COLUMBUS – On the back of three state placers, Swanton tied for 11th in Division III at the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Individual Wrestling Championships which began Thursday and ended Saturday at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus.
The Bulldogs tied with Apple Creek Waynedale at 39 points, while Delta was close behind them at 15th with 34.5 points. Genoa won the team title going away, finishing 33 points ahead of runner-up Ashtabula St. John.
Swanton had three placers, led by seniors Chase Moore and Tommy Lytle who placed fourth and fifth respectively. Junior Ryan Marvin placed eighth at 160 pounds, his first time placing at state.
“All the way around the effort was there,” said Swanton coach Greg Hallett of his placers. “Going out on a high note for a lot of these guys is good. The attitude and the effort was there.”
Moore won his first match at 152 pounds 3-1, then fell to David Cumberledge of Ashtabula St. John 5-2 to drop to the consolation bracket.
He won three straight matches in the consolation bracket, including a 3-2 victory over Colton Soles of Archbold, before falling to Conor Becker of Galion Northmor in the third place match.
Lytle advanced to the semifinal at 285 pounds with a pin in 2:48 against Josh Robinson of Shadyside and a 17-5 major decision versus Joe Warren of Smithville.
He then dropped two matches in a row, putting him in the fifth place match. It was there that he pinned Derek Elrod of Ashtabula St. John to take fifth.
“Going out with a win, that’s big,” said Hallett on Lytle. “A lot of character for Tommy to come back after battling a knee injury. (He) showed a lot of character to come out there and get the win.
“And, to avenge a loss. He lost to him (Elrod) in the finals at Lima Central Catholic. So, that was even bigger of a win.”
Zach Schaller (120) dropped his first match of the tournament, but responded with a pin over Konnor Duncan of Kirtland in the first consolation round. However, he was eliminated with a 4-3 loss to Jake White of Akron Manchester.
Trevor Schaller (126) won his first match 7-5 against Kaleb Nickels of Miami East, then fell to eventual state runner-up Klay Reeves of Johnstown Northridge by a 3-2 tiebreaker. He was pinned by Logan Hursey of Newcomerstown in the consolation bracket, ending his season.
“Just an illustrious career by this group of seniors,” said Hallett, referring to Trevor Schaller, Moore and Lytle. “They did the work and got it done. During the season and in the off-season. Putting in extra time and effort. So, the credit goes to them and their effort.”
Also at 126 pounds, Delta junior Cole Mattin became a two-time state placer by winning the title.
To do so, he had to knock off three-time state champion Tommy Hoskins of Legacy Christian Academy in the semifinal match.
The highly anticipated bout with Hoskins went to overtime, where he earned a takedown to pick up the 4-2 victory. It was revenge from last year as Hoskins downed Cole Mattin 9-1 in the 120-pound semifinal. He also lost to Hoskins in the regular season this year.
Mattin steamrolled through the championship match, winning 9-3 over Reeves.
His younger brother Zack Mattin was Delta’s other placer, taking seventh at 106 pounds. He defeated Brett Szuhay of Mantua Crestwood 15-7 in the seventh place match.
Team Scores (top 15)
1. Genoa 113.5; 2. Ashtabula St. John 80.5; 3. Milan Edison 67.5; 4. Troy Christian 61.5; 5. Nelsonville-York 61; 6. Rootstown 50; 7. Galion Northmor 48.5; 8. Casstown Miami East 41.5; 9. Johnstown Northridge 41; 10. Massilon Tuslas 40.5; 11. Apple Creek Waynedale, Swanton 39; 13. Legacy Christian Academy 37; 14. Martins Ferry 36; 15. Delta 34.5.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010
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