COLUMBUS – Swanton wrestling added another state placer over the weekend with senior Ryan Marvin placing fifth at 152 pounds in Division III during the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Individual Wrestling Tournament which began Thursday and ended Saturday at the Schottenstein Center on the campus of Ohio State University.
The Bulldogs’ senior upped his placement from a year ago where he finished eighth at 160 pounds.
Marvin defeated Nick Skye of Mogadore 10-3 to take fifth.
His two defeats – including a 9-5 loss in the opener – came to eventual third place finisher in Keringten Martin of Covington. In the consolation bracket Marvin won 3-1 by sudden victory over Billy Luft of Newark Catholic, 6-4 over Tyler Kay of Liberty Center, and 3-2 over Clayton Schirmer of Blanchester to reach the consolation semifinal.
There, he fell, 3-1, to Martin before winning the fifth place match.
Swanton’s other state qualifier, senior Zach Schaller, fell short of placing on his return to state.
Wrestling at 126 pounds, Schaller fell to eventual fifth place finisher Gavin Weaver of Newcomerstown by pin in the opening round. He responded by pinning Michael Kucera of Independence in 3:51 in the consolation bracket. However, he would be shut out by fellow northwest Ohioan Antonio of Lecki of Lake, 3-0, to bounce him from the tournament.
Trio places for Panthers
For Delta, sophomore Zack Mattin carried on his family’s legacy of winning state wrestling titles, claiming the Division III 106-pound crown.
“It’s really cool,” Zack Mattin said of carrying on the tradition of his family. “My dad (Mike Mattin) won a state title and then my brothers (Drew and Cole) followed suit. It’s unbelievable.”
He met fellow Gavin Owens of Eastwood in the final, where he came away with the 8-1 win. “I scored points which is always good. I thought I wrestled really well,” he said of the match.
He cruised to the final behind a tech fall win plus two pins in the opening round, quarterfinal and semifinal matches.
The sophomore is going home with a much better taste in his mouth than a year ago when he finished seventh at state.
“I placed seventh here last year – not what I wanted,” explained Zack. “But I knew this year that it was my time. As long as I put in the work every single day, I’d accomplish my goal which is to be a state champ.”
Brother Cole Mattin was not as lucky. In his third meeting this season with Julian Sanchez of Genoa, he fell 3-1 to the Comets’ senior in the 132-pound final.
It was a late takedown by Sanchez in the final 15 seconds of the third period that gave him the win over the senior from Delta.
“It was a good shot,” said Cole of Sanchez’ late takedown. “I tried to drape over the top and grab an ankle but just couldn’t catch it. He knew exactly how to finish. It’s a perfect finish, I couldn’t do anything about it.”
He also displayed his pride in sharing the finals mat with younger brother Zack, who as mentioned, won his first state title earlier in the evening.
“He’s a state champ and I’m super happy for him,” said Cole. “I can’t wait to see the next two years. It was just awesome to be able to compete with him.”
Earlier on Saturday, the Panthers got a fifth place finish from senior Dalton Richard at 285 pounds. It was his first career state placement.
To win the fifth place match, he pinned Jeff Meyer of Columbus Grove in just 46 seconds.
“I had the double overs (double over hook) locked up, and I felt him pushing into me too much so I decided to throw it. It worked out for my favor,” said Richard.
He reached the championship semifinals with a pin and 1-0 decision over William Lindsey of Gates Mills Hawken. However, Richard then dropped his next two matches, putting him in the fifth place match where he came through.
“Just in all my years of experience in wrestling, you can’t live in the past you have to move on,” he said on bouncing back from losses to take fifth. “You have to keep going forward.
“It’s just like in life. You can’t move forward if you live in the past.”
Delta’s Dawson Swicegood (145) opened with a 5-3 sudden victory over Carter Winegardner of Zanesville West Muskingum, before dropping back-to-back matches to end his tournament run and Panther wrestling career.
The Panthers finished sixth overall with 64.5 team points. Genoa won the Division III title in impressive fashion, with 172 points compared to runner-up Rootstown’s 79. Swanton registered 11 points to tie for 47th with Camden Preble Shawnee.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010