KENTON — The Wapakoneta Redskins’ streak of four consecutive Western Buckeye League wrestling titles ended Saturday but they managed to have two league champions — freshman Landon Hall and senior Jarred Carpenter — and eight placers.
Carpenter won his second straight WBL title in the 220-pound weight class, recording three straight pins Saturday in his title-winning performance, including one at 3:49 over Celina’s Kevin Lockwood in the finals.
Hall squeezed out a 5-3 victory in the 182-pound final against Defiance’s Eli Brown.
“Landon and Jarred did a good job today,” Redskins coach Jason Rostorfer said. “I’m really happy for them.”
The Redskins finished third in the tournament Saturday after a 7-2 record in WBL duals during the regular season.
Defiance, which went 9-0 in league duals this season, claimed the league title for the 2013-14 season.
Wapakoneta finished one half-point behind Bath in the league standings.
In total the Redskins had eight wrestlers earn spots on the awards podium, which required a top-four finish.
“Some of the other guys who didn’t quite finish on top had great performances,” Rostorfer said. “We talk all the time about how it’s not all about wins and losses. It’s not where we want to be. We’re not going to hang our heads.”
Redskins sophomore Dylan Plaugher, last year’s WBL runner-up at 120, was second again in 2014 at 138 pounds.
Plaugher notched two pins Saturday before losing by pin to Defiance’s Cisco Chavez in the finals
“Dylan Plaugher wrestled a great tournament,” Rostorfer said. “He wrestled a solid kid in the finals. Sometimes that happens.”
Wapak junior Dallas Ambos lost a 1-0 decision to Shawnee’s Derek Kuhlman in the 145-pound finals.
“Dallas Ambos didn’t win the tournament but he wrestled an outstanding tournament,” Rostorfer said. “His semifinal match was probably the best he wrestled all year. He wrestled really, really well.”
Ambos earned a 3-2 victory over Defiance’s Seth Meyers in his semifinal match Saturday.
Redskins junior Heath Newman was defeated on a 6-4 decision in the finals to Shawee’s Dylan Hefner.
“Heath lost to a kid in the finals who is really tough,” Rostorfer said. “Him losing in the finals is nothing for him to hang his head about.”
Wapak junior Colton Brown lost a 5-4 decision to Elida’s Tyler Smith in the 195-pound final.
Brown had the match tied at 2-2 in the first period and 3-3 in the second but could not manage a lead.
“Colton Brown was banged up. It was a gutsy performance,” Rostorfer said. “He just came up one point short.”
Redskins sophomore Drew Robenalt took third at 120 pounds on Saturday, pinning St. Marys’ Eddie Reier in the consolation championship.
Wapak senior Jordan Kaeck finished third at 132, pinning Van Wert’s Andy Hammond at 1:45.
“The guys who placed scored a lot of points,” Rostorfer said. “We had higher hopes as far as points.”
All 13 wrestlers who competed Saturday for the Redskins won at least one match.
At 113, Wapak freshman Jayden Hefner won his first match, lost in the championship semifinal, a match in which he was injured, and then chose not to wrestle in the consolation bracket with an opportunity to advance to the third-place match.
Adam Hamel (126), Devin Knapke (152), Cordell Newman (160) and David Duncan (285) each went 1-2 in Saturday’s tournament for Wapak.
The Redskins left the 106-pound class vacant as they had done all season.
Wapak will begin participating in the individual state tournament starting Feb. 14 at Bowling Green State University.
“Now it’s an individual sport,” Rostorfer said about the upcoming postseason. “We don’t look at the team scores. We’re just looking at individuals getting to the state tournament.”
The Stroh Center at BGSU will host all 30 Division II schools in the Northwest District for a two-day sectional tournament Feb. 14-15.
The BGSU sectional will be divided into two brackets, North and South. Wapakoneta is in the South sectional.
The top four wrestlers in both brackets will advance to the Division II Northwest District on Feb. 21-22 also at BGSU.
Final WBL standings
1. Defiance 229.5; 2. Bath 161.5; 3. Wapakoneta 161; 4. Shawnee 95; 5. St. Marys 86.5; 6. Celina 76; 7. Elida 53.5; 8. Van Wert 50; 9. Ottawa-Glandorf 47; 10. Kenton 18.