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Ashland cops 2nd straight OCC mat title, WHHS third

By LARRY STINE Ashland Times-Gazette Published: February 11, 2017 5:00 AM

MADISON TWP. -- Senior Tyler Newlan's scintillating, last-second 10-9 win gave Ashland seven individual champions, as the Arrows cruised to the Ohio Cardinal Conference title with a lop-sided 194 points that easily bested runner-up Mount Vernon's 137.

Newlan's heavyweight bout against Wooster's Jake Burns was one for the ages. Newlan led 8-7 with about 50 seconds left, but Burns scored a reversal to go up 9-8 with 10 seconds to go. Nine seconds later, it was Newlan earning a reversal to win 10-9, as the crowd in the Madison Middle School gym went wild.

It capped off a superior day for Ashland as they won their second straight OCC crown and it was the first for Newlan as an individual.

"It feels good being two-time team champion and for me to finally get a championship of my own," said Newlan, adding he vividly remembers the waning moments of his championship bout.

"(With 10 seconds left), as soon as he said go, I couldn't hold on to him and he got behind me, and I said, 'Dang, I've got to hurry up and get an escape to win it,' so I went back to my faithful move with the Peterson and hit it and came out on top," said Newlan, who went 2-0 on the day and now stands at 30-13 on the season. "He's a little shorter than me, considering his bigger weight difference, and I feel like I did what I could to overcome that."

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Ashland coach Sean Seder, who was named OCC co-Coach of the Year, along with West Holmes coach Jeff Woods, felt Newlan's stunning victory brought the end of the day's events to a fitting close.

"We had eight in the finals and seven of them won and that's awesome, and then Ty-Ty's last match was crazy," Seder said. "That reversal and reversal in 10 seconds -- definitely a fun way and kind of puts everybody out with a lot of energy and with a bang."

Finishing behind Ashland and Mount Vernon in the team standings were West Holmes (126.5), Madison (106), Mansfield Senior (101), Wooster (75), Lexington (46) and Clear Fork (43).

Cael Woods was the lone champion for West Holmes, as he claimed the title at 113 pounds by pin over Damoni Williams of Mansfield Senior. Woods went 2-0 and stands at 30-6.

Mount Vernon's Cameron Farmer (32-9) won the 120-pound class with a 3-0 day, defeating Wooster's Avory Winans (23-9) in the finals by an 11-2 decision, with Tyler Masters (20-15) of West Holmes finishing third. Earning a third-place finish for Wooster at 132 pounds was Brad Stoll (22-11).

C.J. Leal (18-13) of Wooster finished third at 145. Skyler Cline (24-14) of West Holmes finished third at 160, while at 170, Lexington's Aidan Ammons (28-7) downed Josh Baldridge (32-7) of West Holmes for the crown. Jake Miller (24-15) of West Holmes notched a third-place finish at 195 pounds.

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