Wayne Trace’s Ruger Goeltzenleuchter (top) grapples with Dominic Rosin during the opening round of the State Wrestling Championships at the Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus on Thursday. Goeltzenleuchter won via a 12-1 major decision to advance to Friday’s championship quarterfinals in the 126-pound class. (DHI Media/Deanna Kleman)
Wayne Trace’s Ruger Goeltzenleuchter (top) grapples with Dominic Rosin during the opening round of the State Wrestling Championships at the Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus on Thursday. Goeltzenleuchter won via a 12-1 major decision to advance to Friday’s championship quarterfinals in the 126-pound class. (DHI Media/Deanna Kleman)

By Jim Metcalfe

DHI Media


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: