BY YANEEK SMITH, BEACON CONTRIBUTOR
OAK HARBOR — Oak Harbor left no doubt as to who the top team in its sectional was, dominating its Division III sectional tournament and sending 11 wrestlers to the district competition.
The Rockets finished with 228 points, well ahead of Otsego, which had 162. Eastwood was third with 159.5 points, followed by Woodmore (135.0), Lake (97.5), Gibsonburg (92.0), St. Mary Central Catholic (86.0), Genoa (83.0), Lakota (64.0), Toledo Christian (41.0), Northwood (27.0), St. Joseph Central Catholic (18.0) and Margaretta (9.0).
Oak Harbor had 11 wrestlers qualify for districts, more than any other school. Three wrestlers — Michael Judge, Tyler Davis and Wyatt Miller — won their respective weight classes. Judge, competing at 113 pounds, defeated Eastwood’s Bryce Maynard, 1-0, in the finals. Davis (126) won by default against Lake’s Cristian Lecki in the finals and Miller pinned Woodmore’s Weston Angel in 1:45 in the finals.
Owen Miller (132), Robby Jacobsen (138), Cade Petersen (145), Hayden Buhro (152), Jack Zeitzheim (160) and Dylan Schiets (285) advanced to the finals but fell short. Miller lost, 7-0, to Eastwood’s Gavin Owens, Jacobsen was defeated, 5-3, by Otsego’s Devin Farley, and Petersen lost in overtime, 3-1, to Eastwood’s Xavier Escobedo. Buhro was pinned in 1:50 by Gibsonburg’s Connor Smith, while Zeitzheim lost, 5-1, to Eastwood’s Bryce Hesselbart and Schiets was defeated by Otsego’s Micah May, 2-1.
Tate Tomor (106) and Broch Mansor (170) both finished third.
“I was pleased. We had four freshman in the lineup and one of them made it out, and two of the other ones took fifth and sixth, respectively. For a freshman, that is a big step up in competition,” said Oak Harbor coach George Bergman. “Evan Hall and Garrett Lindsay, they’re going up against some men. They battled, and I was real happy. The other guys did what they’ve done all year, they worked hard and battled.
“Michael Judge had a good tournament, Wyatt did what he’s done all year and Tyler Davis has been hot the last few weeks.”
The Rockets will compete at the district tournament in Rossford this weekend.
“It’s obviously a step up, and the top four advance. I’m pleased with 11. We hope to have a good week of practice and go over there and do the best we can,” said Bergman. “We’ve prepared the kids, now it’s time to show what you can do. The competition will be tough, like it is every year. We have a lot of guys that have paid the price. It’s an exciting time.”