WHITEHOUSE — All nine Napoleon wins were by pin fall, leading the Wildcats to a 54-27 victory over Northern Lakes League foe Anthony Wayne Wednesday.
“That was huge,” said Napoleon wrestling coach Jason Seiler. “I don’t think we had a decision win. Obviously, being able to put guys away was huge. A lot of those matches were close when we were able to get the pin.
“So, not only were they pins, but they were in close matches,” added Seiler. “That was what allowed us to put separation between us and them.”
The Wildcats trailed 12-6 after the first three matches, with Zane Hull winning by pin (1:59) over Kaedyn McAllister at 132 pounds.
Napoleon won five of the next six matches (all by pin) to take control of the match.
After a scoreless first period, Tyler Bostleman, starting the second period in the top position, turned his opponent at 145 pounds and got a quick pin (2:49) to tie the match at 12.
Caleb Sell followed with a second-period pin over Jeremy Krause at 152 pounds. Sell led 2-1 after the first period, and also started the second period in the top position. After getting three near-fall points, Sell pinned Krause at 2:59.
Lane Crossland trailed 2-0 after the first period, but scored an escape, a take down and two near-fall points for a 5-2 lead entering the third period. After scoring a take down, Crossland pinned Zach Pratt at 4:47 for a 24-12 lead.
After Anthony Wayne scored a pin at 170 pounds, Xavier Johnson scored a dominating victory at 182 pounds, pinning Harrison Short at 4:44 of the match. With four take downs, Johnson led 12-2 entering the third period.
Wesley Jeffries-Babcock had the fastest pin of the match, needing just 32 seconds to win his 195-pound match to give the Cats a 36-18 lead.
“I thought our intensity was good,” said Seiler. “I liked the way we were putting people away a lot better than what we did over the weekend. We needed that intensity to beat a good dual meet team.”
Tim Leahy lost his 220-pound match when he was disqualified after his fifth stalling penalty.
Demitrius Hernadez got Napoleon back on the scoreboard with a pin 17 seconds into the second period.
Freshman Quintin Iliif battled at 106 pounds, but fell to Brayden Biedermann 3-0 after giving up a take down in the first period.
“Quintin made a mistake in the first period and it really cost him the match,” said Seiler. “But he did a great job not going to his back and battling out there. That was nice to see out of a freshman.”
Caleb Hernandez (113) and Lincoln Healy (120) closed the match with pins for the Wildcats. Caleb Hernandez won at 3:55, while Healy scored his pin at 2:25.
“This was a good effort,” said Seiler. “No disrespect to the other teams (in the NLL), but us, Perrysburg and Anthony Wayne are the three best teams in the league. We just took care of one of those teams, and pretty handily.”
The match does not count toward the league standings, as the NLL decides its champion based on the conference championship meet.
Napoleon is now 5-1 on the season. The Wildcats compete at the Tinora Invitational Saturday.