State wrestlers show grit

  • Bill Davis/News Mount Vernon’s Ashton Spurgeon, right, grapples with Cincinnati LaSalle’s Michael Baker during Thursday’s first round bout in the 195-pound bracket of the Division I State Wrestling Tournament in Columbus.
  • Bill Davis/News Fredericktown’s Mitch Hurlbut, top, tumbles with opponent Noah Koch, from Genoa, during Thursday’s first round match in the Division III heavyweight bracket at the OHSAA State Wrestling Tournament in Columbus.
  • Bill Davis/News Centerburg's Dallas Scott, left, flings Allen East's Lucas Freeman during Thursday's first round bout in the 138-pound bracket of the Division III State Wrestling Tournament in Columbus.

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COLUMBUS — Dallas Scott took another step toward Centerburg immortality.

The senior won his first round championship match Thursday at the OHSAA State Wrestling Tournament, held at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus.

He’s three wins away from becoming the first Centerburg Trojan — actually, the first from any high school in Knox County — to win a state title in wrestling.

“That’s been the plan since I came in this summer, is to get on the wall (at the gym),” Scott said.

Three other area wrestlers — Mount Vernon’s Ashton Spurgeon, Danville’s Brice Berger and Fredericktown’s Mitch Hurlbut — advanced to today’s Day 2 of the tournament, which concludes Saturday. All three dropped their first bout, meaning there is no chance for a state championship for them. However, another win guantees a spot on the podium, which is reserved for the top 8.

Scott has had state in mind since before the start of the season. His experience means he has learned from his mistakes, and his past injuries have made him anxious to get out on the arena floor and win.


Bill Davis: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews



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