Ty Cobb ‘one-arms’ his way to eighth place at state

By: 
J. Patrick Eaken

There needs to be an award for Clay junior wrestler Ty Cobb — at least the biggest heart award.

Cobb came into the Division I state meet at Hilliard Darby High School a 220-pound district champion and unbeaten at 34-0. The odds that Cobb would place high were exactly that — high.

“He would have, but he got hurt in an early match,” Clay coach Ralph Cubberly said. “He won a couple matches and then he got hurt. He tore his peck muscle. He wrestled his last three matches basically with one arm. He wanted to try and get better than eighth because he knew he was going to get eighth. 

“He went out and wrestled his last three matches with one arm and it was tough. He got in for eighth but then he lost two in a row just because of his arm. He could not even hardly get his singlet on. He was trying to pull his singlet over his shoulder and stuff like that,” Cubberly added.

Cobb got his own lucky break — he opened winning by default over Northmont senior Phil Tracey (6-5), but then lost to the eventual state champion, Olentangy Liberty sophomore Dylan Russo (34-4), 5-1.

In the consolation bracket, Cobb pinned Stow-Munroe Falls sophomore Teddy Gregory (30-5) in 3:53, but that was the end of the winning thanks to his injury. He lost two consecutive matches to finish 36-3 on the season and in eighth place at state. Cubberly says Cobb continues to improve and with one year remaining the sky is the limit.

“He has matured a little bit more and he’s become an upperclassman, so that is the thing,” Cubberly said. “Your freshman and sophomore year you are not really too sure what you are supposed to do but when you are a junior or senior you start thinking what you are going to do. You kind of fall into that mode, and now he is a junior so his mental game has improved a lot — his confidence level.”

Cobb was one of three Clay wrestlers qualifying to the state meet, and none of the three will graduate this year, which bodes well for Cubberly’s squad next year.

At 106, sophomore Micah Medina (32-10) placed seventh. Cubberly thought Medina could have done better, too, but he needed the state tournament experience that he did not get last year.

“He did well. He lost his first match,” Cubberly said. “I think he might have been a little nervous. He qualified for state last year but because of COVID he didn’t get to wrestle there. 

“Well, he got to wrestle this year, and he was a little nervous in his first match. It showed. You know, he lost his first match but then he came all the way back to place, so that was really good. He got the jitters out of him and he wrestled well. Even the matches that he lost in the consolation bracket were one-point matches right at the very end. He was right there, but I think just a little bit nervous the first time for him.”

Medina’s opening round loss was to Miamisburg freshman Jayden Cochran (29-4) by a close 10-8 decision. Cochran did not even go on to place, but Medina did.

Medina swept through the consolation bracket, defeating Westland junior Tyler Jude (35-4), 9-2, and winning 5-2 over Cincinnati LaSalle freshman Tanner Spaulding (33-10). Medina lost 3-1 in overtime to Olentangy Liberty freshman Jaxson Rosselli (30-9). To place seventh, Medina pinned Teays Valley sophomore Gunner Havens (33-6) in 2:35.

Clay’s other state qualifier was 113-pound junior Nick Rodriguez (30-6), who went two and out. For Cubberly and his wrestlers, which won their ninth Three Rivers Athletic Conference title in 10 years, it ended a crazy year that seemed long for Cubberly, but really was over in no time.

“The season was long. It was actually short, but it was long,” Cubberly said. “At Clay, we got shut down eight weeks this year. We had six weeks of shutdown from Lucas County (Health Department) and then we came back and got put on shutdown for two more weeks. You know, when you have only gotten eight weeks of workouts and you are wrestling all these teams that didn’t miss any times, that is crazy.”

At least now, the Oregon Clay spring and summer travel team can get back to work — that was canceled last year because of the pandemic, too.

“Our summer training cycle got wiped off the map last year, so we are gearing up for that this year. That is huge,” Cubberly said.

 

 

 

 

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