Archbold, OH

Four Compete At Districts, Fail To Advance To State

It was the end of the line for four Archbold wrestlers who com- peted at the Division III district wrestling tournament.

Carson Meyer (152 pounds) and Mason Babcock (182 lbs.) placed sixth, missing the state alternate position by one place to end their seasons.

Andrew Francis (120 lbs.) finished 1-2, while Juan Garcia (145 lbs.) went 0-2.

“I thought on Friday we wrestled well,” said Brian Becher, AHS head coach. “There weren’t any spots where we had to win that we didn’t.

“Today some of the kids wrestled well and some didn’t.”

Meyer lost his first match to Rossford’s Carlton Roberts by a 6-4 sudden victory decision, dropping the sophomore to the consolation rounds.

Meyer pinned Lucas’ Grant Barrett in 1:44, and then held on for a 1-0 win over Milan Edison’s Griffin Soviak.

A 6-5 win over Eastwood’s Jimmy Recknagel moved Meyer into the consolation semis against Tyler Kay of Liberty Center.

Kay ended Meyer’s state dream, winning 5-1.

“Carson made a big leap from last year to this year,” said Becher. “He’s right there in terms of being a qualifier and possible placer next year.”

In the fifth-place alternate match, Meyer dropped a 13-1 major decision to DJ Slone of Willard.

Babcock, a returning state qualifier, hoped to make the trip back.

The junior got off to a good start, pinning Buckeye Central’s Jacob Rowland in 3:30 and winning a 5-3 overtime decision over Mohawk’s Kaleb Leeth to reach the championship semifinals.

Babcock faced Norwalk St. Paul’s Camden Caizzo and dropped a 3-2 decision to fall into the consolation semis.

Liberty-Benton’s Nathaniel DiRe won a 3-2 decision, and then Babcock lost a 3-0 decision to Genoa’s Antonio Quezada to place sixth.

“Obviously we’re pretty disappointed,” said Becher. “It was just not a good day. I don’t know if it was nerves or he just couldn’t get an opening.

“Sometimes you have off days, and today’s not the day to have one.”

Francis opened with a pin over Willard’s Kelsie Medina, then lost by pin to eventual champion Oscar Sanchez of Genoa.

In the consolation round, Francis lost a 3-2 decision to Carey’s Reece Mullholand.

“Andrew was in a really tough spot in his bracket,” said Becher. “I thought he wrestled well and gave a good effort. He’s right there, as well.”

Normally wrestling at the 132-lb. weight class, Garcia bumped up to 145 lbs. to compete.

“Juan is pretty undersized for that weight,” said Becher, “but he got in the lineup and got to districts to gain some more experience.”

The junior lost his first match to Sycamore Mohawk’s Morgan Price 9-1, then was pinned by Woodmore’s Brett Sandwisch to end his season.

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