BRECKSVILLE — The Wapakoneta high school wrestling team traveled more than 3 hours this past weekend to participate in the 52nd Brecksville Holiday Tournament.
The Brecksville tournament is the longest running holiday tournament in the country in which 45 teams compete over a two-day period.
The Redskins had five wrestlers make it to Day Two of wrestling.
They were seniors John “JT” Martin, Nate Valentine, Holden Hengstler, AJ Brown and sophmore Colton Brown.
The Redskins brought home a 19th place finish as a team.
Varsity coach Jason Rostorfer said this tournament is a good place to learn about their team compared to the best in the state.
“Brecksville is a good gauge to see where we are at as a team and as a individual basis for each wrestler,” Rostorfer said. “We learned that we have some work to do when we get back home.”
Wrestling started on Friday morning Martin wrestling in the 106-pound class.
Martin won his first match 10-6 over Josh Portillo from Toledo Central Catholic. He advanced in the second round with a win over Max Johnson from Davison, Mich.
This put Martin in the quarterfinals where he won 4-3 over Tony DeCasare from Nordonia, putting him in the semifinals against the No. 2 seed Luke Nace from Teas Valley.
Martin lost in a heart breaker, 4-3.
Martin then went on to wrestling back in the consolation rounds with 4-3 win over Noah Baughman from Wadsworth.
Martin ended up taking a very respectable 4th place finish for the tournament.
Valentine started his day with a 15-0 win over Colton Hale from Centerville.
Moving on to the second round, Valentine beat Damon Dominique from Oregon Clay 5-2. This put Valentine into the quarterfinals against the No. 1 seed Jacob Danishek from Dayton Christian.
Danishek is a two-time State Champion who ended up winning the tournament.
Valentine fell in the quarterfinals and continued on in the Consolation rounds where he finished 8th in the tournament.
At the 170-pound class, Holden Hengstler won his first round match with a pin over Ryan McCullough of Padua.
In the second round, Hengsler won 14-5 over Tyler Wildmo of Davison, Mich.
Hengstler won in the quarterfinals by forfeit over Aaron Yonkers of Garfield moving him into the semifinals against the 2011-2012 State Champion, Chris Moore from Clyde.
Hengstler fell in the semifinals and moved on in the consolation round to end up finishing 5th in the tournament.
At 195 pounds, A.J. Brown drew the No. 2 seed Tegray Scales from Cincinnati Colerain. Scales finished fourth last year in the State Tournament.
A.J. Brown won 5-2 over Scales moving onto the second round where he pinned Brett Bendokaitas from Cleveland St. Ignatius.
In the quarterfinals A.J. Brown fell 3-2 to Josh Murphy from the host Brecksville.
A.J. Brown ended up moving through the consolation rounds where he finished seventh for the tournament.
Colton Brown who made it to Day 2 ended up going 2-2 in the event.
The Redskins will be back in action Thursday night in St. Marys at 6 p.m. The Redskins are currently in first place in the Western Buckeye League and look to keep a lock on the spot.
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