APPLE CREEK — Waynedale is about to complete a “Decade of Dominance” in wrestling, which was born out of a pair of single-digit setbacks at the little Wayne County Athletic League Tournament in 2005 and 2006.
“We were so upset by those close losses to Northwestern (162-159.5 and then 188-187) that we decided we didn’t want to just win County the next year /* we wanted to win it the next 10,” said 23rd-year Waynedale head coach Louie Stanley. “That was our plan and we’ve won nine of 10.
`What it really led to is more success at the sectional, district and state level, which has been even more amazing to us.`
The Golden Bears won their fifth straight WCAL title, the most for the school in any sport, on Saturday at Chippewa.
Waynedale has set its sites on much higher prizes to close out the season over the next month….
John Arena with a school-best 31-0 record and the No. 3 seed out of eight teams in Div. III.
Later this month, Waynedale will be favored to win its seventh sectional title and is expected to vie for a fifth district crown in 10 years.
The Bears have a chance for a top-five state individual tournament finish for the fifth time in a decade when they visit the Schottenstein Center March 3-5.
Before Waynedale’s current run, highlighted by a Div. III state title in 2012, only one other area team had ever finished in the state’s top five (Orrville, 1978).
What’s the secret?
One of the first questions in examining Waynedale’s recent boom is a simple one: “How are they doing…