Junior Tyson Long and freshman Farouq Muhammed are making the most of their inaugural trips to the OHSAA State Wrestling Championships as they have battled through the first 2 days to make it to the final day of wrestling.
Tyson, wrestling at 120 lbs., opened with a loss on day 1 but rebounded in the evening by winning his consolation bracket match to go 1-1 and advanced to the consolation round 2 matches held on Friday. Farouq, wrestling at 145 lbs., opened with a 9-8 victory over Cornell Beachem (Cin. Winton Woods) to advance to Friday’s championship quarterfinals.
Friday’s action saw Muhammed win his second straight match defeating Copley’s Antwon Pugh 2-0 as he advanced to Friday’s championship semifinals. Long followed Muhammed’s lead by winning his second straight match as well. Long was trailing by 1 with :15 seconds remaining but executed an escape and takedown and then won in overtime to advance to the consolation quarterfinals and guaranteed him a finish in the top 8 in the state.
Farouq faced defending state champion and undefeated Dominick Demas (Dublin Coffman) Friday night and came up a little short in a hard-fought 8-5 decision. He will wrestling on Saturday in a consolation semifinal match vs. Brock Jones (Perrysburg).
Tyson fell to Schuster (Mason) in the consolation quarterfinals and will now wrestle Saturday for 7th place vs. Seth Transue (Dublin Jerome).