The Wapakoneta Redskins are looking to regain health in a hurry because they are falling behind in the Western Buckeye League wrestling standings, possibly to the point already where they cannot win the regular season title.
The team took its second loss in league play Thursday in a 46-27 defeat to the Bath Wildcats and also landed a sound 55-12 win over the Elida Bulldogs in a WBL tri-match at Elida High School.
“We are experiencing an injury situation right now that I have not seen in 17 years of coaching,” Redskins coach Jason Rostorfer said. “We had six starters out tonight due to different reasons. When this happens, you have to look to younger guys to step in and fill those spots.”
Wapak gave up a difference of 12 points in forfeits to Bath.
Redskins senior Jarred Carpenter got his team on the scoreboard with a major decision.
“Jarred Carpenter wrestled his best match of the season tonight against Bath,” Rostorfer said.
Thursday. “Jarred saw that kid twice last season and narrowly beat him. Tonight he was able to spread the gap a little and beat him 13-6.”
Wapak junior David Duncan pinned his opponent in the heavyweight match despite being significantly outsized, giving the Redskins a huge six-point boost.
“David Duncan had a great week of practice this week and it showed tonight,” Rostorfer said Thursday. “David pinned his opponent from Bath and scored big team points.”
At 112 pounds, Jayden Hefner also had a pin for Wapak, moving him to 6-0 in league matches this season. His pin negated a forfeit win for Bath at 103.
“Jayden Hefner looked good tonight and he wrestled with a lot of confidence,” Rostorfer said.
Late in the match the Redskins closed their deficit to one, 28-27, following a pin by Jordan Kaeck in the 132-pound weight class.
They were, however, unable to take a lead as Bath scored six points in each of the final three matches, including the final one by forfeit at 152.
Carpenter recorded a pin against Elida to win his second match of the night.
Kaeck also had a pin in the Elida match to give him a 6-0 record in the WBL.
“Jordan Kaeck wrestled two solid matches tonight and was going from move to move, which is what I want to see from an experienced senior,” Rostorfer said Thursday.
Earning wins in the Elida match were Hefner, Drew Robenalt (126) and Tyler Dulebohn (170).
Eight of the 14 weight classes in the Wapakoneta-Elida match went uncontested.