Licking Valley's Martinez, Carpenter clinch All-Ohio

Licking Valley's Martinez, Carpenter clinch All-Ohio

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Licking Valley's Martinez, Carpenter clinch All-Ohio

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Christian Price of Granville wins his match in the state wrestling championship consolation quarterfinals.

“You can’t dwell on what just happened. You have to move on and refocus,” he said. “I thought I felt a throw. I tried it, and it didn’t work out like I thought it was. I had enough of a lead, stayed positive, and was able to pull through.”

“This time, there is no excuse,” he said. “I don’t need my thumb to wrestle. I just need to stay focused on my technique and wrestle hard.”

Martinez will wrestle a familiar foe for seventh place Saturday morning. He will see Johnstown’s Hayden Bullard for the fourth consecutive week, having beaten Bullard three times for tournament titles.

In Division I, Watkins Memorial senior Andrew Lieb (132) will be back on the podium for the second consecutive season. Lieb dropped a match in the quarterfinals, but he rebounded with a 10-3 victory against Cincinnati Princeton’s Anthony Alexander.

Lieb placed eighth in 2014, and he will have a chance to do one better when he wrestles Saturday morning. Lieb fell 6-3 to Elyria’s Nico O’Dor in their consolation match Friday night.

Lieb’s two state medals will match his father, Nick, who placed third and fourth for the Warriors.

“This is everybody’s goal: to be here and be on the podium,” Lieb said. “To do it twice is pretty special, so I am pretty happy with myself.”

Sophomore Alex Lieb (113) lost his consolation match, 10-4, to Clayton Northmont’s Chase Craft.

Licking Heights sophomore Josiah Harrell (160) lost his consolation match, 9-5, to Mount Vernon’s Lane Hinkle. Harrell had beaten Hinkle for the sectional and district titles the past two weeks, but Hinkle evened their season record at 2-2.

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Licking Valley's Martinez, Carpenter clinch All-Ohio

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