2017-02-22 / Sports

AHS Wrestlers Fourth At NWOAL Tourney


Gavin Grime stacks Swanton’s Gage Pachlhofer for a pin in the semifinals of the NWOAL wrestling tournament, Saturday, Feb. 18.– photo by Mario Gomez Gavin Grime stacks Swanton’s Gage Pachlhofer for a pin in the semifinals of the NWOAL wrestling tournament, Saturday, Feb. 18.– photo by Mario Gomez Wauseon claimed the Northwest Ohio Athletic League title, Saturday, Feb. 18, at Patrick Henry at the NWOAL wrestling championships.

The Indians scored 295 points, outdistancing runner up Swanton, who scored 184.5.

Liberty Center was third with 135, followed by Archbold 134.5, Delta 129.5, Montpelier 78, Patrick Henry 56, Evergreen 50, Bryan 23.

For the first time since 2010, Archbold failed to crown an individual champion.

The Streaks placed 11 wrestlers in the top five, with three placing second in their weight classes.

“We didn’t wrestle that bad until the finals,” said Brian Becher, Archbold head coach.

“It’s disappointing to not win a league title as any individuals.


Noah Mattin works to avoid a takedown by Wauseon’s Mauricio Barajas.– photo by Mario Gomez Noah Mattin works to avoid a takedown by Wauseon’s Mauricio Barajas.– photo by Mario Gomez “I thought we won some decent matches for next week (sectionals), but we also lost some matches that I thought we needed to win for next weekend for seeding purposes.

“Obviously, Wauseon wrestled a fantastic tournament.”

Three Finalists, Three Heartbreaking Losses

Gavin Grime (132 pounds), Noah Mattin (138 lbs.) and Austin Wilson (152 lbs.) all finished second.

In the championship match, Grime was defeated 2-1 by Wauseon’s Hunter Yackee in an ultimate tiebreaker.

At the end of regulation the score was tied at 1.

The match went to a oneminute overtime, where neither wrestler scored.

The match then went into two 30-second periods; again, neither wrestler scored.

In the final overtime, Grime chose the top position, which meant if he could keep Yackee from scoring, he would be awarded the win.

Grime was unable to keep Yackee down, giving up an escape with four seconds left.

Mattin, a returning league champion, was defeated by Wauseon’s Mauricio Barajas when he was taken down late in the championship match.

Trailing 4-3, Mattin could not score an escape that would send the match into overtime and took the loss.

Wilson battled Wauseon’s Xavier Torres and took the championship match into overtime tied at 3.

Torres scored a takedown in the first overtime to score a 5-3 sudden victory win.

Other Place Finishers

Dawson Liechty (106 lbs.) defeated Cameron Henneman of Liberty Center by a 4:34 fall to place third.

Anthony Gonzalez (285 lbs.) also placed third when he defeated Noah Conklin of Montpelier with a 37-second fall.

Placing fourth were Noah Quintanilla (145 lbs), Kasyn Schaffner (160 lbs.) and Trevor Short (220 lbs.).

Austin Baker (120 lbs.), Mason Babcock (170 lbs.), and Gibson Burkholder (195 lbs.) placed fifth.

History Made

Those at the league championships were witnesses to an NWOAL first.

Wauseon’s Makayla Campbell made league history when she defeated Swanton’s Zack Schaller by a 19-4 technical fall to become the first female to win an individual NWOAL championship.

Sectionals

The focus now turns to the postseason.

The sectional wrestling tournament is Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25, at Archbold High School.

Wrestling begins Friday at 5 pm, and continues Saturday at 10 am.

Archbold shifts from teambased competition to individual accomplishments in hopes of qualifying as many wrestlers as possible to the district and state levels.

“We pretty much switched to individual after the last dual meet,” said Becher.

“I don’t worry how our team does at this event or sectionals, districts or state. I want the kids to accomplish whatever their individual goals are.

“Hopefully our guys realize we need to wrestle more physical. We have to have that attitude of, it’s just a fight with rules, and we’ve got to want to go out there and fight a little more.”

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