Archbold split its final Northwest Ohio Athletic League quad wrestling meet of the season, Thursday, Jan 20, when the Streaks hosted Wauseon, Patrick Henry, and Bryan.
The Streaks defeated PH 63-11, but lost to the Indians 40-26. Archbold closed out the dual meet portion of the league season with a 6-2 record.
“You can’t win four matches out of 14 and expect to win the dual meet,” said Brian Becher, AHS head coach.
The Patriots were void in six weight classes, picking up lone wins in the 171- and 215-pound weight classes.
At 171 lbs., Patriot standout Xavier Dye defeated Cody Kovnesky 22-6.
Chase Wright pinned Kellen Seaman at 215 lbs. for the Patriots’ total of 11 points. Wauseon 40, AHS 26
The Indians have been improving year-in and yearout.
They set the tone early with Austin Yarnell picking up a 7-5 win over TJ Weirauch at 130 lbs. Wauseon won the next two weight classes with pins to up its team score to 15-0.
The Streaks finally got on the board when Jordan Cowell (145 lbs.) registered a 22-5 technical fall over Zach Stewart.
Archbold picked up only three more wins and a forfeit for its total of 26.
Tyler Rufenacht (160 lbs.) faced Lucas Tanner in a tight match where the first period come to a close with the score knotted at 0.
In the second period Rufenacht held a slim 4-3 lead before building it to 7-3 in the third. The Archbold junior pinned Tanner with five seconds left.
Brandon Dennie (285 lbs.) recorded a fall over Zane Krall, and Logan Day (119 lbs.) recorded a 6-0 decision over Rodney Cohlentz.
The Indians were void at 125 pounds.
“Wauseon wrestled a lot more physical than us,” said Becher. “We had some guys that we thought would get some wins, and it seems we lost all the close ones, too.
“It actually was worse, I thought, than what the score was. We got two big pins, but those two matches could have easily gone the other way and beat us a lot worse than what they did.
“Tribute to those guys that did get the pins for us. They stepped up when they needed to, and we had guys that didn’t wrestle real well.
“We had TJ (Weirauch) bump up to 130 pounds and thought he would get a win, but he lost. We thought Oliver (Stuckey) would get a pin against one of their weaker weights, and he got pinned, and (we) lost an overtime match with Cody (Kovnesky).
“That is a tribute to the Wauseon kids. We thought we would have the advantage in those spots, and Wauseon wrestled harder.
“Cody did have two tough matches tonight, and that is a tribute to him,” said Becher.
“He wrestled probably the toughest kid in the league at 171 pounds in Xavier Dye (PH).
“He probably would have wrestled 160 pounds tonight, but we had to move guys up against Wauseon.
“I asked the kids ahead of time to see who wanted to wrestle Xavier. Most high school kids don’t want to do that.
“Cody volunteered right away to do that, so that is a tribute to him for his first match out wrestling.”