Rockets finish 2nd at prestigious PIT

Jan 15, 2020 | Sports | 0 comments

BY YANEEK SMITH, BEACON CONTRIBUTOR

PERRYSBURG — Competing against some of the best high school wrestling teams in Ohio, Oak Harbor showed it could hold its own and finished second at the Perrysburg Invitational Tournament.

Host Perrysburg won easily, finishing with 233 points, followed by the Rockets, who had 148.5 points. Centerville had 139 points, followed by Wauseon (127.5) and Medina Highland (124.5), rounding out the top five in a tournament that featured 46 teams.

Three Oak Harbor wrestlers finished second in their respective weight classes.

Matthew DeWitz, competing at 138 pounds, won his first four matches, taking three of them by fall before edging Whitmer’s Jason Cascadden, 5-3, in the semifinals. In the finals, Lake’s Antonio Lecki defeated DeWitz, 5-1.

Wyatt Miller (182) won his first four matches in convincing fashion. He won two by fall, one by technical fall, and the other by major decision. In the finals, Dayton Chaminade Julienne’s Nichoas Machuca defeated Miller by fall in 3:18.

Like DeWitz and Miller, Nate Mansor (195) won his first four matches before falling in the finals to Central Catholic’s Mason Schmoekel by fall in 5:05. Mansor won his first match by fall in 2:27 and then eked out two victories, defeating Perrysburg’s Ryan Musgrove, 3-1, and Mohawk’s Bryce Sheets, 3-2, before pinning Napoleon’s Xavier Johnson in 4:42.

Michael Judge (106) had a great showing as well, finishing third. He won his first two matches by fall and lost to Perrysburg’s Ryan Avalos by fall in 3:09. However, Judge rebounded to pin Lake’s Eli Guyton in 2:39, defeated Anthony Wayne’s Brayden Biedermann, 4-0, pinned St. John’s Jesuit’s in 1:45 and beat Firelands’ Ruben Pina-Lorenzana, 8-4, in the consolation finals.

Tyler Davis was fifth at 113. He won his first two matches by fall in a combined 2:37, lost to Centerville’s Damion Ryan and rebounded to win three of his next four matches, culminating in a 10-0 victory over Bellevue’s Gabs Alda in the fifth-place match.

Cade Petersen (132) won four of his six matches and edged Lake’s Luke Wamer, 5-3, in the seventh-place match.

Owen Miller (120), Hayden Buhro (126) and Jack Zeitzheim (145) each won two matches and Brock Mansor (160) and Kenyon Atkinson (170) won one match apiece.

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