Friday, March 02, 2001

Moeller puts 8 in state wrestling quarterfinals

By Chris Yeager
Enquirer contributor

        COLUMBUS — Moeller coach Jeff Gaier thought the Crusaders needed 10 wrestlers in the state meet to challenge Lakewood St.Edward's Division I dominance.

        Eight Crusaders moved on to the quarterfinals, placing them in striking distance of St.Ed. St. Ed, which also advanced eight, led Moeller 33-21 after the first day of the three-day tournament.

        Moeller's Brent Goode pinned his 103-pound opponent, Steve Weaver of Toledo Waite. Though Joel Cottone lost at 112 pounds, the next seven Crusaders — Brian Zinkan (125), Joe Zinkan (140), Mike Baria (135), David Blanks (145), Marcus Blanks (152) and defending 171-pound champion Nick Lukens — put up crucial points.

        The Division I 125-pound class looked strong for area wrestlers. Lakota West's Stephen Wolery and Sycamore's Daniel Mason-Straus also advanced.

        At 145, Fairfield's Mike Wahoff beat Brakeman Report favorite Vinny DiGiovanni of Solon 4-2 with a late reversal, and Winton Woods' Ian Ruth beat Doug Jones of Akron Springfield 6-4 in overtime.

        In Division II, Purcell Marian's Jake Meinking and Franklin's Matt Franklin advanced at 103. John Velez (112) of Kings moved on, as did teammate Jeff Williams (125).

        Bethel-Tate's James Daugherty (135) beat Dan Munyan of New Lexington 17-13. Franklin's Keith Carter (160), Purcell Marian's Jason Lackmeyer (215) and Clermont Northeastern's Aaron Keough (189) also advanced.

        No Cincinnati-area Division III is contending for the title, but Reading was fourth with 14 points. Chris Seta (130), D.J. Engel (140), Clinton Harmeyer (145) and Tim Kelly (152) advanced.

        For Madeira, Kris Kuykendall (125), Frankie Merle (130), Drew Cloran (160) and Ryan Pattison (215) advanced.

Div. I results | Div. II results | Div. III results

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