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With no wrestling tournament, a game of rock paper scissors broke out

There may not be a state wrestling tournament this year.

There will, however, at least be one 106-pound champion.

When the Ohio High School Athletic Association decided last week to postpone the winter state sports tournaments for at least three weeks, a few of the Division III 106-pounders got an idea to still compete.

Not on the mat, but on the internet.

And grappling in a different way.

“Everybody can play rock paper scissors,” Lima Central Catholic’s Gavin Caprella.

Carey coach Ryan Pratt, who is also Caprella’s barber, said the sophomore and friends freshman Cooper Shore of Casstown Miami East and senior Caleb Schroer of Troy Christian got the idea to do “something” with the others in their weight class bracket when the state tournament was postponed.

“They’re making light of the situation,” Pratt said. “That’s a wrestler who thought, ‘You know, I’m going to get ahold of some of these guys.’

“They literally set a 16-man bracket up just like state and whoever comes up the champion has bragging rights. I just thought that was funny,” he said. “I’m glad to see some kids having fun and knowing it’s not the end of the world, big things are coming.”

The first thought was a Madden tournament, but after using social media to contact everyone in the bracket, Caprella said they realized they all didn’t have the same game system so they moved on to something a bit more universal — the age-old game of rock paper scissors.

They kept the same bracket as the state tournament and used social media to compete.

“We’re all in a big group on Snapchat,” Caprella said. “We FaceTime each other and then we play rock paper scissors, best three out of five. And then the winner moves on.”

“Everybody thinks it’s really funny and really cool,” he said. “I think it’s really funny how we’re just doing this because we’re not going wrestle at the state tournament against each other, at least for now.”

The rock paper scissors tournament was still going on Saturday when Caprella, who won his first-round contest, took time to be interviewed, and he said it could take a while to complete.

He said he wasn’t sure when it would be completed and what the winner would receive, although a large printed championship bracket was one possibility.

But the chance to do something different and make friends along the way makes winners of them all, Caprella said.

“I think we’re just a unique answer to what’s going on right now, at least I hope so because I think it’s awesome what we’re doing,” he said. “I think it’s real funny how all of us are just able to be in the same group and have this opportunity to play with each other and not have any problems.

“I only know two kids in my (state tournament) weight class and now I’m in a group chat with a ton of other kids I just met on the phone and it just doesn’t seem weird,” Caprella said. “It’s great. It’s pretty fun.”

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