GCL South Wrestlers Await News About State


Posted on 3/17/2020 at 7:39 p.m.

OHSAA Postpones Indefinitely Winter Sports Tournaments
If any wrestlers from the Greater Catholic League South Division are to bring home state titles in their respective weight classes, they are going to have to wait a little longer than this weekend.  This after the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Thursday and reaffirmed Friday that all remaining winter sport tournaments were immediately postponed due to the growing situation with COVID-19.
The OHSAA Individual Wrestling State Tournament was scheduled March 13-15 at the Jerome Schottenstein Center on The Ohio State University campus in Columbus.  Also postponed indefinitely are the boys’ and girls’ basketball and ice hockey tournaments.  GCL South member Moeller, vying for a three-peat a the Division I level in boys’ basketball, was scheduled to face Lakota East in the regional final last night at Xavier University.
The OHSAA is scheduled to host a press conference at its office in Columbus at noon Thursday, it was announced yesterday.  The press conference will be streamed live through OHSAA.tv and the OHSAA’s social media platforms (@OHSAASports on Twitter and Facebook). 

At the conference, OHSAA Executive Director Snodgrass will provide updates and information on the OHSAA’s winter tournaments that were postponed indefinitely last Thursday, along with updates on spring sports. He will also take questions from media. 

La Salle – which finished runner-up to Springboro in last week’s OHSAA’s Southwest District Championship, was planning to send five wrestlers to Columbus this weekend – second most in Greater Cincinnati behind Lebanon, which had six of its grapplers qualify for the state tournament. GCL South colleague Elder had four of its wrestlers earn a state berth, while Moeller qualified a pair of grapplers based on their finishes in the district meet, giving the GCL South solid representation.
The Lancers finished second to perennial power Lakewood St. Edward last year, after 11 of their wrestlers qualified for state.  Four of La Salle’s five state qualifiers turned in strong performances last year – led by junior Dustin Norris, who finished second at 106 pounds in 2018 and won state at 113 last year.  Senior Jake Niffenegger was runner-up at 126 a year ago, while junior Cole Skinner placed third at 106, and Casey Wiles came in third in ’18 at 126 and fourth at 132 last March.  La Salle’s fifth qualifier, Dillon Walker, is set to make his first state appearance.
All five advanced to state after wrestling in the championship matches at district.  However, all are competing in different weight classes than a year ago – with Norris wrestling at 120, Skinner 126, Wiles 132, and Niffenegger 138.  Walker is scheduled to wrestler at 182 pounds.
Elder’s contingent of state qualifiers are sophomore Drew Magness, 106 pounds; senior William Doepker, 113; senior Jack Collins, 132; and sophomore Bartley Thomas, 152.  Moeller is scheduled to send two wrestlers to the state competition – junior Brayden Zenni, 132, and sophomore Kurt Thompson, 160.