ELIDA — Wins are nice, but Wapakoneta Redskins varsity wrestling coach Jason Rostorfer was looking for more than just wins on Thursday night.
He got both as the Redskins swept Elida and Defiance in a Western Buckeye League tri-match at Elida High School.
Wapak edged Elida 38-30 in the opener then rolled past Defiance 48-25 in the second match.
“We had guys who lost and wrestled well and guys who won and didn’t wrestle well,” Rostorfer said. “I don’t put a lot of stock in wins and losses. I know that’s what everybody measures on. But we’ve got a lot of young guys in the learning process.”
One of the biggest wins of the night for Wapak was Dallas Ambos’ 12-8 triumph over Austin Arbogast at 126.
“Dallas Ambos was probably the wrestler of the week tonight,” Rostorfer said. “I was concerned about that match at the beginning. When he got that win, that was good for us.”
The Brown brothers, Alec and Colton, wrapped up the win for the Redskins. Wapak held a narrow 31-30 lead with two bouts to go.
Alec Brown grabbed an 18-5 major decision over Ian Dukehart at 182 pounds to make it 35-30. Elida’s Nickoli Sackinger needed to pin Colton Brown in the 195-pound bout for Elida to win. But Brown pulled out a 5-2 decision.
Elida actually outscored Wapak 30-26 in contested bouts. But voids at 106 and 113 pounds cost Elida 12 points.
Rostorfer said his squad bounced back nicely from a disappointing showing last weekend at the Brecksville Holiday Tournament.
Wapak is off until Friday, Jan. 13 when it will head to Alliance for the prestigious Top-Gun tournament.
“If you never got to a Brecksville or Top Gun, you never know what you need to work on,” Rostorfer said. “Then all of a sudden you get to districts and you make those mistakes and it’s too late. It’s time to go home. ...
“We’ve got two weeks to fix what we screwed up on at Brecksville.”