When the season starts, the goal for any wrestler is to end his season in Columbus at the state wrestling tournament.
Eaton senior Aldin Leaker and Tri-County North junior Colton Booth, both reached that goal for the first time in their careers.
The 77th Annual State Wrestling Tournament was held Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 27-March 1, at the Jerome Schottenstein Center.
For Leaker, a senior, it was his first and only trip.
Leaker entered the Division II tournament with more than 100 career wins and a 30-9 record this season.
“Making it to state was the goal for this season for Aldin,” Eaton coach Mark Silver said. “Hundreds of wrestlers would kill to say they made it to the top 16 in the state. Once you get there, that focus changes to making the podium. Aldin made the first goal and finished in the top 16. But his season ended there.”
Leaker lost his first round match, 12-4, to Kordell Ford of Hillsboro. In the consolation round, Leaker was ahead on points when he got caught and pinned at the 4 minute mark by Caleb Horn of Amanda-Clearcreek.
Leaker finished his season with a 30-11 record with 24 pins and his career with a 103-52 mark, with 82 pins.
“Aldin had a great career and was pleasure to work with. He will be an asset to any program or career that he pursues,” Silvers said.
Ford lost in the championship bout and Horn went on to finish in 8th place.
For Booth, his trip to the Division III state tournament ended in two matches as well, but he will have another shot at qualifying.
Booth lost to Dom Johns of Coshocton, 18-7, in the first round. In his consolation match, Booth lost to Logan Campbell of Ashland Crestview, 6-4.
Johns placed 7th, while Campbell fought his way back to finish 3rd.
St. Paris Graham won its 14th straight team title with 185.5 points in Division II. Uhrichsville Claymont was second with 137.5 points.
In Division III, Delta won the team title with 141 points, while Miamisburg Dayton Christian was second with 122.5 points.
Former Eaton wrestler Michael May, who now wrestles for Dayton Christian placed 6th at 120 pounds.