4 Tigers move on to district wrestling competition
By JON KLEINKNECHT
Inquirer Sports Editor
PLYMOUTH — A quartet from the Galion High School wrestling team will be competing in the Division III District Tournament in Bowling Green on Friday as the result of their performance in last weekend’s sectional meet at Plymouth High School.
Sophomore Deaken McCoy — a 220-pounder — tore through the sectional undefeated in claiming a championship for the Orange-and-Blue. In the title match, he decisioned Ben Jenkins of Norwalk St. Paul, 7–2.
Junior Zac Tupps — grappling at 126 pounds — placed second at the sectional with a tough 4–2 loss in overtime to Western Reserves Chase Griffith in the championship battle.
Placing fourth in the sectional for the Tigers were juniors Nick Flowers (138 pounds) and Mason Fry (160).
Five other Tigers finished in the top six of their respective weight classes. Fifth-placers qualify for the district as alternates. Finishing fifth for Galion were Drake Barnett (145), Justin Kleinknecht (120) and Tristan Schroeder (285). Zach Brown (195) and J.T. Harris (182) were sixth.
As a team, the Orange-and-Blue was fifth out of 14 with 172 1/2 points. St. Paul grabbed the champion ship hardware with 206 1/2 points.
“I was hoping to get three, maybe four, more qualifiers, but we really had a tough sectional and each weight class was four or five deep with good kids,” stated Brent Tyrrell, head coach of the Tigers. “I feel we wrestled pretty well as a whole and we will continue to work to get to the pinnacle of ohio high school wrestling — the state tournament. I feel we have an opportunity to get 3 or possibly all 4 there, but there are no guarantees. Everyone wants to go to state, but only the ones the want it the most and with the best preparation make it out.”