Saturday, it was finally Edison’s turn to steal the Sandusky Bay Conference limelight.
Runners-up to Oak Harbor the past two years, the Chargers had four wrestlers crowned league champions Saturday, while another four finished as runners-up and another five finished in the top six as their 239.5 team points beat out the Rockets’ 226.5 in the tournament held at Lakota High School. It also capped a special six-day run for Edison, which started last Sunday with the Chargers capturing the Division III state team duals title in Columbus.
“It’s pretty hard to get yourself and your team refocused on the SBC tournament when you just won state a week ago. It’s like, what else is there?” said Edison senior Brady Barnett, who had two pins in both the matches he wrestled en route to earning his third league crown. He pinned Perkins’ Jacob Maslyk in 2:55 in the 138-pound class. “But we knew we had to come in and take care of business and execute like we needed to. It’s a really exciting way to end my senior year.”
Making Saturday’s title all the more impressive, was the fact that Oak Harbor had seven wrestlers earn titles and two more take second, as it lost five total matches on the day.
“It’s been a great six days and I can’t be prouder of the kids. It’s been a trying week as well after getting home last Monday at 1 a.m. and then having to hurry up and refocus for a good SBC tournament and having to go against Oak Harbor again,” Chargers coach Davy Hermes said. “I don’t think we had our best week of practice, and I think some of that showed a bit in the finals. We didn’t have a great finals, but we won the tournament in the consolation semifinals, getting those four kids up to third and fourth, plus getting some bonus points down there.
“I think this championship is a true testament to the team,” he added. “(Oak Harbor) had seven champs to our four, but we got 12 guys in the top four and 13 in the top six, and they didn’t have that. Our depth is what won it for us, so hats off to those kids.”
Sam Stoll, who clinched the state title against Massillon Tuslaw with a win, earned his second straight SBC crown with a pinfall victory (3:22) at 195 over Clyde’s Ryan Kelley. Ray Adams (106) was another winner by pinfall in the finals, topping Vermilion’s Brandon D’Egidio in 1:47, while Dylan Burns won the 113 title with an 18-5 major decision win over the Rockets’ Matthew Dewitz.
Edison and Oak Harbor had five total first-place head-to-head matches in the finals with the Rockets going 4-1 in those meetings.
Cameron Dickman was 5-0 winner by decision over the Chargers’ Gabe Mina-Vazquez at 120. Also winning a title for Oak Harbor by decision over an Edison opponent was Trevor Scherf at 132, along with Dylan Mansor at 145 and Kian Thompson at 182. Scherf won 1-0 over defending SBC champ Max Wolfe, while Mansor beat Alex Neuberger 4-2 and Thompson was a 3-0 winner over Joey Kasper to earn his second consecutive crown.
Earning SBC Most Outstanding Performer honors was Oak Harbor senior Bruce Hrynciw, who became only the ninth four-time champion in league history when he pinned Huron’s Devon Shaffer in 50 seconds during the 126 finals.
Only four other Rocket grapplers — Cody Magrum, Keith Witt, Mike Mallory and Drew Stone — have accomplished that feat.
For Edison, John Mason Neer took third at 170. Trent Werner (126), Collin Mancuso (152) and Dalton Burns (160) were all added fourth-place points.
Barnett went over 200 career wins Saturday, putting him within reach of Evan Cheek’s career wins mark.
“It feels real good and we’ve been working real hard all year. We’ve all been pushing each other and wrestling for each other,” said Barnett of Edison’s first team title since 2012 . “Like last week, we knew some of these matches were matches we’d have to not only win, but get as many bonus points as we could, and that’s what we did.
“It was just good to finally beat (Oak Harbor) head-to-head since we didn’t get to wrestle them last week at state duals,” he added. “Now we know where we’re at and we finally beat them head-to-head when it really counted.”
Final team standings
1. Edison 239.5, 2. Oak Harbor 226.5, 3. Perkins 195, 4. St. Mary C.C. 106.5, 5. Clyde 102.5, 6. Vermilion 76, 7. Lakota 55, 8. St. Joseph C.C. 49.5, 9. Calvert 49, 10. Huron 46, 11. Port Clinton 38, 12. Margaretta 26, 13. St. Wendelin 0.