Overall, six wrestlers combined from Lakota East and Lakota West took part in the Ohio High School Division I State Wrestling tournament, which began yesterday, March 3, afternoon at Value City Arena in Columbus. From those six, only Lakota West senior Ty Davis (135-pound class) won his first match in the championship bracket.
Davis (43-1) defeated Cuyahoga Falls junior Colin Taylor (36-9) 12-2 and will face junior Ruben Burrow (35-4) of Canton McKinley in the quarterfinals of the championship bracket today, March 4. The Division I Championship quarterfinals are scheduled to begin at 11:20 a.m. during the second session of the state tournament. Officially, state tournament wrestling for Divisions I-III begins this morning at 10 a.m.
For his first-round accomplishment, Davis (photo), who will continue his wrestling career at Central Michigan University, was featured in this morning’s article on Cincinnati.com.
As a sophomore, Davis finished second at 130 but last season he was eighth at 135, a result he called “a fluke.”
Davis (43-1) will oppose Canton McKinley’s Ruben Burrows in the quarterfinals.
“I can’t get nervous and have to wrestle like I know how to,” Davis said.
Davis enters the tournament as the projected champion at 135 by the Brakeman Report, but he said he doesn’t focus on predictions.
“I don’t look at that – I don’t know who I have in the next round,” Davis said. “I didn’t even know who I had in this round coming in. There’s not a lot of pressure because I want to win for myself and I really don’t care about predictions.”
In other results from Thursday, Lakota East sophomore Austin Daly (103-pound class) lost both of his matches in the first round of the championship preliminaries and in the consolation bracket. East senior Ryan Miller (130-pound class) lost in the first round of the championship preliminaries, but won his first round match in the consolation bracket.
Lakota West junior Nick Bloch (130-pound class) lost both of his matches in the first round of the championship preliminaries and in the consolation bracket. West senior Vinnie Bradberry (160-pound class) lost in the first round of the championship preliminaries, but won his first match in the consolation bracket. Like Bradberry, West junior Christian Estes (171-pound class) also lost his in the first round of the championship preliminaries, but won his first match in the consolation bracket.
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Miller, Bradberry and Estes will compete this afternoon in the Division I consolation bracket. The second round is scheduled to begin at 1:45 p.m.
A third session of the state tournament will start up tonight at 6:30 p.m. Davis, if he advances to the semifinals of the championship bracket will wrestle around 6:30 p.m. If Miller, Bradberry and Estes advance in the consolation bracket, they will also wrestle at around 6:30 p.m. There will be another series of consolation matches at 8:50 p.m.
On Saturday, March 5, the consolation semifinals and finals will take place at 10 a.m. and at 11 a.m. The first-place matches in the championship bracket will be wrestled at 5:45 p.m.
For complete results, visit baumspage.com.
For more from Cincinnati.com about local wrestlers, visit its story titled “Myers extends run of success with Reading.”
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