Mike Dyer reports:
Mason wrestling coach Craig Murnan said Wednesday night’s Division I, Region 7 title was a significant stepping stone for the Comets program.
The Comets are just one of the area teams going to Columbus next week for the state dual tournament Feb. 8 at Ohio State University’s St. John Arena.
“Our kids, coaching staff and community have been working towards this type of success for a number of years,” Murnan said. “We are excited to represent our community and school.”
Underclassmen helped Mason late in matches on Wednesday against Centerville. Murnan said freshman Colin Schuster (126 pounds) provided the biggest win of the night when he defeated a state caliber individual in Centerville’s Cameron Castro.
“The environment at Centerville was tremendous, the crowd was electric,” Murnan said. “The support from our Mason community and kids made this night a special experience for our student-athletes.”
The state dual pairings are expected to be released today.
In Division I, Region 8, Moeller defeated Harrison 49-21.
In Division II, Region 15, Wilmington defeated Ross 35-32 in the regional final.
In Division III, Region 22, Blanchester defeated Reading 48-27. Blanchester set a school record for most wins (22) in a season, according to athletic director Bryan Pennix.
Blanchester coach Scott Nicely said pins in lower weights were key on Wednesday night.
Junior Dan Peters (145 pounds) and senior Brandon Breezley (170) had key wins in their respective matches.
GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: Mason plays at Princeton at 2 p.m. Saturday with the Greater Miami Conference title on the line. Mason (18-0, 10-0 GMC), which is ranked No. 14 nationally by USA Today, is ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press Division I state poll. Princeton (16-2, 10-0) is ranked No. 6 in the state poll.
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