COLUMBUS -- The state wrestling tournament saw some great effort by local wrestlers.
Newcomerstown's Trae Garlando (160) dropped a 10-7 decision to senior J.R. Conyers (42-2) of Harrod Allen East in a Division III 160-pound first round match-up but came back with a pinfall of Wyatt Dye of Sandusky St. Mary's in 4:46 to remain in the competition. He then fell in the second round consolations to Archbold's Austin Ripke on Friday.
Garlando, who took fourth place at both the sectional and district and was the Inter-Valley Conference's 170 pound champion, finished the season with a 46-13 record.
Also in D-III, Ridgewood sophomore Cole Zeigler (120), who was the Generals' first sophomore to ever make the state tournament, suffered a pin in his first match in 1:44 by Waynesville's Cody Steiner, last year's state runner-up. He then came back with a 7-2 victory over Fremont St. Joseph's Tivo Ysasi in the first consolation round before being pinned by Elwood's Dustin Ferguson in a round two consolation match. Cole Zeigler, the IVC 120 pound champion, finishes with a record of 49-5.
In Division II, Indian Valley's Darren Warner (126) scored a 14-3 major decision over Franklin's Matt Middleton in his first match. He lost in the quarterfinals by a 9-7 count to Preston Bowshier of Kenton Ridge, but came back to win two to make it to the consolation semifinals. Those wins included a 10-2 major decision over Tyler Knul of Circleville and 6-0 shutout of Norwalk's Jake Montana.
From there Warner scored a 3-2 decision over Lake Catholic's Sean Fee before falling to Mikey Kostandaras of Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit 3-0 in his final match. That gave the school's career leader in season wins (48) and career wins (146) a fourth place finish and All-Ohio status. Warner is the first wrestler in Indian Valley history to be a two-time state placer thanks to his third place finish last year.
Team champions included Apple Creek Waynedale in Division III, St. Paris Graham in Division II (Claymont finished second), and Lakewood St. Edward in Division I.
HEATH -- Newcomerstown finished 30th with 16 points at the Division III district wrestling tournament at Heath High School last Saturday. Ridgewood came in 20th with 32 points.
Newcomerstown's Trae Garlando (160) was fourth after finishing 4-2. Garlando opened with an 18-6 major decision loss to Trent Thompson of North Union; beat Mike Dailey of Nelsonville-York, 6-3; pinned Dezmond Perkins of Southeastern in 3:45; pinned Josh Edington of Elgin in 5:20 (OT); decisioned Skylar Caldwell of Cardington-Lincoln, 10-7 and lost 8-6 to Codie Millhone of Tuscarawas Valley in the consolation finals.
Newcomerstown's Mitchell Meeks went 1-2 at 195 pounds. He was pinned by Jamie Barret of Belpre in 3:21; earned a 5-3 overtime decision against Zach Coole of Martins Ferry; and lost 7-5 to Josh Makuch of Liberty Union.
Ridgewood's Cole Ziegler (120) finished third after knocking off Martins Ferry's Donte Williams 9-8.
Cole Zeigler opened with two wins over Tim Leathery of Columbus Academy and Aaron Huffman of Williamsport Westfall. He then lost to Columbus Ready's Dalton Scott by an 8-7 count but won his next two matches.
The General's Jake Zeigler (160) finished sixth as he finished 2-2.
Joe Holmes (heavyweight) started off 0-2 but came back to win twice and even his record at 2-2.
Nelsonville-York won the tournament with 129.5 points while Caldwell was second with 118.
Warner scores decision
UHRICHSVILLE -- At the Division II district at Claymont High School last Saturday, Indian Valley's Darran Warner (126) scored a 3-1 decision over Tri-Valley's Kade Kowalski for the title.
It was his second straight year to win the district championship.
Warner also pinned John Glenn's Ben Van Wey to get into the title match.
Steubenville won the D-II District title with 202.5 points, edging out runner-up Claymont which had 196.
The top four finishers in each weight class advanced to the state wrestling championship at Ohio State's Value City Arena.