GCL South Performs Well At State Individual Wrestling


Posted on 3/13/2017 at 4:26 p.m.

La Salle’s Shie, Moeller’s Thompson Narrowly Miss State Titles

La Salle senior Corey Shie and Moeller junior Jake Thompson each advanced to the championship match in their respective weight classes, losing tough matches to earn runner-up finishes, and Elder had a school-record five wrestlers place as the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Individual Wrestling Tournament concluded Saturday at the Jerome C. Schottenstein Center on The Ohio State University campus in Columbus.

Elder and La Salle were eighth and ninth, respectively, in the final team standings, with 56.0 and 53.5 points.  The Greater Catholic League South Division teams were just behind Mason, the top local finisher, totaling 57.0 points to earn seventh place.  Mason also had the lone Division I state champion, with senior Zack Donathan winning at 132 pounds.  Perennial state power Lakewood St. Edward won the championship, finishing with 151.0 points to finish atop the 68-team field.  Moeller came in at No. 15, with 27.5 points.

Shie, vying to join fellow Lancer Neal Neyer (1976) as a state champion, lost a close match in the 132-pound final to Moises Guillen of Perrysburg, 5-2.  Shie ends his high school career as La Salle’s all-time wins leader and a three-time state placer.  He finished third at state last year, and will now continue his wrestling career at West Point.  Shie defeated Sam Dover of Lakewood St. Edward, 5-4, in a tiebreaker Friday to advance to the state final.

Thompson, who qualified for state at 138 last season, advanced to the state final at 182 this time.  Thompson lost a 3-1 decision in the title match to J.T. Brown of Elyria.  Moeller’s Jordan Ward also placed, finishing seventh at 126 after pinning Chase Craft of Northmont in 1:26.   

It was a good weekend for La Salle, which qualified a school-record nine wrestlers for state and had five place –  Lucas Byrd (third at 106), Blake Wilson (fifth, 182), Eric Beck (seventh, 145) and Garrett Bledsoe (eighth, 195).  Elder, which won the GCL South Division championship this season, also had five grapplers place – Connor Craig and Ti’Ric Evans (fourth at 152 and 160, respectively),  Jake Meridieth (sixth, 138), Alec-Moore Nash (seventh, 285), and Charles Sanders (eighth, 170).