The Wapakoneta Redskins had a brief halt in their momentum Friday but they quickly rebounded in a 49-25 win over the St. Marys Roughriders in a Western Buckeye League varsity wrestling match at Wapakoneta High School.
The Redskins opened with a 6-0 lead after a pin by Jordan Kaeck against Eddie Reier at 132 pounds.
Trailing 1-0, Wapak’s Dylan Plaugher landed a reversal with 16.8 seconds left in the third period to give him a 2-1 win over Boston Hensley, giving Wapak a 9-0 lead.
Then the brief halt in the Redskins’ momentum came in the 145-pound match.
St. Marys’ Corey Rhinock gained three near fall points late in the third period to record a 13-12 win over Cal Miller to cut the gap to 9-3.
“They got a win there that we should have had,” Wapak coach Jason Rostorfer said. “Cal Miller is a freshman. He gives it his all. He just made a mistake. Unfortunately for us, it didn’t come out the way we wanted it to.
“The next kid has to come out there, wrestle hard and stop their momentum. That’s what our 152-pounder did. That was crucial.”
The 9-3 deficit was as close as St. Marys would come to the lead, as the Redskins reeled off 40 unanswered points over the next six matches.
Devin Knapke, Wapak’s 152-pound wrestler, earned a major decision, 14-5, over Jonathan Vogel to regain momentum for the Redskins, as they assumed a 13-3 lead.
A forfeit at 160 gave Wapak six points before the Redskins won five straight matches by pin.
Recording wins by pin for Wapak were Heath Newman (170), Landon Hall (182), Colton Brown (195), Jarred Carpenter (220) and David Duncan (285).
Carpenter’s pin against Chance Hicks clinched the match win for the Redskins, leading by 34 points with five matches left.
St. Marys coach Larry Gruber felt his team could not match Wapak when it came to experience Friday.
“Right now our biggest problem is too many people in there who don’t have mat time experience,” he said. “Any time you’re taking younger kids, like freshmen and sophomores, trying to them in against juniors and seniors, it shows. That’s what we’re fighting right now.
“If those kids stay with it, eventually they’ll be OK.”
Wapak led 49-3 after Duncan’s pin in the heavyweight match.
“We lost four matches, and those four guys aren’t happy,” Rostorfer said. “We’ll go forward from here. Overall, it was a good night. We’ll take it.”
Although they had already taken the loss on the scoreboard, the Roughriders found success in the lower weight classes, scoring 22 straight points to end the match.
St. Marys won by forfeit at 106 pounds.
Garrett Hower dominated in a 13-1 major decision over Jayden Hefner at 113.
Keyton Liming pinned Derek Stahler at 4:41 in the 120 match.
Austin Quellhorst earned a win by injury default against Drew Robenalt at 126.
The Roughriders’ success was a matter of getting to their more experienced wrestlers later in the match, Gruber said.
“That was just a matter of a few kids being some of our older kids,” he said. “You can begin to see a difference. Normally if you have seniors you expect them to do better. The ones who were doing better were our upperclassmen.”
Wapak is now 5-2 in WBL matches this season.
The Redskins’ final two matches will be held Thursday at Kenton against Van Wert and Ottawa-Glandorf.
St. Marys fell to 4-3 in the WBL with Friday’s loss.
The Roughriders will resume their season next Saturday in the Spartan Invitational at Lima Senior High School.