By Jim Metcalfe, DHI Correspondent

COLUMBUS – On Friday, Wayne Trace senior Ruger Goeltzenleuchter (44-3) was edged 3-2 by Bruce Hrynciw of Oak Harbor in a controversial match at the State Wrestling Tournament, including several head butts that had an effect on the Raider grappler.

“He did it about seven or eight times and they let him get away with it; he was a dirty wrestler. I know as a future coach, I won’t teach my wrestlers that way,” the senior said. “It was very frustrating to know he kept doing it and I couldn’t do anything about it. He was basically holding on by the end.

“I wanted to do better this year than I did last year, which was finish fifth. Winning my two matches to get here made sure I would do that, so I will finish better. You just have to move on because there’s nothing you can do about it now.”

His coach, George Clemens, tried to be more philosophical.

“We had scouted him and knew he could be dirty and would try things like this. Yes, it’s frustrating but we kept trying to tell Ruger not to let it bother him,” Clemens said. “Give credit to the opponent as well for shutting down all of Ruger’s moves and not letting him get them for points.”

He will wait for his opponent in Saturday’s consolation semifinals at approximately 10 a.m.