MADISON TOWNSHIP — With one minute periods and only a moment between matches, the action was fast and furious at Monday’s North Central Ohio Wrestling Officials Association All-Star Match at Madison’s Wayne E. Miller Gymnasium.
Wrestlers from 11 schools took part in the annual event, which featured 28 matches in rapid succession. All but seven matches went the distance.
“The coaches did a good job of nominating kids. We had some good matchups,” longtime official and event organizer Tom Stortz said. “It was a very entertaining night and nobody got hurt, which is a plus.”
Some of the area’s top wrestlers were in action, including Division II state runner-up Ethan Turnbaugh of Ontario, along with Division II state qualifiers Hunter Hutcheson of Madison, Griffin Adkins of Ashland and Alex Griffith of Galion.
Turnbaugh, Hutcheson and Griffin all won by pin, while Adkins had his hands full with Ontario freshman Mason Turnbaugh in what turned out to be one of the marquee matches of the evening. Adkins won 3-2.
Other winners included Ontario’s Riley Kleshinski, Grayson Bias and Jacob Ohl; Ashland’s Roman Parobek, Angelo Seitz and Brady Welch; Madison’s Preston Martin and Mike Thomas; Galion’s Aydan Reyes, Houston Frank, Brodyn Butcher and Sam Wegesin; Mansfield Senior’s Leo Hess and Mekhi Bradley; Bucyrus’ Cody Zerfluh, Clear Fork’s Jaxon Swank, Lucas’ Zane Finley and West Holmes’ Cole Porter.
Money raised from the event is to be used for a $500 scholarship to go to an area wrestler.
“We had our best gate ever,” Strotz said. “I think people were hungry to get back to wrestling after the pandemic. We had a really good turnout.
“We’re ready to kick the season off.”