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Jerome out to defend title at Dublin City Championships

Bragging rights will be on the line when the three Dublin high school wrestling teams face each other in the eighth annual Dublin City Championships on Thursday, Dec. 5, at Scioto.

Jerome won the event outright for the first time last season, earning the Hibernia Cup by beating Coffman 37-33 and Scioto 46-21. Coffman was second, defeating Scioto 37-32.

Last season marked the first time that the Hibernia Cup was awarded to the event champion.

"I think it's going to be kind of close this year," Scioto coach Aaron McKenzie said. "We all have holes to fill. Our heavier weights kept us in it last year. Hopefully, we can pick up some bonus points and pick up some wins we aren't supposed to get."

Last year, the Celtics trailed Coffman by five points before winning their final two matches, with Logan Mosher pinning Willy Plaisir in 5 minutes, 40 seconds at 138 pounds and 2013 graduate Bennett Comfort beating Kevin Bedle 7-1 at 145.

"We won a couple of matches late, so it was a great win for us," Jerome coach Adam Huddle said. "It's always a lot of fun and, hopefully, we will have another great crowd."

Coffman won the first four Dublin City Championships outright. The three teams then shared the title in the 2010-11 season, as the Shamrocks beat Jerome 32-26, the Celtics defeated Scioto 44-21 and the Irish beat the Shamrocks 39-38.

Coffman regained sole possession of the title in the 2011-12 season, beating the Celtics 50-19 and the Irish 44-16.

Beginning last season, the winner of the Dublin City Championships is determined by the number of head-to-head matches won if each team goes 1-1.

-- Scott Gerfen

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