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Ten AHS Wrestlers Place At League Tournament

Ten Archbold wrestlers placed at the Northwest Ohio Athletic League tournament, Saturday, Feb. 11, at Bryan.

Five Streaks finished second, one took third, three placed fourth, and one finished fifth.

Drew Coffey (106 pounds) placed second after he was defeated by Delta’s Kyle Keller, last season’s league champion.

Damian Short (113 lbs.) met up with fellow freshman Wauseon’s Wade Hodges and fell 8-5 to finish second.

In the 126-lb. championship final, Logan Day squared off against Wauseon’s Cody Pontius in a rematch of last season’s league final, which was won by Pontius.

This finale resulted in a similar outcome as Day lost to Pontius 3-2.

Kellen Seaman (182 lbs.) was defeated by Wauseon’s Alec Vonier, who pinned the Streak senior with a headlock in the first period of their championship match.

Jose Hernandez (220 lbs.) placed second when he injury defaulted to Zane Krall of Wauseon.

Kenny Price (132 lbs.) placed third. Blake Baden (120 lbs.), Oliver Stuckey (138 lbs.), and Justice Zimmerman (145 lbs.) each placed fourth.

Eli Hammersmith (170 lbs.) placed fifth to round out the Archbold place finishers.

“I thought we wrestled pretty tough earlier,” said Brian Becher, Archbold head coach. “Obviously, we didn’t wrestle real well in the fi- nals. There were different things in different matches.

“I thought Damian (Short) getting behind 4-1 made the difference in that match. As the match went on, I could tell he grew more confident in his ability to wrestle with the Hodges kid.

“There was just a huge size difference between the two out there.

“I thought the difference maker in Logan’s (Day) match was that first takedown that we thought would get him the win, and then he gave up a reversal and ended the period 2-2.

“We needed to get one point at the end of that period.

“Drew (Coffey) did not look good. He’s been in kind of a rut the last couple weeks. I don’t know whether he needs a little break or (is) just not real fresh because he’s busting his butt and he looks out of shape out there.

“I don’t know what the deal is. He’s just not wrestling real well, but hopefully he gets a little better out there for next weekend.

“(Kellen) Seaman, obviously, got caught in a headlock. It was nice for him to get second place, but we thought he could have won it.”

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