PERRYSBURG — Napoleon and Liberty Center each placed three wrestlers at the Perrysburg Invitational Tournament Saturday at Perrysburg High School. The two Henry County teams tied for 21st place (59 points) in the largest field at the annual event.
Demitrius Hernandez led the Wildcats with a fourth-place finish at 285 pounds, while Xavier Johnson won a 3-1 decision over Tavier Lugo-Flowers of Lakota East to place fifth at 195 pounds.
Tyler Bostelman added a seventh-place finish at 152 pounds, defeating Luxas Schlegel of Tinora 3-2 in his final match.
“This is the most teams I ever remember being at PIT and the competition was as good as any time I ever remember,” said Napoleon wrestling coach Jason Seiler. “If you place at this tournament you did something right, so I’m really proud of our three guys that placed.”
Liberty Center also had three place finishers.
Dylan Matthews paced the Tigers with a fourth-place finish at 132, while Cameron Foster was seventh at 160 and Colin Johnson placed eighth at 145.
Patrick Henry had a pair of place finishers, including TJ Rhamy who was runner-up at 170 pounds. Rhamy lost a 5-3 decision to Trevor Franks of Lakota in the championship match.
Also placing for the Patriots, who finished 25th (53 points) in the 46-team field, was Lee Borders. Borders defeated Wauseon’s John Martinez to place seventh at 126 pounds.
Delta’s Zach Mattin was the only individual champion from the area, winning the 113-pound weight class. The Panthers were 11th overall with 87 points.
Also placing from Delta were Max Hoffman, seventh at 182, and Austin Kohlhofer, second at 220.
Wauseon was the highest placing team, as the Indians were fourth with 127.5 points. Perrysburg won the team title with 233 points.
Samy Sosa led the Indians with a runner-up finish at 285 pounds. Other place finishers for Wauseon were Damon Molina, fourth at 113; Martinez, eighth at 126; Lawson Grime, eighth at 135; Zaidan Kessler, sixth at 152; and Jarrett Bischoff, fifth at 170.
Tinora was 20th in the team standings with 61 points. Andrew Helmke led the Rams with a fifth-place finish at 138 pounds.
Liberty Center competes at the Gold Medal Duals, hosted by Napoleon Friday and Saturday in the Grand Canyon. Patrick Henry is at the Maumee Bay Invitational over the weekend.
“This is a huge three-week stretch for us with this tournament (PIT) and the next two weekends, and I’m looking for our guys to turn the corner during this period,” said Seiler. “Right now our biggest downfall is we are finding a way to lose the close matches instead of win them. There is still a lot of season left, but I’m looking for at least a little bit of improvement each time out.”