Rohskopf becomes Knights' third four-time state qualifer, Woods going for his first time

By KEVIN LYNCH Staff Writer Published:

West Holmes is sending a pair of wrestlers to the Div. II state wrestling tournament next weekend as Cole Woods and Max Rohskopf punched their tickets with impressive showings at the Heath District tournament on Saturday.

Rohskopf became only the third four-time state qualifier in West Holmes history when he stuck John Gershom of Hebron Lakewood with two seconds remaining in the second period.

"We were counting on Max, but until he puts his name on the dotted line at the end of the day, we were worried," West Holmes coach Jeff Woods said. "His abilities and everything, we weren't sure about the hand, but he's proven he can definitely wrestle with it.

"Behind Colt and Clint Sponseller, he's our third four-timer," Woods added.

Rohskopf rolled through the district tournament in relatively easy fashion, punching his ticket to Columbus with a second-period fall against Nicky DiCarlo of Bishop Watterson in the semifinals.

"In the go-to match, even though it was the fourth time, it still gave me butterflies," Rohskopf said. "I was still nervous as heck. Every match near the end of the year gets you more and more nervous. Anyone can get upset here. It hasn't sunk in yet. I'm no Colt Sponseller, but it's still pretty nice."

West Holmes' other qualifier, Cole Woods, the Knights' freshman 106-pounder and son of coach Woods, earned his berth with a double-overtime 6-5 win over C.J. Brady of Carrollton.

"That was a proud papa moment," Jeff Woods said, adding, "but it darn near killed me."

The freshman also joins a small group of ninth-grade qualifiers.

"I was speechless. It's an amazing feeling knowing you're going to state," Woods said.

Coach Woods said he appreciated the breaks going his way for a change.

"The stars just lined for us this weekend. It doesn't always work that way," the coach said. "You've got to take it when you get it. We got a break Friday night (with the slamming call).

"Our concern all year was who was going to go to state with Max," the coach continued. "Who could we get to step in and fill those shoes. Max is a senior who is picking up and carrying on. Grayson Miller was right there and Cole returns. Any time you get to state, it's a successful season."

Grayson Miller (195) fell in his consolation match Saturday morning when he met up with a familiar foe, Ben Aponik of Indian Valley, whom he nipped last week at the sectional in the battle for third place.

Trailing 2-1 late in the match, Miller went for a takedown, but Aponik slipped the shot and scored a takedown of his own. A late escape left the disappointed junior on the short end of the score.

In other consolation action Saturday morning, Raymond O'Donnell (220) had his season ended by Logan Jones of Hamilton Township.

Jack Scherer (138) pinned Big Walnut's R.J Martin in his first consolation match, but was bounced by Andrew Gibson of Whitehall, falling by a major decision 14-5.

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