Swanton wrestling dropped its first Northwest Ohio Athletic League dual of the season Thursday, falling 56-15 to powerhouse Wauseon in a quad at Delta that also featured Montpelier.
“A lot of credit to Wauseon, they are a great team,” said Swanton coach Greg Hallett. “A couple swing matches could have gone either way. We just gotta be ready to pull the trigger.”
The Bulldogs then defeated Montpelier 75-6 which improved their league record to 5-1.
The dual between the Bulldogs and Indians started at 145 pounds, a match between Gage Pachlhofer of Swanton and Jarrett Bischoff of Wauseon that went into overtime. Pachlhofer would earn a takedown in extra time to defeat Bischoff 6-4.
Swanton then got a 2-1 victory for Chase Moore over Mauricio Barajas, giving them a match lead of 6-0.
“Going in, we knew Swanton had very good team,” said Wauseon coach Mike Ritter of the good start for Swanton. “We moved a couple of kids up to try and maximize our line-up, but Swanton took the lead by winning two close matches.”
However, things quickly turned in favor of Wauseon.
A defending state runner-up for the Indians, Sandro Ramirez, scored a win with a 20-3 technical fall victory over Ryan Marvin at 160 pounds. This got it to 6-5, and it was the last time the Indians trailed in the dual.
In the next two matches Wauseon was able to score a pair of pins, first for Xavier Torres at 170 pounds, then by Trent Davis at 182 pounds.
The heartbreaker for Swanton came at 195 pounds as Crew Oberheim held the lead over Aaron Harris for most of the match. But, Harris fought back to tie it, and 4:53 in he turned him over for a pin. This gave Wauseon a 23-6 lead.
“(He) came out front in a headlock, loaded (himself) up rather than post it on the hip and coming out front,” said Hallett on how Oberheim got pinned. “Just got to go back and get better.”
The final two wins for the Bulldogs were Greg Wilson (220) who shut out Drew Krall 5-0, and Noah Saunders (138) who pinned Ethan Glover in 4:32.
After Wilson’s victory, Alex Sosa of Wauson gave Swanton’s Tommy Lytle just his second loss of the season in the heavyweight bout. The match went into overtime tied 1-1, where Sosa pulled away for a 4-1 victory.
Wauseon put an exclamation point on the win with five straight pins before Saunders’ win in the final match of the night.
For Swanton, this is a great learning experience for a team with hopes of making a return trip to the State Dual Tournament in Division III. Hallett sees the benefit of a dual like this.
“It’s a (good) measuring stick, let’s see where we’re at,” he said. “We wrestled some outstanding matches in that dual. But we definitely still have some work to do.”
Swanton won every match outside of a forfeit at 120 pounds in their win over Montpelier.
The Indians picked up a 54-17 win over Delta, who bested Montpelier 59-21 in its first dual.
Van Buren Invite
Swanton won the 40th Van Buren Invitational going away on Saturday.
The Bulldogs took first with 225 points at the 29-team tournament. The next closest to them was runner-up Gibsonburg with 148 points.
Earning titles for the Bulldogs were Trevor Schaller (126), Chase Moore (152), and Tommy Lytle (285).
Trevor Schaller took first at 126 pounds with an 11-4 decision over Gus Mancuso of Otsego. In similar fashion, Moore defeated Trevor Franks of Lakota 11-5 to win the 152-pound title.
Lytle edged Mason Weldon of Galion with a 3-2 tiebreaker to place first at 285 pounds.
Runner-up for the Dogs were Gage Pachlhofer (145) and Ryan Marvin (160). Third place finishes were earned by Zack Schaller (120), Noah Saunders (138), and Greg Wilson (220).
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