ALLIANCE — The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity wrestling team bounced back from a tough weekend two weeks ago at the Brecksville tournament with a solid showing Friday and Saturday in the Top Gun Tournament in Alliance.
Three Redskins wrestlers placed in the elite event, which is widely considered to be a preview of the Ohio High School Athletic Association state tournament in March.
John Martin led the way for Wapak with a second-place finish at 106 pounds.
Holden Hengstler and Alec Brown both recorded fifth-place finishes at 170 and 182 pounds, respectively.
Martin marched into the championship bout on the strength of a pin at 1:23 in his first match and decisions in his next three. He shut out CVCA’s Ryan Bennett 2-0 in the semifinals before falling to Marysville’s Taleb Rahmani, who pinned Martin at the 1:24 mark.
Hengstler posted a pair of early-round wins, on a pin and a technical fall. But Westerville Central’s Zach Brown pinned him at 3:42 in his next bout.
Hengstler worked his way through the consolation bracket, winning back-to-back matches. A loss to Dover’s Brogan Endres kept him out of the third-place bout. But Hengstler came through with a 3-2 decision over Steubenville’s Jake Howarth in the fifth-place match.
Brown won his first three matches before being pinned by Huston Evans, from state-dynasty St. Paris-Graham, in his fourth bout.
In his first consolation match, Brown fell to Mayfield’s Conor Murray, who Brown had beaten in an earlier round, in a 3-1 overtime decision. The loss relegated Brown to the fifth-place match, where he knocked off Jackson’s Charlie Dear in a 4-3 decision.
The Redskins return to action 10 a.m. Saturday at home for the Wapak Invitational tournament.
John Martin (106), 2nd Place
W - Michael Hines (WC), fall 1:23
W - Eli Stickley (SPG), dec. 6-3
W - Justyn Bostic (JAC), dec. 9-7
W - Ryan Bennett (CVCA), dec. 2-0
L - Taleb Rahmani (MAR), fall 1:24
Derick Dean (120)
L - Jarod Lasko (MAD), fall :58
Dallas Ambos (126)
L - Sam Walker (NCH), fall :19
W - Chaz Huston (OLE)
L - Isaac Hammonds (DOV), T-fall 16-1
Nate Valentine (138)
W - Jacob Henson (RAV), M-dec 14-3
L - Nate Skonieczy (WJ), fall 3:02
W - Mitch Long (MIN), fall :53
L - Bo Ransom (MAD), dec, 3-0
Justin Dauch (152)
L - Mike Person (PAI), fall 5:17
Holden Hengstler (170), 5th place
W - Taylor Balog (AF), fall :33
W - Justin Lutes (MIN), T-fall 22-5
L - Zach Brown (WC), fall 3:42
W - Brian Fox (DS), dec. 12-6
W - Matt Dennis (CLA), fall 1:38
L - Brogan Endres (DOV), fall 2:36
W - Jake Howarth (STE), dec. 3-2
Alec Brown (182), 5th place
W - Stanley Spangler (PER), dec. 5-3
W - Tim Streisel (MAD), fall 5:29
W - Conor Murray (MAY), M-dec. 13-2
L - Huston Evans (SPG), fall :53
L - Conor Murray (MAY), dec. 3-1 OT
W - Charlie Dear (JAC), dec. 4-3
Nick Warner (285)
W - Justin Gauden (STR), fall 3:39
L - Cody Hawkins (RAV), fall 1:20
W - Nick Rizzo (POL), fall 1:24
L - Tim Lehr (DOV), dec. 7-1