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LIMA — Paulding’s wrestlers barely edged Spencerville 256-254 in Saturday’s Northwest Conference meet held inside Msgr. E.C. Herr Gymnasium at Lima Central Catholic.


LCC was third with 225 points, with Columbus Grove fourth (199), Jefferson fifth (197), Bluffton 174, Allen East 147, Lincolnview 124 and Ada 116.5.


Local champions include Lincolnview’s Jaquobe Markward (113); Jefferson’s Colin McConnahea (195 pounds), Chris Truesdale (145) and Geoff Ketcham (285); and Spencerville’s Trevor Bockey (132). Runners-up are Lincolnview’s Doug Hicks (170); Jefferson’s Quinten Wessell (220); and Spencerville’s Derrick Smith (126), Cory Binkley (138) and Jake Bellows (285).

For almost every coach at this time of year, it’s about getting the injured healthy and keeping those active that way.

Take, for instance, Jefferson coach Mike Wilson.

“We only had seven wrestlers available today because of injuries and such. We still had a pretty good day with three titles and a runner-up,” he explained. “I really thought Chris did very well at 145; that was a nice surprise. He beat (Jacob) Garmatter from Bluffton in the finals.”

With a tri-match at Defiance Thursday and the sectionals in two weeks, Wilson knows what has to happen.

“We need to get those guys back and I think everyone will be back by then. How quickly they can get up to speed will be key because we plan to get better,” Wilson added. “We also have to work on our conditioning; I noticed our guys seemed pretty tired at the end of the day. Quinten and Colin were out for three weeks with skin issues and they really were gassed by the end of their matches. They will get better as they get back in shape. We really can’t teach them much anymore; now it’s conditioning and details.”

Spencerville coach Tom Wegesin feels things are going according to plan.

“This is what we work for all year; this time of year. We want to be nearing our peak right now and we are,” Wegesin added. “We are getting there but we still have a lot to work on yet; that is good because it means we can get better as we move on because we have to.”

His team started well, struggled in the middle rounds but still registered some quality wins and matches along the way.

“Like at heavyweight I knew it would be a heck of a match between Jake and Ketcham. They have already gone at it five times and likely will see it each a few more times down the road,” Wegesin added. “At this point, it’s all about the little details that decide wins and losses, whether you move on or not. That will be our focus Tuesday night (at home versus St. John’s and Parkway) and at practice the next two weeks until sectionals.”

That is what Lincolnview coach Curtis Miller hopes to take advantage.

“We’ve never had that luxury of having two weeks off to prepare for sectionals. All year, even though we haven’t had a full team, we have still focused on the team goals,” Miller noted. “Now, though, the focus turns to each individual. We will have our coaches take each individual wrestlers and break them down, working on weaknesses that they have. At this point, wrestlers they will face will take advantage of those even more, so we want to turn that around.”

The coach hopes that  what he saw from several wrestlers Saturday will carry forward.

“Jaquobe at 113 winning the title and Doug at 170 winning runner-up are good results. Dalton (West) came in fourth at 195,” Miller added. “They are capable of doing well but, like everyone else, they have to get better in the little things.”

“We had a lot of guys out today; we had injuries to three starters; but we had some guys fill in,” Columbus Grove coach Eric “Ernie” Siefker said. “We are young and we have a lot to work on but we are getting some guys back as well. We had a good day with the number of guys we had place and our junior high team had a good day as well.”

The Bulldogs managed some good results overall, despite those injuries, according to Siefker.

“Tregg Keysor was our lone champion today. He did a nice job; that was good to see there,” Siefker added. “He is a 2-time champion. We also had quite a few third places. It was not that bad of day overall. We are looking at getting back some of injured wrestlers and having a good showing at the sectional in two weeks back here.”


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