Area wrestlers aim for podium finishes at state championships


By Mark Altstaetter - sports@limanews.com



Lima Central Catholic's Joey Carella, here competing against Milton-Union's Dylan Schenck during Saturday's Division III district in Troy, is 40-0 entering this week's state championships. Don Speck | The Lima News

Lima Central Catholic's Joey Carella, here competing against Milton-Union's Dylan Schenck during Saturday's Division III district in Troy, is 40-0 entering this week's state championships. Don Speck | The Lima News


Lima area state qualifiers

Division I

Lima Senior

Coach: PJ Fought

Naeem Russell (39-3) – Jr., 152

Division II

Bath

Coach: Eric Adkins

Collin Mell (38-3) – Sr., 145

Defiance

Coach: Pat Murphy

Jackson Meter (28-10) – Sr., 220

Shawnee

Coach: Mike Lewis

Bobby Grothjan (31-6) – Sr., 285

Van Wert

Coach: Ben Collins

Gabe Steyer (37-4) – So., 132

Isaiah Bretz (41-6) – Jr., 138

Wapakoneta

Coach: Jason Rostorfer

Zac Miller (23-2) – Sr., 195

Evan Kaeck (42-5) – So., 220

Brenan Knueve (40-7) – Jr., 285

Division III

Ada

Coach: Jason Sumner

Chase Sumner (32-3) – Sr., 145

Allen East

Coach: Mike Abbey

Chase Caprella (38-2) – So., 113

Drake Carmean (36-5) – Fr., 120

Lucas Freeman (37-13)– Sr., 138

Garrett Neth (43-7) – So., 182

Bluffton

Coach: Jeff Kleman

Deandre Nassar (38-1) – Jr., 195

Coldwater

Coach: Rob Schmidt

Thomas Schwieterman (44-5) – Sr., 285

Columbus Grove

Coach: Eric Siefker

Dylan Sargent (40-9) – So., 220

Jeff Meyer (36-11) – Fr., 285

Indian Lake

Coach: Ryan Dickson

Dylan Knotts (41-6) – Sr., 160

Connor Dixon (46-3) – Sr., 182

Cole Mefford (37-7) – Sr., 220

Lima Central Catholic

Coach: Nick Sanchez

Joey Caprella (40-0) – Jr., 145

Ottawa-Glandorf

Coach: Randy Ebbeskotte

Grant Goecke (36-4) – Sr., 160

Danny Rosales (39-7) – Jr., 170

Daniel Beemer (37-0) – Sr., 182

Paulding

Coach: Brian Jacobs

Ryan Woodring (41-7) – Sr., 126

Logan Mudel (42-4) – Sr., 132

LIMA — Winning a state title is something most athletes can only dream about.

However, for some local wrestlers, winning a state title isn’t that far out of reach.

Ottawa-Glandorf senior Daniel Beemer had a state title in his sights last season, but was derailed in the state semifinals and ended up finishing fourth in the 195-pound weight class in Division III.

The year before, Beemer placed fifth in the 182-pound weight class.

Beemer (37-0) wants to compete for a Division III state title in the 182-pound weight class this weekend at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at Ohio State.

The wrestling state tournament begins Thursday and runs through Saturday.

“My mission is to hopefully finish on top of that (awards) podium,” Beemer said.

“My sophomore year, I had to get a feel for things. I started to get more experience my junior year. I’m hoping with this being my senior year that I can compete to the best of my ability with my two other teammates that are coming down.”

Beemer realized after last season, that dropping down to the 182-pound weight class would be advantageous. Last year, Beemer’s weight was usually under 190 pounds.

“I can tell the difference,” Beemer said about the lower weight class. “I worked a lot harder to lose the weight at practices throughout the week. So, from a conditioning and strength standpoint, it’s definitely helped me to keep pushing toward my goal.”

Lima Central Catholic junior Joey Caprella is making his first trip to the state tournament. Last season, Caprella finished fifth at districts and was a state alternate. The top four placers at districts advance to the state tournament.

However, Caprella (40-0) is not content on just competing at Columbus.

“If I keep doing what I’ve been doing all year, I’m going to win my matches,” Caprella said. “I feel right now that there is nobody who can beat me. You got to believe you can do it.”

All season long, Caprella (145-pound weight class, Division III) has steamrolled the competition with his relentless, aggressive style of wrestling.

Caprella credits the work ethic that LCC coach Nick Sanchez has instilled into his program.

“That’s when we wrestle our best — when we’re tired,” Caprella said. ““The third period is when it happens.”

Looking ahead

1. Will O-G’s Beemer finally notch a state title in his final trip to Columbus?

2. Will LCC junior Joey Caprella keep it rolling, and win a state title in his first trip to the state tournament?

3. How will Lima Senior’s Naeem Russell (Jr., 152) fare in his first appearance at the state tournament? Last year, Russell (39-3) suffered a season-ending injury, and missed the second half of the season.

4. Bath senior Collin Mell (38-3, 145) will be making a return trip to the state tournament in Division II. Mell has some big wins this season and could make a run to the finals.

5. Ada senior Chase Sumner (32-3, 145), a two-time state-placer, will try to make a run to the state finals, in what will be a very competitive weight class.

6. Bluffton junior Deandre Nassar (38-1, 195) is no stranger to the state tournament. Nassar, a state-qualifier from a year ago, has dominated the opposition this season.

7. Wapakoneta sends a trio to Columbus. Senior Zac Miller (23-2, 195), sophomore Evan Kaeck (42-5, 220) and junior Brenan Knueve (40-7, 285) will all compete for spots on the podium.

8. How will Allen East’s four athletes fare at the state tournament? Lucas Freeman (37-13, 138) is the lone senior for the Mustangs. Freshman Drake Carmean (36-5, 120), sophomore Chase Caprella (38-2, 113) and sophomore Garrett Neth (43-7, 182) will join Freeman in Columbus.

9. Will St. Paris Graham – which is sending 13 athletes (out of 14 weight classes) to the state tournament – continue to dominate? Graham has been the Division II state champion since 2001.

10. Will Division I Lakewood St. Edward notch its 32nd overall state title? St. Edward has won the state title the past three years.

Lima Central Catholic's Joey Carella, here competing against Milton-Union's Dylan Schenck during Saturday's Division III district in Troy, is 40-0 entering this week's state championships. Don Speck | The Lima News
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/03/web1_District-lll-District-Wrestlnig-DS8-2.jpgLima Central Catholic's Joey Carella, here competing against Milton-Union's Dylan Schenck during Saturday's Division III district in Troy, is 40-0 entering this week's state championships. Don Speck | The Lima News

By Mark Altstaetter

sports@limanews.com

Lima area state qualifiers

Division I

Lima Senior

Coach: PJ Fought

Naeem Russell (39-3) – Jr., 152

Division II

Bath

Coach: Eric Adkins

Collin Mell (38-3) – Sr., 145

Defiance

Coach: Pat Murphy

Jackson Meter (28-10) – Sr., 220

Shawnee

Coach: Mike Lewis

Bobby Grothjan (31-6) – Sr., 285

Van Wert

Coach: Ben Collins

Gabe Steyer (37-4) – So., 132

Isaiah Bretz (41-6) – Jr., 138

Wapakoneta

Coach: Jason Rostorfer

Zac Miller (23-2) – Sr., 195

Evan Kaeck (42-5) – So., 220

Brenan Knueve (40-7) – Jr., 285

Division III

Ada

Coach: Jason Sumner

Chase Sumner (32-3) – Sr., 145

Allen East

Coach: Mike Abbey

Chase Caprella (38-2) – So., 113

Drake Carmean (36-5) – Fr., 120

Lucas Freeman (37-13)– Sr., 138

Garrett Neth (43-7) – So., 182

Bluffton

Coach: Jeff Kleman

Deandre Nassar (38-1) – Jr., 195

Coldwater

Coach: Rob Schmidt

Thomas Schwieterman (44-5) – Sr., 285

Columbus Grove

Coach: Eric Siefker

Dylan Sargent (40-9) – So., 220

Jeff Meyer (36-11) – Fr., 285

Indian Lake

Coach: Ryan Dickson

Dylan Knotts (41-6) – Sr., 160

Connor Dixon (46-3) – Sr., 182

Cole Mefford (37-7) – Sr., 220

Lima Central Catholic

Coach: Nick Sanchez

Joey Caprella (40-0) – Jr., 145

Ottawa-Glandorf

Coach: Randy Ebbeskotte

Grant Goecke (36-4) – Sr., 160

Danny Rosales (39-7) – Jr., 170

Daniel Beemer (37-0) – Sr., 182

Paulding

Coach: Brian Jacobs

Ryan Woodring (41-7) – Sr., 126

Logan Mudel (42-4) – Sr., 132

The Lima News sports department can be reached at 567-242-0451.

The Lima News sports department can be reached at 567-242-0451.

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