Trent Vonderwell of St. John's will advance to the next round of the state tournament. (DHI Media/Charlie Warnimont)
Trent Vonderwell of St. John's will advance to the next round of the state tournament. (DHI Media/Charlie Warnimont)

COLUMBUS - St. John’s senior Trent Vonderwell had mixed results on the first day of the Division III state tournament going 1-1 in two matches at the Schottenstein Center on the Ohio State University campus.

Thursday evenings win in the first round of consolation matches will have the Blue Jay wrestler coming back Friday afternoon to compete in the second round of consolation matches.

Vonderwell (36-14) stayed alive in the Division III tournament as he pinned junior Hunter Smith of Gibsonburg in the 220 pound division. Vonderwell stayed alive as he put Smith on his back at the 2:38 point of their match.

Vonderwell (36-13) dropped into the consolation bracket after a back and forth battle with Alex Piczer of Newbury for three periods in the opening round Thursday afternoon.

Piczer had a 7-6 lead after two periods before going up 10-6 in the third period with three points for a near fall. Vonderwell battled back getting a reversal to come within 10-8.

Vonderwell took the lead later getting three near fall points for an 11-10 lead. Piczer quickly answered back taking a 12-11 lead with a reversal before pinning Vonderwell at the 4:48 mark of the match.

Vonderwell was not the only area wrestler to advance to the second day of the tournament as a pair of Columbus Grove wrestlers advanced to Friday.

Bulldog sophomore Jeff Meyer opened his tournament run defeating Elmwood senior Kain Brossia 7-1 in the opening round of the 285 pound division.

Meyer had a 2-0 lead after the opening period and was up 5-0 after the second period. Brossia managed an escape point in the third period before wrapped up with a win with another take down late in the third period.

Meyer will face Liam Kirkpatrick of Newark Catholic in the championship quarterfinals Friday morning.

Junior Dakota Sargent went 1-1 on the first day of the tournament in the 195 pound division.

Sargent dropped his opening round match to Oak Harbor senior Jake Sage 6-4 before rallying in the evening to defeat Jordan Sanders of Newscomerstown 10-3. Sargent (11-8) advances to the second round of consolations Friday afternoon.

Bulldog junior Dylan Sargent saw his tournament run end on Thursday with a pair of close losses in the 220 pound division.

Sargent fell to Anthony Czap of North Lima South Range 6-5, then in the consolation round dropped a 3-1 decision to Hunter Braithwaite of West Jefferson in sudden victory.

Sargent ends his season with a 37-11 record.