DEFIANCE — Wauseon wrestling went 8-2 over the two-day Fricker’s Duals held at Defiance College on Friday and Saturday. The Indians took fourth out of 22 teams.
Their wins came over Miami Trace (52-24), Romeo, Mich. (50-16), Archbold (59-6), Clay (45-21), Hudson, Mich. (52-12), Anthony Wayne (60-12), River Valley (76-3) and Richmond, Ind. (54-21).
Wauseon suffered losses against Edison (36-33) and Dublin Coffman (39-27).
“This tournament is a real grind over a two-day period. It’s a great way to gauge not only where we are as wrestlers but also our mental toughness. The tournament brings in better and better competition each year,” said head coach Mike Ritter. “To have our only two losses over the weekend be to the #3 ranked team in D-I (Dublin Coffman) and the #2 ranked team in D-III (Milan Edison) is nothing to be ashamed of — and we were right there with both teams.
Junior Collin Twigg led the way for the Indians with a 10-0 performance.
They also had several kids finish 9-1 on the weekend. Accomplishing that feat were Lawson Grime, John Martinez, Connor Nagel, Zaden Torres and Connor Twigg.
“I was really pleased with how we wrestled over the weekend overall,” Ritter said. “I thought we did a great job of staying in good position, which is something we preach daily. We had a really good week of practice so it was good to see how their practice habits translated to their match performance.”
Wauseon victorious in dual
On Thursday, Wauseon was able to handle a depleted Whitmer squad 56-12 in a home wrestling dual. The Panthers were forced to forfeit four matches.
“Glad to come away with a win, but Whitmer certainly was not at full strength tonight. I was looking forward to seeing their full-strength lineup, but that wasn’t available to them tonight,” said Wauseon Coach Mike Ritter of the match.
Winning by pin for the Indians were Benicio Torres at 144 pounds, Zaidan Kessler (175), Justin Duncan (190) and Chance Snow (215).
John Martinez of Wauseon won 3-0 over Hayden Chase at 126 pounds, Zaden Torres (132) 8-3 versus the Panthers’ Trent Wulf, and Connor Twigg (165) 9-3 over Isaiah Schlegel.
Picking up forfeit victories for the Indians were Zavian LaFountain (106), Colin Twigg (120), Trenten Keesbury (150) and Connor Nagel (157).
The only two losses suffered by the Indians — both pins — were Lawson Grime (138) to Jaden Sarabia and John Flores (285) against Logan Moody.
“We had a tough loss at 138, but those are things Lawson can learn from and correct over the weekend,” Ritter said, referring to the Fricker’s Duals.