Waterford, Fort Frye, Warren wrestling teams faring well
Waterford High was six-strong when it wrestled at the Robin Drumm Classic in Heath last Saturday.
In a field of 17 schools, the Wildcats finished sixth overall with 81.5 points. Westerville North was first with 324.5 and Licking Valley runner-up with 183.5.
“Pretty good day for the varsity team,” said Waterford head coach Greg Offenberger.
While the ‘Cats crowned no individual champions, senior Colin Jackson (220 pounds) and junior Haydon Reynolds (285) each recorded a pin and placed third in their respective weight class.
Jackson flattened freshman Jimmy Larue of Licking Valley, while Reynolds did the same to freshman Napierre Braddy of Marion Harding.
Sophomore Haden Offenberger (145) finished fourth after dropping a 7-6 decision to Westerville North junior Jacob Grant.
Senior Nate Hutchins (182) and sophomore Ethan Root (160) each was sixth in their weight division.
While Tyson Moore (113) did not place, he did earn one mat win on a 15-0 tech fall of Maysville’s Drake Harper.
Waterford had a busy week on the mat, competing at Fort Frye in a dual Monday and hosting a Senior Night tri-match Wednesday evening at the Harry Cooper Annex. Both Jackson and Hutchins were recognized.
At Fort Frye, the Wildcats downed the Cadets, 27-18.
Bumping up a weight class to 120, Moore pinned Logan Wagner.
Fort senior Kason Delancey won by a forfeit at 126.
Also bumping up, Offenberger pinned Joe Duskey at 152.
Cadet senior Leo Baker earned a fall against Root at 160.
Fort’s Frank Baker won by a forfeit at 170.
At 182, Hutchins won by a forfeit.
Jackson decisioned Thomas Lenhart, 16-10.
And, Reynolds won with a mat-slapper against senior Austin Baumgartner.
“We did this at Waterford last year and have made it an annual event,” said Greg Offenberger of the dual.
Fort Frye was scheduled to wrestle in the Pioneer Valley Conference Championship at Shenandoah High Wednesday.
Elsewhere in local wrestling last weekend, Warren High competed in the OHSAA Division II, Region 13 Team Tournament at Granville. The Jim Rhodes-coached Warriors had mixed results, blanking Meadowbrook High, 78-0, on 14 forfeits, and then dropping a 43-28 Quarterfinal 2 decision to New Lexington.
Against New Lex, sophomore Peyten Kellar — Ohio Division II’s top-ranked 126-pounder — senior Tristan Duffey (145), senior Liam Kellar (182), and senior Trent Sayre (152) each recorded a fall for Warren.
Peyten Kellar pinned junior Daniel Danielson late in the opening period; Duffey earned a mat-slapper against senior Jacob Vance, also in the first period; Liam Kellar flattened junior Clayton Hinkle at the 1:14 mark; and Sayre nailed junior Brandon Hinerman in the second period.
Rounding out Warren’s scoring, senior Dylan Anderson (195) claimed a 13-2 major decision against junior Titan Blair.
Suffering setbacks for the Warriors were freshman Brodie Tait (106), sophomore Cole Coleman (113), sophomore Hayden Wiggers (126), senior Ben Goedel (138), junior Brady Oberdier (160), sophomore Brock Bowen (170), junior Kaleb Tait (220), and sophomore Jake Welch (285).
Warren forfeited the 120-pound weight class.
The Warriors wrestled at Athens High at 6 p.m. Wednesday and are scheduled to compete at the Panther Classic at 9 a.m. Saturday at Buckeye Local.