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Thursday, January 31, 2013 2:13 PM

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COLDWATER — In such a physically demanding sports such as high school wrestling, coaches will speak a lot of getting grapplers healthy and keeping them there.

That was never more true than Wednesday during the first-ever OHSAA State Team Dual Tournament at The Palace in Coldwater High School.
St. John’s and Spencerville were scheduled to wrestle Coldwater and Bath in the first match, with the winners to battle later that night.
Unfortunately for the Blue Jays, injuries have taken a severe toll as they only had six healthy wrestlers, thus forcing them to forfeit out.
The Bearcats had enough — with bumping people up weight classes to do so in an effort to compete — but fell 46-30 to the Wildcats. Later on, the Wildcats fell 37-30 to Coldwater.

“We bump guys up weight classes because we felt we could be competitive and for the most part, we were. We voided two classes and got one back,” Spencerville coach Tom Wegesin explained. “We won five matches and our heavyweight (Jake Bellows) was in good shape but got caught in a move and was pinned. This was a nice opportunity to get another match and see what we need to work on.”

For Bath coach Clayton Westerbeck, his team also had to survive.

“We had three starters not here: Nate Stonehill at 132, Zach Garrett at 138 and Easton Rudasill at 170; because of illness or injury, so we had some fill-ins that did well,” Westerbeck said. “Hopefully, they should be back for Saturday. These Wednesday or Thursday matches are tough for your training because you usually got hard and light for a normally meet on Saturday but you have to go hard on both days.”

The match began with three voids: freshman Wyatt Stahl (106 pounds) and junior Colin Ingram (113) garnered voids for the Wildcats and junior Ashley King (120) got one for the Bearcats.

The first contested match was at 126, when sophomore Jared Davis tech-falled sophomore Derrick Smith 17-2 (2:43).

Spencerville won the next two: junior Trevor Bockey outwrestling freshman Jacob Horstman 5-2 at 132 and senior Cory Binkley pinning freshman Joey McConnell at 4:25.

Bath swept three in a row: at 145, when junior Derrick Lowe tech-falled sophomore Cole Bellows 18-3 (4:56); senior Colin Wise pinning freshman Alex Mayer (1:54) at 152; and sophomore Ryker Rabley pinning freshman Zach Brown (:51).

Spencerville senior Kyle Sawmiller bumped up to 170 to turn the tables on Bath’s senior Drew Ebbeskotte (1:47) but 182-pound junior Jaiden Knock turned around to pin freshman Wyatt Krouskop at 3:41 to seal the match, leading 40-21 with three classes left.

Spencerville senior Lucas Shumate outwrestled junior Christopher Lamarr 10-8 and classmate Lucas Krouskop pinned freshman Kyle Lhamon at the 3-minute mark.

The final match saw junior Caleb Neal turn a reversal into a pin of senior Jake Bellows at 3:41.

“We have to get ready for the Northwest Conference Saturday. Saturday and next Tuesday versus St. John’s are for seeding purposes for sectionals,” Wegesin added. “What we need to work on the next few weeks are the small details, the little things that we’re just missing that are costing us in matches. We’re close; if we can iron those out, we have some guys that are capable of getting to districts and even state if things go well.”

Spencerville is in the Northwest Conference meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lima Central Catholic, while Bath is in the Western Buckeye League meet 10 a.m. Saturday at Elida.


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