|Buettner eliminated from State wrestling, Hunter advances in consolation bracket|
|Thursday, February 27, 2014 9:24 PM|
COLUMBUS — With the District wrestling tournament behind him and practices over for the season, this was supposed to be a time for St. John’s wrestling coach Derek Sterling to enjoy the labors of his hard work.
Junior Wes Buettner finished fourth at the Troy districts and qualified for the 77th annual State Wrestling Tournament, marking the 10th straight year a Blue Jay wrestler made it that far.
Instead, things off the mat seemed to get in the way.
Sterling received news on Tuesday morning that his motel reservations were canceled due to water damage. So instead of concentrating on wrestling, the next 24 hours were spent searching for motel rooms for the coaches and 170-pound junior wrestler Wes Buettner.
Finally on Wednesday morning, Sterling received confirmation of new reservations and it was time to focus on wrestling again.
In the Division III ranks, Buettner flooded his opponent, Jacob Wise (37-1) from Bloomdale Elmwood, in the first round Thursday afternoon, with numerous shots but was unable to score. Wise scored first on a takedown and Buettner recorded an escape, making the score 2-1 after two minutes.
Buettner got his second escape of the match to tie the score at 2 at the end of the second period but Wise scored an escape to open the third to win the match 3-2.
“Neither wrestler made a mistake in the match after Wes surrendered the takedown,” said Coach Sterling. “He definitely left in all on the mat and worked hard to get in a shot but just couldn’t score any points. I am pleased with the way he wrestled out there.”
In his second match in the consolation round later Thursday, Buettner was again trailing 2-1 entering the third period. But in this match, Buettner was in obvious pain after hurting his back on a move by Leo Herrman (44-2) of Steubenville Catholic Central.
Buettner gave up a reversal and lost the match 4-1 to end his 2013-14 State run.
After the match, Buettner was hopeful for next season.
“It was good to get down here as a junior and this was a great experience for next season,” he explained. “In my second match, I just couldn’t finish anything after I hurt my back. My mind was in the match but my body just couldn’t perform
this as it usually does.”
Buettner ends the season with a 41-10 record.
Those that advanced into today’s program were George Clemons (Wayne Trace), who knocked off Kaden Moore of Willard 16-0 (technical fall) to move on in the 106-pound category at Division III; and Van Wert’s 285-pounder Zazck Thomas, who was first pinned at 1:56 by Jacob Hanzel (Akron Manchester) but came back in the consolation bracket to pin Norwalk St. Paul’s Connor Careless in 4:54 to stay alive.
Blaine Hunter (Elida) all advanced to today’s action in Division II. First, he was beaten 10-5 at 113 pounds by Ana Abdulijelil (Whitehall-Yearling) but turned around and major-decisioned Aaron Cox (Hamilton Ross) 15-3.
Other area wrestlers were also eliminated on the first day of the Division III program: 195-pounder Derek Ebbbeskottte (Ottawa-Glandorf) — who was pinned by Dezmond Perkins of Chillicothe Southeastern at 2:48 and pinned at 1:44 by Jacob Campbell (New Lebanon Dixie); 145-pounder Tyler Showalter (Wayne Trace), who was pinned by Deven Taylor (Castalia Margaretta) at 3:09 in the opening round and later eliminated 11-6 by David Monturi (Wickliffe).