Thursday, October 6, 2022

Perry’s Kyle Rowan earns second straight trip to state finals bout

COLUMBUS–Perry junior Kyle Rowan on Friday earned a second straight shot at winning a state title when he defeated Lake Catholic’s Brendan McCrone, 6-2, in the Division II 106-pound semifinals of the 82nd Annual OHSAA State Wrestling Championships.

“I’ve been working so hard for this opportunity every day,” Rowan told The News-Herald. “Now that it’s here, I’m ready to take advantage of it.”

Rowan, who finished as the 2018 state runner-up, improved to 40-0 on the year with his decision over McCrone.

The nation’s fourth-ranked 106-pounder opened the tournament with a 20-5 technical fall over Monroe’s Caleb Thomas on Thursday then he pinned Bellevue’s Gabe Alda in Friday morning’s quarterfinals in 1:43.

He’ll wrestle Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s Kenneth Crosby in Saturday’s night’s championship bout. Rowan defeated Crosby in the Alliance district championship last weekend, 8-3.

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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