Galion High School Roundup
By JON KLEINKNECHT
Inquirer Sports Editor
The varsity wrestlers placed sixth out of 10 teams in the Ashland Bookmasters Tournament last weekend.
Of the 10 Tigers that wrestled, nine placed in their weight class and all 10 picked up at least one victory.
Zac Tupps — at 120 pounds — was the lone Tiger to garner a championship. A state-qualifier last season, he placed 5–0 with a pair of pins, two major decisions and a 16–1 tech fall.
Carson McIe — competing at 106 pounds — took third place with a 2–2 record.
At 160 pounds, Jeremy Mason compiled a 1–2 record and finished fourth.
Nick Flowers — 145 pounds — was fifth with a 3–1 record, including an 11–0 thumping of the weight class champion. Three kids in Nick’s pool went 2–1 so he was bumped down in the bracket to wrestle for fifth place.
Also placing fifth was freshman Drake Barnett at 152 pounds with a 3–2 mark.
Two other Tigers placed fifth. Zach Brown (220 pounds) and Deaken McCoy (heavyweight) each notched 3–2 records.
Justin Kleinknecht — 126 pounds — went 2–3 and finished sixth.
JT Harris — 182 pounds — was also sixth with a 2–3 mark.
Chris Kuehlman (195) also tallied a win for the Orange-and-Blue.
“I feel we wrestled pretty well … but we have a lot of work to do,” noted Galion head coach Brent Tyrrell. “We finished sixth without Brent Esposito, one of our captains, who most likely would have finished in the top three at 170 which could have got us as high as fourth.”
Galion’s junior varsity grapplers took part in the Northmor JV Tournament. To performers for the locals were heavyweight champion Tristan Schroeder (5–0), Austin Keenan, third at 195; and Brandon Stewart, third at heavyweight.
GIRLS’ VARSITY BASKETBALL
Visiting Clear Fork outscored the Orange-and-Blue 52–44 last Saturday afternoon at the high school.
Twenty-seven turnovers and a miserable 13-for-62 shooting performance from the field (21 percent) spelled doom for the Lady Tigers.
Bailey Ruhe led Galion in scoring with 14 points and Peyton Beachy had 13. Kelly Mann tallied 6 points and had a monster performance hauling in 18 rebounds. Ramonda Dorsey, 6 points; Shelbie Schramek, 3; and Jordan Kuns, 2; rounded out the scoring for the hosts.
Clear Fork shot 30 percent from the floor (21-for-69) and coughed the ball up 22 times.
At the foul line, Galion was 15-for-27 and the Lady Colts, 9-for-20. Galion had a slim 39–38 rebounding advantage.
Powerful Colonel Crawford claimed both sides of a meet with Galion on Monday. The Eagles won 63–30, and the Lady Eagles bested the Lady Tigers 55–39.
Winning events for the Galion boys were: Zane Ekin, 200 IM, 2:10.83, and the 100 fly, 58.16; Sam DeNero, 500 free, 5:28.57; and Connor Kempf, 100 back, 58.53.
A trio of relay squads posted victories for the Eagles, The 200 medley relay quartet of Logan Pfeifer, Nic Roe, Clay Fogle and Jack Crase III won at 1:46.36; Crase, Roe, Fogle and Ian Kochheiser took the 200 free relay with a 1:36.28; while Crase, Kochheiser, Fogle and Pfeifer were tops in the 400 free relay (no time reported).
Garnering first-place points for the Lady Tigers were: Kristen Benedict, 50 free, 26.96; Caroline Shifley, 100 fly, 1:08.91; and Becca Rigdon, 500 free, 6:10.81.
Chloe Grove was the top performing Lady Eagle as she won the 100 free, 59.5, and the 100 back, 1:08.16.