Last Saturday, i twas Willard storming past host Huron with a 28-6 fourth quarter in a 53-46 win over the Tigers.
The two teams rematched Friday’s regular season finale, and it was Huron using big advantages in the first and third quarters to score a 60-47 win over the Crimson Flashes.
Michael Hurst scored a game-high 29 points, including 16 in the final half.
Huron (8-12, 5-7) outscored Willard (5-17, 3-9) 18-8 in the third to take a 42-27 lead to the final quarter.
For the Flashes, Terry Baldridge led the way with 15 points, followed by 11 from Brevon Polachek.
Willard faces Ashland Crestview (6-16) in a Division III sectional semifinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hopewell-Loudon High School.
Plymouth 48, Mapleton 39
NANKIN TWP. — The Big Red held the host Mounties scoreless in the second quarter to take a commanding double-digit lead, before holding off a second-half comeback for a Firelands Conference win Friday.
Jacob Adams tallied 19 points for Plymouth (12-10, 9-5), which clinched a winning season with the victory. Kade Collins chipped in with 15 points.
The Big Red led 28-27 entering the fourth quarter, then outscored Mapleton (4-18, 2-12) by a 20-12 margin in the final eight minutes.
Plymouth faces Mansfield Christian (13-9) in a rematch of a 60-58 overtime loss on Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Lexington High School in a Div. IV sectional semifinal.
New London 58, Crestview 49
OLIVESBURG — The Wildcats snapped a four-game losing streak with a third quarter rally in Friday’s FC win over the Cougars.
New London (11-11, 9-5) trailed 28-21 at halftime, but surged past the Cougars with a 16-6 third quarter scoring advantage. The ‘Cats then outscored the hosts by a 21-15 margin in the final eight minutes.
Karson Howell led New London with a game-high 21 points, while Dane Matthes added 11. Ashton Carruthers scored nine and Justin Marshall added eight.
The ‘Cats open Div. III sectional semifinal play vs. Margaretta (10-12) at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday at Shelby High School.
Five Norwalk wrestlers in sectional semis
SANDUSKY — The Norwalk wrestling team put five wrestlers into today’s semifinals at the Division II sectional championships held at Sandusky High School.
The Truckers are in fifth place as a team with 40 points. Perkins (65) is in first, followed by Bellevue (56) and Sandusky (56) in second. Mansfield Senior is fourth with 49.
Earning spots in the championship semifinals includes Ethan Phillips at 152 pounds for the Truckers. He is joined by Ethan Hernandez (160), Darion Smith (170), Gabe Phillips (182) and Alec Maloney (195).
One of the sectional highlights may come at 160, where Hernandez (39-0) could rematch with Bellevue’s Justin Mayes. Last Saturday, Hernandez won the SBC title at the weight with a 3-1 triple overtime win over Mayes.
Bellevue has six other wrestlers in the semifinals. They include Jayden Mayes (106), Noah Alda (113), Jared Weider (126), Mark Janowicz (132), Collin Corapi (138) and Nick Smythe (152).
Edison in charge
PLYMOUTH — As expected, the Edison wrestling team is running away with the Div. III Plymouth sectional.
After the first day, the Chargers have scored 79.5 points to lead the way — 20.5 points ahead of second place Crestview.
Plymouth (50) is in third, while St. Paul (40), Monroeville (32) and Willard (29.5) are in fifth, sixth and seventh.
For Edison, Casey Barnett (106), Ray Adams (113), Jakey Near (120), Garrett Scott (126), Trent Werner (132), Jordan Keegan (138), Collin Mancuso (152), Alex Crawford (160), Jacob Brewer (170), Sam Stoll (182), John-Mason Neer (195) and Tim Straka (220) are all in the championship semifinals.
That gives the Chargers 12 of a possible 14 in today’s championship semis.
For St. Paul, Myron Stoll (120), Ryan Gross (126) Eric Crabbs (132) Sam Meyer (160), Cam Caizzo (170) and Ben Meyer (182) are all in today’s championship semis.