BY YANEEK SMITH, BEACON CONTRIBUTOR
ROSSFORD — Oak Harbor had another fine showing on one of wrestling’s biggest stages, finishing third at a Division III district tournament at Rossford High School.
Edison won the meet for the second year in a row, finishing first with 241 points. Delta, another perennial power, was second with 157.5, and the Rockets, who had six wrestlers advance, were third with 125 points. Eastwood was fourth with 96 points and Monroeville took fifth with 81. A total of 51 teams competed at the meet.
Oak Harbor was led by Wyatt Miller, who was victorious at 195 pounds. Miller, who is 44-0 on the season, won his first two matches by fall before defeating Edison’s Gavyn Klima, the top seed, 8-2, in the semifinals and then beat Delta’s Max Hoffman, 6-3, in the finals.
Cade Petersen (145) had a great showing, too, finishing second. After winning his first match by major decision, 14-3, he edged Edison’s Duke Hermes, the top seed, 7-5, in the quarterfinals, and narrowly defeated Seneca East’s Luke Bischoff, 8-6, in the semifinals. Petersen lost, 6-2, in the finals to Liberty Center’s Dylan Matthews, who has a 42-2 record.
Michael Judge won his first two matches by fall before losing, 9-0, to Monroeville’s Ashton Homan, in the semifinals. Judge recovered to pin Delta’s Rylee Hanefeld in 2:26 and defeated Edison’s Hard Fantauzzi, 5-4, in the third-place match.
Tyler Davis (126) took third as well. He won his first two matches by fall, lost to Monroeville’s Alex Homan by fall and recovered to win his next two matches — an 11-5 win over Defiance Tinora’s Anden Ankney and a 4-0 victory against Otsego’s Joseph Manley.
Owen Miller (132) and Hayden Buhro (152) both finished fourth in their respective classes. Miller won his first match but lost to the top seed, Delta’s Zack Mattin, in the quarterfinals. Miller recovered to defeat Liberty Center’s Xander Myers, 5-2, won his next match by default and earned a spot in the state tournament by narrowly defeating Monroeville’s Hunter Vogus, 1-0, in the consolation semifinals. Miller then lost to Kohen Horvath in the third-place match.
Buhro won his first match before losing to the eventual-champion, Elmwood’s Gunner Endicott, in the quarterfinals. Buhro pinned Plymouth’s Shae Sparks in 1:56 and edged Mohawk’s Evan England, 4-2, before winning by sudden victory, 3-1, over Ayersville’s Luke Delano, in the consolation semifinals. Delta’s Evan Perry beat Burho in the third-place match, 4-1.