Redmen 4th at NOL tournament
By BRAD FRANK
Gazette Sports Editor
The Bellevue Redmen landed a fourth-place finish Saturday in the Northern Ohio League Wrestling Championships, as Bellevue High School served as host in the school’s gymnasium.
Sandusky, in its second season as a member of the league, won its first-ever NOL wrestling title Saturday, ending Norwalk’s reign as two-time defending NOL champion. Columbian took third.
The final standings announced Saturday at the tournament listed Shelby in fourth and Bellevue in fifth, but a scoring error was discovered Monday morning, so the teams’ positions in the final standings were switched.
Bellevue recorded 209 points Saturday, narrowly edging Shelby’s 200 for the fourth spot.
“I thought we didn’t have our best showing,” Bellevue coach Paul Zolman said. “There was some kids who had good days and some kids who didn’t have their best days. We’ve done better.
“We’ll take these last few weeks of the season and try to make the best of it.”
The NOL Championships were wrestled in a pool-style format Saturday, where each wrestler faces all opponents in his weight class in five consecutive rounds before one last round determines individual placing.
Bellevue had one individual champion Saturday, as sophomore heavyweight Grant Moyer won his first ever NOL title in the 285-pound weight class.
“Grant wrestled well,” Zolman said. “He has been a competitor at every tournament he’s wrestled. He gives it all. That’s been showing throughout the season, not just today [Saturday].
“It was good because he got a title to show for it, especially for a sophomore.”
Earning runner-up finishes for the Redmen were senior Ryan Veliz at 132 and freshman Collin Adkins at 120.
Veliz was edged by Columbian’s Derik Kopp for first place, losing in a 7–6 decision in the finals, a match he led 5–3 at one point.
“That’s no small feat going against the Kopp boy from Columbian, a state qualifier,” Zolman said of Veliz. He [Kopp] is a very solid wrestler.
“Ryan wrestled a strong match. He just came up a little short at the end. He has nothing to be ashamed of.”
Taking third in the league for Bellevue was sophomore Chris Harris at 126, senior Zack Miller at 145 and freshman Jared Hoy at 170.
The Redmen have one more regular season match on their 2012–13 schedule, as they will wrestling a tri-match at Sandusky with Oak Harbor on Friday.
Bellevue’s next tournament competition will be a Division II Northwest District sectional, which will begin Friday, Feb. 15 at the Stroh Center on the campus of Bowling Green State University.
1. Sandusky 328; 2. Norwalk 307; 3. Columbian 259; 4. Bellevue 209; 5. Shelby 200; 6. Willard 129.