Dogs top Rossford, fall to Comets at regional dual meet


By Randy Roberts - For the Enterprise



Swanton’s Zack Zawodni, top, takes on Austin Szczublewski of Rossford during the regional dual meet Saturday in Genoa. He fell by an 8-6 final.

Swanton’s Zack Zawodni, top, takes on Austin Szczublewski of Rossford during the regional dual meet Saturday in Genoa. He fell by an 8-6 final.


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Cody DeKoeyer of Swanton looks to escape a hold from Zoe Hussar of Rossford during wrestling action Saturday. DeKoeyer pinned Hussar in 1:47.


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GENOA – Swanton’s attempt to go back to the Division III dual state finals hit a roadblock as the Bulldogs won a match, then suffered a 67-12 loss to the defending Division III state champions in Genoa Saturday.

Entering the regional hosted by Genoa, the Bulldogs got off to a fast start in defeating Rossford 48-33 in the opening round of the dual meet regional championship.

Zach LaPlante (113) and Zeth Zawodni (120) won by forfeit as Swanton took an early lead. The Bulldogs jumped to a bigger lead when Zach Schaller (:48) and Cody DeKoeyer (1:47) added first period pins.

Only six matches were wrestled in the opening-round dual. Zaven Waddell (285) added a pin in 1:25 for Swanton.

The only match to go longer than one period was highly competitive. At 182 pounds, Zack Zawodni lost in overtime to Rossford’s Austin Szczublewski, 8-6.

Tyler Gowing (145), Connor Cass (195) and Jacob Cambell (220) won by forfeit for Swanton.

Taking on a Division III power and the reigning state champions, the Bulldogs battled, but fell 67-12 to the Comets.

Schaller (126) and Gowing (170) won by first-period falls to score the 12 points for the Bulldogs. LaPlante had a battle, forcing overtime after a late reversal, but Corey Welsh had the first takedown in the extra session to win the 113-pound bout, 8-6.

Genoa went on to defeat Otsego 60-13 and Eastwood 61-16 to win the regional.

The Swanton wrestling team will take a couple of weeks off to prepare for the Northwest Ohio Athletic League meet Feb. 16 in Wauseon.

Swanton’s Zack Zawodni, top, takes on Austin Szczublewski of Rossford during the regional dual meet Saturday in Genoa. He fell by an 8-6 final.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/02/web1_Zach-Zawodni.jpgSwanton’s Zack Zawodni, top, takes on Austin Szczublewski of Rossford during the regional dual meet Saturday in Genoa. He fell by an 8-6 final. Randy Roberts | Swanton Enterprise

Cody DeKoeyer of Swanton looks to escape a hold from Zoe Hussar of Rossford during wrestling action Saturday. DeKoeyer pinned Hussar in 1:47.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2019/02/web1_DeKoeyer.jpgCody DeKoeyer of Swanton looks to escape a hold from Zoe Hussar of Rossford during wrestling action Saturday. DeKoeyer pinned Hussar in 1:47. Randy Roberts | Swanton Enterprise

By Randy Roberts

For the Enterprise

Reach Randy Roberts at tsesports@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Randy Roberts at tsesports@aimmediamidwest.com