COLUMBUS — Eaton’s Coleman Manning capped off his high school wrestling career with a top-12 finish at the Division II Ohio High School Individual State Wrestling Tournament last weekend.
Manning, a senior, went 1-2 during competition on Thursday and Friday, March 9-10 at the Jerome Schottenstein Center.
“He went out and wrestled great. He had three really good matches at this tournament and there’s no regrets in it. That puts him in the top 12,” Eaton coach Mark Silvers said.
Manning finished his career ranked among the leaders for wins at Eaton.
“He finished up with 131 wins on his career. I want to say that’s about the top three, maybe third, in what Eaton has had as far as career wins. He really had great career,” Silvers said. “You can’t look back and say anything negative. He’s grown and progressed this season. He improved mentally. He got the mental game down this year really, really well. The improvement was obvious.”
Manning opened the tournament with a 5-0 loss to eventual third place finisher Hunter Yackee of Wauseon during the first session on Thursday afternoon.
In the first round of the consolation bracket, Manning, a four-time district qualifier, beat Mitchell Miracle of Caledonia River Valley, 14-12.
Manning’s season and career came to end in his first match on Friday.
Manning lost 4-2 in overtime to Drew Crabtree of Sandusky Perkins. Crabtree went on to place eighth.
“He had a fantastic career. A four-time district qualifier. A one-time state qualifier. There’s a lot of people that would like to be able to say they accomplished that. I’m real proud of him,” Silvers said.
Silvers said Manning grew into the team’s leader.
“He’s grown, not just as a wrestler, but as a young man. His maturity level, he became a leader this year with our team. He was the guy I could count on, not just in leading in attitude and how they worked in practice, but off the mat as well. Just the kind of kid you want in the room. He did a great job,” Silvers said.
“Within our room he was the guy that everybody looked to. He was the one that was our leader. He was the one that set the tone of the practice. He was the one that made things happen. He was the guy that held the other guys accountable. He was the guy who would call the other guys out if they weren’t doing what they were supposed to doing.”
Silvers noted reaching the state tournament is quite an accomplishment.
“You can be pleased but not satisfied. That’s kind of where we go with it. You’re proud that they’ve made it here. To me, making it to the state tournament in Ohio, this is one of the elite states in the country for wrestling. For a kid just to be here is a real accomplishment,” he said.
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