WRESTLING: St. Marys goes 8-1 in WBL dual matches

OTTAWA —  The St. Marys wrestling team finished off an 8-1 run through the Western Buckeye League dual matches with a pair of wins against Ottawa-Glandorf and Van Wert on Thursday night at Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium in Ottawa.

The Roughriders drubbed Ottawa-Glandorf 77-3 in the opening match and then beat Van Wert, 50-22, in their WBL dual match finale.

“We wrestled pretty well most of the time,” St. Marys head coach Larry Gruber said.

The Roughriders will compete in the Elmwood Duals on Saturday in its final prepwork for the WBL championship meet at Elida on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Gruber knows it will take a big day to knock off the favorites, the Wapakoneta Redskins. Wapak ran through the WBL schedule unbeaten.

“It’s all going to come down to the tournament,” Gruber said. “And I don’t know if anyone can touch Wapak. They’ve got enough solid kids to place. It’s going to come down to wherever you’re seeded and working through that bracket, and if you get beat you have to comeback and get a third-place. That’s what’s going to determine where we finish in the league.”

The Roughriders finished off the night with a 50-22 win over Van Wert.

St. Marys earned three pins against the Cougars.

Austin Quellhorst pinned Van Wert’s Andy Hammond at 126 pound at the 3:23 mark. The Roughriders’ Chris Swanson pinned Van Wert’s Quinton Rutkowski with just eight seconds left in the 138-pound match. At 160 pounds, St. Marys’ Ryan Slife pinned Van Wert’s Colten Royer at 3:19. St. Marys’ Dakota Knous won at 145 pounds via a tech fall  with a 16-0 win over Ryan Stoller. Jaden Heitkamp of St. Marys followed that up with an exciting win over Van Wert’s Daniel Thompson at 152 pounds with an overtime, 7-5 win that upped St. Marys’ team lead to 32-6.

St. Marys’ Kaleb Chaney (103 pounds) Garrett Hower (113 pounds), Eddie Reier (120 pounds) and Neil Perry (195 pounds) earned wins via voids.

Van Wert’s Jacob Crisenberry pinned St. Marys’ Corey Rhinock at 132 pounds. The Cougars’ Jordan Daniels earned a 15-5 decision over the Riders’ Luke Lemmerman at 170 pounds. Van Wert’s Gabe Hill won a 10-4 decision over the Riders’ Spencer Knous at 182 pounds. Zach Thomas of Van Wert pinned the Riders’ Chance Hicks at 220 pounds. Van Wert’s Terrin Contreras won his 101st career victory at 285 pounds with a 10-5 decision over St. Marys’ Logan Simons.

St. Marys opened the night with a dominating win over the host O-G Titans. The Roughriders pinned eight Titans.

Chaney pinned O-G’s Jon Bassinger at 103 pounds at the 55-second mark. The Riders’ Hower earned a pin at the 58-second mark at 113 pounds over O-G’s Jake Hahn. At 120 pounds, Eddie Reier pinned O-G’s Jacob Escobato at the 1:31 mark. St. Marys' Heitkamp pinned Ralph Recker at the 1:56 mark at 152 pounds. Slife pinned O-G’s Wayne Erford at the 2:36 mark at 160 pounds. At 170 pounds, the Riders’ Lemmerman pinned O-G’s Trenton Meyer 22 seconds into the match. St. Marys’ Hicks pinned O-G’s Jacob Otto at 220 pounds at the 48-second mark. The Riders’ Simons won the 285-pound match via pin over O-G’s Shawn Gibson.

St. Marys’ Neil Perry won a 15-0 decision at 195 pounds over the Titans’ Mason Meyer.

O-G’s lone win came at 182 pounds with Jacob Welic’s 13-7 decision over St. Marys’ Spencer Knous.

Quellhorst, Rhinock, Swanson and Dakota Knous earned void wins for St. Marys against O-G.