2012-03-07 / Sports

Archbold 11th At State Wrestling Tournament

by Mario Gomez
Buckeye Correspondent

Archbold finished 11th at the Division III state wrestling tournament, Thursday, March 1-Saturday, March 3, in Columbus.

Applecreek Waynedale won the state championship with 104 points, followed by Troy Christian with 81.5 and Delta with 74.

The Northwest Ohio Athletic League was well represented with 14 state placers, including three state champions: Luke Kern, Delta; Jordan Cowell, Archbold; and Mimmo Lytle, Swanton.

“It’s a testament to the strength of the league, having so many placers,” said Brian Becher, Archbold coach.

“Hopefully it can build upon itself for the future. Other guys that are here watching see that it’s possible to come down here and place. A lot of teams have had a good tournament down here.”

Archbold has a good nucleus of wrestlers returning next season.

“We’ve got a ton of guys coming back,” Becher said. “Obviously with Drew (Coffey) placing and Travis (Jaramillo) being down here and guys like Kenny Price and Ben Eggers having state experience, we’re in a good position.

“We’ve also got a number of guys that won matches at districts coming back next season, so I’m pretty excited. I hope the kids are, too.

“We’ll give them a little time off here, then some of the guys will be hitting freestyle in two weeks,” said Becher.

“The guys that are wrestling today are the ones that put in the time in the offseason. You have to do that to be competitive with everybody else.

“It’s not so much that you can just do wrestling from November to March.

“You have to do the extra things, even if you’re in another sport. You need to find a little time to stay finetuned with your technique; otherwise, you’re not going to be able to compete with those top guys.”

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