The first step in the Swanton wrestling team’s quest to get back to the state dual tournament is complete, as they picked up wins over Montpelier and Delta at the Division III Regional Quarterfinal Wednesday at Archbold.
The Bulldogs defeated Montpelier 74-6 and Delta 47-27, advancing them to the regional semifinal which they will host Wednesday evening.
Delta built an early 18-4 advantage by winning three of the first four matches, including pins from Zack Mattin at 106 pounds and Gabe Meyer at 113 pounds. Their other win came by forfeit at 126 pounds, while Zack Schaller of Swanton earned a 12-2 major decision against Delta’s Jayce Helminiak at 120 pounds.
But, after that the Bulldogs reeled off seven straight wins, three by pin, to essentially put it away.
“We just kept rolling from there,” said Swanton mentor Greg Hallett. “Momentum started going our way a little bit and we wrestled some tough matches.”
The first win in that stretch for the Dogs came by way of Ethan Branum, who pinned Delta’s Kaleb Barnes in the 132-pound match.
“That’s a big win for us there. Absolutely,” said Hallett. “I was excited he came through in the clutch for the team.”
Swanton then got three more pins, one by Gage Pachlhofer at 145 pounds, Mitchell Reisinger (160), and Zack Leahey (182). They also got a forfeit victory at 138 pounds, and decisions for Chase Moore (152) and Ryan Marvin (170).
Swanton forfeited the 195-pound match to get the Panthers back on the board. With the dual out of reach, Delta’s Dalton Richard edged Greg Wilson of Swanton 2-1 in overtime at 220 pounds, then a forfeit went in favor of Swanton’s Tommy Lytle at 285 pounds.
“They are a good team,” said Delta coach Anthony Carrizales of the loss to Swanton. “They’ve got some talented kids. I would say, they are gonna be the team that moves on from our region to the state tournament. I don’t know what else to say besides the fact that, they’ve got some good kids at those weights. Their kids got it done.”
To reach that final dual, the Panthers got by Archbold with a 40-29 victory.
Delta won eight of the 14 matches, including four pins and a forfeit for six points apiece.
“That was a team effort,” said Carrizales on the Archbold match. “Again, you look at the process of kids just learning how to get tough. And grind out those matches for the team. Whether it’s not giving up a pin, not giving up a major decision, or going out and getting the win when you need to do it. I was real, real proud of them with that dual because Archbold always has very disciplined (and) fundamentally sound kids. Our boys did a nice job of just wrestling our style. They just went out and showed their grit and got it done.”
On the other side, Archbold coach Brian Becher was not too pleased with the performance of his team.
“Where we got our wins, they (Delta) obviously didn’t have really good athletes out there,” he said. “When athleticism was close, we did not fight through being tired. We were not aggressive. Their kids wrestled tough. And then bonus points were big in their favor.”
The Blue Streaks trailed 30-17 late in the match, when Mason Babcock pinned Spencer Goodsite at 182 pounds to get them within seven. However, Delta responded with a pin by Dylan Rogers (195) and Richard (220) defeated Trevor Short, putting it out of reach.
“Biggest disappointment (was) lack of aggressiveness from our feet,” noted Becher. “Wrestling to not lose, instead of to go out there and just score points. Until they get past that, they are not gonna be very successful at the end of the year. Hopefully we learn from it.”
Standing out for the Streaks, outside of Babcock’s pin, were Carson Meyer (160) who also won by fall, and Brennan Short (138) and Gavin Grime (145) who earned major decisions.
Other pins for the Panthers came from Zack Mattin (113), Cole Mattin (132), and J.D. Osborn (170).
“I was pretty happy with the guys tonight,” concluded Carrizales. “Definitely were some things that they could have done better. But I mean, you go back to practice the next day and you start looking at the film, and you look at (ways to improve).”
Swanton opened the tournament against Montpelier, who advanced after a 41-30 win over Evergreen. The Dogs scored nine pins against the Locomotives, two forfeits, plus a tech fall for Ian Saunders (152) and a 5-4 win for Zaven Waddell (182).
Swanton will now face Wayne Trace Wednesday at home starting at 6 p.m. in the regional semifinal. The winner of that dual will take on either Liberty Center or Otsego for the right to represent the region at the state tournament.
D-III Region 17-A Quarterfinal
Swanton 47, Delta 27
106- Zack Mattin (D) p. Derrick Cook (S), 2:28. 113- Gabe Meyer (D) p. Zeth Zawodni (S), 3:22. 120- Zack Schaller (S) md. Jayce Helminiak (D), 12-2. 126- Cole Mattin (D), forfeit. 132- Ethan Branum (S) p. Kaleb Barnes (D), 2:43. 138- Noah Saunders (S), forfeit. 145- Gage Pachlhofer (S) p. Dawson Swicegood (D), 3:43. 152- Chase Moore (S) md. Max Hoffman (D), 12-1. 160- Mitchell Reisinger (S) p. Jason Myers (D), 0:45. 170- Ryan Marvin (S) d. J.D. Osborn (D), 3-2. 182- Zack Leahey (S) p. Spencer Goodsite (D), 0:35. 195- Dylan Rogers (D), forfeit. 220- Dalton Richard (D) d. Greg Wilson (S), 2-1 OT. 285- Tommy Lytle (S), forfeit.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010