By Jim Metcalfe, DHI Correspondent

COLUMBUS – Wayne Trace senior Ruger Goeltzenleuchter (44-5) had an injury default in the fifth-place match at 126 pounds, falling to Niko Chilson of Rootstown in the 80th annual State Wrestling Championships on Saturday.

He had also defaulted to A.J. Warner of Legacy Christian Academy earlier in the day.

“He actually got hurt last night in a championship semifinal and tried to go earlier today; he just couldn’t overcome that injury, so we had to default him in the finals. It’s hard to see it end on an injury,” Raiders’ coach George Clemens said. “His only two losses before the tournament were to Mechanicsburg’s Tyler Wetzel this year, so he had a great year and a great career. He wanted to finish higher than last season’s fifth.

“Before I got here as the coach, we never had a State qualifier. Last year, we had our first champion, my son George, and those two have helped set a high standard at Wayne Trace. We have a solid group of young wrestlers and two guys to really look up to.”