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Grapple Blossoms

The country's best wrestlers square off at the Senior Championships.

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Get ready to grapple with the Senior Wrestling Championships.
  • Get ready to grapple with the Senior Wrestling Championships.

4/4-4/6

Unbeaten in 42 matches this year, J. Jaggers has one more high school challenge to contend with: being crowned the nation's best at this weekend's Senior Wrestling Championships. It's a national competition featuring more than 750 of the best high school seniors in 14 weight classes. Jaggers, a 135-pounder from St. Peter Chanel, is a favorite: He recorded a pin and three technical falls at the Division III state title match in February to become only the 13th four-time champ in Ohio history. Joining Jaggers from the area is Ricky Deubel of Kenston, whose Division II victory at 119 pounds put him in the state record books as the second wrestler ever to win as a freshman and senior. Defending Division I state champs Steve Luke (160 pounds) and Jason Johnston (135), both from Massillon Perry, will be there, as will two-time state titleholder Ryan Smith (119) from Olmsted Falls. The mats start getting sweaty at 9 a.m. Friday through Sunday at the Cleveland Convention Center, 500 Lakeside Avenue. Tickets are $10; call 216-621-0600. -- Cris Glaser

Belayed Gratification

4/1, 4/6

Rock climbing is more than just aggressive exercise. It's also zen-tastic, says Lee Zickel. "Climbing is big on stress relief," offers the owner of the Rock Gym, which hosts a weekly Introduction to Rock Climbing. "It really allows you to clear your mind." And it's all about personal achievement. Zickel encourages first-timers to view climbing as a process: "A goal-oriented person comes in with the mindset that they have to beat' the wall," he explains. "One doesn't change the rock in order to beat it. One changes themselves in order to attain the top." Zickel insists that one preliminary class is all that most people need before moving on to more advanced levels. The introductory course covers all the basics. And yes, you will be climbing. It starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the Rock Gym, 21200 St. Clair Avenue in Euclid. Admission is $15; call 216-692-3300. -- Nadia Michel

Dirty Birds

SAT 4/3

To a horny American woodcock, size matters. This plump ladies' bird gets his groove on at Saturday's Woodcock Watch. Marvel as he climbs 80 feet for a 45-second aerial dance to show off his powerful wings and then descends to greet his gal pal -- who is so aroused at this point that she chases him back into the air for some in-flight grinding. And stamina's the key: Woodcock sex lasts up to 45 minutes! It all goes down (and up . . . and down) at 6 p.m. at the Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve, 11620 Ravenna Road in Munson Township. Admission is free. Call 440-286-9516 for more information. -- Cris Glaser

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