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Bailey, Leroux have big days at FC championships

Mark Hazelwood • Updated Feb 18, 2018 at 2:00 AM

OLIVESBURG — In the final match of the Firelands Conference wrestling championships, all eyes were on the heavyweight (285)  match between Monroeville’s Trey Leroux and Crestview’s Lane Fry.

Fry — ranked by some pundits as the No. 1 wrestler in the Division III Defiance district — scored an early takedown for a 2-0 lead over Leroux in his home gym.

However, Leroux answered with a pair of takedowns, and Lane was docked a point for leaving the mat without permission.

Leading 5-2, the Eagles’ heavyweight added a third takedown, and Fry only managed an escape point in the 7-3 decision.

“I had to work to catch up after he got that takedown,” Leroux said. “The goal was to tie it up and see where the match could go from there.”

Saturday marked the third meeting between the two, with Leroux owning a pair of wins at each of the last two FC championships.

Leroux talked about the atmosphere of the match. Already highly-anticipated, the final match of the day gave it a bigger crowd with most everyone watching.

“It’s amazing — and I love to hear everyone screaming,” he said. “Whether it’s for me, or hearing when someone is yelling to the other guy. It makes me want to work harder and do better.”

With the sectional championships scheduled for next Saturday at Plymouth, the fourth matchup between the pair may not be far off.

“It’s great, I love wrestling him and having it go on last,” Leroux said. “I hope we get to wrestle again, because it’s always going to be a good match. He’s a tough opponent.”

Bailey’s stellar season continues

At 220 pounds, Plymouth senior standout Seth Bailey marched on without issue as expected on Saturday.

Bailey had a bye to begin his bracket, then pinned Crestview’s Lucas Yost in 50 seconds to advance to the title match against Monroeville’s Montgomery Walls.

Walls was able to put up an early fight, nearing getting a two-point reversal before settling for an escape.

But Bailey ramped it up from there, cruising to a 13-3 major decision win despite needing blood time after getting poked near the eye.

With the win, Bailey improved to 41-1 overall this season, and won his third conference championship.

“It’s awesome to be a three-time conference champion, something I don’t think has been done too much in Plymouth history,” Bailey said. “It’s an awesome accomplishment.”

Bailey said his best work in recent weeks has been from his feet.

“My neutral and wrestling from my feet is my best spot right now,” he said. “I’ll keep sticking to that as we keep moving forward, and adjust as needed. But I feel like it’s where I’m at my best right now.”

A three-time district qualifier, Bailey is yet to make that last step to the state championships at the Ohio State University Schottenstein Center.

“It would mean everything,” he said. “I’ve got one last chance to get to the Schott, so really hope it works out.”

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