Greyhounds advance to state wrestling championships

Messenger photos by Pat Donahue
Extending the wrestling season is always the goal. Grove City did just that by doing well enough in the sectionals to qualify nine wrestlers out of 14 weight classes into the Division I District Championships, held March 6-7 at Hilliard Darby High School. At the end of the weekend, two Greyhounds would move on to the next step by qualifying for their first trip to the State Wrestling Championships, which for Division I wrestlers will again be at Hilliard Darby. Here sophomore Braxton Sheets took on the best in the district’s 120-pound class and started off with an 11-7 win. He fell a point short in his second match, going into the consolation bracket. Sheets battled back, shown here on his way to pin junior, Josh Niemann of Watkins Memorial. Sheets went on to claim wins of 17-2 and 7-4 before placing fourth. Sheet’s four wins over the weekend took his season record to 27-4.
The 182-pound junior Brayden Benson won by a pin over Central Crossing rival Ryder Gwartney to start the tournament but fell in his second match. Benson is shown here on his way to pin Westerville North sophomore Corey Howlett in his third match to get back on track. Wins came in Benson’s next two matches with his battle for third ending in a 3-2 loss that would earn him the fourth place and a secure spot in the state championship. Benson will go on to face the best in the state with a record of 24-2.
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