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Area wrestlers chasing GMVWA gold

By Joshua Brown

December 28, 2013

Staff Reports


FAIRBORN — The Troy Trojans’ big guns kept them in business Friday during the first round of the GMVWA Holiday Tournament at the Nutter Center.


Now they’ll get the chance to do more damage today.


Kevin McGraw (182), Andrew Kostecka (220) and Alex Dalton (285) all three are still vying for individual titles after two rounds of wrestling Friday, while Eric Cannaday (132) is still alive in the consolation rounds.


McGraw won an 8-4 decision in the first round before pinning Bellbrook’s Tim Tidwell to advance to the championship quarterfinals. Kostecka — who finished second last weekend at the Pickerington North Invitational — had a pair of pins on the night and Dalton also had a pair of pins.


Troy sits in 12th place overall and eighth in the large school division with 54 points after one day of wrestling.


Troy Christian, meanwhile, sits tied for eighth place in the small schools division with 50 points. Zach Davie (106) and Garrett Hancock (120) are still in the hunt for individual championships, with Davie advancing with a 4-2 decision over Kenton Ridge’s David Stroud and a 5-3 decision over Urbana’s Jaylin Cameron and Hancock scoring a 13-3 major decision over Glen Este’s Tristin McGrath and pinning Miamisburg’s Nathan Palmer.


Covington is in 10th in the small school division, one point behind Troy Christian with 49. Connor Ryan (106) scored a 3-1 victory over Lakota West’s Jensen Quinn in the second round to advance, Ryan Ford (132) picked up a 14-5 major decision over Defiance’s Ricky Barajas in the second round and A.J. Ouellette (195) defeated Troy Christian’s Brandon Swihart 8-2 in the second round to advance to the quarterfinals.


Milton-Union is in 27th in the small school division with 16 points but has no one left in the championship hunt.


Wrestling resumes today at 11 a.m.