O’Neil medals at state, first to do so in six years

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Lucas Bennett

O'Neil wrestles in the district tournament where he finished second propelling him to the state tournament.

The OHS varsity wrestling team sent two wrestlers to the state tournament (Feb. 20-22). Dominic O’Neil (12) took 5th place in the 138 pound weight class becoming the first state medalist OHS has had in six years.

O’Neil had previously qualified for state two years in a row, not winning a medal once.

“It was a big relief,” O’Neil said, “I’ve been working towards this goal since the sixth grade and it was great to finally reach it.”

Junior Austin Neal also qualified for the state tournament, but failed to make weight, and was unable to compete. The team as a whole had a good season and a lot of credit has been pointed to O’Neil and his quiet, but effective leadership.

“The team showed great improvement overall and we had a very positive season” head coach Brett Lieberoff said.

Coach Lieberoff also commented about how proud he was to see Dominic succeed.

“It feels great to see a kid who has worked so hard for so long succeed,” Lieberoff said.