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

Botts, Henderson advance in state tourney

COLUMBUS — The four local wrestlers who made it past the first day of competition at the individual wrestling state championships in Columbus returned to the mat bight and early Saturday morning for the next round of competition.

Western Brown’s Jake Henderson got the event started with his championship quarterfinal rematch against Mentor Lake Catholic’s Joe Boley. Henderson pinned Boley the first time the two matched up, in early February at the state team duals. However, this time Boley would get the victory, edging Henderson by a 6-5 decision to advance to the semifinals.

Henderson then dropped to the consolation bracket, where he held on for a 5-4 victory over Alliance Marlingington’s Brennen Joseph. The victory assured Henderson of a spot on the podium Saturday night.

Teammate Jacob Altman took to the very same mat a short time later for his championship quarterfinal match in the 195-pound weight class. Altman took a 14-5 defeat in the bout, sending him to the consolation bracket. He was then pinned by Norwalk’s Abdullah Silmi, ending his season.

Jeffrey Botts took to the mat in his consolation bracket match against Milan Edison’s Jack Staggs. Staggs was defeated by a pin at 3:02 in the championship quarterfinals, which dropped him down to Botts’ bracket.Botts defeated Staggs 8-3, clinching a spot on the podium.

In the last match of the morning session, Western Brown’s Jordan Hamblin also took to the mat in a consolation match Saturday afternoon. Hamblin squared off against Canal Fulton’s Hunter Kosco, who lost a 3-2 decision that took a pair of 30-second tiebreakers to determine the winner. Hamblin lost the match by a 6-3 decision.

The two remaining wrestlers returned to the mat later in the day for the third session of competition, the consolation quarterfinals. Henderson rolled to a relatively easy 3-0 decision win over Poland Seminary’s Dave Escaro in the 145-pound weight class. With the win, Henderson clinched no worse than a sixth-place finish.

Botts rounded out the day’s event with a match on mat nine against John Kelbly from Smithville. In a close battle, Botts used a last-minute escape to send the match to overtime, where he was defeated 3-1.

Both Henderson and Botts will return to action early Saturday morning. Henderson will wrestle in the consolation semifinals beginning at roughly 10 a.m. against Timothy Gage Grunden from Defiance. A victory would put Henderson in the third-place match. Botts will partake in the seventh-place matchup around 11 against Barnesville’s Caide Bunfill.

Bethel-Tate senior Jeffrey Botts won his consolation quarterfinal match Saturday morning to clinch at least an eighth-place finish in the state tournament.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Botts.jpgBethel-Tate senior Jeffrey Botts won his consolation quarterfinal match Saturday morning to clinch at least an eighth-place finish in the state tournament. Garth Shanklin | News Democrat

Western Brown’s Jake Henderson lost his championship quarterfinal match, but rebounded with a pair of victories in the consolation bracket.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Henderson2.jpgWestern Brown’s Jake Henderson lost his championship quarterfinal match, but rebounded with a pair of victories in the consolation bracket. Garth Shanklin | News Democrat

Western Brown senior Jacob Altman lost both matches Saturday and finished his season with a 33-14 record.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Altman.jpgWestern Brown senior Jacob Altman lost both matches Saturday and finished his season with a 33-14 record. Garth Shanklin | News Democrat

Sophomore Jordan Hamblin lost his bout in the consolation bracket Saturday morning, ending his season. He finished with a 37-12 record on the year.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Hamblin.jpgSophomore Jordan Hamblin lost his bout in the consolation bracket Saturday morning, ending his season. He finished with a 37-12 record on the year. Garth Shanklin | News Democrat
Guaranteed a spot on the podium

By Garth Shanklin

gshanklin@civitasmedia.com

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