Monebrake is one of 14 area wrestlers that will be wrestling for a title Saturday.
However, the biggest news may be who isn’t.
Three time D-III state champ Tommy Hoskins of Legacy Christian Academy was upset 4-2 in overtime by Delta’s Cole Mattin in the semis at 126 while Miami East’s projected state champ Alex Isbrandt was upset in the D-III semis at 138.
Miami East senior Graham Shore continued his dominating state tournament with a not-as-close-as-it-looks 9-3 win to advance to his first title match at 120 in D-III.
“Four years ago, if you would have told me I was going to place once in the state tournament, I would have said maybe,” said Shore, who will become a four-time placer. “I think my nerves were too high when I was younger. Now, I’m just excited.”
Shore will face the same Julian Sanchez of Genoa that derailed his title quest last year with a 4-2 win in the quarters.
“I’ve wanted that match for a year,” Shore said.
The stage is also set for a pair of district final rematches.
Valley View’s Stone Day and Graham’s Gage Braun will square off for the D-II title at 195.
Fairfield’s Zach Shupp and LaSalle’s Dustin Norris will meet for the D-I title at 106.
Shupp beat Norris 4-2 in overtime in the district title match last weekend.
Shupp led Michael Shaw of Olmstead Falls 8-1 before recording the fall at the 5:11 mark.
“Last year, it was a big deal,” Shupp said of making the finals. “This year, I expected to be in the finals and I am expected to win it.”
Graham advanced nine to the finals to build a 130-point lead over CVCA. The Falcons have already clinched their 18th consecutive team title.
Fairmont’s Nevan Snodgrass dropped a 4-2 decision to former state champ – and four time finalist – Jaden Mattix of Central Crossing in the D-I semis at 160.
Chaminade Julienne’s Micah Marshall fell 4-2 in the semis at 145 in D-II while Bellbrook’s Ben Sherrill fell 2-0 at 138.
Southeastern will have its first placer after Jesse Mitchell advanced to the semis in D-III at 160 before falling to Nelsonville-York’s Colt Yingling 14-5.
“I knew I should place,” Mitchell said. “I expected myself to get in the top six.”
Wrestling begins at 10 a.m. Saturday with the consolation semis and consolation finals with a 5:30 p.m. start time for finals.