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Chargers place four in consolation round led by Burns

By JAKE FURR Reflector Sports Editor jakefurr@norwalkreflector.com • Updated Mar 11, 2017 at 4:25 PM

COLUMBUS — It has been a season for the record books for the Edison Chargers wrestling team.

A state team dual title, a Sandusky Bay Conference Championship, a sectional title, district runner-up trophy and now four individual state placers.

Sophomore Ray Adams, sophomore Dylan Burns, senior Alex Neuberger and junior Sam Stoll all found the podium during the consolation round of the OHSAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament Saturday at the Jerome Schottensten Center at Ohio State University in Columbus. 

The Chargers were headlined by Burns who took fourth place in the 113-pound weight class. He began his Championship Saturday with a win over Zach Larue of Akron Manchester 3-1 to give himself a chance to wrestle for third place. He was topped by Jacob Edwards of Troy Christian 6-2 in the finals of the consolation bracket to take fourth. He finished his season with a 48-12 record.

“I was very focused on improving from last year and I really wanted to make the state finals since I knew I had a good shot,” Burns said. “I had a couple of tough matches and fell short in the quarters. I knew I had to battle back because I knew I wouldn’t be satisfied with a lower placement that I had last year.”

Immediately after the loss, Burns switched focus to next season where he has set his sights high.

“I know I am going to have to put in a lot of work in the offseason especially in the weight room,” Burns said. “A lot of these guys I wrestled are a lot bigger than me. If I can keep working in the offseason, I think I can contend for the title next year.”

Burns began his tournament with a win but fell in the quarterfinals before rallying off three wins to make it to the finals of the consolation bracket. Even with the run, Burns wanted better.

“It was big, but of course I am still not satisfied,” Burns said. “I was dreaming big and looking for better things and wanted third to get a better seed but I fell short of that. I could have done better at the state tournament, but I cannot be disappointed.”

Senior Alex Neuberger took fifth in the 145-pound weight class after coming away with a dramatic victory over Dylan Mansor of Oak Harbor. He began his day with a win over Dawson Hoselton of Chil. Zane Trace pinning him in 2:08, but lost to Cody Rhoads of Orwell Grand Valley to take a spot in the fifth and sixth place match. Neuberger beat Mansor 7-4 to earn fourth.

“I knew what I was going against before the match, so I just did what I had to do,” Neuberger said. “I focused on staying low in my stance and just ride it out.”

Neuberger closes out his Edison career with one final trip to the Schott.

“It is pretty awesome considering I did a little better than I did last year,” Neuberger said. “I wanted to go out with a bang and I think I did that. Just a great feeling to come back here one last time.”

Adams finished with a seventh place win in the 106-pound weight class during his sophomore season. He pinned Jacob Kuhlins of Massillon Tuslaw in 2:16 during his only match of the day.

“It is just a great thing to accomplish,” Adams said. “To be Top 8 in the state at 106, is a huge step up especially after being an alternate last year.”

The finish was a huge confidence booster for the sophomore who admits it was a great start to begin his offseason.

“It gives me something to look forward to,” Adams said. “I have already set one bar, now I just have to keep raising it.”

Stoll took seventh in his 195-pound match after winning due to an injury default and hardly had to step on the mat. Even with the podium finish, Stoll felt disappointed in himself after the meet.

“I am not happy at all with the way I finished,” Stoll said. “I think I under performed with what I could have done. Hopefully this will lead into the offseason and put in some work. I will use this as motivation for next year.”

With plenty of ammunition and inspiration heading into the offseason, Stoll has already set his expectations on a two word goal, “State Champ” he said.

The Chargers sat in fifth place as a team with 67 points heading into the finals.

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