By Doug Chapin
The Howland High wrestling team will be going after its ninth straight team championship in Saturday’s Howland Invitational Wrestling Tournament,
The 52nd edition of the event will be at Howland High.
Last year, Howland nearly doubled the score of runner-up Eastlake North. This year, the Tigers face eight other teams: Girard, Liberty, Salem, Ashtabula Lakeside and Eastlake North as well as Pennsylvania’s Cranberry, Franklin and Northwestern.
The Tigers return four individual champions from the 2012 tournament including Gabe Stark who went on to finish fifth in the state tournament at 138 pounds.
Other 2012 champions from Howland back are Aaron Jackson, 113; Alex Cornicelli, 126; and Cody Davis, 152.
Chuck Morgan of Lakeside won last year at 285 and also qualified for state. He is expected to be back along with other Howland Invitational champions from 2012: Kenny Hobernay, 106, and Paul Gilmore, 220, from Eastlake North; and Dan Greer, 182, from Franklin.
The Howland Invitational Tournament was started in 1962 and is the second-longest running wrestling tournament in the state, trailing only the North Canton Tournament which began a year earlier.
Wrestling begins at 10 a.m. with the championship and consolation finals scheduled at 6 p.m. A Parade of Champions is at 5:50 p.m.
Tickets per session are $6 for adults and $3 for students.