Wauseon wrestling dominant at Tri-State Border War

Staff Report

DEFIANCE — Looking for somewhere else to compete following the cancellation of a tournament in Medina, Wauseon wrestling was able to compete at the Defiance Tri-State Border in the middle of last week and they dominated the competition.

The Indians took first with a 276.5 team total, 132.5 ahead of runner-up Fremont Ross. Also from Fulton County, Archbold took 19th with 66 points, Swanton was 29th (39) and Evergreen 37th (15).

Taking first for the Indians were Collin Twigg at 113 pounds, Larry Moreno (120), John Martinez (126) and Zaidan Kessler (175).

They also added second place finishes from Benicio Torres (144), Connor Nagel (157), and Connor Twigg (165).

Collin Twigg had a first round bye, then he pinned Levi Schroeder of Columbus Grove, defeated Mason Ducat of Defiance 13-7, and Daniel Castro of Bowling Green 16-0 to reach the 113-pound championship. In the final he topped Thayne Kleman of Bluffton 10-1.

Moreno earned three wins by pin and a major decision at 120 pounds. In the title match he pinned Jordan Simpson of Dowagiac Union in 5:28.

Martinez won by forfeit, bested Jackson James of Norwalk 17-1, Johnny Heiden of Berkshire 8-0 and 11-4 over Czar Dickson of Indian Lake to reach the 126-pound final. There he won 12-0 over Treven Rittenhouse of Defiance.

Kessler won in basically every way to claim the 175-pound championship. He recorded two wins by pin, and one each by decision, technical fall and major decision. The decision victory came in the final where he bested Owen Berner of Ayersville 6-5.

After a bye, Torres pinned Josh Tyburski of Swanton, won 5-3 over Jeff Camp of Patrick Henry, 4-0 against John Paul Smith of Findlay and 3-1 over Braxton Miller of Dekalb in the semifinal. Brodie Dominique of Archbold took down Torres 3-1 in the first place match.

Nagel earned three wins by pin to reach the final at 157 pounds. In the final he was defeated 9-1 by Mikey Kinzel of Bowling Green.

Connor Twigg opened with a pair of pins following a bye, then defeated Carson Greiner of Indian Lake 10-4. However, he lost 15-0 versus Shadrick Stone of Willard in the final.

Taking third for Wauseon were Zavian LaFountain (106) and Zaden Torres (132). Lawson Grime (138) and Justin Duncan (190) took fourth for the Indians.

Dominique finished 5-0 for Archbold en route to the title at 144 pounds. He recorded two pins, two major decisions, and a decision.

Also for the Blue Streaks, Gabe Chapa (138) finished seventh and Ian Grime (150) sixth.

Swanton got a fourth place finish from Camron Kirtz (215).

Kirtz opened with two pins before getting pinned by Brett Ogborn of Liberty-Benton in the quarterfinal match. In the consolation bracket he bounced back with an 11-1 victory over Landon Newsom of Tinora, 11-4 victory over Ryan Ritzenthaler of Norwalk, and 8-4 over Nathan Osborn of Wayne Trace in the consolation semifinal.

Kirtz was pinned by A.J. Schafer of Columbus Grove in the third place match.


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