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County grapplers appear on fast track as state duals start Wednesday

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Medina County could take center stage Wednesday when the Division II, Region 10-B State Duals get underway at Buckeye.

If all goes right, third-seeded Buckeye (4-0) will beat second-seeded Bay and top-seeded Cloverleaf (6-0) will knock off fourth-seeded Fairview to set up a winner-take-all area regional quarterfinal.

“Obviously, we’re very excited about the opportunity,” Colts interim coach Ken Curtis said. “We’ve faced Buckeye in the tournaments (Mike Lewis and Medina Invitational) and won that way, but it’s a different thing head-to-head. It would be an exciting opportunity for us to have that opportunity if it happens.”

It’s an opportunity Buckeye coach Rich Conkle is looking forward to as well. That said, the veteran coach isn’t looking past Bay.

“If it happens, it would be great, but I have not talked with the wrestlers about that because I know we’ll have a very good match with Bay before that,” Conkle said. “I don’t want to have them looking ahead at Cloverleaf. If it would happen, I think it would be a great matchup. That would be another very good, close match there.”

Buckeye is looking to return to the regional semifinals for the first time since 2014 after the format changed in 2013. Cloverleaf has never seen the second day of action.

“To get an opportunity to make it to the semifinals would be awesome,” Curtis said. “Last year was disappointing (a 45-36 loss to lower-seeded Keystone) when we weren’t able to get through.”

Second-seeded Woodridge or top-seeded St. Vincent-St. Mary likely awaits the winner the following week.

Highland opted out of the duals.

Division I, Region 2-B

Wadsworth (8-2) received the No. 1 seed and has a bye to the regional quarterfinals, where the Grizzlies will face No. 4 Parma or No. 5 North Royalton.

No. 2 Brunswick (6-5) faces No. 7 Valley Forge, while No. 3 Medina (8-3) faces No. 6 Garfield Heights, with a Greater Cleveland Conference quarterfinal between the Blue Devils and Bees likely. Medina beat Brunswick 36-34 last week.

Since the State Duals format changed, the Grizzlies have reached the regional semifinals every year.

“It’s good because that’ll be at home,” Wadsworth coach John Gramuglia said. “It’ll get us battle-tested. It’s all practice until it really counts.”

Two-time defending champion and three-time State Duals champion St. Edward sits on the top half of the bracket.

Division III, Region 19-A

Second-seeded Black River (11-4) will face third-seeded Orrville. A win there should bring No. 1 seed and host Rittman. The Pirates have never reached the regional semifinals since the format change.

Waynedale or Smithville should reach the regional final on the other half of the bracket.

Contact Brad Bournival at bournival929@gmail.com.



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