Northmor’s Tyler Beck to wrestle for state title Saturday
By JON KLEINKNECHT
Inquirer Sports Editor
COLUMBUS — Tyler Beck of Northmor will attempt to become the fourth wrestler in school history to win a state championship Saturday evening when he battles North Baltimore’s Dalton Ishmael in the title match of the Division III 195-pound weight class.
Beck — 49–1 this winter — pinned Marcus Smith of Carlisle at 2:25 in Friday night’s state semifinals here at Value City Arena.
Ishmael — like Beck, a senior — is 45–1, including a 6–1 triumph over Loudonville’s Ryan Weber in the semis.
Also in Friday evening’s semifinals, undefeated Zack Nelson of Waynedale bested Galion junior Zac Tupps 5–3 at 126 pounds. Nelson — a senior who placed fourth in the 120-pound weight class a year ago — upped his record to 57–0 this winter.
Tupps drops into the lower brackets. If he wins twice Saturday morning, he will finish third in the state. He has a solid 51–6 record. The 51 victories are the single-season standard at Galion High School.
In the semis of the 145-pound weight class, Northmor junior Jamie Baldridge lost by a 23–8 tech fall to Jacob Danishek of Dayton Christian. Like Tupps, should Baldridge win twice Saturdayin the lower brackets he will finish third in the state.
In Friday morning’s quarterfinals, Tupps major decisioned Trevor Anderson of West Liberty-Salem 14–5 and Galion’s Deaken McCoy lost to Mapleton’s Tyler Shook by an 11–6 count at 220 pounds.
Also, Northmor’s Baldridge won a hard-fought 5–4 match against Reid Stanley of Waynedale; Visconti fell via a 20–5 tech fall to Norwayne’s Kollin Moore; and Beck rang up a 19–3 tech fall on Waterloo’s Brandon Brenes.
Friday afternoon’s quarterfinals consolation action showed Visconti decisioning Caleb Horn of Amanda-Clearcreek 5–4, and McCoy being pinned by Cory Durbin of Fremont St. Joseph at 1:55.
In Thursday’s opening-round competition, all five area wrestlers came out on top.
Tupps — making his second state meet appearance as a Tiger — decisioned Evan Francis of Kirtland 8–6 in overtime.
McCoy — one of only two sophomores in his weight class — pinned Joseph Dotson of Hannibal River in the third period at 4:23. It was McCoy’s first match ever in a state meet.
For Northmor, Baldridge garnered a 4–2 decision over Adam Guerra of Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic; Visconti registered a 9–5 triumph against Seth Knoll or Riverdale, and Beck scored a 10–1 major decision on Joe Dilbert of Reading.