WRESTLING: Martin bumped from state tourney


COLUMBUS — Wapakoneta Redskins junior J.T. Martin’s dream of a state championship vanished on Day One.

Goal No. 2, to place, disappeared on Day Two.

Martin came up short in his bid to become the third state wrestling champion and was bumped out of the top eight on Friday.

The 106-pounder opened on Thursday with a loss to Eaton freshman Michael May, the No. 2 seed out of the Goshen district, on a pin at the 5:40 mark.

Martin had to turn around and wrestle again Thursday night and pulled out a 5-1 decision over Whitehall-Yearling sophomore Noah Jay in the consolation bracket.

Friday afternoon he had to face Mentor Lake Catholic sophomore Brad Taton.

Taton had won his opener with a 6-3 decision over Lisbon Beaver’s Josh Henderson on Thursday, but suffered a 5-2 loss to Bellbrook’s Cameron Kelly in a quarterfinal match Friday morning.

Martin battled Taton but came up just short, suffering a 3-1 loss in sudden-victory overtime.

Martin finished his junior season with a 38-8 record.

Kelly will face Claymont’s Cody Burcher for the state title tonight.