Dayton Christian wrestler prevails in overtime win


COLUMBUS — Dayton Christian sophomore 132-pounder Jacob Danishek has had his share of fair-weather fans.

Win the state title as a freshman and everyone loves you.

Get upset in the district semifinals and ... well.

“That fuels the fire,” Danishek said after battling to a 4-2 overtime win in the opening round of the Division III state tournament Thursday. “It gives you something extra to wrestle for.”

Danishek trailed returning state runner-up Brian Spangler of LaGrange Keystone 2-0 for most of the match before getting a reversal with 12 ticks left to force overtime.

It didn’t take the defending champ long to get the winning takedown and advance to face projected state champ Jeremy Border of Caldwell in the quarters today.

Graham went 8-0 to open a 9.5-point lead after the first day in Division II, while Troy Christian sits tied for third with 12.5 points.

The Eagles got bonus points from Jarred Ganger (106), Garrett Hancock (113) and BJ Toal (182) and a decision from Jordan Marshall (145) to go 4-0.

“The main thing is we got everyone to advance to the next round,” Troy Christian coach Ty Morgan said.

Fairmont went 3-1 in the opening round in Division I to sit in fifth after the first round, while Centerville was 2-0.

Centerville junior Garrett Conner got a takedown less than 20 seconds into his first-round match at 195 and rolled to a 6-1 win.

“Coach (Alan) Bair got me to where I begin the match attacking,” Conner said. “Just lay the ears back and attack. You have to buy into it or it doesn’t work.”

Then there was Springboro senior 182 Brandon Walker, who noticed one advantage to the time he spent recovering from shoulder surgery — fresher legs.

“I don’t feel worn out,” Walker said after scoring eight straight points in the second period of a 10-3 win. “In the past, I’ve been flat when I get here because you start wearing down through the season.”

The tourney continues today with championship quarterfinals. Finals are 5:30 p.m. Saturday.