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Wrestlers Fall to Delta in State Dual Semifinals




Archbold’s Shane Eicher flips to avoid being taken down by his Liberty-Benton opponent, Saturday, Feb. 2.– photo by Mario Gomez

Archbold’s Shane Eicher flips to avoid being taken down by his Liberty-Benton opponent, Saturday, Feb. 2.– photo by Mario Gomez

Archbold wrestled in the Division III Region 17 state duals tournament, Saturday, Feb. 2, at Elmwood High School.

Archbold defeated Edgerton 57-15 in the first round and then defeated Liberty Benton 56-18 to reach the semifinals against Northwest Ohio Athletic League foe Delta.

The Streaks lost to the Panthers 51-24 to bow out.

“We knew it was gonna come down to some bonus points for us to get the win,” said Brian Becher, AHS head coach.

“We kinda got caught there at 138 pounds. That was a nine-point swing. We’re just kinda outmatched at some of those weight classes.”

Milan Edison defeated Delta in the finals 46-27 to win the regional championship and advance to the state dual meet tournament.

Against Edgerton, Carson Meyer (152 lbs.), Johnathan Yoder (160 lbs.) and Izzy Reyes (220 lbs.) recorded pins.

Caleb Ranzau (170 lbs.) won a 5-0 decision.

Andrew Francis (120 lbs.), Shane Eicher (126 lbs.), Zach Rocha (132 lbs.), Juan Garcia (138 lbs.), Brennan Short (145 lbs.) and Owen Roehrig (182 lbs.) all won via forfeits.

Archbold’s Andrew Francis pins his Liberty-Benton opponent to win the match.– photo by Mario Gomez

Archbold’s Andrew Francis pins his Liberty-Benton opponent to win the match.– photo by Mario Gomez

Rusty Short (113 lbs.) and Mason Babcock (182 lbs.) won by decisions against Liberty Benton.

Eicher and Meyer scored major decisions (eight points or more) while Rocha scored a 15-0 technical fall.

Francis, Garcia, B. Short, Yoder and Reyes all won by pins.

Semis

In the semifinals, the Streaks started slow when they were void at 106 lbs., and then got pinned at 113 lbs. to trail 12-0.

Francis and Eicher both won with pins to tie the score at 12.

Rocha faced returning state champion Cole Mattin and lost by technical fall.

The match at 138 lbs. turned the tide for good when Garcia, wrestling a close match, was caught on his back and lost by fall to give Delta a 23-12 lead.

After losing another match by pin at 145 lbs., Archbold got a 12-6 win out of Meyer to trail 29-15.

Archbold lost by pin at 160 lbs. but won the next two matches– a pin by Ranzau and a major decision by Babcock to make the score 35-24.

Delta took the next three matches to close out the match and win 51-24.


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