Liberty Center and Montpelier invaded the Thunderdome, Thursday, Dec. 20, to compete against Archbold in Northwest Ohio Athletic League action.
Both teams fell hard as the host Streaks (19-4, 3-1 NWOAL) beat Liberty Center 48-28 and shut out Montpelier 75-0.
AHS 48, LC 28
The Blue and Gold were helped to an early lead as the Tigers forfeited the first three weight classes.
With an 18-0 advantage, Zach Meyer (113 pounds) recorded an 11-5 win followed by a Damian Short (120 lbs.) 15-0 technical fall to raise the lead to 26-0.
After an LC fall to make the score 26-6, senior Ben Eggers (132 lbs.) scored a first-period pin to give Archbold a 32-6 lead.
The much-anticipated match of the evening was in the 138-lb. weight class as Archbold’s Kenny Price battled returning state placer Zach Niner.
Niner and Price wrestled twice last season, with Niner capturing both matchups.
This time, Niner defeated Price with a second-period fall.
Leading 32-12, the Streaks captured the next three weight classes as Logan Day (145 lbs.) and Garrett Grime (160 lbs.) recorded pins while Justice Zimmerman (152 lbs.) scored an 11-3 major decision.
Liberty Center captured the next three weight classes to close out scoring and give Archbold the victory.
“Kenny wrestled into Niner’s style,” said Brian Becher, Archbold head coach. “Niner likes to run underhooks.
“It’s ok to give him one; you just can’t give him that second one. Kenny got caught shooting with his arm out there at the end.
“Niner’s a tough wrestler. Kenny is going to be down at 132 (lbs.) after the new year, and I don’t know if Niner is going to be down.
“I’ll be anxious to see when Kenny adjusts to wrestling him.”
AHS 75, Montpelier 0
Archbold cruised to an easy victory in its second match of the evening, recording 11 pins.
Lee Klinger (285 lbs.) started the train with a firstperiod fall. Justin Arce (106 lbs.), Meyer, Short, Lukas Rufenacht (126 lbs.), Eggers, Price, Day, Koltin Zimmerman (152 lbs.), Grime and Eli Hammersmith (195 lbs.) all scored pins while David Bell (170 lbs.) won a 9-6 decision.
Travis Jaramillo (220 lbs.) received a forfeit to cap the scoring.
“It was nice to see that we wrestled aggressively against both squads,” said Becher. “The worst thing for most of our guys was getting their weight down this last time before we get the extra two pounds.”
The varsity begins a long break before returning to competition.
“We haven’t been pushing real hard,” said Becher. “We’ve been running pretty hard to stay in shape, but I told them after we get back from break we’ll hit it real hard.
“We’ll give them a few days rest over the holidays. We do our team competitions, a few fun days for them, and then hit it hard when we get back from Christmas break.”