The area will once again have a strong representation at the upcoming state wrestling tournament as numerous athletes qualified over the weekend.
In the county, Wauseon claimed a district championship in the Division II district at Fostoria, while Delta earned the title at Waite in Division III.
Wauseon won the district with 142 points, beating out runner-up Ashland who finished with 114.50.
“The fist day went fairly well with all 11 qualifying for Saturday’s competition,” said Wauseon head coach Mike Ritter. “However, that first round of consolation matches on Saturday was tough, and we saw several kids get knocked out of the tournament. That kind of set the tone for a very up and down rest of the day.
“I’m very happy for and proud of the wrestlers who qualified, but heart-broken for the ones who were not able to make the trip to state this year to compete.”
For the Indians, Sandro Ramirez at 145 pounds and Tony Banister at 195 each captured district titles.
Ramirez started the tournament with a pair of wins by technical fall, then got a 16-6 major decision over Logan Barton of Sandusky Perkins. In the final, he grinded out a 3-2 win over Defiance’s Timothy Gage Grunden.
After getting a pin in his first match, Banister won 3-1 against Ben Ocheltree of Keystone, then 4-0 over Norwalk’s Abdullah Silmi to reach the title match. He defeated Wapakoneta’s Landon Hall 2-1 to claim the title.
Tre Campbell qualified at 182 pounds despite finishing runner-up to Robbie Bowers of Defiance. Bowers earned a 3-2 win over Campbell in the championship match.
Hunter Yackee (132) finished third with a 7-2 decision against Angel Granados of Napoleon to advance.
Placing but not qualifying for state for the Indians were Gavin Ritter (106), Alex Slattman (113) and Derek Schuette (160), all who finished fifth. They are state alternates.
Delta qualifies eight
Delta proved that it may indeed be the favorite for the state title in Division III as it won the district at Waite with 233 points. Oak Harbor was next highest with 174 points.
Archbold tied for 11th with 49 points, Swanton was 18th with 35, and Evergreeen tied for 28th after notching 11.
The Panthers had champions in Drew Mattin at 120 pounds, Jake Spiess (132), Dustin Marteney (138), Jesse Beverly (152), Devon Richard (220) and Chance Veller (285). Finishing runner-up was Cole Mattin at 106 pounds.
Drew Mattin picked up four pins en route to the 120-pound title. He pinned Cameron Gessner of St. Mary Central Catholic in 4:29 for the title.
Spiess recorded pins over Matthew Nieset of Van Buren and St. Mary Central Catholic’s Jadon Dix around a technical fall win over Otsego’s Gus Mancuso to reach the title match. He claimed the 132-pound championship with a 6-0 win against Brady Barnett of Milan Edison.
Marteney began with a pin of Willard’s Noah Moore in 54 seconds, then won 6-2 over Genoa’s James Limongi and 7-3 over Gibsonburg’s Hugo Villerreal. He claimed the title with a 7-1 win over Trevor Scherf of Oak Harbor.
Beverly got a technical fall against Eastwood’s Michael Burket, pin against Hopewell-Loudon’s Alex Brock, and a 15-4 win over Dylan Hall of Elmwood. He added a 15-6 win over Jake Huston of Oak Harbor for the title.
At 220 pounds, Richard swept the competition as he got four pins, including one in 22 seconds over Eastwood’s Tyler Tudor in the title match.
Veller got three pins leading up to the title match in the heavyweight division. In the championship, Veller scored a 4-3 victory over Brandon Garber of Oak Harbor.
Cole Mattin fell 7-0 to Genoa’s Dylan D’Emilio at 106, but advances with the runner-up finish. Dylan Rogers (182) also advanced for Delta after placing third with a 3-2 victory over Fairview’s Chase Carpenter.
Archbold will send a pair of wrestlers to state as David Bell was district runner-up at 170 pounds and Noah Mattin placed third at 126 pounds.
Bell got pins over Ashland Crestview’s Cade Rogers and Northwood’s Trevor Mack, then recorded a 4-0 win over Milan Edison’s Sam Stoll before falling to Mohawk’s Cole Draper 7-2 in the final.
Noah Mattin was dropped to the consolation bracket after he was defeated 5-1 by Jonny Wheeler of Northwood. However, he won 7-2 over Dominic Rosin of St. Mary Central Catholic and blanked Mohawk’s Daniel Price 6-0 to place third.
Swanton’s Trevor Schaller finished fourth at 106 pounds to advance. After pinning Otsego’s Cameron Pollard in 4:30 in his first match, Schaller was then pinned by eventual district champion D’Emilio to fall to the consolation bracket.
He followed by pinning Gage Griffith of Collins Western Reserve in 2:10, but finished fourth after he was pinned by Milan Edison’s Dylan Burns.
Also at 106 pounds, Evergreen’s Jared Fahrer placed fifth and just missed qualifying for state. He defeated Griffith 13-6 in his first match, then was pinned by D’Emilio in his second.
Fahrer responded with a 12-0 shutout of St. Paul’s Eric Crabbs and 10-3 win over Jordan Bowers of Tinora. However, Burns pinned him in 2:17 which dropped him to the fifth place match where he once again defeated Griffith, this time 8-7.
Swanton’s Chase Moore (132) opened with a pin of Cory-Rawson’s Isaiah Colvin in 1:13, then lost 5-1 to Dylan Mansor of Oak Harbor. In the consolation bracket he earned a pair of decision victories over New London’s Zach Bene and Fairview’s Reilly Heater.
Moore, a returning state placer, placed fifth after dropping an ultimate tiebreaker to Dix of St. Mary Central Catholic, ending his season.
The state wrestling tournament begins on Thursday and runs through Saturday at the Schottenstein Center on the campus of The Ohio State University.