Dayton Christian duo faring well in tough bracket

02/29/2012

KETTERING — Dayton Christian sophomore 113-pounder Christian Clary took one look at his bracket for the Division III district wrestling tournament at Fairmont’s Trent Arena and came to a simple conclusion.

“Our bracket’s pretty good this year,” the Warriors’ returning state placer said after advancing to the semifinals.

Clary’s quarterfinals match was a testament to the depth.

In what some view as a possible state finals preview, Clary used a second-period escape to take a 1-0 win over Miami East’s Allen Seagraves. He faces Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy’s Zachary Alvarado in today’s semis.

“He (Seagraves) is pretty good,” Clary said. “I thought he would probably be my toughest match, so it was good to get it done. Last time I wrestled him, I made a mistake and I was just trying not to make the same mistakes this time.”

Clary was joined in the semis by teammate Jacob Danishek. The returning state champ had little problems advancing to the 132 semis with a 15-3 win over Trevor Andrews of Deer Park in the quarters.

It was a good day for Andrew Slonsky and the rest of his Versailles teammates.

Slonsky, who entered as the runner-up of the Lehman sectional, advanced to the 120 semis with a pin in the first round and a down-to-the-wire 5-4 win over Lima Central Catholic sectional champ Tyler Baker of Allen East.

Slonsky trailed 3-1 but recorded an escape and a takedown to take a 4-3 lead. Slonsky let Baker up to tie the score before recording the winning takedown with less than five ticks left on the clock.

“I wrestled him before, and I was thinking it was a good match-up for me,” Slonsky said after improving to 33-9.

Slonsky was one of four Tigers to advance to the semifinals as they took a two-point lead in the team race with 45.5 points. Brookville is second, with Troy Christian one point behind the BlueDevils.

It was a family affair for Carlisle, as returning state qualifier Jimmy Sandlin advanced to the 145 semis shortly after his brother, freshman Jason, moved one match from state at 126.

“It’s a lot better with him here, but it’s a lot better in the wrestling room too,” Jimmy said. “He goes hard and tries to beat me; we push each other.”

Ty Newton of National Trail improved to 30-0 after advancing to the semis at 285 with a 13-5 win over Kody Bray of Reading.