Miami Valley freshman gets redemption in wrestling tourney


COLUMBUS — Miami Valley freshman Matthew Kolodzik doesn’t like to lose.

However, last week’s loss in the Division III district semifinals to Troy Christian’s Jarred Ganger actually came at a good time.

“It’s been a blessing,” Kolodzik said after cruising to a 15-0 win in his opening-round match at the state wrestling tournament Thursday. “Otherwise, I would have come in not knowing what I didn’t know.”

Kolodzik went back through the tape of the 106 district semis and picked up some things he wasn’t doing right.

“I saw where my mistakes are,” he said.

While Kolodzik went back and re-tuned, for Wayne’s Marcus Windsor, a loss in the 120 district finals just re-fueled his drive.

Windsor broke a 2-2 tie with Tim Rooney of Columbus St. Charles with a 9-1 third period to advance to the Division I quarterfinals.

“It just made me work harder,” Windsor said. “I needed to start wrestling my match. You have to have a short memory. I can’t let it get in my way.”

On the road again: It will be a busy weekend for Miamisburg coach Willie Wineberg.

The Winebergs welcomed the newest member to the family Tuesday, son Elijah, so the road trip is on.

Wineberg will travel back-and-forth between the Schottenstein Center and home to help with the newborn throughout the tournament.

“My coaching staff, who I have the utmost faith in, will be getting the wrestlers ready,” Wineberg said of Gregg Pittroff and Jeff Turner. “I will be there for their matches, but will travel back home when they are finished.

“Three to state and having a new baby makes for a pretty good week. Getting our wrestlers on the podium would be icing on the cake.”

One and yum: The Thursday state tournament motto is a simple one for Centerville: Win the first time out and head to Red Robin.

The Elks were able to get to the endless baskets of fries early as Brenden Watson (113) and Garrett Conner (195) cruised.

The area also feasted at the state tournament in Division I, going 15-8 in the opening round.

“The area is for real,” Centerville coach Alan Bair said after Dayton teams grabbed two more first-round wins than Cincinnati. “We all beat on each other, but this weekend, we hope everyone has a good weekend.”

Youth served: The Miami Valley sent 11 freshmen to the state tournament — and went 8-3 in the first round.

“We had a strong freshman class come in this fall,” Bellbrook freshman Cameron Kelly said after claiming a 12-0 win in his opener in Division II at 106.

Kelly’s coach, Bobby Kosins, believes the secret to success is simple. “Both have level heads,” Kosins said of Kelly and Benjamin Schram. “There are no egos.”