WALSH – Members of the Wauseon wrestling team competed at the prestigious Ironman Tournament at Walsh Jesuit on Friday and Saturday against several of the top teams and wrestlers in the nation.
No Indians placed, but all but six scored points for the team, which placed 32nd.
Sandro Ramirez advanced to the quarterfinal at 145 pounds with a major decision over Nick Burgard of Ashtabula St. John and 8-2 decision over Anthony Rice of Steubenville. In the quarterfinal he fell to eventual champion Brock Hardy of Box Elder, Utah 8-1. Ramirez was then pinned by Jake Styles of Montini Catholic in Illinois.
At 126 pounds, Alex Slattman opened with a 5-3 win over Andrew Morgan of Christiansburg, Va. Slattman then lost to Mario Ybarra of Scottsbluff, Neb. by an 8-2 decision before falling to Kyle Gruber of Massillon Perry 7-2 to end his tournament.
At 152 pounds, Hunter Yackee won his first match 1-0 over Cameron Riggenbach of Wadsworth. He then lost by tech fall to eventual runner-up Antony Artalona of Tampa Preparatory School and lost in a tiebreaker to Will McGhee of Aurora, Ohio.
Xavier Torres won his first match by pin over Justin Callahan of Olentangy Liberty at 160 pounds. He then lost a close 2-1 decision to eventual runner-up Andrew Merola of Blair Academy.
Torres responded with a pin of Haydon Rockman of Elyria before losing by tech fall to Hudson Hightower of Lakewood St. Edward.
At 285 pounds, Alex Sosa was pinned in his initial match by Alec Moore-Nash of Cincinnati Elder. Sosa rebounded with pins of Elvis Hedary of Allen, Texas and Mike McNicolas of Montini Catholic.
His tournament ended when he dropped a 4-2 decision to Jacob Cover of Hilliard Darby.
Gavin Ritter dropped his first match to Dylan Ragusin of Montini Catholic by tech fall. He then pinned Ben Buhler of Tampa Preparatory before falling to Oscar Sanchez of Genoa 2-1.
Blair Academy of New Jersey won the team title with 249.5 points, followed by St. Paris Graham with 196.5 and Wyoming Seminary of Pennsylvania 158.5.