Junior Cael Woods (113) kept his undefeated streak alive posting a dominating 18 – 3 tech fall win against Caleb Hernandez (Sr., Napoleon) in the championship semifinals.
Woods, now 43 – 0, will face off with two-time returning state champion and three-time state placer Jacob Decatur (Sr., Cuyahoga Falls Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) in Saturday night’s DII 113 state championship tilt. The match-up will be the third in one calendar year that Woods, a two-time returning state placer for the Knights (3rd in 2018, 8th in 2017), and Decatur will have faced each other, each winning once. Decatur (36 – 4), top 10 nationally ranked and a The Ohio State University signee, won the first meeting between the two by with a 8 – 2 decision in last years state tournament championship quarterfinals. Woods returned the favor when he beat Decatur by a 2 – 1 overtime decision for the championship at the North Canton Holiday Invitational this past December.
Woods appearance in the state championship match is the first for the Knights since his older cousin Cole (class of 2016) finished runner-up in 2014. And, a state championship for Woods would be the Knights first since Tyler Hawkins captured the heavyweight state title in 2008, his senior season.
Junior Tyler Masters (120) scored a hard fought 3 – 2 decision victory over Jason Mayes (Sr., Jefferson Area) in the consolation quarterfinals at the ‘82nd Ohio High School Athletic Association DII State Championship Tournament’ at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio Friday evening.
Masters, now 39 – 4 this season, will battle against Logan Ours (Fr., Lisbon Beaver Local, 34 – 5) in Saturday morning’s consolation semifinals match-up. A win for Masters places him in the third-place match, while a loss gives Masters a shot at finishing fifth. Last season, Masters placed sixth in his first state tournament appearance for the Knights.
Both Woods and Masters have sewn up ‘All-Ohio’ honors. For Woods it is his third honor and for Masters his second.
Masters consolation semifinal begins shortly after 10:00 a.m. Saturday with the medals round (3rd – 8th place matches) beginning approximately at 11:00 a.m.
Woods state title match will get underway shortly after 5:45 p.m. Saturday evening.