Christian Price of Granville wins his match in the state wrestling championship consolation quarterfinals.
COLUMBUS – Christian Price had to work extra Friday morning.
The Granville senior’s second match had a more pleasant result. Price (152 pounds) lost his quarterfinal match in overtime, but rebounded with an overtime victory in the consolation rounds to clinch his first All-Ohio honor.
Price will follow the graduated Dain Steffeny to the podium. Price will wrestle for seventh place Saturday morning.
Also guaranteeing a place Friday were Johnstown junior Hayden Bullard (138) and Northridge senior Jake Adkins (113).
In his quarterfinal match, Price appeared to be on the verge of a pin, but Akron Coventry’s Zack Lake rallied to force overtime. Lake earned the takedown and a near fall to win 12-7 in the one-minute extra period.
“The first one was real difficult, and I just had to bounce back from it,” Price said. “(The coaches) were all telling me to bounce back, get ready for my next match, and start focusing. I did, and it ended up paying off.”
In his consolation match, Price went to overtime tied at 4, and he got the takedown and near fall on Sandusky Perkins’ Seth Boggs for an 8-4 victory.
“I was real happy with how that last match turned out,” Price said. “It’s awesome. I feel like our program is taking huge steps in the right direction.”
Price later dropped a tough 5-0 decision to Toledo Central Catholic’s Josh Mossing, a 2014 state runner-up.
Bullard went toe-to-toe with Mantua Crestwood unbeaten Nick Wrobel in the second round. Bullard lost that match 8-5, but he had enough momentum to roll past Oak Harbor’s Jeremy Balboa 8-2 to clinch his first All-Ohio honor.
Bullard later lost 8-3 to Bellevue’s Collin Adkins. He will get a fourth shot at Licking Valley’s Jake Martinez in Saturday’s seventh-place match.
In Division III, Adkins will be back on the podium for a third consecutive season. He was hoping to finish his career with a state title, but Dayton Christian’s Tommy Hoskins edged him 5-4 in double overtime in the quarterfinal match.
“I can’t be too disappointed,” said Adkins, who had a reversal in the third to force overtime. Neither wrestler was able to score in the one-minute, sudden-death period. “I think I wrestled one of the best matches I have ever wrestled. I was definitely frustrated, but I quickly accepted it.”
Adkins responded in emphatic fashion, dominating Bascom Hopewell-Loudon’s Chet Swartzmiller 12-0. Adkins was eighth in 2013 and fourth a season ago.
“After I didn’t get a chance to place my sophomore year, I said, ‘I’m going to be a three-time state placer,'” Adkins said. “I would have liked for a state championship to be in there, but I can’t be too upset. I am sure there are tons of kids that would rather change places with me.”
Adkins later beat Mechanicsburg’s Tyler Wetzel 9-5. With two more victories Saturday morning, Adkins can place third and tie Joey Simcoe for the program’s best all-time finish.