Hillsboro's Lane Cluff wrestles Indian Creek's Sam Robinson in his first match  at the OHSAA Division II State Wrestling Tournament, Thursday. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
Hillsboro's Lane Cluff wrestles Indian Creek's Sam Robinson in his first match at the OHSAA Division II State Wrestling Tournament, Thursday. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
COLUMBUS — Hillsboro sophomore Lane Cluff made his debut at the OHSAA Division II State Wrestling Tournament on Thursday, wrestling in the 285-pound weight class.

Cluff lost his first match by a score of 3-2, with the sophomore standing strong against his opponent, senior Sam Robinson of Indian Creek. The loss moves Cluff’s overall record to 35-10 overall, but he still has one match left on Thursday. Cluff will next face Noah Meeker, a senior from Elida. Meeker has a record of 47-4 overall.



As for Cluff in his championship prelim match against Robinson, he trailed by a 2-1 score after the first period. In that round, Cluff got down 2-0 following a reversal by Robinson at the 1:05 mark. Later, Cluff cut that deficit in half with an escape with 55 seconds left in the first period, leaving that the score after the first two minutes.

The second period began with Cluff on top, getting his opponent on the ground and gaining control of the pace of the match. As the match continued, Robinson (30-16) managed to add another point on an escape, as that stayed the score after two periods.

Cluff got back to within a point of Robinson with an escape with 1:49 left in the third, but Cluff was not able to gain any more points as he lost in his state wrestling debut.

Getting to the state tournament in just his third year of wrestling saw Cluff finish as a district runner-up (3-1), sectional runner-up (2-1) and South Central Ohio League runner-up (2-1).

In the first consolation round match, Meeker defeated Cluff by pin fall at 59 seconds.