Woods settles For 8th place At OAC State Championship tourney
Cael Woods led a group of eight West Holmes Middle School wrestlers with an eighth place finish at the 18th annual Ohio Athletic Committee Junior High State Championship Tournament held at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13.
An eighth-grader at West Holmes Middle School, Woods, wrestling at 90 pounds, scored a fall win at 3:55 and a 7-2 decision win to move into the championship quarterfinals, where he was upended 12-4 by Peyten Kellar of the Catalyst Wrestling Club. Kellar went on to win the 90-pound state title.
Coming back through the consolation round, Woods, who went 3-3 overall, scored a 5-2 decision win to guarantee a podium finish. In the consolation quarterfinals, Woods suffered a heart-breaking 2-1 loss and then suffered a 4-2 loss to Derick Fields of Wadsworth White Wrestling Club in the seventh-place bout.
Tyler Masters, an eighth-grader competing at 96-pounds and Stephen Baldridge, a seventh-grader at 154-pounds, both finished their tournaments with 3-2 marks, while eighth-grader Walker Uhl carved out a 2-2 mark at 108-pounds.
Ending with 1-2 marks were 74-pound wrestlers Jack Welsh (seventh grade) and Dylan Strouse (sixth grade), as well as Kendel Weber, a 78-pound eighth-grader, while eighth-grader Cruz Alexander had rough tournament finishing 0-2 at 138-pounds.
Baldridge goes 4-2 At OH-WAY Grade School State Championships
Lakeville Elementary fifth grade student/wrestler Elisha Baldridge copped a fifth-place finish Saturday, March 12 at the 2016 Ohio Wrestling Association for Youth (OH-WAY) Grade School State Championship Tournament held at the Veterans Coliseum in Marion, Ohio, thus earning an automatic berth to the April 9-10 NUWAY national championship tournament.
Wrestling at 110-pounds in Division III, for 9-10 year olds, Baldridge went 4-2 on the day, stopping Londan Gray of Wayne Wrestling Club by fall at 2:56 in the fifth-place match.
Baldridge won his opening round match by a 9-5 decision, then fell into the consolation bracket after a tech fall loss. Scoring a fall win and a decision victory, Baldridge would lose the consolation semifinal bout by decision but rebounded in his final match of the day with the fall win.
Baldridge is now qualified for the 2016 National United Wrestling Association For Youth (NUWAY) National Championship Tournament being held April 9-10 at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, Michigan.