Practices get underway for fall sports Jays soon to begin quest for SHAC title Western Brown to hold Meet the Teams Night and OHSAA parent meeting Aug. 8 Norville F Hardyman Carol J Tracy James Witt Hundreds of Narcan doses used in 2016 Heavy weekend rain causes flooding and damaged roads Child Focus hosts Chamber of Commerce meeting Mary F McElroy Broncos out to defend SBAAC American Division soccer title Bronco 5K to take place Aug. 5 EHS volleyball team ready for new season Michael C Cooper Raymond Mays Harry E Smittle Jr Mary A Flaugher 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

Six wrestlers qualify for state tourney

The Western Brown Broncos and Bethel-Tate Tigers sent their respective wrestling squads to the district tournament this past weekend with a shot at a berth in the individual state tournament on the line.

Western Brown had the shortest trip of the two, travelling north to Wilmington for their district battles.

The Broncos sent nine wrestlers to the tournament and five of those nine would advance to the state championships.

In the 113-pound class, sophomore Seth Taylor represented the Broncos. Taylor won his first match over Tippecanoe sophomore Russell Ramsey before falling to Circleville’s Nate Keaton, who will enter the state tournament undefeated at 49-0. Taylor then won two matches in the consolation bracket before falling to Jake Gentry from Ross. A loss in the fifth-place game to Middletown Madison’s Drew Price sent Taylor to sixth place in the district.

The Broncos’ first state qualifier came in the 120-pound class. Jordan Hamblin won his first match over Oakwood’s Nick Bowman before falling to Carroll’s Nick Berry in a 6-4 overtime decision. Hamblin rolled through the consolation bracket, pinning his first two opponents and winning the next two matches by decision to finish third in the district and advance to state.

Freshman Tanner Donathan wrestled in the 126-pound class for Western Brown, winning his first two matches before losing three straight en route to a sixth-place finish. Teammate Jacob Haggerty lost his first two matches, one via tech fall and the other by a 9-2 decision.

In the 138-pound class, the Broncos earned their second state qualifier. Derek Spears pinned McClain’s Tommy Johnson in the opening round and defeated Urbana’s Mitchell Moyer in the quarterfinals. A 10-5 defeat at the hands of Fenwick’s Alex Kowal dropped Spears to the consolation bracket, where he defeated Taylor’s Damian Walton 11-7 to clinch a spot in Columbus. Taylor would fall to Franklin’s Trenton Scott in the third-place match.

Jake Henderson became Western Brown’s third state qualifier. He rolled through his first three matches, advancing to take on St. Paris Graham’s Rocky Jordan in the final match. Henderson lost via tech fall (16-0) but the runner-up finish at district sends him to Columbus.

Malachi Marlow qualified for the district tournament in the 152-pound class and won his first two matches via pin and a 13-3 major decision, respectively. However, Marlow fell to Tippecanoe’s Jack Peura by a 6-3 decision and lost to St. Paris Graham sophomore Joey Sanchez in the consolation bracket, dropping him to the fifth-place match. Marlow then defeated Fenwick’s Ethan Fessler 5-2.

The fourth Bronco qualifier earned his spot in the 160-pound bracket. Eric Altman pinned his first opponent before falling to St. Paris Graham senior Garrett Jordan. In the consolation bracket, Altman picked up a pair of decision victories before a major-decision victory over Eaton’s Drew Moore sealed his spot in the state tournament. Altman then won a 7-5 decision over Middletown Madison’s Gunnar Dawson to finish third.

Western Brown’s final state qualifier came in the 195-pound class. Jacob Altman defeated Meadowdale’s Calvin Folwer in the first round, then edged Miami Trace junior Jared Fenner in the quarterfinals 6-4. Altman lost his semifinal match to St. Paris Graham junior Kavan Sarver, dropping him to the consolation bracket where he won an overtime match against Eaton’s Kevin Melling to advance to the third-place match. He then defeated Fenner again, this time by a score of 5-4.

As a team, the Broncos finished second to St. Paris Graham at the tournament with 119.5 points. Graham totaled 329, while third-place finisher Ross tallied 115.

Meanwhile, in Troy, the Bethel-Tate Tigers also sent seven wrestlers to the district tournament. Two of those seven placed, with one qualifying for the state championships. Kermit Beckworth advanced to the fifth-place match, where he was defeated by Dixie’s Cameron Coffman.

Senior Jeffrey Botts advanced to the third-place match in the 195-pound class, qualifying for the state tournament in the process. Botts lost the match to Kyle Gigandet from Versailles in a 4-3 decision.

The Broncos and Botts will head to the Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus this weekend for the state championship tournament. Botts will wrestle in the Division III preliminaries beginning at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 3. The Broncos wrestle in the preliminaries at approximately 4:20 p.m. that day. Consolation rounds are held later that night. Quarterfinal matches are held on Friday with the semifinals and third, fifth and seventh-place matches on Saturday.

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By Garth Shanklin

gshanklin@civitasmedia.com

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