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District Wrestling: Four O-G grapplers lead way at Troy

TROY — The beat goes on for Ottawa-Glandorf’s wrestling team.
Just a week after winning the school’s first sectional title since 1982, the Titans advanced four wrestlers to the semifinals and sit in third place after the first day of the Division III district tournament at Troy’s Hobart Arena.
Logan Balbaugh (152 pounds), Danny Rosales (170), Tyler Ebbeskotte (182) and Daniel Beemer (195) won both of their matches Friday to advance to today’s semifinals.
The top four wrestlers in each weight class qualify for next week’s OHSAA state championships at Value City Arena.
Beemer, the area’s lone unbeaten wrestler, improved to 33-0 with an 18-3 win over Troy Christian’s Nic Baker and a 20-5 win over Camden Preble Shawnee’s Tanner Crabtree at 195 pounds. He’ll face Sidney Lehman’s Wyatt Long in today’s semis.
Balbaugh (23-8) made the 152 semifinals with a pair of decisions over National Trail’s Josh Cook 10-6 and East Clinton’s Noah Morgan 4-2. Mechanicsburg’s Colt Yinger is up next for the O-G senior.
Rosales, a sophomore with a 26-10 record, whipped East Clinton’s Josh Cline in his opener before stopping North Union’s Chris Cox-Wilson 3-1 in the quarters. He’ll have a tough semifinal bout against returning state champ Kaleb Romero of Mechanicsburg.
Ebbeskotte, a 19-3 senior who has battled a knee injury much of the year, got on and off the mat quickly with pins over Centerburg’s Dillon Lanthorn in 1:54 and Miami East’s Matthew Welker in 2:22. He’ll face Jerome Bey of Versailles in the semifinals.
Three Patrick Henry and two Bluffton wrestlers advanced.
Patrick Henry returning state qualifier Kent Petersen breezed to his wins, blanking Bethel-Tate’s Bradley Lewis 10-0 and pinning Milton-Union’s Tyler Courtright in 3:58. Unbeaten Reece Human of Carlisle is up next for the PH senior.
Max Neiling (132) and Wil Morrow (195) joined Petersen with 2-0 marks.
Neiling spanked Columbus Ready’s Andrew Halko 14-2 in his opener and edged Springfield Northwestern’s Jacob Lees 7-5 in overtime. He’ll take on Mechanicsburg’s Alex Rhine next.
Morrow, a freshman, got off to an impressive start in his district debut by topping Fairbanks’ Jacob Rigsby 9-2 and Mechanicsburg’s Dustin Knapp 9-4. His next match will be against Troy Christian’s Damon Beatty.
Bluffton senior Austin Mault scored a narrow 3-2 win over Covington’s Deron White in his first match before advancing to the semis with a pin in 3:19 against Grandview Heights’ Bryce Stanley. Josh Campbell of Cincinnati Summit Country Day will be next for Mault.
Bluffton’s Deandre Nasser improved to 37-5 by scoring a default victory over Springfield Northeastern’s Bailey Stratton and a 5-2 victory over Bethel-Tate’s Wyatt O’Neill. He’ll take on 35-0 Hudson Jump of Grandview Heights.
Ada returning state placer Chase Sumner won his opener by fall but dropped a 5-3 decision to Milton-Union’s Kamron Paulus in the quarterfinals.
He is one of a dozen area wrestlers alive in the consolations.
Mechanicsburg leads the tournament with 761/2 points. Troy Christian leads Ottawa-Glandorf 60-50 for second place. Patrick Henry (29) is ninth and Bluffton (241/2) is 12th in the 65-team field.