Friday, December 22, 2000

Cincinnati's top wrestlers vie in coaches classic

By Dave Schutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Winning team or state wrestling championships has been rare for Cincinnati schools and wrestlers. This season could be the exception.

        Ned Heminger, editor of the Ohio Wrestling Sports Page, picks Moeller to win the Division I state team title with as many as 10 Cincinnati wrestlers given a chance to win individual titles.

        Most of Cincinnati's best teams and wrestlers will be in action this weekend at the Southwestern Ohio Coaches Association Classic at Mount St. Joseph College.

        Scheduled today and Saturday, 28 teams will compete for the big school and small school championships, including defending title holders Moeller and Glen Este and runners-up Fairfield and Reading.

        “This is going to be a tough, tough tournament,” Elder coach Dick McCoy said. “Moeller's No. 1 in the state (Brakeman Report) and Cincinnati has tons of potential state champions this season.”

        Five 1999 Classic champions return including four from Moeller (David Candy, Joe Zinkan, David Blanks, Nick Lukens). Lakota Matt McIntire rounds out the returning champs.

        Wrestlers who finished second in '99 returning for another shot are Scott Loebker (Anderson), Nick Spatola (Elder), Ian Ruth (Winton Woods), Tim Kelly (Reading) and Gary Blair (Reading).

        “I think we're the second best dual meet team in Cincinnati,” McCoy said. “But I'm not sure how good a tournament team we are, but we'll find out.”

        There will be more than 375 wrestlers in action beginning with today's two rounds of competition starting at 1:30 p.m.

        Saturday's semifinal bouts are at 10 a.m., followed by the championships at 6:30 p.m.

        Adult admission is $5 per session or $12 for the four sessions. Student admission is $3 for a single sessions or $7 for all sessions.


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