2018-01-10 / Sports

AHS Grapplers Earn Easy Wins


Trevor Short, an AHS senior, pins Montpelier’s Mason Foote on Senior Night, Thursday, Jan. 4, in The Thunderdome.– photo by Mario Gomez Trevor Short, an AHS senior, pins Montpelier’s Mason Foote on Senior Night, Thursday, Jan. 4, in The Thunderdome.– photo by Mario Gomez Archbold hosted Montpelier and Patrick Henry for Northwest Ohio Athletic League matches on Senior Night, Thursday, Jan. 4.

The Streaks laid the hammer down on Montpelier 54- 16 and took PH out to the woodshed 66-6 to run their NWOAL record to 3-1.

It was the final league matches that seniors Anthony Gonzalez, Gavin Grime, Trevor Short, Colton Soles and Nibel Welch would wrestle in the Thunderdome.

“Both those teams are down,” said Brian Becher, AHS head coach. “But in the big matches we didn’t win a single one of them, and that’s kind of how I look at it.”

AHS 54, Montpelier 16

Wrestling started at 152 pounds, with Grime winning on a first-period fall.

The Locos scored a decision at 160 lbs., but Kasyn Schaffner (170 lbs.) gave the Streaks a 12-3 lead with a quick pin.

After a pin by Montpelier, Mason Babcock (195 lbs.) was awarded a win by forfeit, followed by pins by T. Short (220 lbs.) and Gonzalez (285 lbs.) to extend the Archbold lead to 30-9.

A double forfeit at 106 lbs. was followed by a pair of pins by Shane Eicher (113 lbs.) and Andrew Francis (120 lbs.)

Montpelier won a 2-1 decision at 126 lbs. and a 9-1 major decision at 132 lbs. to cut into Archbold’s lead to 42-16.

Zach Rocha (138 lbs.) and Brennan Short (145 lbs.) closed out the match with a pair of pins for the 54-16 final.

AHS 66, PH 6

In the final match of the night, the Streaks dropped just two matches to earn the win.

Soles (160 lbs.), Babcock, Gonzalez, Francis and Zeke Miller (132 lbs.) all won by forfeit.

Brayden Hall (182 lbs.), T. Short, Eicher, Juan Garcia (126 lbs.), B. Short, and Grime all won via pins.

With the season only a month old, the Streaks are essentially preparing for the end of the season with matches and tournaments taking place the next several weeks.

“You get through the Christmas break and you’ve got two weeks with just one event,” said Becher.

“You get back into school and it really does go fast from here on out.

“We’ll be going a little bit more intense (in practice). Not as much teaching as a group, but teaching individual stuff to what guys do themselves to get more finetuned.”

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