MARION – Ohio high school wrestling satisfied a desire to have the team aspect be more a part of the sport when it added a team tournament in 2013 to go along with its annual individual event.
Wrestling, like track and field, is thought of as more of an individual sport. Individual champions are crowned in each, as are team winners, but those team championships can be based on the performances of only part of the whole team.
Track hasn’t gone to a team tournament yet, and the logistics of coming up with such an event probably aren’t worth the effort.
But some coaches, such as Pleasant veteran Rich Nelson, like the thought.
“I’ve not heard anything about doing that, but I think it’s a neat idea,” the Pleasant girls coach said Friday at the 53rd Elgin Relays at Elgin High School. “I’d like to see how teams stack up against each other.
“You can go to the state track meet with three to four really good kids and win a state championship. But is that the best team?”
Nelson said a state team track tournament might help with camaraderie among teammates. However, he thinks events such as the Elgin Relays, an all-relay team meet, already do that.
“These meets bring teams a little closer together,” Nelson said. “In a team aspect, you are all rooting for each other as opposed to hoping you can beat everybody, including everyone on your team in your event.
“Relay meets also build good relationships. I have only two discus throwers here, so I added Boston Osborne, a runner, to the three-person discus team. That allows her to collaborate with girls she otherwise might not talk to a lot since they are in different types of events.”
The Mount Gilead girls defended their 2014 Elgin Relays crown with 128 points while Northmor finished second with 88. The Lady Indians won 11 of the 14 events.
Mount Gilead’s girls 4×400 of Rachel Bush, Bryanna Bolha, Morgan Brooke and Jenna Shipman broke their own meet record of 4:14.8 set in 2013 with a time of 4:13.
Mount Gilead scored 112 points to outdistance runner-up Northmor with 88 to win the boys title for the second time in three seasons.
Following are event champions from the boys and girls meets:
•Pleasant boys: Rhett Kantzer, Shiloh Lee, pole vault, 18 feet; and Ryan Maniaci, Josh Warner, Nico Sansotta, Justin McCurdy, sprint medley, 1:40.18
•North Union boys: Mitchell Soviak, Kaleb Goad, David Leavitt, shot put, 139-6 ½, and discus, 371-0; and Luke Krawczyk, Nate Hammons, Cole Krawczyk, Kyle Willis, 4×100, 45.24.
•Northmor boys: Demetrius Johnson, Kolton Smith, James Walker, high jump, 17-6; Johnson, Nick Kearns, Brock Pletcher, long jump, 52-2; and A.J. White, Johnson, Collin Berg, Spencer Adams, distance medley, 7:41.46.
•Mount Gilead boys: Alijah Keen, Tyler Beck, Austin Hallabrin, Nick Weiss, 4×1600, 19:18.72; Jason Robinson, Bobby Starlin, Kyle Cibali, Sawyer Shipman, shuttle hurdles, 1:05.56; Beck, Ethan Hatfield, Cibali, Hallabrin, 4×800, 8:28.75; Deondre Cook, Jonah Barnett, Dustin Fraizer, Shipman, 4×200, 1:35.9; Shipman, Robinson, Starlin, Joseph Elson, low hurdles, 53.75; and Elson, Beck, Hatfield, Hallabrin, 4×400, 3:35.42.
•Mount Gilead girls: 1 Kyra Adkins, Corrin Watts, Hannah Scott, high jump, 13-10; Jenna Shipman, Hannah Bush, Kelsey Snyder, Kenzie McKirgan, 4×1600, 23:40.81; Shipman, Adkins, Savannah Randall, long jump, 42-63/4; Rachel Bush, Randall, Becca Kindred, Bryanna Bolha, shuttle hurdles, 1:07.97; Rachel Bush, Morgan Brooke, pole vault, 15-6; Randall, Brooke, Dani Harter, shot put, 87-81/2; Rachel Bush, Bolha, Hannah Bush, Shipman, 4×800, 10:15.94; Makaylee Wyatt, Kindred, Addison Chapman, Olivia Brewer, 4×100, 52.52; Wyatt, Kindred, Brooke, Brewer, 4×200, 1:53; Bolha, Hannah Scott, Christa Seckel, Hope Hack, low hurdles, 1:03.71; and the 4×400 team.
•Northmor girls: Alisha Pletcher, Maggie Logan, Rayanna Loyer, discus, 272-5; Rachel Morrison, Brooke Bennett, Viv Cutrupi, Isabelle Ditullio, distance medley, 9:18.48; and Megan Milavec, Allie Tupps, Tia Downard, Bennett, sprint medley, 2:53.5.