Reflecting on his team’s performance at the Division II state tournament, Aurora coach Johnny Papesh was happy, but not satisfied with his team’s results.
"I’m pretty happy," Papesh said. "It says a lot when you have four state placers, which is the most we’ve had in a while, and I’m still angry. I love this kids. They’re going to put in a lot of work. It’s going to be a fun year next year."
The Greenmen wrapped up their tournament during the morning session Saturday at Value City Arena in Columbus.
Aurora finished with 34.5 team points, which had them sitting in 14th place heading into the final session. The Greenmen had four juniors finish as All-Ohioans.
Aurora ended up with two fifth-place finishes.
At 138 pounds, Andy Garr had rough draw in his consolation semifinal, as he ran into St. Paris Graham defending state champion J.D. Stickley and lost 9-3.
Garr rebounded in the fifth-place match with a 3-1 win over Bellbrook’s Ben Sherrill to claim his first All-Ohio spot.
Also taking fifth place — and his first All-Ohio honor —was junior 152-pounder Will McGhee.
McGhee dropped a tough 4-1 loss to Carrollton’s Justin Shaw in the consolation semifinal, but claimed fifth-place via a forfeit, as Waseon’s Sandro Ramirez was disqualified from the tournament earlier.
Greenmen 132-pounder Jack Gorman had to settle for sixth place in his second All-Ohio finish. Gorman went to overtime with Lisbon Beaver’s Skyler Lasure in the consolation semifinals, but lost 3-1 in the sudden victory period.
Gorman was then pinned in 1:16 in the third-place match by Tiffin Columbian’s Skyler Blust.
At 120 pounds, Aurora’s Kyle Petersen took an eighth-place finish in his first state trip. He lost 7-4 to Louisville’s Davin Rhoads in the seventh-place match.