This past Saturday, Fassett Middle School not only hosted the GLL wrestling
league championships, the Oregon school won the league title at Clay High School.
“The gymnasium was packed for what turned out to be a marathon of extremely tough competition,” said Fassett coach David Herrera.
Herrera, assistant coach Mike Screptock, and his staff led their team to a first place league title with a score of 208 points and 12 medalists accumulating six first place champions, two second places, three third places and one fourth place finish. Their neighboring school, Eisenhower, finished second with 195½ followed by Fremont taking third with 176½.
Fassett individual league champions are Jared Davis, 92 pound weight class, Richie Screptock, 98, Marcel Bryan, 104, Bryce Castilleja, 134, Andy Howard, 142, and Riley Rayner at the 245pound class. Vicente Kimbrell, 122, and Antonio Zapata, 205, took second place medals, followed by Chase Saull, 80 pounds, Austyn Gwin, 86, and Corey Fawver, 116, in third. Rounding up the pack, Christian Peters, placed fourth at 110.
The league victory capped off what was an already very successful winning season. In league matches, the Viking wreslters outscored their rivals by a combined 568 points to 126.
Additional first place team trophies at the Eastwood Duals, which Herrera said is one of the areas’ toughest, and the Fostoria Invitational Tournament where Fassett won first by scoring 240 points to finish ahead of runner-up Oak Harbor (215) in a field of 26 teams from all over the state.
The Fassett wrestlers finished fourth at the Patrick Barton Memorial tournament and the Vikings also competed for the first time at The Annual Midwest Duals in Wauseon which hosts elite teams from Ohio and Southern Michigan. Fassett was runners-up to what Herrera called a “very seasoned” Lowell (Mich.) team.
Coach Herrera says he attributes their success “to hard work, dedication to their sport as well as academic grades, and a huge support system of coaches, mat-stats, parents, school administration, and loyal fans.”
The Genoa junior high school wrestling team won its fifth league title in six years. Genoa concluded its season by “dominating” the competition in the 7-team Suburban Lakes League Championships on January 23 at Genoa Middle School, coaches said. Genoa outdistanced runner-up Otsego by 165 points.
All 16 Comet wrestlers competed in the championship round with the Comets crowning 11 champions, three runner-ups, and two fourth place finishes. The team is led by coaches Tom Giles and Pat Moore.
Genoa scored 281½ points, followed by Otsego (116), Woodmore (113), Eastwood (109), Elmwood (87), Gibsonburg (57), and Lake (18).
Comets winning championships are Brandon Bates (80), Dustin Widmer (86), Grant Volschow (98), Max Reeder (110), Logan Scott (116), Nick Wolfe (122), Ryan Espinoza (134), Daniel Hayes (160), Tristan Smith (172), Lucas Apel (205), and Cody Buckner (245).
Comet grapplers Dallas Shamp (92), Nathan Moore (104), and Randy Brown (150) placed second. Jay Nino (128) and Garrett Poiry (142) placed fourth.
The Sandusky Bay Conference junior high championship meet was held February 6 at Briar Middle School. In the SBC Duals and quad meets last month, Oak Harbor defeated Huron 50-33, Sandusky St. Mary’s 69-9, Port Clinton 84-0, and Margaretta 77-18, but lost to Clyde 47-20 and Perkins 52-26.