The Wapakoneta varsity wrestling team recorded five pins in the final six matches to overcome a 15-point deficit and record a tough 42-33 victory over Indian Lake in a nonleague affair Tuesday night.
“Indian Lake is a good team and they have some good wrestlers so we are tickled to get a win out of it but we are not going to be satisfied because there is still a lot of work to be done,” said Redskin varsity coach Jason Rostorfer. “Those guys are going to be in our district in our realignment so we better be ready to see them again.”
The Redskins found themselves down 27-12 after Indian Lake’s Tyler Dulebohn downed Phil Gordon, 9-2, in the 160 lbs. weight class, however, the Redskins quickly gained momentum when Redskin sophomore pinned Josh Golden in the first period in the 171 lbs. class.
Hengstler’s first period pin was a positive sign of the things for Wapakoneta as Colton Brown subdued Lakers Shane Arsmer with just 13 ticks remaining in the first stanza in the 195 lbs. weight class.
Wapakoneta’s Alec Brown beat the clock run with nine seconds to spare in the first period to notch a pin over Indian Lake’s Brandon Hartford in the 195-lbs. division. Not only was it Wapakoneta’s third consecutive pin but also it gave the Redskins a 30-27 advantage with three matches remaining.
The Redskins pin streak and the lead both disappeared in the 220-lbs. bout when Indian Lake’s Jesse LeMaster scored a second period pin on Jared Carpenter to give the Lakers a 33-30 lead.
But the Redskins recaptured the lead when heavyweight Nick Warner took down Laker Tyler Delan at the 1:07 mark in the first period to notch the valuable six points to give Wapakoneta a 36-33.
Rostorfer said Warner’s win was not only vital for the Redskins but it was a big match for the senior who is building up his confidence and refining his technique after sitting out two years.
“We needed a heavyweight so he decided to come out obviously that was a big pickup for us and he had a big win right there,” Rostorfer said.
Rostorfer also pointed out the major victory by Colton Brown who is just a freshman.
“We have a good freshman class but they have been thrown into varsity right now and it is a level they are not used to yet but they work hard and I wouldn’t trade them for anything,” Rostorfer said. “They have a lot of talent it is just raw and not developed yet.”
Indian Lake’s last chance to score a victory came to quick close when it took Redskin John Martin 50 seconds to handle Cale Nadeau to secure the 42-33 victory for Wapakoneta.
Rostorfer said he was glad to see his more experienced wrestlers in the upper weight classes pull through at the end and said this has been a trend that he hopes continues as the season progresses.
“Fortunately for us we score big in those weight classes and get big team points and that helps us outscore our opponents,” Rostorfer added.
Even though there was a flurry of pins in the final six matches, Redskin Jordan Kaeck scored the first pin of the evening when he recorded a first period pin over Ty Nedeau in the 113-lbs. class.
However, it was Indian Lake who built the early lead by dominating the lighter weight classes by capturing the next six matches and recording pins in three of those wins.
We lost some matches there that I don’t think we should have lost, but we have young guys too and sometimes that happens,” Rostorfer said. “Every time they wrestler they are getting better so we have a ways to go.”
The Redskins return to action when they head to the Brecksville Tournament Dec. 28-29.