In what came down to a bout between a pair of schools from Fulton County, Swanton wrestling closed with three pins and a major decision to defeat Archbold 38-21 at the regional quarterfinal of the team dual tournament in Region 17 Wednesday.
The victory got the Bulldogs one step closer to reaching the state dual tournament, as they advanced to the regional semifinal round which takes place this Wednesday.
“Archbold is a good team and a lot of credit to them. They wrestled hard. But we had wrestled them earlier in the year, so, we had a good idea what their lineup was,” said Swanton coach Greg Hallett after the match.
“The heavy weights came through.”
The host school, Swanton, was able to face the Blue Streaks after opening the night with a 65-9 victory against Otsego.
The Knights earned a forfeit victory at 106 pounds, and a 4-0 decision for Cameron Pollard over Swanton’s Zach Schaller at 113 pounds. However, the Bulldogs would sweep the dual from there on out.
Picking up pins for the Dogs were Dylan Cook at 126 pounds, Noah Saunders (138), Zack Leahey (182) and Tommy Lytle (285). They also had five wins by forfeit.
Archbold was the sixth seed and they began their night with a 39-33 victory over third seeded Elmwood.
Swanton began the match against Archbold with a 11-2 major decision for Zach Schaller against Dawson Liechty at 106 pounds, and after both team’s forfeited in the next two weight classes, Cook earned a 8-4 decision for Swanton over Zach Rocha of Archbold at 126 pounds.
This gave the Dogs a 13-6 lead.
Archbold’s Gavin Grime and Swanton’s Noah Saunders then traded decision victories at 132 pounds and 138 pounds respectively. The Streaks then took over the lead with four decisions.
At 145 pounds, Noah Mattin defeated Chase Moore of Swanton 7-2, Austin Wilson added a 2-1 win over Ryan Marvin, Colton Soles defeated Mitchell Reisinger 7-6 and Kasyn Schaffner bested Tyler Houston 7-5.
“We had a lot of things go our way at the beginning of the match. We had a lot of guys wrestle tough in a bunch of tight matches,” said Archbold coach Brian Becher. “We knew that we were gonna struggle a little bit up top. They were a little bit more experienced than we were.”
The run for Swanton began at 182 pounds as Leahey pinned Archbold’s Izrael Reyes, giving Swanton the lead once again in the match, 22-21. Leahey’s pin came 41 seconds into round two.
“He is making scratch 60. So he is on his way down,” said Hallett of Leahey. “He was giving up quite a bit. He doesn’t have a full gas tank right now, making the cut for the first time this year down to ‘60. He dug deep for that (win) and came through.”
This created a domino effect as Crew Oberheim pinned Gibson Burkholder at 195 pounds, and Greg Wilson pinned Trevor Short at 220 pounds. In the heavyweight match, Swanton closed with Lytle’s 10-2 major decision over Anthony Gonzalez.
“Obviously those pins hurt,” said Becher. “And the bigger thing is, it gets them a lot of momentum going into those next matches too.”
Swanton will now face Eastwood, who upset four-time defending state champion Delta in the other quarterfinal, at the regional semifinal Wednesday at Ayersville beginning at 6 p.m.
“Exciting,” said Hallett on the achievement by his team. “And a great opportunity ahead of us. Looking forward to next week.”
Delta’s run at another state dual title came to an end after the 39-35 loss at home to Eastwood Wednesday. After just scraping by Lake, 40-39 in the first match, the Panthers met their match against the Eagles.
Region 17-B (Swanton)
Swanton 65, Otsego 9
106- Jake Manley (O), forfeit. 113- Cameron Pollard (O) dec. Zach Schaller (S), 4-0. 120- Trevor Schaller (S) major dec. Jesse Wright (O), 13-2. 126- Dylan Cook (S) pinned Gus Mancuso (O), 0:43. 132- Gage Pachlhofer (S), forfeit. 138- Noah Saunders (S) pinned Jake Tercha (O), 0:59. 145- Chase Moore (S) major dec. Clay Edwards (O), 11-3. 152- Ryan Marvin (S) dec. Cole Steele (O), 8-2. 160- Tyler Houston (S), forfeit. 170- Mitchell Reisinger (S), forfeit. 182- Zack Leahey (S) pinned Logan Krompak (O), 0:39. 195- Crew Oberheim (S), forfeit. 220- Greg Wilson (S), forfeit. 285- Tommy Lytle (S) pinned Dillon Farley (O), 3:01.
Swanton 38, Archbold 21
106- Zach Schaller (S) major dec. Dawson Liechty (A), 11-2. 113- Shane Eicher (A), forfeit. 120- Trevor Schaller (S), forfeit. 126- Dylan Cook (S) dec. Zach Rocha (A), 8-4. 132- Gavin Grime (A) dec. Gage Pachlhofer (S), 7-2. 138- Noah Saunders (S) dec. Brennan Short (A), 4-2. 145- Noah Mattin (A) dec. Chase Moore (S), 7-2. 152- Austin Wilson (A) dec. Ryan Marvin (S), 2-1. 160- Colton Soles (A) dec. Mitchell Reisinger (S), 7-6. 170- Kasyn Schaffner (A) dec. Tyler Houston (S), 7-5. 182- Zack Leahey (S) pinned Izrael Reyes (A), 2:41. 195- Crew Oberheim (S) pinned Gibson Burkholder (A), 0:31. 220- Greg Wilson (S) pinned Trevor Short (A), 3:59. 285- Tommy Lytle (S) major dec. Anthony Gonzalez (A), 10-2.
Swanton also had an impressive performance at the LCC Thunderbird Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The Bulldogs were runners-up behind Mechanicsburg, one of the top teams in the state, at the 39-team tournament.
Mechanicsburg won with 243 points, followed by Swanton 177.5 and Miami East 172.5.
Swanton had 8 placers at the tournament. Chase Moore was the highest with a second place finish at 145 pounds after falling to Tanner Smith of Mechanicsburg in the final.
Four Bulldogs placed third. Zach Schaller pinned Brett Sandwisch of Woodmore at 106 pounds, Trevor Schaller beat Kyle Denier of Blanchester 5-2 at 120 pounds, Dylan Cook topped Jackson Hugentobler of Madeira 8-4 at 126 pounds, and Ryan Marvin beat Michael Burket of Eastwood 5-2 at 152 pounds.
Also for Swanton, Noah Saunders was fourth at 138 pounds, Zack Leahey fifth at 170 pounds, and Tommy Lytle was fifth at 285 pounds.
Tyler Houston did not place at 160 pounds, but he did upset top-seed Corey Bogan of Mechanicsburg.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010