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Wrestlers Thump Bryan, Fall To Delta




Zach Rocha (138 pounds) controls his Delta opponent, Thursday, Dec. 21. Rocha pinned the Panther and won by forfeit against Bryan.– photo by Mario Gomez

Zach Rocha (138 pounds) controls his Delta opponent, Thursday, Dec. 21. Rocha pinned the Panther and won by forfeit against Bryan.– photo by Mario Gomez

Archbold opened the Northwest Ohio Athletic League wrestling season on Thursday, Dec. 21, at Evergreen, to face Bryan and Delta.

In the opening match, the Streaks dropped one individual match to Bryan to capture an easy 57-3 win.

Senior Anthony Gonzalez (285 pounds) started with a pin to get the Streaks off to a good start.

Andrew Francis (120 lbs.) received a forfeit and Juan Garcia (126 lbs.) followed with a pin for an 18-0 lead.

After losing a decision at 132 lbs., Archbold scored 39 straight points for the victory.

Zach Rocha (138 lbs.) won by forfeit; Brennan Short (145 lbs.), Gavin Grime (152 lbs.) and Colton Soles (160 lbs.) won by falls; Kasyn Schaffner (170 lbs.) took another forfeit; Gibson Burkholder (182 lbs.) scored a 3-2 decision; and Mason Babcock (195 lbs.) finished the run with a pin for the final points of the night.

“Bryan is just young right now,” said Brian Becher, AHS head coach.

“It’s hard for them to match up with our older kids in the lineup.

Gibson Burkholder (182 pounds) was one of four Blue Streak wrestlers who pinned their Delta opponents. He also won a 3-2 decision against his Bryan opponent.– photo by Mario Gomez

Gibson Burkholder (182 pounds) was one of four Blue Streak wrestlers who pinned their Delta opponents. He also won a 3-2 decision against his Bryan opponent.– photo by Mario Gomez

“It was nice to wrestle that match going into the Delta match, to get a little mat time for our guys to get loose and get the nerves out.” Delta 54, AHS 24

In the final match of the night, Archbold fell behind 30-0 and never recovered in a 54-24 loss to Delta.

Four AHS wrestlers were victorious. Rocha, Grime, Soles and Burkholder won via pins for the 24 points.

“Against Delta I thought their kids wrestled a lot more physical than us,” said Becher.

“I thought that was a giant difference in the match.”


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