rawson; Nathaniel DiRe, Liberty-Benton; Kaleb Snodgrass, Van Buren.
WHAT TO WATCH: Four-time defending Blanchard Valley Conference champion Van Buren will look to keep its conference winning streak going, but the Black Knights will face a big challenge in Liberty-Benton. The Eagles, who also boast experience and depth up and down their lineup, beat the Black Knights in an in-school dual match at L-B earlier this season.
Three of the five individual defending league champs are not only returning state qualifiers, but have surpassed 100 career wins this season. Cory-Rawson senior Deontae’ Davis is the two-time defending BVC champ at 160 pounds; Liberty-Benton junior Nathaniel DiRe won the 182-pound BVC title and has wrestled well at 195 this season; and Van Buren senior Kaleb Snodgrass is the returning Division III state runner-up at 220 and has been solid at 285 this year.
Northern 10 Conference Championship
WHEN & WHERE: 10 a.m. Saturday at Seneca East High School.
DEFENDING TEAM CHAMP: Mohawk.
AREA INDIVIDUAL DEFENDING CHAMPS: Gage Ebert, Upper Sandusky; Reece Mullholand, Carey; Hayden Jacoby, Carey; Tanner May, Carey.
WHAT TO WATCH: Several defending champs return for Carey, which finished second to Mohawk in last year’s Northern 10 Conference tournament. Upper Sandusky, the 2017 and 2018 conference champs, will try to get back on top after a fourth place finish last season. Mohawk, meanwhile, will try for its fourth title in the six years of the N10.
Tanner May, Carey’s all-time wins leader and a three-time state placer, is back to defend his 182-pound title. Reece Mullholand (120) and Hayden Jacoby (160), also seniors for the Blue Devils, have both eclipsed the 100-win mark for their careers this season. Upper Sandusky sophomore Gage Ebert was the lone N10 champ for the Rams a year ago.
Northern Buckeye Conference Championship
WHEN & WHERE: 10 a.m. Saturday at Woodmore High School.
DEFENDING TEAM CHAMP: Genoa.
AREA INDIVIDUAL DEFENDING CHAMPS: Will Bechstein, Elmwood.
WHAT TO WATCH: Elmwood senior Will Bechstein won the 220-pound Northern Buckeye Conference title last year, and he has a great chance to defend his title. Bechstein has won several big-name tournaments this season and surpassed 100 career victories earlier in the year as well. Elmwood sophomore Gunner Endicott and senior Sanford Fraley, along with Fostoria senior Roger Hall, are coming off third-place league finishes and have carried that over to strong 2019-20 campaigns.
Northwest Ohio Athletic League Championship
WHEN & WHERE: 10 a.m. Saturday at Archbold High School.
DEFENDING TEAM CHAMP: Wauseon.
AREA INDIVIDUAL DEFENDING CHAMPS: T.J. Rhamy, Patrick Henry; Wil Morrow, Patrick Henry.
WHAT TO WATCH: Unfortunately for Patrick Henry, injuries have plagued the Patriots this year. Seniors T.J. Rhamy and Wil Morrow, two of the top wrestlers in the state in their respective weight classes, are both battling injuries and will not compete in the NWOAL tournament. Rhamy and Morrow will try to get ready for the OHSAA sectional tournament next weekend at Van Buren High School, according to Patrick Henry athletic director Ben George. Rhamy was a two-time NWOAL champ (170 in 2018, 160 last year), and Morrow, who has dominated at 220 before his injury, was the 195-pound winner a year ago.
Sandusky Bay Conference Championship
WHEN & WHERE: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Norwalk High School.
DEFENDING TEAM CHAMP: Edison.
AREA INDIVIDUAL DEFENDING CHAMPS: None.
WHAT TO WATCH: Hopewell-Loudon will get its first taste of the brutal Sandusky Bay Conference championships for the first time. Teams from all three SBC divisions — Lake, Bay and River — will compete against each other, so any high finishes for Hopewell-Loudon will be impressive. The Chieftains will be looking to make some noise in the lower weight classes as junior Blake Hoover (113) and sophomore Lance Crawford (120) are coming off Blanchard Valley Conference titles last season. Junior Caden Crawford, who reached the 100-career win milestone this season, was the BVC runner-up at 126.
Lakota’s unbeaten senior Trevor Franks finished fourth at 160 a year ago and will be looking for a higher finish in his final league championship.
Edison, the 2020 OHSAA Division III state dual champion, edged Sandusky Perkins by one-half point to win the 2019 SBC tournament.