State champ honored at Statehouse

COLUMBUS – Tiffin Columbian senior Seth Williams went from being declared the 2014 Division II State Wrestling Champion to being honored for his achievements Wednesday at the Ohio House of Representatives.

State Rep. Rex Damschroder, R-Fremont, honored Williams with a resolution during a voting session.

“Seth was named the state champion after a 5-1 victory,” Damschroder said. “This was his fourth trip to the state championships and he rose above all the others.

“From his coach Chad Long, he said ‘Seth is a great kid and a great role model.’ We at the Ohio House of Representatives wish Seth the best in all his future endeavours.”

Williams’ wrestling win was the first win in Columbian’s history of the sport.

“This is a great honor. I really don’t know what to say,” Williams said. “I am thankful to be recognized for my accomplishments and hard work.”

Seth’s mother, Wendy Williams, said wrestling has been a part of his life since he was 5 years old.

“This honor is wonderful for Seth,” she said. “He has worked very hard.”

Wendy Williams said she always has been supportive of Seth, driving him back and forth to practices and making sure he is prepared for tests.

Accompanying Seth Williams Wednesday were Long and Columbian Athletic Director Derek Lewis.

“It is nice to see the culmination of (Seth’s) hard work with not just the four years he has been at Columbian, but the many years he as spent wrestling,” Lewis said. “I believe good things happen to good people and Seth is a good person.”

Williams is to attend The Ohio State University in the fall. He said he is undecided on a major, but he plans to continue wrestling.

“I will just have to work extra hard and get rest,” he said. “If you take care of your body, it will take care of you.”

“Seth will continue to have great success at OSU,” Lewis said. “He is one of those students that we are proud to send on and say he is one of ours.”