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Five Compete At Districts, Fail To Advance To State

Archbold sent seven wrestlers to the Division III district tour- nament at Rossford, Saturday and Sunday, March 6-7.

Wrestlers needed to finish in the top four of their weight class to advance to state.

Five did not advance.

Mason Miller (106 pounds), Gabe Chapa (132 lbs.), and Wyat Ripke (170 lbs.) missed out on advancement.

Josh Nofzinger (152 lbs.) and Hayden Dickman (195 lbs.) each placed sixth and missed out on alternate spots.

Miller was pinned in his first match by Otsego’s Trevor Wilcox, and then dropped a 3-1 deci- sion to Liberty-Benton’s RJ Coldren to end his season.

The freshman finished his first varsity season with a 26-26 record.

Chapa was pinned by Mohawk’s Jace Margraf in the first round, and dropped into the con- solation rounds.

In the first consolation, Chapa pinned Elmwood’s Wyatt Ziegler, but then lost a 5-4 deci- sion to Hopewell-Loudon’s Blake Hoover in the second consolation round.

Chapa finished his sopho- more season with a 34-18 record.

Ripke was pinned by Eastwood’s Jimmy Recknagel in his first match, sending him into the consolation round.

Ripke lost a 12-6 decision to Elmwood’s Mason Oliver to end his tournament run.

He finished with a 25-18 record.

Dickman started with a tough 3-1 overtime defeat by Nathaniel DiRe of Liberty-Benton.

Dickman then won a 3-1 deci- sion over Lake’s Austin Greene and avenged his sectional final loss to Montpelier’s Gavin Wurm 3-1.

Woodmore’s Weston Angel didn’t fare any better, losing an 8-4 decision to the AHS sopho- more.

In the consolation semifinal, Dickman met up with DiRe again, but was pinned.

Dickman then dropped a 13-2 major decision to Ashland Crestview’s Aidan Godsey to place sixth and finish the season 35- 18.

Last Match For Nofzinger

One of the three seniors on the team, Nofzinger started his tournament with a pin over Arcadia’s Chase Distel.

He was pinned in the quar- terfinals by Gibsonburg’s Connor Smith.

Nofzinger came back to pin Liberty Center’s Jon Tammarine, then defeated Genoa’s Tommy Giles 2-1 in overtime.

In the consolation semifinals, Delta’s Evan Perry proved too much for Nofzinger, who fell 7-1.

With an alternate position on the line, Nofzinger took on Ayersville’s Luke Delano, and was pinned to finish sixth.

The senior ends his AHS career with a 41-17 record.

“He had a little bit of a fire under him, it seemed this week- end,” said Becher. “It was heart- breaking to see him lose that goto match.

“He had a heck of a year and was pretty consistent for us.