The OAC Junior State Wrestling Tournament brought 846 wrestlers from all over Ohio to compete at the Covelli Center this month. The State Championship consisted of the top 48 wrestlers in the state in each of 16 weight classes.
Poland had four eighth-grade wrestlers qualify for the tournament by placing in the top six at the state districts finals. Those contenders with their respective weight classes were Dante Ginnetti (102), Dylan Garver (126), Trey Ellis (152) and Anthony Audi (138).
On the final day of the middle school tournament, Poland's Audi advanced to the finals and found a spot on the podium by placing sixth overall in the state. Audi is a second year wrestler on Poland's young team, which began four years ago. His challenge was to take on other wrestlers who have between eight to 10 years experience on the mats.
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Poland eighth-grade wrestler Anthony Audi took sixth in the state in the 138-pound weight class. He competed in the state junior tournament this month and made it to the quarter final match against Conner Carneal of Cloverleaf, who Audi pinned in 4:20 seconds. Pictured here, Audi puts on his game face against Carneal.
"I was excited to have the opportunity to make it to the state tournament and I am grateful for the coaches that I have," he said. "It was great having the tournament in Youngstown where my family and friends were able to see me wrestle."
With the tournament behind him, Audi is now looking towards his freshman year at PSHS. He plans on maintaining his wrestling career as well as trying out for the Bulldog freshman football team. While his freshman season is months away, he will have time to reflect on a great 2011-12 season that saw him post a 43-1 record, finishing in first place in the Steubenville District Tournament and being invited to participate on Team Canfield, which finished first in the state team duals in Columbus in February.