|Thursday, January 24, 2013 3:13 PM|
Jays advance in Team Wrestling Tourney; Elida out
The St. John’s (Division III) wrestling team advanced out of the quarterfinals of the first-ever OHSAA Team Tournament Wednesday, while Elida (Div. II) lost.
At Coldwater, the Blue Jays downed Riverdale 39-33, while the host Cavaliers smacked Ada 69-9.
Both teams advance to Wednesday’s regional semifinals at a site to be determined
At Toledo Central Catholic, Elida eliminated Bowling Green 42-33 but then fell to host TCC 66-15.
In the regular season, St. John’s is in the LCC Invitational starting 5 p.m. Friday, while Elida is in the Anthony Wayne Duals 9 a.m. Saturday.
2013 OHSAA Regional Team Tournament: Division III - Region 24-A Coldwater Quarterfinal Match 1
Ayersville won four matches early and closed out the dual with five straight wins to defeat the Bulldogs 54-13 in the Division III regional quarterfinal round of the first ever state team wrestling tournament.
The Bulldogs advanced to face Ayersville after defeating Antwerp 54-21 in the opening match of the tournament. They will face Wayne Trace, who defeated Montpelier 55-21 in their regional matchup.
After the Bulldogs’ Tregg Keysor opened the match with a 17-0 technical fall of Ayersville’s Justin Howard, the Piolts built an early lead as they won the next four matches, two by pin, one by forfeit and one by decision. The Pilots closed out the match with five straight wins, three on pins and two decisions.
“They are a real good team,” Columbus Grove coach Eric Siefker said. “If we get a couple of moves to go our way, we would have been right there. We had our best wrestlers against their best wrestlers and they got us. We are young — I have three freshman at the top of the lineup — and still learning. I was proud of the way we wrestled tonight. Everyone wrestled really hard tonight.”
Keysor recorded the first of the Bulldogs’ three wins against the Pilots, easily defeating Ayersville freshman Justin Howard 17-0. Keysor led 14-0 after the first period, then made a quick move in the second period to get three back points for the technical fall.
At 138 pounds, the Bulldogs’ Christian Stechschulte posted a 14-5 major decision win over the Pilots’ Daniel Acosta. The match was tied 3-3 after the first period before Stechschulte scored five points in the second period to take control. The Bulldogs third win came at 160 pounds as Alec Gladwell posted a 13-2 major decision win over Jeremy Olivarez. Gladwell was up 4-0 after the opening period and 6-0 after two periods.