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Amazing Offenberger: Waterford junior off to 20-0 start, leads team into Steve Yinger Invite Saturday

Courtesy photo Waterford’s Haden Offenberger competes in a high school wrestling match earlier this season. Offenberger is a perfect 20-0 this season, with 18 of those wins coming via pin.

Haden Offenberger has been flat out amazing on the mat.

The Waterford junior wrestling standout has flattened 18 opponents en route to 20-0 record so far this season. Last weekend, he was first in the 160-pound weight division at the Meigs Invitational.

So was Wildcat teammate Lane Cline at 138. Only a freshman, he owns a 16-1 mark.

Ethan Root (4-4 record) finished second at 170.

Overall, Waterford was runner-up to Wahama at Meigs in a field of 13 schools.

Photo by Ron Johnston Warren’s Ethan Johnson pins an opponent during a match at the Hickory Grove Market Invitational earlier this season in Vincent.

Both Offenberger, Cline, and the rest of the Wildcat grapplers are scheduled to wrestle at the Steve Yinger Memorial Wrestling Invitational at Nelsonville-York at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

“It’s a very competitive tournament,” said Waterford wrestling boss Greg Offenberger. “It will be a good test. The rest of the year gets tough and will prepare us for the post season.”

At N-Y, Waterford’s line-up is also expected to feature Ethan Beardmore (126 pounds, 5-5 record), Dustin Doak (126, 8-8), Tyson Moore (132, 15-5), Andrew Taylor (145, 8-7), Coen Wagner (152, 15-6), Austyn Wright (170, 4-4), and Quentin Doak (220, 8-6).

“It’s been a good year so far for the team,” Coach Offenberger said. “We finished first at our home tournament, third at Warren, fifth at Gallia Academy, and second last weekend at Meigs.

Fort Frye is also slated to compete Saturday at the St. Marys Invitational at a time to be announced.

The Josh Seagraves-coached Cadets also wrestled at Meigs last Saturday and crowned one champion in Thomas Lenhart (220) and had one runner-up in Logan Wagner (132).

At St. Marys, Fort’s other starters will probably be Alexx Schilling (138), Eli Johnson (152), Joe Duskey (160), and Joe Stevens (285).

Marietta and Morgan were also on the mats at Meigs.

Jack Roe placed third at 106 while Peggy Belin (113) and Hudson Misel (182) each was fourth for the Jeff Davis-led Tigers.

The Marietta line-up also included Maclane Roe (106), Aaron Vessels (145), Josiah Prather (285), and Zachary Stachera (285).

Morgan was led by 182-pound champion Caleb Jacomet. The Raider starters also featured Elijah Burkhart (106), Jude Hager (106), Elijah Coon (160), Colin Campbell (145), Tyler Locke (152), Daniel Tokie (152), Elijah Coon (160), Matthew Strode (182), and Zane Lloyd (220).

Warren is also in action this week, at Shenandoah at 6 p.m. Friday.

The Jeff Parsons-coached Warriors finished ninth overall in a field of 19 at last Saturday’s Licking Valley Wrestling Invitational.

Peyten Kellar, a two-time Ohio Division II state placer, was the Warriors lone champion at 145. Jake Welch placed fifth at 285 while Cole Coleman (113) and Shane Gardner (120) each was sixth.

At Shenandoah, Warren’s line-up is also expected to include Haley Snyder (106), Hayden Wiggers (126), Ethan Johnson (132), Nate Ankron (138), Darian Congleton (152), Stevie Osborne (160), John Shoup (170), Austin Carpenter (195), and Kaleb Tait (220).

Ron Johnston can be reached at rjohnston@mariettatimes.com

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