|State wrestling: Clemens advances UPDATED|
By BRIAN BASSETT • DHI Correspondent
COLUMBUS - The day was essentially over before it started for Wayne Trace sophomore wrestler George Clemens on Thursday at the 2014 State Wrestling Individual Tournament.
In a good way.
Clemens (47-3) faced Willard junior Kaden Moore (29-12) in the first match of the day on the floor of the Jerome Schottenstein Center on the Campus of the Ohio State University and came away with a dominant, 16-0, tech-fall victory.
“It’s a great feeling knowing that you don’t have to come back and wrestle another match in the same day. (I’m) still in the running for a state championship,” said Clemens.
Clemens methodically racked up points on Moore in the 106-pound-class bout, en route to an easy win and a spot in Friday’s quarterfinal match.
“He just looked really smooth,” said Wayne Trace coach George Clemens of the wrestler Clemens. “He came out, didn’t hesitate and got aggressive. He shot the first takedown and scored, threw the legs in and turned the kid. From there he reset and did it again. He just kind of took off from there.”
The wrestler Clemens gave credit to his opponent.
“He’s a solid (wrestler). It was a hard-fought match. I had to work to get the takedowns. I think I did pretty good, and I think I’m looking solid so far.”
The 106-pounder explained that he put in hard work all week leading up to the tournament - his second consecutive trip to state after a 1-2 showing in 2013.
“I knew I was going to have to fight and train hard if I want to be the state champion - everybody knows that. Coming down on my weight was really hard coming off of districts.”
The task gets much tougher on Friday for Clemens, as he awaits Sullivan Black River senior Sebastian Vidika (40-1), who pinned his opponent 44 seconds into his opening-round match.
“He’ll have a really tough one (Friday),” explained Coach Clemens. “(Vidika) is projected to be in the top three, so George will have his work cut out for him."
After winning his first match on Thursday, Wayne Trace’s George Clemens IV (106 lbs.) faced Sebastian Vidika from Sullivan Black River. Vidika won 10-4, sending Clemens to the consolation bracket. He then competed against Greg Quinn from Shadyside, who came away with the win, 9-6TB, ending Clemens’ second state tournament appearance with a 1-2 record.