Heading into the second day of the 14th annual Walsh Jesuit Ironman - one of the nation's elite high school wrestling tournaments - 11 area wrestlers were still alive in the championship bracket.
After Saturday's quarterfinals and semifinals, only four of the 11 have advanced to a title match.
Perry junior Seth Horner and Wadsworth sophomore Brad Squire will face off in the championship match of the 130-pound weight class, meaning one area wrestler is guaranteed to win a title. Squire went 34-0 and won a Division I state title last season. Horner has placed third at the Division I state tournament each of the past two seasons.
Perry junior Sam White, a defending Divison I state champion, will meet Monroeville sophomore Logan Stiebler in a championship match in the 119-pound weight class. White finished fifth at Ironman last year, and Stieber placed second.
Walsh Jesuit senior Chase Skonieczny will face St. Edward junior Collin Palmer in a title match in the 135-pound weight class. Skonieczny, a Kent State University recruit, took third at the Division II state tournament and second at Ironman last season. Palmer is a two-time Division I state champion.
I'm at the tournament now, and I will update after the finals. Stay tuned.