Rockets down Comets in state duals tournament showdown
In a state duals tournament showdown, host Oak Harbor defeated Genoa 41-20 in a Division III, Region 17-B quarterfinal match Wednesday night.
Every Rocket wrestler that won a match was an underclassman — as a matter of fact, there were no seniors on either team that won.
Oak Harbor winners were freshman Bruce Hrynciw (106), junior Nick Bergman (120), freshman Jake Huston (126), sophomore Rhett Peterson (132), junior Jeremy Balboa (138), junior Ben Petersen (145), junior Stephen Simkus (152), junior Brody Hennig (160), freshman Kian Thompson (170), and junior T.J. Lawrence (285).
Genoa winners were junior Tyler Baird (182), freshman Matt Herrick (195), and junior Jay Nino (220).
In another quarterfinal with five freshman winning matches, Oak Harbor defeated Hopewell-Loudon, 57-18. Rocket winners were Hrynciw, freshman Dylan Mansor (113), Huston, freshman Jaret Parker (126), sophomore Rhett Petersen (132), Balboa, Ben Petersen, Simkus, Hennig, and Thompson.
Genoa defeated Elmwood, 45-32, in its quarterfinal thanks to Comet winners sophomore Damian D’Emilio (113), senior Dustin Widmer (120), freshman Adam Bates (126), senior Max Reeder (138), senior Nathan Moore (145), Baird, Nino, and junior Daniel Cutchall (285).
Comet matmen perfect
Genoa wrestlers cruised to their third consecutive Gold Medal Dual title as they went a perfect 9-0 at Napoleon High School. Waite finished third at 6-3 in the 10-team duals tournament.
Nathan Moore, Brandon Bates, Damian D'Emilio, and the heavyweight tandem of Cody Buckner (26-1) and Lous Cutchall (12-0) went 9-0 for the Comets and earned first team all tournament honors.
Jay Nino (38-1) and Matt Herrick went 8-1 while Tyler Rozak(14-5) and Dustin Widmer(24-15) went 7-2. Nathan Moore led the maroon and grey by recording seven pins while junior Brandon Bates earned his 100th career win.
Genoa went 90-35 individually on the weekend and recorded 43 falls as they outdistanced the competition by a combined score of 514-182.
Genoa grapplers ripped past Woodmore and Lake in the seasons last NBC quad Tuesday evening at Lake High school by a combined score of 103-41.
Genoa first defeated Woodmore, 47-23. In their second dual Genoa walloped Lake, 56-18. Damian D'Emilio (38-3), Brandon Bates (33-4), Jay Nino (40-1), Nathan Moore (23-2), and Tyler Rozak (16-5) won both of their matches for the Comets.
The maroon and grey recorded ten falls and went 19-9 individually as they improved their team dual record to 32-11 on the year, including splitting the two state tournament matches at Oak Harbor Wednesday. Also winning matches for the Comets were Adam Bates, Max Reeder, Tyler Baird, Matt Herrick, Robert Roginski, Louis Cutchall and Cody Buckner.
Oregon wrestlers unite
Combining Eisenhower and Fassett middle school “has created a very good wrestling team,” says Coach Troy McLaughlin.
Now the Fassett Eagles, bringing it in line with the Clay Eagles, the team has the same colors (green and gold) and same mascot.
The Fassett wrestlers started out strong, winning the Perrysburg Junior High PIT Dual Tournament, were runners-up in two other tournaments, and are undefeated in dual meets. On Jan. 11, the Eagles won the Fassett-hosted Patrick Barton Tournament, outscoring the runner-up team by more than 70 points.
Fassett has two squads — a Green and Gold team. The Eagles have 35 wrestlers on their roster, said McLaughlin.
“The Fassett teams are loaded with OAC state champs, state placers, and state qualifiers,” McLaughlin says. “Fassett having two teams allows all team members to compete. For the first time ever, Fassett will have a team compete at a high caliber dual meet tournament in the Cleveland area. Great competition will prepare our wrestlers for our league championships and the OAC state tournament.”
McLaughlin also states that the “Oregon Fassett wrestlers are training very hard and pick up techniques exceptionally well. Everything we do mirrors what is being taught at the high school.”
McLaughlin says this is the reason he moved down from the high school to take over at the middle school level.
“The goal is to be on the same page as Coach (Ralph) Cubberly at Clay and to train the junior high schoolers in the same manner. The idea is to make the transition from junior high wrestling to high school wrestling smooth and seamless. This is a total program with the junior and high school maintaining consistency in everything from warm-ups to technique,” McLaughlin said.
In addition, there are three Oregon-based biddy clubs training at Fassett that McLaughlin says “are doing a great job with the athletes they train as well.” The clubs are the Lake Erie Wrestling Club, the East Toledo Wrestling Club, and the Cardinal Wrestling Club.