The Norwalk wrestling team took the spotlight during Wednesday’s Sandusky Bay Conference Lake division match at Sandusky on Wednesday.
Sandusky holds a yearly ‘Odyssey’ match where the lights to the gym are turned off and the wrestlers face off under a spotlight.
But the spotlight in Wednesday’s match was the Blue Streaks’ experience in a 52-21 win over the Truckers.
"We were overwhelmed by their age and experience," said first-year Norwalk coach Frank Staley said. "Sandusky is an excellent team and then showed us what some time on the mat will do for you."
Returning district qualifier Jerrell Wells (3-2) and Decaprio Amos (3-3) picked up wins at 220 and 285 pounds, respectively, to give Sandusky a quick 12-0 lead. At 106 pounds, Rico Cunningham (5-1) made easy work of Corbin Ott. Cunningham lead 6-1 after one period and 12-1 after two periods. He added four more points to finish off the technical fall in five minutes.
Josh Calderon (6-0) added a forfeit win at 113 pounds to increase the lead to 23-0. At 120 pounds, David Kesterson (1-0) scored a takedown of Trenton Goosree before pinning the freshman in 1:01.
"To wrestle under the lights takes a lot composure," Sandusky coach Robert Sartor said. "I think the guys handled it well and wrestled the way we asked them to."
The Truckers finally got on the board at 126 pounds. Returning district qualifier Carson Ott took down Anthony D'Amico before scoring a near-fall. Ott then finished off D'Amico in just 1:44 for the win.
At 132 pounds, Elijah Hunter (5-1) dominated freshman Isaac Scheel for the Blue Streaks. Hunter nearly finished the match via pin in the first period, but led 13-2 after two minutes. A takedown and near-fall finished off the technical fall in 2:54 for Hunter.
Eian Sherman (5-1) registered a takedown on Olivier Maloney at 138 pounds before finishing the pin in just 36 seconds for Sandusky. After Bricen Haar's pin over Kyle McKay in 1:34 at 145 pounds, Evan Stumpf took a forfeit win for Norwalk at 160 pounds.
Ethan Hernandez, a returning state qualifier dominated Dyllon Pollard (2-4) at 170 pounds. Hernandez led, 6-0, after one period, added a takedown in the second period, and pinned Pollard at the 3:42 mark.
"I was pleased with three or four of our kids. I thought they competed well. Even some that lost competed well," Staley said. "It’s early and we have a long way to go. We are going to push through and be ready by conference. We will see what happens."
The last two matches of the night each went to decision. At 182 pounds, returning district qualifier Quay Brown (6-0) took a close, 5-2 win over Darion Smith. Then, Sam Hunter (3-2) won, 13-7 over Alec Maloney in a matchup of two returning district qualifiers.
"I thought Darion competed well even though he is normally at 160 pounds," Staley said. "195 pounds was a nice matchup of two kids that are ranked in the state, but I thought we could have done better in that match."