NORWALK — As noteworthy as it was, Josh Lyons’ 100th career victory wasn’t nearly as significant as win No. 99.
Mansfield Senior’s 126-pounder punched his ticket to next week’s state meet with a third-place finish at the Division II Norwalk district meet on Saturday.
A junior, Lyons locked up his first state berth with a pin of J.D. Thom of Sandusky Perkins in the consolation semifinals — his 99th career victory.
Win No. 100 came a few hours later when he pinned Buckeye’s Anthony Ashley in 1:58. Lyons trailed in the match before sticking Ashley.
“I loved how it ended. It couldn’t have ended any better,” Lyons said.
Lyons was one of three local wrestlers to earn a spot in next week’s state meet at the Norwalk district. Ontario brothers Colton and Ethan Turnbaugh also will be in action in Columbus beginning Thursday at Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center.
A freshman, Ethan Turnbaugh won a district championship at 145 pounds. He thundered to a 16-1 win over previously unbeaten Isaiah Bretz of Van Wert.
“I thought it was going to be a lot tougher,” Ethan said. “He was kind of a sucker for a cradle, so I kind of hit him with that four or five times.”
The news wasn’t all good for the Turnbaugh brothers. Junior Colton earned his second consecutive state berth but didn’t wrestle in the third-place match because of a shoulder injury.
“It hurts really bad. I kind of (injured) it in practice and my first match here, I kind of landed on it and it popped,” Colton said. “I’ll get it healed up and be back at state. We’ll take it day-by-day to get it better.”
Ontario’s Cody Mies won the fifth-place match at 182 pounds, beating Bryan’s Dylan McCandless 13-3.
Clear Fork’s Colton Campbell placed sixth at 113 pounds. The sophomore fell to Bowling Green’s Cameron Deiter 10-7 in the fifth-place match.
Three Ashland wrestlers advanced to the state meet out of the rugged Mentor district.
Top-ranked Josh Bever won a district title at 220 pounds, pinning Elyria’s Andrew Levis in the finals.
Bever’s brother, Jake, took third at 285. The younger Bever pinned North Olmsted’s Tyler Jones in the consolation finals.
Case George earned a spot at the state meet with a fourth-place finish at 120. George dropped a 7-5 decision to Toledo Whitmer’s Jason Cascadden in the consolation finals.
Crestview’s Dakota Blanton was the only area wrestler to make it out of the Division III Lakota district meet. Blanton placed third at 126 pounds, beating Swanton’s Zach Schaller 12-4 in the consolation finals.
Mapleton had a pair of wrestlers qualify for state out of the Garfield Heights district. Beau Lefever won a district title at 152 pounds with a 1-0 win over Tuslaw’s Brennan Shirley. Jeremy Tracy finished fourth at 145 pounds after falling to Northwestern’s Cael Rowland 3-1 in sudden victory overtime.