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02-22-04: Columbus to host five area wrestlers

From staff reports

Five area wrestlers will move on to the 67th Ohio State Wrestling Championships this week after placing in the top four of their respective district meets over the weekend.
The one down note is that no Celina wrestlers will automatically qualify for state since none placed in the top four that advance to state. The only outside chance would come from junior Garrett Gray, who placed fifth in the 145-pound division and is the alternate should any of the top four wrestlers be unable to compete in Columbus. Gray won the fifth-place match by a 5-4 decision over Matt Whitely of Elyria.
The second-highest finisher for Celina, which placed 24th in the team standings, was junior Trent Hellwarth, who placed sixth in the 189-pound class. Hellwarth lost in overtime to Mike Beiger of Springfield, 2-1, in the fifth-place match.
The Division I tournament at Perrysburg brought in some of the top teams in the state from the Northeast as state powerhouse Lakewood St. Edward won the team title with 296 points, 1911⁄2 points better than runner-up Garfield Heights.
For St. Marys, Caleb Cisco will represent the Roughriders at Columbus after placing second in the 103-pound division at the Division II district at Galion.
Cisco lost to Jan Ulinski of Eastwood 10-3 in the championship match. Cisco (32-5) will face Brian Connelly of Mentor Lake Catholic in his first-round bout.
As a team, the Roughriders placed 16th overall with 30 points. Wapakoneta placed eighth and Van Wert was tied for 12th.
Division III will have the most local representatives at state as the Midwest Athletic Conference will be well represented.
Versailles sends three wrestlers after placing second in the team standings at the district meet at Xenia. Bluffton beat the Tigers for the team title by a 132-1091⁄2 margin.
John Schmitmeyer brought home the only championship for the Tigers at 160 pounds after beating Ian Lehn of Batavia 11-7. Eric Strausbaugh finished second after losing 9-3 to Belpre’s Jeffery Wettengel in the 171-pound final. Mark Keiser is the third automatic qualifier after winning the third-place bout in the 215-pound division, 7-5, over Spencerville’s Brad Caudill.
Schmitmeyer (36-5) will take on Chris Estep of Collins Western Reserve in his first bout on Thursday. Strausbaugh (34-7) will face Steve Eicher of Massilon Tuslaw (28-8) and Keiser (35-6) will face Josh Patton of Burton Berkshire (27-16).
Coldwater will have one automatic qualifier for the second straight season after Craig Homan placed fourth in the 275 division, losing 4-3 in overtime to Trace Baird of Westfall. Marty Hemmelgarn earned fifth place and the alternate spot after winning by default over Dave Bernholt of Versailles when Bernholt suffered a knee injury.
Homan (32-9) will face Koel Davis (45-2) of Belmont Union Local in his first match.
The State Championships start Thursday at the Schottenstein Center on the campus of The Ohio State University at 3 p.m. with the Division III first-round bouts. The Division II bouts will start at 4:20 with Division I matches at 6 p.m.


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