COLUMBUS – Swanton qualified three wrestlers for the OHSAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament and came away with a state placer when junior Chase Moore took seventh at the competition which was held over the weekend at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus.
Competing at 145 pounds in Division III, Moore fell in his first match, then he wrestled his way through the consolation bracket where he completed his run with a pin against Dawson Hoselton of Chillicothe Zane Trace in 4:11 in the seventh place match.
The Bulldogs also sent Crew Oberheim (195), but he dropped his first two matches by pin and was eliminated.
Heavyweight Tommy Lytle dropped his first match, came back with a 4-0 victory against Brenton Stull of Cadiz Harrison Central in the consolation bracket, but was pinned by Troy Christian’s Seth Douglas to end his season.
Drew Mattin of Delta, making his fourth straight appearance at state, captured his third title in a row with a pin over Oak Harbor’s Bruce Hrynciw in the 126-pound final.
“I fell a little short my freshman year. But, I mean that fueled me to get my three in a row,” said an exhausted Mattin after the match.
The senior also picked up wins over Jackson Hugentobler of Cincinnati Madeira, Blake Evans of Bainbridge Paint Valley, and Tyler Wetzel of Mechanicsburg en route to the title.
“He is our school’s second three-time state champ with Jake Spiess being the first one last year,” said Delta coach Anthony Carrizales. “You know, kids like Drew we like to think of as being poster childs for the program. Kids that, they do it through hard work. They do it through intensity. Just wrestling the Delta style. Offensive, in your face type of style.”
At 120 pounds, Delta sophomore Cole Mattin once again placed at state. After placing fourth in 2016, he finished sixth this season.
He opened with a pin of Coshocton’s Blake Barrick and a 5-3 win over Dalton Leightner of Rootstown before dropping three in a row. His first blemish was to eventual state champion Tommy Hoskins of Legacy Christian Academy.
Evergreen’s Jared Fahrer (106) picked up a win in his first three matches, however, his 4-3 defeat at the hands of Nelsonville-York’s Collin Yinger took him out of contention. His victory was a 17-6 major decision over Jake Edelman of Pymatuning Valley in the consolation bracket.
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