The sport of wrestling runs deep in the veins of the Yinger brothers, after all their dad was a state runner-up and state champion for Nelsonville-York in 1988-1989.
Matt Yinger who is the head coach of the Nelsonsville-York have watched his sons like any other father grow up through the sport and is now beaming with pride as his sons, Colt(11th) and Colin(10th), will take the mats today in the division III high school state championships. But this is alot more then just another weekend of wrestling for Matt and his family.
Colt, who is now a 3X OHSAA state qualifier, placed 3rd last season at the 145 pound class for Nelsonville-York. But since the school year started he has been 100 miles away from home as he moved to Mechanicsburg to live with his grandparents for his junior season. The #1 ranked wrestler needed a change of pace and it just so happens that his grandparents live in Mechanicsburg, where the junior wrestler would also have the opportunity to train daily with soon to be 4X state champion Kaleb Romero. Colt has had an amazing junior campaign with only one controversial loss on his record to go with 27 victories.
His little brother Colin is making his first appearance at the state tournament by finishing 3rd at his district tournament and is bringing in a 47-5 record. He is predicted to finish 6th at 106 by the OWN team while big brother is the #1 choice at 152.
Anyone who knows the Yinger's know that dad normally makes that 100 mile trek every Sunday to spend time with Colt before making the emotional 100 mile trek back to Nelsonville-York.
But now is the time for dad and mom to sit back and soak in the moment as both of their sons are finally back together again as they will be gunning for state gold the next three days in Columbus.
Colt will be returning to his hometown school for his senior season and will be taking college courses at Hocking College. He is verbally committed to wrestling for the Ohio University Bobcats.
For most this is the state wrestling tournament, but for the Yinger family this weekend is a family reunited on the mats of the Schott.