Northmont sophomore Andrew Knick (top) is a returning state qualifier. JOHN CUMMINGS / WRESTLING

High school wrestling: 5 can’t-miss matches

Here are five of the area’s top high school wrestling events:

1. GMVWA Holiday Tournament: The annual event returns to the Butler Student Activity Center in Vandalia on Dec. 27-28. Draws many of the top teams from Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus. A great sectional and district preview.

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2. OHSAA state team tournament: The path to the team state title starts on Jan. 24 at eight regional sites each division. Winners advance to the finals at Ohio State University’s St. John Arena in Columbus on Feb. 11.

3. GWOC tournament: The two-day event is Feb. 9-10 at Fairmont’s Trent Arena.

4. Battle of Far Hills: The Elks host this annual showdown between GWOC rivals Fairmont and Centerville on Jan. 10.

5. Northmont at Butler: The Aviators, labeled the area’s to D-I team, host the Thunderbolts in another dual that will likely be decided in the final matches.

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