Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Ricky L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Cecil N Graham Sawyers charged in sex for heroin plot Group demands changes at ELSD Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann Kids enjoy a ‘Touch-a-Truck’ event in Mt. Orab New police chief takes over in Fayetteville BC Chamber moving forward on 2017 SummerFest Two killed in wrong way crash in Mt. Orab Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Corbin testifies before Ohio Senate Five arrested in Hamersville drug bust Neil Diamond tribute band coming Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Women return to county jail as funds start to run low Georgetown Council takes action on vacant structures Veterans honored in Mt. Orab John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London Mary J Hall Kenneth R Behymer Western Brown’s Joe Sams commits to Marietta College WBHS to hold girls youth basketball camp Huseman signs with UC Clermont Day to continue baseball career on collegiate level at UC Clermont Western’s Pack signs with NKU WBHS to host youth boys basketball camp Eastern’s Rigdon, Hopkins are STATE BOUND James Ratliff Robert P Lesko Armstrong sentenced to twenty years on child porn possession charges Russellville hires new Village Clerk Russellville Council approves purchase of two ambulances

Broncos advance to state quarterfinals

MT. ORAB – For the first time in school history, the Western Brown Broncos’ wrestling team is headed to the state quarterfinals.

The Broncos dispatched New Richmond and Washington Courthouse in relatively easy fashion Wednesday night in the regional tournament.

Western Brown started the night against New Richmond. After three quick pins, the Broncos found themselves ahead 18-0. That jumped to 24-0 after Jordan Hamblin earned a victory over Brandon Planck via a medical default.

Jacob Haggerty won a 12-7 decision over Lane Dees to increase the Broncos’ lead to 27-0 before New Richmond finally got on the board when Ryan Wolf won a 4-2 decision over Derek Spears.

The Broncos got back on track with four straight pins. Steven Grooms, Jake Henderson, Malachi Marlow and Eric Altman all pinned their opponents, giving Western Brown a 51-3 lead and putting the match well out of reach for the Lions.

One mat over, it took every weight class for Washington Court House to pull out a victory over Miami Trace. Ahead by four points with the 285-pound class remaining, Trevor hicks pinned Collin Wolffe to seal the victory for the Blue Lions.

That set up what, at the time, shaped up to be a competitive regional final. Western Brown did their best to make sure it was exactly the opposite, winning the first nine weight classes and jumping out to a 48-0 lead. When the dust settled, the Broncos won the dual 54-20 and punched their ticket to St. John Arena in Columbus.

Head coach Wendell Donathan said it was exciting and credited the wrestlers and coaches for the amount of time that it took to get the team where it is today.

“Honestly, it’s exciting,” Donathan said. “It’s awesome. It’s a credit for the amount of time, I’d say that I don’t know if people know how much time a lot of our kids put in in the off-season and it’s nice to see the rewards for what they do. You tell kids to keep working hard, you’ll get rewarded. We finally got our reward.”

The reward is that the Broncos are now one of eight remaining teams in Division II. While their opponent for the quarterfinal match is not yet known, one familiar face will be joining Western Brown in the bracket: Ross.

The Rams knocked off the Broncos in the regional tournament last season, ending Western Brown’s run. With a 36-35 victory over Eaton, Ross returns to the state tournament in 2016.

Donathan said the loss to the Rams may have hit him harder than the wrestlers, but the team was able to use that defeat for motivation this season.

“Every one of these kids that were here, most of them anyway, were in that dual,” Donathan said. “They knew. Every one of them knew. I think I took it harder than they did, I don’t think they realized the impact of what could have transpired. They knew, and I don’t think they were ready to bow out in the first round. We were up 48-0 before that first loss, and that’s pretty awesome.’

Don’t expect the Broncos to revel in their victory for too long, however. Donathan said the team has to refocus quickly.

“We’ve got to put this aside, we’ve got league on Saturday,” Donathan said. “It’s right there. We’ll worry about this stuff next week.”

The team travels to Batavia High School for the Southern Buckeye Athletic and Academic Conference meet this Saturday, Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. Western Brown’s state quarterfinal match will take place next Sunday, Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. or 1:15 p.m., depending on the team’s placement in the bracket.

Western Brown’s Jed Marlow pins Collin George in the 106-pound weight class of the championship match between the Broncos and the Washington Court House Blue Lions Wednesday night.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_DSC_0467-1.jpgWestern Brown’s Jed Marlow pins Collin George in the 106-pound weight class of the championship match between the Broncos and the Washington Court House Blue Lions Wednesday night.

The Western Brown Broncos wrestling team poses with the regional championship trophy after defeating Washington Court House Wednesday night.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_DSC_0519-1.jpgThe Western Brown Broncos wrestling team poses with the regional championship trophy after defeating Washington Court House Wednesday night.

By Garth Shanklin

gshanklin@civitasmedia.com

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