Clay returned from the Rogers Division I sectional wrestling meet with a team championship, exactly one week after the Eagle grapplers won the schools’ first City League title.
Clay junior Nick Garcia (38-8) reached the 103 final against Collin Jester (Mansfield Madison) by defeating Brandon Morelock (Bowling Green) 15-12.
Sophomore Cody Kish (28-12) reached the 112 final against Mansfield Madison grappler Kyler Clark by defeating Sid Jones (Findlay) with a 16-0 technical fall decision.
.At 119, senior Richie Urias (41-3) reached the final by pinning Lima Senior sophomore Brady Shafer in 1:25, winning a 15-0 technical fall over Madison’s Marian Jester, and defeating Mike Stentz (Ashland) 5-1.
At 125, Clay senior Kody Sutter (29-12) won a 5-0 decision over Steven Johnson (Fremont Ross), but was pinned by Calleen Vanderhof (Marion Harding) in the semifinal in 3:23, and lost in the consolation semifinal to Dan Cannon (Ashland) 12-8.
At 130, Kirk McLaughlin (42-1) pinned Jalen Heidelburg (Ross) in 1:40, pinned Ian Harter (Ashland) in 28 seconds, and defeated Justin Hanuscin (Madison) with a 14-2 major decision to face Jordan Jackson (Findlay) in the final.
At 135, senior Ryan Castilleja (22-15) lost to Nick Miller (BG) by an 18-2 technical fall, defeated Corey Damron (Madison) with a 17-1 technical fall victory in the consolation round, then Tom Mori (Perrysburg) 7-4, and faced Miller again the consolation final.
At 140, Dan Fisher (31-10) pinned Andrew Klupp (Madison) in 58 seconds and defeated Michael Stinchcomb (Findlay) 9-6 to reach the final against Justin Palma (Sandusky).
At 145, sophomore Matt Kohler (21-11) defeated Kris Richardson (Perrysburg) in a 3-1 overtime decision and faced Jerrel Valiant (Sandusky) in the final.
At 152, senior Garrett Ondrus (33-12) defeated Lima Senior freshman Dylan Keith with a 20-4 technical fall, pinned Kody Hootman (Madison) in 3:09, and defeated Austin Morris (Perrysburg) 15-8 to face off with Sam Terrell (Sandusky) in the final.
At 160, senior Justin Wharton (37-6) pinned junior Steven Weber (Rogers) in 2:30, pinned Vincent Williams (Lima Senior) in 46 seconds, and pinned Asher Rumple (Harding) in 55 seconds to face off with Wade Arredondo (Findlay) in the final.
At 171, senior Ben Morrissey (35-12) pinned Brandon O’Neil (Ashland) in one minute exactly, pinned Victor Dominguez (Rogers) in 1:35, and pinned Michael Alexander (Findlay) in 5:35 to face Cody Evans (Ross) in the final.
At 189, Shane Gaghen (12-4) lost to David Seng (Findlay) 6-3, defeated Tony Cook (Sandusky) 6-1, Ben Bembry (BG) 1-0 to face Seng again in the consolation final.
At 215, junior Mike Ackerman (23-8) pinned Dennis Gardner (Rogers) in 25 seconds and defeated Chris Opp (Findlay) 10-6 to face Joe Klupp (Madison) in the final.
At 285, senior Kas Stratidakis (19-13) pinned Daquez Davis (Sandusky) in 3:15 and defeated Dennis Cox (BG) to face Max Gladstone (Findlay) in the final.
Eight Oak Harbor wrestlers continued their trek to the state tournament this past weekend at Fostoria after finishing in the top four at sectionals.
As a team, Oak Harbor would have to settle for second place behind a solid Lexington group. The wrestlers finished the tournament out on a strong note winning eight out of nine matches in the final round. Four were crowned champions while the rest of the crew took second or third.
Winning individual titles for Oak Harbor were Drew Stone, 119, Ian Miller, 135, Konner Witt 140, and Mike Mallernee 160.
Stone outwrestled sixth-ranked John Worthington of Shelby in his finals match to win his second career sectional in an 8-6 overtime match. Down 4-0 in the first period, Rocket coaches say Stone kicked it into a higher gear and ran his opponent into the ground sending the match into overtime. Once overtime started it was all Stone, and Worthington could not keep up. Stone secured the takedown and the title.
Ian Miller would capture his first sectional title by defeating Kardasz of Lexington 19-7. Things started slow for Ian, but soon picked up after an illegal choke was called on his opponent. Once Miller collected his penalty point it was all over, and Miller unleashed a plethora of takedowns sending his opponent packing.
At 140, Konner Witt secured a solid 6-0 victory over a Tiffin Columbian grappler for his first sectional title as well. Coaches said that even after a disappointing SBC tournament, Witt came to wrestle this weekend and performed well.
Mike Mallernee was the last to win a title for the Rockets, but was definitely not the least, coaches say. Mallernee entered as the second seed to his Lexington counterpart, but left not doubt that he is focused and ready for return trip to the state tournament, winning 12-3 in what was described as one of his best matches of the year.
Joining the four titlists at districts will be Alex Bergman, 103, Zach Bergman, 130, Drew Bahnsen, 189, and Zach Sandwisch, 285.
At 103, Alex Bergman took his ffith-ranked opponent to the wire before giving up the go ahead takedown on a duck under, dropping his finals match 3-1and settling for second place. The remaining three qualifiers for Oak Harbor would win their finals match taking third place.
At 130, Zach Bergman would have to avenge an early loss to make it out. After dropping his first bout, Bergman would have to win three in a row just to get into the third and fourth place match. He did just that, and then won a fourth consecutive match to take third, putting him in the district tournament for the second time.
Drew Bahnsen would also take third place, just missing a finals appearance on an 8-11 overtime semifinal loss to a Perkins wrestler. Drew then went on to avenge an earlier loss in the season to take third place at 189, beating a Clyde wrestler, 14-5.
Oak Harbor's "Midge" had another fine weekend and advanced at heavyweight. Zach Sandwisch also had a good semifinal match with a Bellevue wrestler before giving up a pin midway through the second period. The ever improving Oak Harbor heavyweight then went on to win his next two matches finishing third as well.
With the team finishing second and only eight of the 13 making it out, that meant it was curtain call for some of the teammates. Tyler Hackworth would take fifth overall making him a district alternate at 125. The other wrestlers whose season wrapped up were Gabe Frisch, Joe Mallernee, Kyle Mincheff and Brandon Veler, all of which will be back next year.
The district tournament will take place this Friday and Saturday at Fostoria High School. Brackets are posted online at this website www.hswrestling.com. Results from the sectional tournament at Shelby are also posted there as well.
In Division II sectionals at Napoleon, Eastwood was fourth with 169½ points following Central Catholic (241), Maumee (170½), and Wauseon (170). Following the Eagles were Bryan (166), Defiance (136), Napoleon (111½), Rossford (53), Woodward (38), and Libbey (6).
Eastwood wrestler Seth Hoffman won a 160 sectional title by defeating Tony Martin (Central) 5-0.
Eastwood wrestlers David Eaton (135), Luke Eschenbrenner (171), and Ashton Brown (189) were runner-ups. Eaton lost to Shayne Combs (Bryan) in the final 7-2; Eschenbrenner lost to Jason Brown (Napoleon) 9-6; and Ashton Brown lost to Jake Henderson (Central) 3-1 in overtime.
Eastwood wrestler Justin Burket (112) finished third by pinning Lonnie Turner (Maumee) in 2:26 during the consolation final; Eagle Tyler Hahn (125) defeated Chris Roth (Central) 6-2 for third place; and Eagle Matt Schling (285) pinned Xavier Ramirez (Wauseon) in 2:19.
Eastwood wrestler Casey Horn was fourth at 140 after being pinned by Brandon Volkman (Wauseon) in 2:59 during the consolation final. Eagle grappler Alex Depew was sixth after losing by default to Cody Gardner (Bryan).
In D-III at Elmwood, the Royals were champs with 272 ½ points, followed by Port Clinton (142), Lakota (137 ½), Genoa (134 ½), Cardinal Stritch (118 ½), Otsego (96), Gibsonburg (95), Evergreen (82 ½), Lake (81), Northwood (50 ½), Woodmore (47 ½), Fremont St. Joseph (42), and Toledo Christian (14).
Champions were Nick Espinosa (Lake), who defeated Nic Hernandez (Elmwood) 7-6 in the 130 final; Scott Tarver (Genoa) pinned Jason Bonham (Elmwood) in 2:44 during the 135 final; Josh Reindel (CS) pinned Cody Alexander (Elmwood) in 3:42 to win the 140 class; Kyle Gladieux (CS) defeated Tyler Baer (Elmwood) 7-4 to win 152; and Ben St. John (Woodmore) pinned runner-up Jarret Smith (Lake) in 1:13 to win 285; and Jared Heidebrink (CS) defeated second place Chris Repp (Gibsonburg) 3-2 to win 215.
Other second place finishers were Lake grappler Brandon Tantari, who lost to Michael Klemen (Lakota) 7-0 in the championship.
Nick Lang (Northwood) won a major decision over Ben Timmons (Lakota) 16-6 to finish third at 103; Troy Espinosa (Genoa) won a technical fall over Kyle Pierce (Evergreen) 16-1 to finish third at 140; Third place Aaron Roach (Gibsonburg) pinned fourth place Justin Upham (Genoa) in 4:16 at 152; Nick Hineline (CS) defeated Jacob Baker (Elmwood) 12-2; and third place Caleb D’Clute (Genoa) pinned Trevor Tyson (Elmwood) in 2:25.
Adam Klavinger (Genoa) was fourth, losing to Dexter Lee (Elmwood) 9-0 in the 112 consolation final; Ricky Bacon (CS) lost his consolation final to Jeff Smith (Evergreen) 8-0; Aaron Guerra (Lake) lost 6-3 at 135 to Sam Heilman (Evergreen); Garrett Scott (Genoa) lost by default to Josh Wise (Elmwood) at 160; and Mike Miller (Northwood) was defeated by Raymond Hopfinger (PC) 6-4 at 171.
Tyler Mack (Northwood) was fifth at 112 after winning a technical fall over sixth place Jacob Kissell (Gibsonburg) 15-0; Shawn Gantka (Genoa) defeated sixth place Ryan Widmer (Gibsonburg) 6-2 at 119; Damen Escobo (Gibsonburg) defeated Andrew Stewart (Lakota) 7-3 at 125; Lance Mendoza (Northwood) defeated Devin Mazza (Genoa) 9-4 for fifth and sixth at 130; Demetrius Emsberger (Gibsonburg) won by default over Cody Henck (Otsego) at 135; Seth Collum (Gibsonburg) pinned Levi Warfield (Lakota) in 4:48 for fifth at 140; Taylor Schneider (Genoa) defeated Christian Peters (CS) 7-0 for fifth and sixth at 145; Joey Braun (Woodmore) defeated Spencer Wotring (TC) 6-4 at 152; Gary Green (Gibsonburg) defeated Zach Sharpe (Lake) 5-4 for fifth and sixth at 160; and Trevor Koester (Lake) pinned Ben Sanders (TC) in 1:33 to place fifth at 285.
Derek Carr (Lake) is sixth at 103, losing to Brandon Fahrer (Evergreen) 19-3; Jason Mecurio (Woodmore) is sixth at 171 after being pinned by Richard Spencer (Evergreen) in 2:37; and Jaime Mancha (Gibsonburg) is sixth after losing a 5-2 decision at 189 to Dominic Pusateri (PC).