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Wednesday, January 29, 2014 9:00 PM

By LARRY HEIING

DHI Correspondent

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BATH TOWNSHIP — The second Ohio High School Athletic Association State Team Wrestling Dual Meets began last week with St. John’s defeating Ottawa-Glandorf and Columbus Grove.

With the win at home, the Blue Jays earned the right to move on to the Division III Regionals held at Bath High School, along with Coldwater and Carey.

Wrestling is the first sport to crown two OHSAA-sanctioned state team champions with two separate tournaments. The regular-season-ending tournament still occurs in March and is an individual goal for every wrestler to get to “The Schott.”

The OHSAA State Dual — just last year — replaced the old state dual meets which had a limited number of teams. The old format was an invitational based on the number of returning district qualifiers as one of the qualifications.

In the new format, all schools are able to compete and is a team goal to move on.

Coach Derek Sterling is entering his fifth year at the helm of the Blue Jay wrestling program and this year marks the third year in a row that St. John’s has participated in the state duals.

Three years ago, they were invited to the duals based on the number of underclassmen wrestling in the pos- season. Last year ,after opening with a team victory, Sterling was forced to forfeit in the next round to Midwest Athletic Conference for Coldwater after three wrestlers suffered injuries at the LCC Thunderbird Invitational.

The Blue Jays made it to the mat this year in the second round and had to face a familiar foe - Coldwater. The outcome was the same this year as last as the Coldwater wrestlers eliminated St. John’s 48-21.

The lone bright spot of the night was freshman Brett Vonderwell, the only Blue Jay who won a match on the mat.

“Brett wrestled great tonight, upsetting Coldwater senior Reese Kaiser 8-4,” explained Sterling. “Reese beat us last week at LCC and Brett coming back a few days later at duals to beat him is a big win.”

The night began with Coldwater winning team points by forfeit in the 106- and 113-pound classes.

Coldwater’s Tyler Hemmelgarn won a decision over sophomore Avery Martin 6-2

The night began with Coldwater winning team points by forfeit in the 106- and 113-pound classes.

Coldwater’s Tyler Hemmelgarn won a decision over sophomore Avery Martin 6-2 in the 120-pound matchup.

The Cavaliers then won the next two bouts via pins by Spencer Seibert and Tyler Teebe.

“We came out flat tonight and overmatched,” said Sterling. “We just couldn’t get rolling against a team we had a chance to beat.”

Junior Justin Siefker dropped a 6-2 decision to Jordan Obringer at 138 pounds. St. John’s suffered losses in a pair a close matches, with Austin Martin falling to CJ Seibert 7-4 and Coldwater’s Mitch Clune defeated Alex Haunhorst 3-1.

With the team victory secured by Coldwater after these matches were decided, the heavier weight classes were won by forfeit.

Wes Buettner, Austin Schulte and Nathan Schroeder all won for St. John’s without wrestling. Meanwhile, Coldwater’s Justin Post won the 220-pound bout with a forfeit.

Sterling summed up the night by adding that “we definitely found out that we have a lot of things to work on to improve. It’s not the end of the season yet but now it’s time to start focusing on the individual side to get ready for sectionals.”

In the regional championship match, Bath defeated Coldwater 45-25 to move on to the State Quarterfinals to be held Feb. 8 at St. John Arena on the campus of The Ohio State University.

The next action for the Blue Jay wrestlers will be at the MAC championships on Saturday at Versailles, along with Coldwater.

COLDWATER 48, ST. JOHN’S 21

106- Andrew Meyer (C), void.

113- Jay Uhenhake (C), void.

120- Tyler Hemmelgarn (C) dec. Avery Martin 6-2.

126- Spencer Seibert (C) pin Evyn Pohlman.

132- Tyler Tebbe (C) pin Evan Mohler.

138- Jordan Obringer (C) dec. Justin Siefker 6-2.

145- Brett Vonderwell (S) dec. Reece Kaiser 8-4.

152- CJ Seibert (C) dec. Austin Martin 7-4.

160-Jake Schmidt (C) pin Jordan Boone.

170- Mitch Clune (C) dec. Alex Haunhorst 3-1.

182- Wes Buettner (S), void.

195- Austin Schulte (S), void.

220- Justin Post (C), void.

285- Nate Schroeder (S), void.

 

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