Trent Vonderwell of St. John's competes at the state tournament on Friday. (DHI Media/Rene Kleman)
Trent Vonderwell of St. John's competes at the state tournament on Friday. (DHI Media/Rene Kleman)
COLUMBUS - Delphos St. John’s wrestler Trent Vonderwell faced an opponent he faced in the district tournament in his second round consolation match Friday afternoon.

While Vonderwell had a better match thus time against Troy Christian’s Nick Baker, he was unable to come away with a win. After suffering a first period pin against Baker in the 220 pound district championship match, Vonderwell pushed Baker into the second round before falling by a pin in 2:38 at the Division III state tournament.

In his only match Friday, Vonderwell, a senior, faced Baker, a senior, in a second round consolation match at 220 pounds. Vonderwell gave Baker a good battle until the Troy Christian wrestler was able to get the upper hand and pin the Blue Jay senior at the 2:38 point of their match.

“It wasn’t easy,” Vonderwell said of the setback. “I was able to get a win yesterday, but I knew this was going to be a tough opponent as I faced him at districts. He beat me there to, but I did a lot better today than I did at districts against him. I was happy about that.”

Baker had a 2-1 lead after the opening period, then used a take down late in the second period to get the advantage on Vonderwell before finally getting his back to the mat for the pin. Vonderwell said having faced Baker last week was helpful in their match today.

“I kind of remembered what he did last week and I defended what he was doing more since I had seen him before,” Vonderwell said. “Last week, I had never seen him and didn’t know what to expect. This time I knew what he could do and I could defend that a little better. In wrestling every thing depends on who gets the better move at the right time.

“I felt good coming in today. This (State) is what everyone trains for for the whole year. Just making it here, I was happy and the win yesterday didn’t bring me down at all, I guarantee you that.”

Vonderwell ends his season with a 37-14 record.

Steyer ends his junior season with a 41-4 record.

Columbus Grove sophomore Jeff Meyer is the lone area wrestler in the championship half of his bracket after picking up a win in the quarterfinals at 285 pounds Friday morning. Meyer was to compete in the 285 pound semi-finals Friday night against Noah Price of Fremont St. Joseph’s.

Meyer advanced to the championship semi-finals with a pin of Liam Kirkpatrick of Newark Catholic Friday morning.

Meyer trailed 2-1 after the opening period before rallying in the second period to go up 5-3 after a take down and two points for a near fall. He picked up an escape point in the third period before getting Kirkpatrick to the mat and pinning him at the 5:24 point of the match.

Columbus Grove’s Dakota Sargent saw his season come to an end in the second round of consolations at 195 pounds. Sargent fell to Nathan Whitehead of Columbiana 9-5. Sargent was down 8-2 in the third period before getting an escape point and a take down to come within 8-5. Needing points, Sargent gave up an escape point, but was unable to complete a move to get any closer to his opponent.