The Genoa Middle School Wrestling Comets captured their fourth Suburban Lakes League championship in the last four years at Elmwood Middle School.
The Comets dominated the field by placing all 15 of their wrestlers. Genoa wrestlers sailed through the preliminaries and the semifinals decidedly by winning all but two bouts and placing 13 wrestlers into the championship finals.
The Maroon and Grey captured six champions and outdistanced runner up Woodmore by 98 points. Head coach Bob Bergman and assistant Matt Traver led the Comets to the school’s 14th SLL championship.
Genoa had six first place finishes, seven second place, and one each at third and fourth to score 264 ½ points. Woodmore had three first place, three second place, three third place, and five fourth place to score 166 ½.
Following in third was Eastwood with two first place, five second place, two third place, and two fourth place for 158 ½ points. Elmwood was fourth with 135 points, and Lake was fifth with 53 points on one second place, three third place, and one fourth place. Gibsonburg was sixth with 37 points on one first place and three fourth place. Otsego (34) and Lakota (20) finished out the field.
Of 27 Genoa victories, 23 were by pin. Since 2004, the Comets have captured 25 individual SLL championships, had 35 SLL finalists, earned 59 all-league medals, and have gone 29-4 in dual meets.
Genoa wrestlers placing were Seth Morrison (82 pounds, 16-7 record, first place, two pins,), Max Reeder (88, 16-3, second, one pin), Nathan Moore (94, 15-5, second, one pin), Logan Scott (100, 13-7, second, two pins), Drew Keenan (106, 17-7, second), Sam Reinhart (112, 21-3, first, two pins), Nathan Breuer (118, 15-6, second, one pin), Ryan Espinoza (124, 23-3, first, two pins), Zack Roberts (130, 11-4, second, two pins), Ryan Szymanski (136, 8-3, first, one pin), Jake Fejes (144, 15-4, first, one pin), Mike Snider (152, 18-4, third, three pins), Triston Smith (162, 13-5, first, three pins), Randy Brown (174, 6-3, fourth, one pin), and Nick Keller (207, 3-1, second, one pin).
Smith pinned his way through the tournament and Espinoza leads the team with 15 pins. Reinhart and Breuer placed second last year, Szymanski and Fejes were third in 2008. Brown and Keller are first-year wrestlers, and Snider, Roberts, and Morrison are second-year wrestlers.
The Genoa Middle School wrestling team was edged out of first place by a half a point when they opened up the 2008 season hosting their own invitational.
The Maroon and Grey outpaced SBC powerhouse Oak Harbor by a margin of six points to solidify a second place finish by the tournaments’ end. Genoa displayed it's depth by qualifying eight wrestlers into the championship finals and five into the consolation finals, giving the Comets a total of 13 place finishers.
Placing for the Comets were Trey Fairchild-4th, Max Reeder-2nd, Nathan Moore-2nd, Logan Scott-2nd, Sam Reinhart-2nd, Drew Keenan-3rd, Nathan Breuer-2nd, Ryan Espinoza-3rd, Ryan Szymanski-2nd, Jacob Fejes-4th, Nick Vizi-4th, Tristen Smith-2nd, and Daniel Hayes-2nd.
The Oak Harbor Middle School wrestlers came up just short taking third in the annual Genoa Invitational Tournament. On the backs of five individual champions, a skeleton crew of nine wrestlers banged their way through the tournament only to come up 6½ points shy of the team champion, Wauseon.
Each of the nine Rocket wrestlers that competed in the tournament placed. Champions were Tate Haar (86), Josh Chambers (104), Luke Cramer (110), Jared Chambers (116) and Hunter Gresh (128).
Kevin Rarden was runner-up at 142, Zach Seaman (92) and Ben Genzman (134) each placed third, and Jim Chambers took fourth at 122.
Team Standings were Wauseon-164, Genoa-163½, Oak Harbor-157½, Springfield-117, Perkins-112, Perrysburg-92, Archbold-37½, Lake-18.
After being edged out of first place in the Genoa Invitational by a half a point, the Genoa wrestlers had many questions going into The Comet Clash Dual Tournament on December 13, Coach Bob Bergman said.
Hosted in the same gymnasium, with some familiar faces, the Comets had a chance to put to rest some doubts. However, the tournaments eventual champion, Eisenhower, only raised more frustrations for the Comets as they outlasted the Genoa contingent in the first round by a score of 50-31.
Following the contest, the maroon and gray regrouped and rattled off four straight dual victories to earn a second place finish.
Capping the day off was an electric dual with what Coach Bergman called “a well coached, tradition rich” Oak Harbor team (five time defending SBC champions), which claimed five individual champions from the Genoa Invitational Tournament the week before.
The dual went back and forth with each side swapping leads until the Comets took a lead of 22-15. Halfway through the meet, Nathan Breuer started the Comet comeback with a pin early in the first period which sparked a streak of five consecutive match victories, eight continuous weight class wins, 42 unanswered points, and 7 of 11 matches wrestled won by Genoa. At the match’s end, Genoa had outpaced the Rockets by a final score of 57-16.
“Genoa had to fight tooth and nail for every inch they gained on the Red and Green as both squads poured their hearts out in each match. Both Ottawa County teams left the Celestial Battle with a great deal of respect and admiration for one another,” Coach Bergman said.
After the Comets first round loss to Eisenhower, Genoa wrestlers dominated the remainder of the field going 4-0 with a combined team score of 254-68 and going 45-14 in individual matches in the final four rounds.
The Genoa grapplers recorded 30 pins on the day, averaging six pins per dual meet. Against Huron, the Comets set a tournament high 11 pins in a row from the 86 pound weight class through 160.
Going 5-0 for Genoa and scoring 27 team points was Maxwell Reeder. Genoa's dual meet record now stands at 6-1
Dual scores were Eisenhower 50, Genoa 31; Genoa 58, Lexington 24; Genoa 78, Huron 18; Genoa 61, Fremont 25; Genoa 57, Oak Harbor 16. Dual records were Eisenhower (5-0), Genoa (4-1), Oak Harbor (3-2), Fremont (2-3), Lexington (1-4), Huron (0-5).
Individual records were (*number of pins) *Maxwell Reeder 5-0; *** Nathan Breuer 4-1; *** Drew Keenan 4-1; ***Ryan Espinoza 4-1; **Jake Fejes 4-1; * Mike Snider 4-1;** Tristen Smith 4-1; *Trey Fairchild 3-2; **Seth Morrison 3-2; **Nate Moore 3-2; ***Logan Scott 3-2; *Sam Reinhart 3-2; ***Ryan Szymanski; Cody Buckner 2-3; Dan Hayes 1-4; *Randy Brown 1-0; *Garrett Poiry 1-0.