Six of Clermont County’s finest high school wrestlers have extended their season another week by qualifying for this weekend’s state championship tournament that will take place at the Jerome L. Schottenstein Center on the campus of The Ohio State University, Columbus.
The top four wrestlers in each weight class in each division qualify for the state’s final showdown.
Williamsburg junior 125-pounder Allen Schweickart achieved fourth place in the Division III tournament that took place in the Greater Dayton area at Kettering Fairmont High School.
“He had a real good tournament,” said Williamsburg head wrestling coach Mark Isaac. “He lost early in the tournament, but had a great wrestleback. He won three matches in the wrestlebacks. He’s had a good year.”
Two county wrestlers qualified out of the Division II District Tournament that took place at Goshen High School.
Ryan Giltz, Goshen senior 285-pounder, spearheaded the Warriors and the county with his second place finish.
"I've been doing better because I've been working harder at practice and it's paying off. I'm gettin' 'er done," said Giltz.
Roger Boucher, Bethel-Tate senior 171-pounder, finished fourth.
"I've turned it on in the last 30 matches, I've won 25 of them," said Boucher. "I learned a lot from not doing as well as I thought I would at the Madeira Tournament. I won 12 straight to get to the districts."
Graham pulled miles away from everyone by amassing 328 points over a field of 48 teams. Goshen was 12th with 40.5 points, New Richmond, 27th, 21.5, Bethel-Tate, 29th, 19.5, Batavia, 38th, 7, and Clermont Northeastern, 42nd, 4.
Three Milford matmen qualified from the Division I District Tournament that took place at Fairfield High School.
Zach Sherman (112) and T. J. O'Connell (171) both earned second place and Kyle Krummert (125) placed third. The Eagles' George Emmons is an alternate at 215-pounds having gained fifth place in his weight class.
As a team, Milford was seventh among the 39 competing teams with 72 points. Moeller was the Southwest District champion with 225. Amelia was 29th with 9 points and Glen Este, 30th, with 7 points.
"It was a great weekend," said Milford's mat mentor Jim Costello. "Anytime you can get three wrestlers upstate, it's a great weekend...They're going to have a good week of practice. I think they have a good chance of doing well at state."