Deaken McCoy, Zac Tupps, Northmor's Tyler Beck, win district championships
BY JON KLEINKNECHT
Inquirer Sports Editor
BOWLING GREEN — Galion High School’s Deaken McCoy and Zac Tupps won Division III district wrestling championships here last Saturday evening.
Deaken — a 220-pound sophomore — went 4–0 in the tournament, including a 5–4 win over Jay Nino of Genoa Area in the championship match.
Deaken will be making his first appearance in the state tournament that begins Thursday in Columbus.
Zac — a 126-pound junior — also went 4–0 at district, including a 5–1 decisioning of Delta’s Dustin Marteney in the title match.
Zac will be making his second state meet appearance.
Two other Tigers wrestled in the district meet. Nick Flowers went 1–2 in the 138-pound weight class, and Mason Fry was 0–2 in the 160-pound division.
As a team, the Tigers placed 11th with 49 points.
Delta won the championship with 143 tallies. Upper Sandusky placed second and is sending six wrestlers to Columbus.
In the first round at the state meet on Thursday (3 p.m.) at Value City Arena, Deaken (49–12) will take on Joseph Dotson, a senior from Hannibal River. Dotson placed fourth at the Philo district meet and has a 34–7 record.
Zac’s first match will be against Evan Francis of Kirtland. A sophomore, Francis has a 32–7 record and placed fourth in the Garfield Heights district. Zac sports a 49–5 mark.
Tradition-rich Northmor will again be sending multiple wrestlers to “The Big Dance” in Division III.
The Golden Knights placed seventh at the Philo District last weekend with 74 points.
Amanda-Clearcreek secured the team championship with 147.5 tallies.
And speaking of championships, Northmor’s Tyler Beck — a 195-pound senior who has a stellar 46–1 record this winter — won the district title at Philo.
A year ago, Tyler placed eighth in the state meet at 189 pounds. His opening-round op-ponent Thursday will be Joe Dilbert (37–8), a senior from Reading. Dilbert was fourth in the Kettering Fairmont district.
Northmor senior Colin Visconti (22–6) — competing at 152 pounds — was third in the Philo district meet. His opponent in Thursday’s first round at the state meet will be Riverdale junior Seth Knoll (47–6). Knoll placed second in the Bowling Green district.
Jamie Baldridge (44–5) is a junior who placed third at 145 pounds in the district for the Black-and-Gold. His first opponent in Columbus will be Adam Guerra (40–12), a senior from Sandusky St. Mary. Guerra was second in the Bowling Green district.