The seventh-ranked Division II Oak Harbor wrestling team made history this past weekend by winning their third straight Sandusky Bay Conference title for the first time ever.
Coaches say the stage was set for a showdown with the recharged team from Edison and a tough Perkins squad. After having two weeks off and working hard during that time, the wrestlers would have to do things right knowing they would be short one weight class, with no entry at 215 pounds.
Oak Harbor won the matches they were supposed to en route to sending nine wrestlers to the championship finals. Six of the nine would eventually win individual titles while the team as a whole outscored Edison by 19.5 points, 211.0 to 191.5. Perkin's effort tallied 169.5 points.
Alex Bergman would start the championship finals out with a win over highly ranked Harrington of Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic, 4-3, at 103.
Drew Stone kept things going in the finals for his third SBC title by defeating his opponent by a pin, his second on the day.
Junior Zach Bergman won his first SBC title at 130 by defeating senior David Siesel of Margaretta, 5-1.
Ian Miller continued his dominance in the SBC by pinning all three of his opponents including his opponent in the finals for his second title.
Mike Mallernee also captured an individual title in a rematch from the duals in which he lost, by downing senior Sean Pisano of Perkins, 4-0. That would be his third title in just as many years.
Junior heavyweight Zach Sandwisch, who went 7-0 at the SBC Duals, wrestled his way to an individual title with an overtime victory over Nino Majoy of Huron 2-1.
In the other finals matches, Oak Harbor would have to settle for second place finishes. Tyler Hackworth (125), Konner Witt (145) and Drew Bahnsen (189) wrestled their way to finals appearances but would come up short in their bids to be a league champion.
Other team members with top five finishes contributing to the total team effort were Gabe Frisch (112), fifth; Kyle Mincheff (140), fifth; and Joe Mallernee (152), fourth.
With no seniors starting and nine out of nine of the finalists coming back next year, coaches say the Rockets should enter next season with a bulls-eye on their back as the favorites again in the SBC. This weekend the Rockets have Division II sectionals in Shelby.
The Genoa junior high wrestling season ended with a bang on Feb 14 at Eisenhower Middle School as the five area league champion teams met to settle the score.
Wauseon (2009 NWOAL Champions), Willard (2009 NOL Champions), Sandusky Perkins (2009 SBC Champions), Eisenhower (2009 GLL Champions), and Genoa (2009 SLL Champions) along with six other wrestling squads met in the 36th annual Patrick Barton Invitational.
Genoa coaches say their wrestlers fought tooth and nail for eight place finishers and a third place team finish. The Comets were led by Max Reeder who was Genoa's lone champion at the competitive tournament followed by Logan Scott, third, Drew Keenan, fourth, Sam Reinhart third, Ryan Espinoza, second, Zach Roberts, fourth, Tristen Smith, second, and Nick Keller, third.
Genoa grapplers went 30-17 on the day and once again edged out Perkins in a back and forth battle for third place due in large part to Nick Keeler's pin in the consolation finals. Keller led the Maroon and Gray in pins, recording three on the day. Genoa ends their season with a 16-2 dual meet record, two team titles, two runner-up finishes, and the third place finish at the Eisenhower Invitational.
Team scores were Wauseon (225½), Willard (197), Genoa (165½ ), Perkins (163½), Eisenhower (159½), Delta (140), Oak Harbor (138 ½), Northwood (72), Fassett (58), Fremont (54½), Archbold (14½).
Genoa individual results were Max Reeder (86), 4-0, one pin, first place; Nathan Moore (94), 2-1; Logan Scott (100) 3-1, third; Drew Keenan (106), 2-2, fourth; Sam Reinhart (112), 3-1, one pin, third; Nathan Breuer (118), 0-2; Ryan Espinoza (124), 2-1, second; Zach Roberts (130), 3-2, fourth; Ryan Szymanski (136), 1-2, one pin; Jake Fejes (142), 2-2, one pin; Mike Snider (152), 2-1; Tristen Smith (162), 2-1, two pins, second; Nick Keller (205), 4-1, three pins, third.