The Norwalk wrestling team did not advance through both rounds of Wednesday’s Division II state duals tournament.
However, the Truckers reversed one dual result from a week ago — and competed much better in a loss. Norwalk edged Clyde, 40-37, in the opening round — one week removed from a loss to the Fliers.
Facing a Perkins team it lost to by a 61-18 margin last week, the Truckers then competed better, but ultimately fell, 45-27. The No. 1-seeded Pirates and Sandusky both advanced from Wednesday’s site to next week’s regional quarterfinals to be hosted at Perkins.
“We competed much better against them from last time,” Norwalk coach Frank Staley said. “That’s a tough lineup Perkins has. A couple matches could have gone a different way and things could have been a little tighter, but they moved their lineup around and made some key moves that helped them out.
“It was a good match,” he added. “I thought we wrestled about as well as we could in most cases.”
Against the Pirates, 113-pounder Trenton Goosetree scored a 50-second pin to get the Truckers going. The Pirates then reeled off the next five wins to take a 30-6 lead.
Ethan Phillips then stopped the streak with a hard-fought 9-2 decision over Sawyer Henry at 152, while Darion Smith followed with a pin over Chris Dillinger in 1:15 at 160.
Norwalk got a forfeit at 170 to pull the score to within 30-21 — but the Pirates got a key win when Lucas Salmon held off Gabe Phillips in a tightly-contested 6-4 decision at 182.
The Pirates got a forfeit at 195, and Norwalk’s Alec Maloney needed just 43 seconds to score a pin at 220 to cancel out the points. Perkins then wrapped up the win with a Kyler Capizzi pin in 1:23 over Norwalk’s Drake Harvey.
“Our lineup is starting to come together, and our younger kids are starting to be a little more tougher and are getting mat savvy,” Staley said. “I really look forward to the league meet and the individual tournament with the group we have.
“We still have a little movement where a couple kids may drop a weight, but the sky is the limit,” he added. “We have six or seven guys who can compete for titles at any tournament, and I expect us to compete at the Lake division meet.”
Staley talked about his team getting the right lineup in order, which has been dependent on health.
Gabe Mina-Vasquez has only been wrestling for two weeks after an injury, while Ethan Phillips and Carson Ott are both wrestling up a weight.
Staley is hopeful those three can contribute some points behind his three studs: Ethan Hernandez, Maloney and Gabe Phillips.
“If we get them situated, I think we turn into a much stronger team with six kids trending in the right direction,” he said. “They all feed off each other, so we need those six kids to get dialed in, and our younger kids can feed off of them.
Norwalk is off until next Friday when it travels to Bellevue for a triangular with Tiffin Columbian.
“We have a few kids sick or dinged up, so this will be a good little gap to get them healthy,” Staley said.
Edison cruises past St. Paul
MILAN — Defending Division III state champion Edison started its title defense in dominating fashion Wednesday, tallying 11 six-point wins, including seven by pinfall, shutting out St. Paul 73-0 in the Region 18 quarterfinals.
With the win, the Chargers move on to face Genoa — a 54-13 winner over Oak Harbor in the quarterfinals — in the Region 18 semifinals next Wednesday at a location to be determined.
All seven pinfalls by the Chargers were recorded in the first round. At 106 pounds, Jakey Neer pinned Dawson Howerton in 33 seconds. Ray Adams (120) and Dylan Burns (126) had back-to-back pins in 2:50 and 2:36 respectively over Myron Still and Ryan Gross. Collin Mancuso (152) pinned the Flyers’ Sam Meyer in 1:39, followed by Joe Stoll (160) pinning Ben Meyer in 1:51. At 182, Aiden Hayward pinned Patrick Matlack in 28 seconds, while Sam Stoll (195) needed only 1:32 to pin Jacob Baca.
Edison’s Trent Werner was 13-3 major decision winner over Eric Crabbs at 132. Jacob Brewer (170) won 11-6 over Cam Caizzo.