GCL South State Wrestling Tournament Update


Posted on 3/6/2016 at 2:09 p.m.

Ward Places Again; Shie, Meyer Finish Third In Weight Classes

Moeller senior Jacoby Ward capped an outstanding career by placing fifth at 152 pounds Saturday, the final day of competition in the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Schottenstein Center on The Ohio State University campus in Columbus.  It marked the fourth consecutive year and the fourth different weight class in which Ward placed at state.

Two other Greater Catholic League South Division wrestlers finished third in their respective weight classes – La Salle junior Corey Shie at 132 pounds and Moeller senior Jack Meyer, Ward’s teammate, at 220.  Elder sophomore Austin Murphy placed sixth at 126 pounds, while two other La Salle wrestlers finished seventh, freshman Lucas Byrd at 106 and junior Eric Beck at 138.
Lakewood St. Edward continued its dominance in the Division I team competition, finishing with 132.0 points to win state title No. 30 in program history.  Elyria was second with 105.0 points, followed by Powell Olentangy Liberty in third with 95.0.  Mason was the top finisher among Greater Cincinnati schools, coming in ninth place with 46.5.  Moeller and La Salle finished at Nos. 15 and 16, respectively, with 36.0 and 32.0 points.

Ward entered the state tournament having placed each of the last three years, finishing eighth at 120 pounds in 2013, fourth at 132 in 2014, and then sixth at 138 last year.  This time, competing at 152, Ward defeated Andrew Sams of Fairfield by decision, 8-5, in the fifth-place finals.  Ward finished his senior season with a record of 37-9, going 3-2 in the state tournament.

In the process, Ward becomes only the second wrestler in Moeller history to place at state four straight years – joining Pierce Harger, who accomplished that feat between 2006 and 2009.  Ward intends to continue his wrestling career at the Air Force Academy.

Shie – a three-time district champion - made it to the championship semifinals before dropping to the consolation bracket – where he won two matches Saturday, beating Connor Brady of Olentangy Liberty, 11-4, in overtime in the third-place finals to finish with a 43-4 record.  Meyer bested Ben Frye of Dublin Coffman, 2-0, in the third-place finals. Meyer, 44-4 this season, finished fifth at 220 last season.