Hilliard Davidson’s Bobby Smith and Travis Gusan are among seven central Ohio wrestlers who will seek state titles Saturday, March 2, in the state wrestling tournament at Ohio State.
In Division I, Smith (44-3) defeated Madison’s Jarrad Lasko 5-1 in a semifinal at 126 pounds March 1 and will face Massillon Washington’s Ivan McClay in the final.
Smith, a transfer from Division III Ready, was fifth at state at 103 in 2011.
“It’s been practicing every day and getting the weight under control, and just doing the little things right,” Smith said. “I think I’ve done well enough so far and it’s time to put it all on the mat.”
Gusan (49-0) pinned Harrison’s Truman Gutapfel in 3 minutes, 43 seconds, in a semifinal at heavyweight. Gusan will wrestle Canton GlenOak’s Corey Siegfried in the final. Gusan, a transfer from Division II Walnut Ridge, was second at heavyweight last season.
Also reaching the finals were Olentangy Orange’s Artem Timchenko at 120, Marysville’s Noah Forrider at 138 and Olentangy Liberty’s Jake Ryan at 145.
Timchenko (36-0), who will be a three-time state place finisher, defeated Massillon Perry’s David Bavery 6-3 in a semifinal and will wrestle Solon’s Brandon Thompson in the final.
Forrider (48-0), who will be a four-time state place finisher, defeated Lakewood St. Edward’s Colin Heffernan 3-1 (sudden victory) in a semifinal and will wrestle Madison’s Nick Montgomery in the final.
Ryan (43-3) defeated Lakewood St. Edward’s Edgar Bright 3-2 (ultimate tiebreaker) in a semifinal and will face Ashland’s Wyatt Music in the final.
Lakewood St. Edward (92.5 points) leads the Division I team standings. Marysville is fifth (44.5) followed by Davidson in sixth (44) and Liberty in eighth (35).
In Division II, Whitehall’s Alex Farrow (51-1) defeated Franklin’s Chase Henderson 8-3 in a semifinal at heavyweight and will wrestle Perry’s Billy Miller in the final.
In Division III, Ready’s Patrik Garren (41-1) defeated Doylestown Chippewa’s Zack Srock 4-2 in a semifinal at heavyweight and will wrestle Loudonville’s Austin Cary in the final.