Behind first-place finishes from junior Nick Bergman and Jamie Balboa, the Oak Harbor Rockets wrestling team finished third at the Division II District Meet at Bowling Green State University on Saturday.
As a team, the Rockets were third with 167 points behind Central Catholic (272) and Wauseon (207.5). Galion was fourth with 131.5 points, followed by Sandusky (127.5) and Upper Sandusky (112.5). Other area teams competing in the 15-team event were Rossford, which was eleventh with 54.5 points and Port Clinton, which came in fourteenth with 28 points.
Bergman, competing at 120 pounds, defeated Central Catholic’s Rosendo Beltran, 4-2, in the final after winning his two previous matches by a combined scored of 21-0. Balboa, who wrestled at 138, beat Central Catholic’s Josh Mossing by pin at 3 minutes, 16 seconds, to claim the title. This came after Balboa beat Sandusky’s Gene Porter, 7-3, in the semifinals. His previous two matches were won in convincing fashion, both via technical fall and by a combined score of 33-2.
Bruce Hrynciw, who won the Sandusky Bay Conference title at 106, finished second after falling to Central Catholic’s Josh Venia, 10-1, in the final. Hrynciw won his previous two matches by pinning his opponents. Ben Petersen (145) also finished second, falling 10-7 to Central Catholic’s Richard Jackson in the final. Petersen advanced to the final by pinning his first opponent and then upsetting the top seed, Andy Garwood of Celina, 7-0, in the semifinal.
Dylan Mansor (113), Jake Huston (126), Rhett Petersen (132) and Brody Hennig (152) qualified for districts as well, finished fourth in each of their weight classes. Kian Thompson (160) and Steve Simkus (170) just missed out on advancing, each finishing fifth. Thompson had a tough draw, falling to the eventual winner, Maumee’s Anthony Arroyo, in the first round before getting to the consolation semifinals and losing to Upper Sandusky’s Charles Alex Kenner. Simkus (170) won his first two matches before falling to the eventual champion, Columbian’s Seth Williams. Simkus then won a match in the consolation bracket before falling, 3-2, to Central Catholic’s Jared Fann.