Shore, Isbrandt win openers for East; Ferguson alive in consolations


Mike Ullery/Daily Call Aex Isbrandt from Miami East works for a takedown over Luke Coniker of Steubenville Catholic Thursday in a 126-pound match at the Schottenstein Center.


Mike Ullery/Daily Call Miami East’s Graham Shore reverses Cody Welch of Nelsonville-York Thursday.


Mike Ullery/Daily Call Ben Ferguson of Miami East scores an escape against Brandon Garber of Oak Harbor Thursday.


Mike Ullery/Daily Call Miami East’s Zane Strubler fights off a takedown attempt by Stan Bleich of Elyria Catholic.


By Ben Robinson

GoBuccs.com

COLUMBUS – Two out of the four Miami East wrestlers won their opening

bouts at the 79th Annual OHSAA State Wrestling Tournament on Thursday

to advance to Friday’s quarterfinal round.

First, Graham Shore (44-5) was dominant, cruising to a 19-2 technical

fall win over Cody Welch of Nelsonville-York. The Viking sophomore,

who knocked off defending state champion and nationally ranked Tommy

Hostkins of Dayton Christian in last week’s district final, will

battle Waynedale’s Christian Wellman (51-2) in tomorrow morning’s

quarterfinals at 113 pounds.

“Graham looked good,” said Miami East coach Mark Rose. “His motor was

running and he was dominant. To get a tech fall at state, that say

something.”

Alex Isbrandt (41-6) also advanced to the quarterfinals at 126 pounds

thanks to a gritty performance in a 4-3 win over Luke Coniker of

Steubenville Catholic. Coniker had built a 3-0 lead early, but

Isbrandt was able to close the gap to 3-2 in the final period. With

seconds ticking away, the Viking sophomore turned Coniker for two back

points in the final seconds to pull out the win.

He will wrestle Damian D’Emilio (44-6) of Genoa Area in the

quarterfinals tomorrow morning.

“Alex pulled one out by the skin of his teeth, gutting the two-count

in the last two seconds,” Rose said.

For Zane Strubler and Ben Ferguson, both suffered heartbreaking

defeats in their opening matches.

Strubler (35-12) fell to Stan Bleich of Elyria Catholic by the score of 9-3,

Ferguson dropped a close 4-3 decision to Oak Harbor’s Brandon Garber

“Both Ben and Zane fought hard,” Rose explained. “A loss in the first

round doesn’t kill you, it just makes your road (to the podium) that

much harder.”

Ferguson was able to keep his quest to reach the podium for the second

straight year alive with an 8-4 win over Austin Mathis of Orwell Grand

Valley, but Strubler dropped out of the tournament with a 6-2 loss to

Kolby Rayner of Caldwell.

Wrestling resumes Friday morning at 10 a.m.

Mike Ullery/Daily Call Aex Isbrandt from Miami East works for a takedown over Luke Coniker of Steubenville Catholic Thursday in a 126-pound match at the Schottenstein Center.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_030316mju_wrestling_mehs_alexisbrandt_pdc.jpgMike Ullery/Daily Call Aex Isbrandt from Miami East works for a takedown over Luke Coniker of Steubenville Catholic Thursday in a 126-pound match at the Schottenstein Center.

Mike Ullery/Daily Call Miami East’s Graham Shore reverses Cody Welch of Nelsonville-York Thursday.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_030316mju_wrestling_mehs_grahamshore_pdc.jpgMike Ullery/Daily Call Miami East’s Graham Shore reverses Cody Welch of Nelsonville-York Thursday.

Mike Ullery/Daily Call Ben Ferguson of Miami East scores an escape against Brandon Garber of Oak Harbor Thursday.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_030316mju_wrestling_mehs_benferguson_pdc.jpgMike Ullery/Daily Call Ben Ferguson of Miami East scores an escape against Brandon Garber of Oak Harbor Thursday.

Mike Ullery/Daily Call Miami East’s Zane Strubler fights off a takedown attempt by Stan Bleich of Elyria Catholic.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_030316mju_wrestling_mehs_zanestrubler.jpgMike Ullery/Daily Call Miami East’s Zane Strubler fights off a takedown attempt by Stan Bleich of Elyria Catholic.
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