COLUMBUS - There's a lot that can be intimidating about a No. 2 nationally-ranked wrestler, a three-time state champion with a 47-0 record in pursuit of a fourth.
That doesn't scare Clyde's Beau Minnick.
Minnick will lock up with Micah Jordan of St. Paris Graham in today's Division II 145-pound championship match.
Clyde 145-pounder Beau Minnick competes with Claymount’s Caden Herron in the quarterfinals Friday in Columbus. Minnick won the match, part of a 2-0 day that has him in the state finals.
Jordan is a favorite in the eyes of many, except Minnick. He's ready to shock the world.
"It feels amazing (being in the finals), but still not content necessarily, because I got another match to go. And, I got a tough guy in the finals so we'll see how it plays out."
"It doesn't really matter to me, though. I'm not afraid of him at all or else I wouldn't have went this weight. I just got to go after it."
Minnick earned the right to wrestle for a state championship by scoring a pair of victories Friday. He opened his day with an 11-4 win over Caden Herron of Claymont, then topped Heath Lange of Indian Lake 9-3.
Minnick grabbed the advantage against Lange, scoring a takedown with 15 seconds left in the first round. He let up an escape early in the second but scored another takedown to up his lead to 4-1 heading into the third period. Minnick only increased his lead from there, before riding out the win.
"There with about 15 seconds left, I just kind of went freestyle and kind of spaced out 'cause I knew I didn't have a stalling call yet," he said. "Trying not to get scored on."
Clyde coach Rob Jennings said after the semifinal win that he couldn't be prouder of his senior for what he's accomplished.
"Unbelievably proud," Jennings said. "Everything that he's gone through all four years just in high school, but where he's come from in biddy up until now and all the hurdles he's had to jump through and over, it's been quite a ride for him. All the credit to Dad for driving him around for all these years. All that pays off and now he's got a shot. It's exactly what he wanted to come down here and do, and he's put himself in an opportunity to make that happen."
The semifinals were a mixed bag for Jennings. Right after Minnick's win, Blake Miller took the same mat in his 152-pound semifinal against Mike Repko of Vermillion. Miller fell behind 7-2 but battled back getting within 7-6 late. He gave up an escape point in an attempt to get a tying takedown, but couldn't beat the clock.
Jennings said Minnick and Miller have done a great job carrying the torch for the Flier program that has had a great run of success for multiple decades now.
"To be honest it goes back to 1991 when we were state runners-up for the first time," Jennings said. "We've had a 30-almost-year run here where we've had an extreme amount of success. You can stack us up against a lot of the other public schools in the state of Ohio over that time. So these guys have been able to carry that torch and it's a pretty awesome accomplishment as a community. It's a credit to our biddy program all the way through the high school."
Miller will be back in the consolation round at 10 a.m. to wrestle for a chance at third place. Minnick will be in the finals that start with the parade of champions at 5:30 p.m..
"I just got to go out, I got to attack," Minnick said. "I can't let him set the pace of his match. I got to set my own pace."