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Edison dominates to first place, Norwalk third at SBC championships

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Updated Feb 17, 2019 at 2:22 AM

KANSAS — Norwalk had two champions and nine total placers to finish in third place in the Lake Division at Saturday's Sandusky Bay Conference wrestling championships at Lakota High School.

In the SBC Bay Division, Edison had a tournament-best four champions and cruised to the title by scoring the most points of any team across the three divisions.

Perkins won the Lake with 219.5 points, while Columbian was second with 157 points, just ahead of the third-place Truckers.

Norwalk got individual championships from Ethan Phillips at 152 pounds and Ethan Hernandez at 160 pounds.

Phillips (23-5) won his first varsity tournament with wins over the Nos. 1, 2 and 4 seeds. In the finals, he scored a 5-2 decision over Clyde’s Derick Coleman.

Hernandez (43-3) again had his expected rematch with Bellevue’s Justin Mayes at 160. The two met three times last year in close matches, and Saturday was no different with Hernandez again coming out on top with a 6-5 win.

At 182, Perkins’ Tai Carter, the No. 3 seed, controlled the Truckers’ returning state placer and No. 1 seed Gabe Phillips (33-6), winning 7-2.

At 220, Perkins’ Sam McNulty surprised many with a first-period pin (1:43) over another returning state qualifier for Norwalk, Alec Maloney. After a failed shoot that Maloney got a takedown out of, McNulty regrouped and got aggressive again.

He got Maloney (39-5) on his back and worked into a pin while maintaining position inbounds as Maloney was well outside the circle.

At 113, Corbin Ott (16-8) edged Perkins’ Keegan Schoen, 4-3, to finish in fifth place for the Truckers.

Also taking fifth for Norwalk was D.J. Smith (30-11) at 170. He beat Port Clinton’s Carson Smith with a narrow 2-1 win. At 285, Tche Leroux (33-6) was fifth with a pin in 3:24 over Bellevue’s Colton Ray.

Norwalk got two more wrestlers to finish in seventh place. At 120, Giraldo Diaz won his placement match by default, while Seth Farmer pinned Margaretta’s Maxwell Boothe in 1:45 at 195.

“We left unsatisfied as a team top to bottom,” Norwalk coach Frank Staley said. “We need to have every practice and match from this point forward be the most important thing. We wrestled well at times, but we’re still losing some matches we shouldn’t.

Staley said he believes his team has some special performances ahead over the next three weeks, which starts with the Division II sectional tournament this weekend at Sandusky High School.

“As a coaching staff, we’re pleased with most performances, but still believe we as a group can still get to a higher level and stop losing the close matches,” he said. “I promise, as a coaching staff, we will leave no stone unturned in preparing for the three-week journey ahead of us.”

In the Bay, Edison's four champions included Casey Barnett (113), Ray Adams (120), Jordan Keegan (138) and Jacob Brewer (195).

Only half a point separated the Chargers (220 points) and Pirates (219.5) who were both coming off appearances at the OHSAA state team duals tournament six days earlier.

“We knew coming in that it would be a dogfight with us and Perkins for the most points, and it was. Two great teams with great seasons going.” said Edison coach Davy Hermes, whose team was runner-up to Genoa in Division III at the duals tournament. “Jacob Brewer gutted one out for us in the finals, then Casey [Barnett] went out and got a pin against a good kid in the finals. We needed every point we could get.

“Jordan [Keegan] lost to [Tiffin Columbian’s] Caden Blust a couple weeks ago, but he stepped up tonight. That’s a great win for him this time of the year. Our two senior finalists took care of business.”

Keegan (46-7), who was only one of three repeat champions from 2018, was seeded second to Blust — last year’s district champion and a fifth-place finisher at state — and fell behind early, prior to dominating the final two periods in a 9-3 win. His performance earned him the Bay Division’s Most Valuable Wrestler honors.

“It was nice to get some redemption,” Keegan said. “A match like that makes me feel good because it shows I’m improving.”

Another Edison kid that’s been tough to beat has been Brewer. Now 34-2 since coming back from a football injury, the junior proved he indeed was the No. 1 seed at 195. First, he defeated Sandusky’s Terion Stewart by a 3-2 score in an ultimate tiebreaker in the semifinals before getting a takedown in the final 40 seconds of his championship match with Bellevue’s Aiden Nunez to earn another 3-2 win.

“Terion is a heck of an athlete. He’s super strong and neither of us could quite get our offense going,” Brewer said. “Since I scored first, I had to go down in the ultimate ride out, got an escape and won.

“In the finals, I had a lot of confidence in my offense. I just knew I had to get one takedown and finally got the setup I needed.”


Final team standings

Lake Division: 1. Perkins 219.5; 2. Columbian 157; 3. Norwalk 151.5; 4. Bellevue 151; 5. Sandusky 138.5; 6. Clyde 70.5.

Bay Division: 1. Edison 220; 2. Oak Harbor 77; 3. Vermilion 43; 4. Port Clinton 28; 5. Huron 22.

River Division: 1. Gibsonburg 114; 2. Willard 76; 3. St. Mary CC 47; 4. St. Joseph CC 31; 5. Lakota 23; 6. Margaretta 5; T7. Tiffin Calvert 0; T7. Danbury 0.

First place

106: Max Oprzadek (PER) dec. Gabe Alda (BEL), 3-0.

113: Casey Barnett (EDI) pin. Rico Cunningham (SAN), 1:01.

120: Ray Adams (EDI) dec. Jordan Holt (PER), 5-2.

126: Andrew Branson (COL) pin. Jakey Neer (EDI), 2:33.

132: Matthew Dewitz (OAK) dec. Elijah Hunter (SAN), 4-2.

138: Jordan Keegan (EDI) dec. Caden Blust (COL), 9-3.

145: Brody Conley (COL) dec. Shadrick Slone (EDI), 4-0.

152: Ethan Phillips (NOR) dec. Derick Coleman (CLY), 5-2.

160: Ethan Hernandez (NOR) dec. Justin Mayes (BEL), 6-5.

170: Brad Mendoza (GIB) dec. Lucas Salmon (PER), 7-2.

182: Tai Carter (PER) dec. Gabe Phillips (NOR), 7-2.

195: Jacob Brewer (EDI) dec. Aiden Nunez (BOR), 3-2.

220: Sam McNulty (PER) pin. Alec Maloney (NOR), 1:43.

285: Noah Price (SJCC) maj. dec. Kyler Capizzi (PER), 9-0.

Third place

106: Alec Homan (EDI) def. Will Blevins (STM)

113: Tyler Davis (OAK) dec. Brandon D'Egidio (VER), 7-2 OT

120: Noah Alda (BEL) dec. Deandrea Darden (SAN), 4-2 OT

126: Caiden Walters (BEL) dec. J.D. Thom (PER), 2-1 OT

132: Corbin Houdeshell (COL) def. Logan Schoen (PER)

138: Jakob Koleszar (VER) dec. Eian Sherman (SAN), 5-4

145: Cameron Krueger (CLY) dec. Cole Weatherly (PER), 7-6

152: D.J. Slone (WIL) maj. dec. Mason Elson (PC), 10-0

160: Brady Jaso (Gibsonburg) dec. Trevor Franks (LAK), 13-11

170: Kaeden Hatlay (COL) def. Collin Corapi (BEL)

182: Joey Simcoe (COL) tech. fall Jacob Thompson (EDI), 16-0

195: Terion Stewart (SAN) pin Jarett Spoores (GIB), 1:01

220: Dylan Adkins (BEL) pin Cason Holmes (EDI), :54

285: Raven Brant (WIL) pin Tayven Halbisen (GIB), 1:25

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