Grove City Record

Wrestling

Comets edge Greyhounds to earn bragging rights

The Central Crossing High School wrestling team defeated visiting Grove City 36-30 in a non-league dual Jan. 24.

Also on Jan. 24, the Comets dropped to 1-4 in the OCC-Central Division by losing to Upper Arlington 41-34.

Against the Greyhounds, winners for the Comets included freshman Jackson Lakso (106 pounds), freshman James Wimer (113), junior Gavin McKenney (126), freshman Ethan Leapley (132), freshman Derek Wurzauf (138), senior Kyle Farris (145) and freshman Robbie Fusner (195).

Winning for Grove City were senior Zane Chappelear (152), senior Nick Butsko (160), senior Vince Plageman (182) and junior Chandler Evanichko (heavyweight).

Grove City and Central Crossing both won their openers Jan. 23 in the Division I state team tournament.

In Region 6-A, the fourth-seeded Greyhounds competed against top-seeded Hilliard Davidson and the sixth-seeded Comets met second-seeded UA on Jan. 30, with the winners meeting in a regional semifinal, also on Jan. 30.

The semifinal winner advanced to a regional final Wednesday, Feb. 6, at a site to be determined against Gahanna, Mount Vernon, Pickerington Central or Pickerington North. Those teams competed in Region 6-B.

In their opening state-dual match, the Greyhounds defeated fifth-seeded Westland 42-30. Winners included junior Cortez Marshall (113), sophomore Jacob Yono (138), Chappelear (152), sophomore Jake Crosby (170), senior Tavon Hudson (195), junior Justin Belmonte (220) and Evanichko (heavyweight).

Central Crossing upset third-seeded Col-umbus West 55-24 in its opening state dual. Freshman J.D. Woods (113), McKenney (132), Leapley (138) and Fusner (195) were winners.

On Jan. 26, Central Crossing finished fourth in the 12-team Joe Szymczak Royal Duals at Bloomdale Elmwood behind champion Apple Creek Waynedale.

The Comets defeated St. Marys Memorial 40-33, Bowling Green 44-27, Tiffin Columbian 42-39 and Oregon Clay 32-28. They lost to Sandusky Perkins 61-15.

Lakso (106) went 5-0 and sophomore Kyle Collins (120) was 2-0. Farris (145), James Wimer (113) and Josh Wimer (120) all went 4-1. Fusner (195), McKenney (126) and senior Hunter Taylor (152) all went 3-2.

--Scott Hennen

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