Elyria Catholic senior Stan Bleich won the 145-pound weight class at the Division III District Tournament held at Garfield Heights High School on Friday and Saturday (March 3-4). It was the fourth district title in Bleich’s illustrious career.
To see brackets from the Division III Garfield Heights District Tournament, please click here.
Bleich won via a second period pin and a 22-9 major decision on Friday and then won his semifinal match 9-2 over Tuslaw sophomore Kyle Ryder on Saturday morning. In the championship match, Bleich took care of Grand Valley’s Cody Rhoads who was ranked sixth in the state by a 13-6 count.
The EC senior who took sixth at 126 in 2014-15 and third last year at 132 is headed back to Columbus!
Sophomore Stephen Ferguson III placed fifth at 120 pounds to earn an alternate spot for the state tournament. He won his first two matches on Friday night before falling to eventual champion Dalton Leightner of Rootstown in the semifinals.
Ferguson then dropped a 4-3 bout to Brooklyn’s Andrew Zarins before taking care of Columbia senior Zack Shaffer, 7-2, in the fifth place match.
Senior Robby Cobb finished sixth at 138 in his final tournament as a Panther. He dropped his opening match but rattled off three straight victories – one by a technical fall and the other two by a single point – before coming up short in the consolation semifinals and the fifth place match.
The 2017 OHSAA Individual Wrestling State Tournament begins on Thursday (March 9) at the Schottenstein Center on the campus of The Ohio State University.
Division III championship prelims begin at 3:00 p.m.
For more information on the 2017 OHSAA Individual Wrestling State Tournament, please click here.