The Oak Harbor Rockets summer club wrestling team ventured to Orlando,
Florida to compete in the Disney Duals from June 22-25, and finished fourth out of 36 teams.
The Rocket grapplers were competing as one of 36 teams in the big school classification called Community Division 1. The team completed the week-long tournament with an 11-2 dual meet record.
The Rockets were 5-0 on the first day of pool play with wins over Pine Bay Wrestling Club (Florida), 58-8, Florida Ripti, 75-3, West Forsyth, 58-8, McCutheon (Indiana), 47-23, and the Stingers from Medina, Ohio, 40-21.
On the second day the Rockets were 2-0 in pool play as they defeated Strongsville, 43-25, and Hartland (Michigan), 40-24. They completed pool play early the next day by defeating Cincinnati Moeller 47-24 to win the pool and were placed in Bracket A, which consisted of the top three teams from each of the four pools in Community Division 1.
In their first bracket match, the Rockets came up short against Manatee (Florida), 37-32, but concluded the day by defeating the Ohio Storm, 49-22.
On the fourth and final day of competition, Oak Harbor defeated Hartland (Michigan) again, only this time on criteria after a 30-30 match, and Wadsworth (North Carolina), 38-30, to advance to the third place match. The state champions from Georgia, Collins Hill proved to be too much for the Rockets as they defeated Oak Harbor, 52-17.
Individually for the Rockets, Alex Bergman and Konner Witt both earned gold medals with perfect records of 13-0. Mike Mallernee earned silver with 12-1 mark. Jake Cramer and Ian Miller finished 11-2 to earn bronze, while Drew Bahnsen and Zach Sandwisch completed their week with records of 10-3 to earn copper.
Other records of note were Luke Cramer, 9-4, Brandon Veler, 7-3, Sean McGee, 7-4, Tyler Hackworth, 8-5 and Zach Bergman, 7-6. Coaches say Hunter Gresh, Kyle Mincheff, Brian Mallernee, Johnny Bergman, and Joey Mallernee “also contributed immensely to the team’s impressive performance.”