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NWOAL Represented Well At State

Genoa Wins Second Straight Div. III Title


Kasyn Schaffner drives Cody Albaugh of Bellaire to his back to record the first-period fall in the first round of consolations.

Kasyn Schaffner drives Cody Albaugh of Bellaire to his back to record the first-period fall in the first round of consolations.

The Northwest Ohio Athletic League performed valiantly at the state wrestling tournament, Thursday-Saturday, March 7-9.

In Division III, Delta led the way with three state placers, including the area’s only state champion, Zach Mattin (106 lbs.).

Cole Mattin was runner-up at 132 lbs.

The Panthers scored 64.5 points to finish sixth.

Patrick Henry scored 29.5 with two place finishers.

Liberty Center scored 26 points and placed two wrestlers.

Swanton scored 10 points and had one place finisher.

Archbold scored four points.

In Div. II, Wauseon scored 42 points and had a pair of runnersup in Gavin Ritter (120 lbs.) and Xavier Torres (170 lbs.).

State Champion

Genoa, who won the dual meet team state title, also won its sec- ond straight Div. III individual state title, scoring a record 172 points.

The Comets had six wrestlers compete and capture individual state championships, including Dylan D’Emilio, who won his fourth state title– the 32nd indi- vidual to accomplish the feat.

Zach Rocha scrambles to try to score the go-ahead points against Klay Reeves, a three-time state placer from Johnstown Northridge, in the sec- ond round of consolations. Rocha dropped a 3-1 overtime decision.

Zach Rocha scrambles to try to score the go-ahead points against Klay Reeves, a three-time state placer from Johnstown Northridge, in the sec- ond round of consolations. Rocha dropped a 3-1 overtime decision.

Rootstown was runner-up, scoring 79 points.







Zach Rocha fights for position against Rootstown’s Trent Duvall in the championship preliminaries.

Zach Rocha fights for position against Rootstown’s Trent Duvall in the championship preliminaries.

Brennan Short eyes Nico Chilson from Rootstown looking for an opening in their championship preliminary match.

Brennan Short eyes Nico Chilson from Rootstown looking for an opening in their championship preliminary match.

Kasyn Schaffner gets Cody Albaugh of Bellaire off-balance to score the first takedown of their first consolation round match.

Kasyn Schaffner gets Cody Albaugh of Bellaire off-balance to score the first takedown of their first consolation round match.

Brennan Short has a single leg on Sam Patterson of Batavia Clermont Northeast hoping to score points in their first consolation round.

Brennan Short has a single leg on Sam Patterson of Batavia Clermont Northeast hoping to score points in their first consolation round.

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