|Local wrestlers move on to Kettering|
|Monday, February 18, 2013 3:57 PM|
LIMA — Bath grabbed first place out of 13 teams at the Lima Central Catholic Division III Sectional Wrestling Tournament Friday and Saturday.
St. John’s barely beat Jefferson 134.5-132.5 for fourth place.
Moving on for the Blue Jays were two champions: Austin Martin at 145 and Will Buettner at 170; two runner-ups: Wes Buettner at 152 and Nate Schroeder at 285 (forfeit); and Luke Wrasman, 4th at 160 (forfeit). Alternates are Evan Mohler (120) and Justin Siefker (132).
“We came in with nine this weekend and we had seven in the semifinals; that’s a pretty good day. Will defended his sectional title from last year and is really wrestling well; we’ve had big expectations of him all year,” Jays coach Derek Sterling noted. “Austin won a very tough 1-0 match in his finals; he’d lost to Jake Tremoulis from LCC three times before, so that is a big result for him. He’s also rounding into form at the right time. Wes took on a 3-time state placer in Zach Wilson from Bluffton and to only lose 10-6 is a great result.”
The story for the Jays may be as much about dreaded injuries as anything.
“Nate Schroeder and Luke Wrasman have struggled with injuries. Nate didn’t re-injure himself but since he was already in the finals, we talked with Jefferson and their coaches and decided to not risk it,” Sterling added. “At this point, you want to move on and get your kids 100 percent and we don’t need to be beating each other up at this point. Luke re-injured an elbow and we decided not to risk it any more. Overall, I think we had a great weekend with five advancing to districts and two alternates; you never know what might happen, so they have to stay ready.”
The Wildcats crowned three sectional champions: Colin McConnahea at 195, Quinten Wessell at 215 and Geoff Ketcham at 285; and two fourth-placers: Gaige Rassman at 126 (forfeit) and Chris Truesdale at 145. Tanner Vermule is an alternate at 138.
“It’s nice to have three individual champions this weekend. Quinten in particular was a great result,” Jefferson coach Mike Wilson noted. “I have so much respect for the guy he beat, Justin Post (Coldwater), because I feel he is a likely state champion. It was a great match (3-2). Quinten is one of the guys that was out for three weeks earlier and those guys are rounding into physical shape.”
For the coach, the two weeks they had to prepare — with only a triangular at Defiance eight days ago — was well needed.
“We got better because we got healthier and we could work on conditioning. That’s what we lost with all the injuries and skin issues we faced earlier,” he added. “This is the time of year you really shoot for; the Northwest Conference and the tournaments. Now it’s about getting healthier, in better shape and staying there.” Spencerville was sixth (111). Earning a district trip for the Bearcats were Lucas Shumate, 3rd at 195; Lucas Krouskop, 3rd at 220; Derrick Smith, 3rd at 126; Trevor Bockey, 4th at 132; and Cory Binkley, 4th at 138. Alternates include Ashley King at 113, Cole Bellows at 145 and Jake Bellows at 285.
Not a bad day for Spencerville coach Tom Wegesin.
“We brought 12 here, 10 of them in our regular lineup. We had five advancers and two alternates,” he said. “As a coach, I don’t necessarily focus a lot on what goes on earlier in the season outside of it being a stepping stone to what we aim for, which is this time of year. We focus on peaking at this time of year. We’re getting there but we still have a lot of upside and a lot of work to do. That is the good thing; we still have a lot of little things to improve upon because those are what win the matches now. All we can do now is go back to work and see what happens next weekend.”
Columbus Grove finished 11th. Tregg Keysor finished 3rd at 106 and Alex Shaffer 4th at 285 as the lone Bulldogs to move on.
“We had a lot of starters out this week (injury and illness). We were down three starters this week from what we were three weeks ago, three really good kids, too,” Grove coach Eric “Ernie” Siefker noted. “Coming in, we thought we could advance six kids out. We still got two out and we had three kids that just missed getting out as they finished sixth.
“We have the two, so we are happy. We’ll go down there and see what happens next weekend. Tregg finished sixth last year, so we’ll see what we can do this year. He is ready to go and see if he can get to state.”
Lincolnview was 12th of the 13 teams. Doug Hicks, 4th at 170, was the one wrestler to move on. Alternates are Alex Rodriguez at 106 and Dalton West at 195.
Head coach Curtis Miller also appreciated the 2-week break from competition to prepare.
“We really used it well. We had the chance to really work on individual strengths and weaknesses and we showed it today; it just wasn’t good enough for most of our wrestlers,” Miller stated. “Doug wrestled extremely well this weekend. I wish we could have had more advance. I feel bad for Jacquobe Markward; he got hit with the flu this week and managed to wrestle one match and went home. That’s a tough way to end your senior season and I wish him luck.
“We have a lot of young wrestlers that will get nothing but better. If we can keep them going and add some more in the next year or so, I think we have the chance to be a very good team.”
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