When Mike Helm first became a part of the Eastern Ohio Wrestling League, spiked hair and boom boxes just starting to become cool.
Things have changed quite a bit since then, and some things have stayed the same. Spiked hair came back in style, sorta, but the EOWL, which holds its 52nd annual tournament this weekend, is quite different.
Sure, the EOWL was a good league back in the late 70s and early 80s, but as it expanded over the years, with Helm taking over as the league commissioner five years ago, the competition has hit an all-time high.
“I don’t know that I’ve ever seen this much depth in this tournament,” said Helm, who wrestled at West Branch in the late 1970s and was the head coach from 1998 through 2013, coaching multiple state champions. “It’s quality depth. We’ve always had some pretty good weight classes, but this time around … if you’re not ready, you’re going to get beat. That’s all there is to it.”
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.
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