By Jim Metcalfe
COLUMBUS - One match at a time.
It’s a cliche, but when you are in the 80th annual OHSAA State Wrestling Championships at the Jerome Schottenstein Center, one can’t look ahead of any match.
Wayne Trace senior 126-pounder Ruger Goeltzenleuchter (43-2) moved on to the quarterfinals with a 12-1 major decision over Dominic Rosin (Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic).
“I controlled the match from the start; I did exactly as I wanted to do as far as that game plan. This is my second year at State and it was a lot better this time around,” Goeltzenheuchter said. “There are always nerves, but they weren’t too bad this year. Getting that first win in is a relief and gets me one step closer to my goal.”
“It’s important to get that first win here; you don’t want to fight through the consolation,” said his coach, George Clemens. “It’s crucial to get off quickly; today, he scored the first points 30 seconds into the match and that just puts you in a better frame of mind.”
UPDATE: Ruger Goeltzenleuchter defeated Niko Chilson from Rootstown, 6-2 Friday. morning.
Next up: 126 pound semifinal match 6:30 p.m. tonight vs. Bruce Hrynciw (Oak Harbor).
View a video of the opening match: