BY YANEEK SMITH, BEACON CONTRIBUTOR
NAPOLEON — Following a sectional championship last week, Oak Harbor stood toe to toe with some of the best teams Northwest Ohio has to offer.
The Rockets finished third out of 51 teams with 106.5 points. Edison won the Division III district tournament easily with 227 points and Delta was second with 118 points. Oak Harbor had four wrestlers qualify for the state tournament.
Wyatt Miller, wrestling at 182 pounds, had the lone first-place finish for Oak Harbor. The No. 1 seed, he won all of his matches in convincing fashion. Miller pinned Plymouth’s Jason Swank in 48 seconds, defeated Paulding’s Cole Mabis, 16-0, beat Edison’s Jake Thompson by fall (3:50) and won by default over Carey’s Tanner May in the finals.
Michael Judge finished second at 106. He won his first three matches — defeating Adrien Tolento (Arcadia); Harely Stoll (St. Paul); and Evan Hanefeld (Delta) — by fall in a combined 3:03. Judge then lost, 3-0, in the finals to Edison’s Max Hermes, who has a record of 58-2.
Matthew DeWitz also finished second, doing so at 138. DeWitz, in the midst of a fantastic season, won his first three matches before losing in the finals by fall (0:36) to Antonio Lecki, the top seed in the bracket. DeWitz narrowly defeated Hopewell-Loudon’s Lance Crawford, 2-0, before pinning Tinora’s Owen Tong in 1:17 and then beating Liberty Center’s Maguire Vollmar, 3-0, in the semifinals.
Petersen, who took fourth at 132, defeated Seneca East’s Luke Bischoff, 3-1, in the first round before losing to Liberty Center’s Dylan Matthews, 6-2, in the quarterfinals. After moving to the consolation bracket, Petersen won three straight matches. He defeated Elmwood’s Jonathan Patterson, 9-0, and Eastwood’s Xavier Escobedo, 8-1, before beating Lake’s Lucas Wamer, 5-0, to ensure himself a spot in the state tournament. In the third-place match, Peterson lost, 4-1, in a rematch with Matthews.
Tyler Davis was fifth at 113 and just missed out on getting to Columbus. He won his first match, defeating Edgerton’s Hayden Herman, 6-2, before losing to Edison’s Jared Fantuzzi, 3-2, in the quarterfinals. Davis won his next two matches as he beat Woodmore’s Chase Dickerson, 6-2, and Bluffton’s Tayton Kleman, 19-0. Unfortunately, Davis was pinned in 3:22 by South Central’s Jayden Strickland, leaving him one spot short of qualifying for the state tournament. He won the fifth-place match by default over Eastwood’s Bryce Maynard.
Owen Miller (120) lost his first match to the top seed, Edison’s Alex Woman, 10-2, and beat Ayersville’s Carson Tracy, 16-3, in the consolation bracket. Miller was then defeated by Liberty Center’s Emmett Perry, 11-7, ending his run.
Jack Zeitzheim (152) lost by fall (1:40) to Tinora’s Lucas Schlegel in the first round before rebounding to defeat Van Buren’s Grant Young, 19-4. Zeitzheim then lost to Woodmore’s Brett Sandwisch by fall in 2:32.
Nathan Mansor (170) lost in the first round to Carey’s Hayden Jacoby, defeated Tinora’s Tim Meyer by fall in 4:42 and was eliminated by Cade Whitticar in the consolation bracket, 7-4.
Kenyon Adkinson (195) lost to Archbold’s Adrian Juarez, 5-3, in the first round and fell, 5-3, to Carey’s Kaeden Went in the consolation bracket.
Genoa, meanwhile, finished eighth with 59 points and had two wrestlers qualify for state.
Dustin Morgillo (145) entered with a record of 39-3 and showed why he’s one of the best wrestlers in the state. The senior, who was seeded second, pinned three of his four opponents. He won by fall (3:09) over Arcadia’s Jordan Marczak in the first round, pinned Seneca East’s Bryce Wise in 2:31 and defeated St. Paul’s Will Stieber, 18-3, in the semifinals. In the finals, Morgillo pinned Gibsonburg’s Connor Smith in 1:13.
Like Morgillo, Kevin Contos, who carried a 39-3 record heading into the tournament, defeated three of his four opponents by fall at 152. He pinned Delta’s Kaleb Barnes in 41 seconds in the first round, pinned Mohawk’s Morgan Price in 2:59 and defeated Tinora’s Lucas Schlegel, 18-3, to advance to the finals. In the finals, Kontos pinned Edison’s Shadrick Stone in 1:11.