COLUMBUS - After two days at the Ohio Wrestling State Tournament at Ohio State University, Steubenville Big Red senior Greg Moray has himself one step away from greatness.
On the strength of a 25-second pin of Greenfield McClain's Brandon Davis in the quarterfinals, and a 12-2 major decision over Hamilton Ross' Frank Heimkreiter in the semifinals, Moray (37-0) reached today's 220-pound final against Wauseon's Zane Krall (41-3). Krall made it to the final with an 11-0 major decision over Sandusky Perkins' Kordell Chaney. The state championship matches are scheduled to start at 5:45 p.m.
"He (Krall) was in the other half of the bracket last year, and he and Greg lost to the same kid," Big Red coach Mike Blackburn. "He's pretty talented. We watched him a little. He's an active 220-pounder. What really stood out is he looked like he was pretty good on top.
"Greg will definitely have to wrestle a good match."
Also assuring himself of a spot on the podium is Big Red freshman Tariq Wilson at 106 pounds.
Wilson (48-6) came back from a 24-7 tech fall loss to St. Paris Graham Local's Eli Stickley to down Mogadore Field's Cory Simpson 6-3, and keep hopes for a third-place finish alive.
He faces Milan Edison's Evan Cheek in the consolation semifinals today at 10 a.m.
A win over Cheek puts Wilson in the third-place match, a loss sees him wrestle for fifth. Those matches are scheduled for 11 a.m.
Anthony Craig (34-5) at 126 pounds and Anthony Parada (39-10) at 132 pounds of Big Red were eliminated during Friday's action.
Big Red sits at eighth-place overall going into today's matches.
In Division III, Shadyside's Alex Quinn will go for the 152-pound crown against Norwayne's Kollin Moore.
Quinn advanced by pinning Bluffton's Zach Wilson in 2:40.
Martins Ferry's Damon Outward remains alive for third place at 126, while Shadyside's Ian Baker is in the hunt at 145 and River's Joe Dotson is alive at 220.