The varsity wrestling team traveled to Lebanon High School last night for the first and quarterfinal rounds of the OHSAA Division I Region 7B State Team Duals.
In the opening match of the night, the Elks faced the Edgewood Cougars. Edgewood kept it close early and trailed 25-22 heading into the heavier weights. That is when the Elks took control of the match and cruised to a 52-25 win which put them into the quarterfinals against Lebanon who dispatched Little Miami, 59-3.
The quarterfinal match started well for the Elks as freshman Alexander Taylor earned a major decision win at 106 to give the Elks a quick, 4-0 lead. Lebanon came right back with a major decision of their own at 113 to tie the score at 4. Freshman Avery Bair then won a tough, 2-0 match at 120 to give the Elks a 7-4 lead. That match was tied 0-0 heading to the third period. In perhaps the best match of the night, Ryan Fey lost a heartbreaking, 5-3, decision in overtime at 126. Ryan tied the match at 3 with just 2.1 seconds left and almost won it with an escape early in overtime. That tied the score at 7 and sent Lebanon on a long winning streak. They won 11-6 at 132 to take a 10-7 lead and then recorded pins at 138 and 145 to go up, 22-7. At 152, Drew Wiechers battled to the end, but lost 4-3 as the Warriors extended their lead to 25-7. Another Lebanon pin at 160 put the Elks in a deep, 31-7 hole. Max Miller then came up huge for the Elks with a pin at 170 to cut Lebanon’s lead to 31-13. Mason Kuhr then earned a 12-3 major decision win at 182 to close the deficit to 31-17 with three matches remaining. Unfortunately for the Elks, Chris Markham got pinned at 195 and Lebanon clinched the match by taking a 37-17 lead. The Elks won the last two matches of the night. At 220, Jacob Charette recorded a 5-1 win which made the score 37-20. That was followed by Michael Markham getting a pin at 285 to make the final score 37-26 in favor of Lebanon. The win advances them to the regional semifinals next week.
The team returns to action next Friday and Saturday when they travel to Butler High School for the 2017 GWOC Championships. Wrestling on Friday night gets underway at 5:30 and the action continues on Saturday at 10:00 AM.