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Live from Columbus - State Wrestling Tournament

By mikeb Published: March 6, 2009

Here is an update from the 72nd annual State Wrestling Tournament at Value City Arena on the campus of Ohio State University.

Here is a list of area wrestlers by weight class that won their championship preliminary match Thursday and their championship quarterfinal match Friday. These wrestlers will compete Friday night and the winners will advance to Saturday's championship matches.

As of Friday afternoon, these wrestlers are two victories from winning a state title.

Division I

103 - Mike Labry, Fr., Twinsburg.
112 - Kagan Squire, Fr., Wadsworth.
119 - None.
125 - Sam White, Sr., Perry.
130 - Zach Dailey, Fr., Perry.
135 - Scott Mattingly, Sr., Lake; Joe Parra, Sr., Barberton.
140 - Brad Squire, Jr., Wadsworth.
145 - None.
152 - None.
160 - Darren Rhodes, Sr., Nordonia.
171 - Cody Lamberg, Jr., Kenmore; Nick Heflin, Sr., Perry; Marlon Baker, Jr., Twinsburg.
189 - None.
215 - Nick Tavanello, Fr., Wadsworth.
285 - Ben Buzzelli, Jr., Wadsworth.

Division II

103 - Cory Stainbrook, Fr., Streetsboro.
112 - Erik McLaughlin, Sr., Northwest; Ty Mitch, Jr., Aurora.
119 - Johnni DiJulius, Soph., Walsh Jesuit.
125 - Nate Skonieczny, Fr., Walsh Jesuit.
130 - Shelton Morris, Sr., Southeast.
135 - Randy Henline, Jr., Coventry; Manuel Cintron, Sr., Alliance.
140 - None.
145 - None.
152 - None.
160 - None.
171 - Dennis Raber, Jr., Orrville.
189 - Joe Poyser, Jr., Louisville.
215 - Tyler Houska, Sr., Highland.
285 - None.

Division III

103 - None.
112 - None.
119 - None.
125 - Zak Vargo, Jr., Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy; Eli Donahue, Sr., Tuslaw.
130 - Brandon Sommers, Jr., Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy.
135 - Tyler Powers, Sr., Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy.
140 - None.
145 - None.
152 - None.
160 - Alex Utley, Soph., Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy.
171 - Jonathan Beam, Jr., Waynedale.
189 - Kurt Schaefer, Soph., Northwestern.
215 - Greg Hojnacki, Sr., Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy.
285 - Josh Morosko, Sr., Tuslaw.

Additional Notes:

Division I - Wadsworth advanced four to the championship semifinals with 2-0 records through the first two rounds. Perry advanced three and Twinsburg advanced two.

Division II - Walsh Jesuit advanced two to the championship semifinals with 2-0 records through the first two rounds.

Division III - Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy advanced five to the championship semifinals with 2-0 records through the first two rounds. Tuslaw advanced two.

Stay tuned to the Akron Beacon Journal and ohio.com for further updates on Friday and Saturday.

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