ST. MARYS — Wapakoneta convincingly beat what Redskin head wrestling coach Jason Rostorfer called the best Western Buckeye League foe his team has faced this season, 49-27, on senior night at Memorial High School on Thursday night.
The Redskins scored four straight pins in the upper weight classes midway through the match to take control.
“Getting pins is always huge,” Rostorfer said. “Having those older guys in the upper weights that are solid like that and get us bonus points, it’s huge for us. It paid off. It was 49-27 and it was mostly on bonus points.”
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“If you’re going to give up pins, you’re going to have to come back and get some pins,” St. Marys head coach Larry Gruber said.
At 170 pounds, Holden Hengstler barely staved off a pin in the first period before recovering to pick up a pin of his own against the Riders’ Luke Lemmerman at the 2:20 mark.
Wapak’s Colton Brown pinned St. Marys’ Spencer Knous at 182 pounds at the 2:53 mark.
At 195 pounds, Alec Brown of Wapak pinned St. Marys’ Neil Perry at the 4:57 mark.
Wapak’s Jared Carpenter finished off the Redskins’ dominance in the upper weight classes with a pin of St. Marys’ Chance Hicks at the 3:45.
“We really needed those pins, too,” Rostorfer said. “We preach to our guys, it’s not the points, it’s how we wrestle. I didn’t think we wrestled real well. We gave up some crucial points when we shouldn’t have. To St. Marys’ credit, they’re by far the most competitive team we’ve faced.”
St. Marys' Ryan Slife pinned Wapakoneta's Tyler Dulebohn at the 2:54 mark to give the Roughriders six points at 160 pounds.
St. Marys senior Logan Simons pinned Wapakoneta’s Will Rankin at 2:31 to get the Riders back in the win column. Wapakoneta led 33-15 as the weight classes flipped back over to 103 pounds, where St. Marys’ Kalob Chaney pinned Adam Hamel at 5:27 to get the Riders to within 33-21.
Returning state qualifier J.T. Martin earned a 26-11 technical fall win over St. Marys’ Garrett Hower at 113 pounds.
Wapak’s Dylan Plaugher pinned St. Marys’ Keyton Liming at the 1:56 mark at 120 pounds.
St. Marys’ Austin Quellhorst pinned Wapakoneta’s Gage Moore at 126 pounds at 3:55 to pull the Riders to within 43-27.
Wapakonta’s Jordan Kaeck finished the match off with a pin at 132 pounds against St. Marys’ Boston Hensley at 1:59.
Wapakoneta scored the first nine points of the match.
At 138 pounds, Wapak’s Dallas Ambos earned a 12-5 decision over St. Marys’ Chris Swanson.
The Redskins’ Nathan Valentine followed with a pin at 145 pounds over St. Marys’ Dakota Knous.
St. Marys got on the scoreboard with an 8-5 decision at 152 pounds in favor of the Riders’ Jaden Heitkamp, who trailed most of the way against his opponent Justin Dauch before scoring the go-ahead move with 15 seconds left. Wapak led 9-3.
St. Marys honored its four seniors — Morgan Fenwick, Chris Swanson, Neil Perry and Logan Simons — before the match.
(Editor's Note: The original story incorrectly stated that Wapakoneta's Tyler Dulebohn pinned St. Marys’ Ryan Slife at the 2:54 mark. Slife pinned Dulebohn.)