Buckeyes reel in a big group of new talent

National signing day for Division I college football coaches is a celebration of months (and sometimes years) of hard work. It also can be a headache as coaches nervously await letters of intent to fire through the fax machine.

For Ohio State and head coach Jim Tressel, it was mostly a day of joy Wednesday. While there was a little bit of disappointment — defensive back Justin Green went back on a previous verbal commitment to the Buckeyes and instead signed with Illinois — there were many reasons for pats on the back for Tressel and his staff.

  • Written by MATT HAMMOND

Raiders ready to rumble

Benjamin Logan’s wrestling program takes its turn to host a tournament Saturday with its annual Raider Invitational.

The Raider Invitational has been a competitive tournament throughout the years. However, this year may turn out to be even stronger. The 12-team tournament starts at 9:30 a.m.

“I think it could really be one of the most evenly matched tournaments we’ve had over the years,” said Ben Logan head coach Tony Grant. “Tecumseh, Kenton Ridge and our team are all solid. Covington has some good kids, too.”

  • Written by AARON LaBATT

Although small in numbers, Tigers have bite

Aaron LaBattWest Liberty-Salem’s wrestlers haven’t been posting glamorous team results so far this season, but the Tigers have bite when they step on the mat.

The Tigers started the season with seven wrestlers, were cut down to six and are now wrestling with just five. However, those “fabulous five” have been racking up the wins, and three of those wrestlers post impressive records.

  • Written by AARON LaBATT

Local wrestling teams to be discussed on radio broadcast

The area’s wrestling teams will be getting some statewide exposure Tuesday when I am on the next broadcast of Ohio Wrestling Radio. The show airs from 7 to 9 p.m. and is on Internet radio.

To access the show visit www.ohiowrestlingradio.com and instructions will be on the page on how to listen.

I’ll be talking about all of our area wrestling teams, league and postseason thoughts as well as surrounding area teams. I think this is a great opportunity to give Logan County and Champaign County teams some much deserved recognition.

  • Written by AARON LaBATT

Is it now a two-team race for Division I state title?

Aaron LaBattLots of rumors and speculation get spread around the Internet and I’ve read most of it. However, after the holiday tournaments one of those rumors might have some stock in it.

Heading into the 2008-09 season there was the belief that Lakewood St. Edward, the 13- time defending Division I state champion, might be in danger of losing its title to Massillon Perry, the runner-up five out of the last six years. That possibility looks stronger after what took place Tuesday at the Medina Invitational. Perry beat St. Edward in the team race 275-212. Perry had four champions and St. Edward had three.

  • Written by AARON LaBATT