Archbold’s Noah Mattin (126 pounds) and Garrett Grime (152 lbs.) were crowned champions at the Northwest Ohio Athletic League wrestling tournament, Saturday, Feb. 6, at Montpelier.
Delta scored 283 points and crowned six individual champions to claim the team title.
Wauseon was second with 213, followed by Archbold 152, Montpelier 113, Liberty Center 104, Patrick Henry 60, Swanton 59, Evergreen 49, and Bryan 33.
Eleven Streaks placed.
Gavin Grime (120 lbs.) and David Bell (170 lbs.) each placed second.
Mitchell Hogrefe (160 lbs.), Ozzie Juarez (182 lbs.) and Trevor Short (220 lbs.) finished third. Colton Soles (138 lbs.) placed fourth.
Finishing fifth were Noah Quintanilla (132 lbs.), Derek Humbert (145 lbs.) and Oran Humbert (285 lbs.).
“Not a bad team performance,” said Brian Becher, AHS head coach.
“This is probably the first time that everybody we wrestled has placed in the top six. Some of that has to do with numbers so low– with some of the league teams, too.
“I kind of projected 13 of the 14 weight classes (in our league) are gonna have a state placer in it, so that’s a testament to the top ability of the league.
“It just doesn’t have the depth it once did, but the best guys– they’re every bit as good as they’ve ever been.”
Mattin Repeats As Champion
Archbold’s newest wrestler is not new to the NWOAL scene.
Mattin, a transfer from Delta, was a league champion two years ago at the same weight.
After missing last season, the junior came back with a vengeance to reclaim his title.
The top-seeded wrestler defeated Bryan’s Deane Ramey by fall, then recorded another fall against Montpelier’s
Logan Hutchinson to reach the finals.
In the finals, Mattin defeated a very game Gage Campbell from Wauseon, 8- 3, to claim the 126 lb. title.
“He’s just starting to wrestle pretty decent in the last week, just because of being off the mat for so long,” said Becher.
“He finally made the drop to 126 last week, so I’m interested to see how he does here when he settles more into the weight class through the post-season.”
Grime Breaks Through
After two straight runner-up finishes in the NWOAL tournament, Garrett Grime finally got over the hump to claim his first league championship.
Grime, seeded first, defeated Montpelier’s Lane Strubberg by fall to advance to the semifinals.
Grime scored a 10-0 major decision over Swanton’s Tyler Houston to advance to the championship finals.
Grime earned his place on the top of the podium with a 7-3 win over Delta’s Travis Barnes.
“Garrett finally got a high-pressure situation win,” said Becher.
“He’s lost four go-to-state matches and the league title match last year, so it’s good to see him get a win when the pressure is on here at the end of his senior year.”
The Division III sectional tournament is Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19-20, at Archbold High School.
With just under two weeks before returning to the mats, the Streaks will prepare for the individual part of the season and look to qualify as many wrestlers for the postseason as possible.
“We’re not gonna make any giant technique changes,” said Becher.
“I think we’re gonna really work on conditioning and getting our guys to wrestle hard throughout the match.
“We’ve never had a layoff like this before, so it is gonna be a little bit different.”