FINDLAY — The Napoleon wrestling team opened its season Saturday with the Findlay Duals, as the Wildcats placed ninth out of 16 participating teams, finishing 3-2.
“This was a great way to start off the season,” Napoleon coach Jason Seiler said. “It was a tough tournament and we found out a lot about ourselves. I’m not overly concerned with our placement. We got trapped in the toughest pool and once we lost our first two, we couldn’t do any better than ninth.”
The Cats fell 42-22 in the first round to Medina and 44-22 in the second round to Wauseon before finishing with wins over Elida (60-15), Sandusky (54-7) and Medina-Buckeye (39-38).
Medina took first overall, while Olmstead Falls was second and Miami East third.
Xavier Johnson (195) and Demetrius Hernandez (285) each went 5-0 for Napoleon, while Tyler Bostelman (145) and Angelo Gonzalez (170) both finished 4-1.
“Demetrius and Xavier had really good days, and I’m really proud of the way they wrestled,” Seiler said. “They wrestled with the toughness and passion it takes to win.”
Brayden Hull (126), Austin Valdez (160) and Tucker Holifield (182) each went 3-2, while Tony Valdez (220) finished 2-1. Xavier Rodriguez (106), Kody Boehm (138) and Caleb Sell (152) each finished 2-3.
Claude Buckmaster (120) finished 1-4 and Turner Garber (132) 1-3 to round out the Cats’ contingent.
“There is no doubt we are going to beat all the average teams, but we have the talent to beat the top teams,” Seiler said. “It’s about our character right now. We need to find some leaders for this team, and we have to find the toughness and passion to compete with the best kids and teams.”
In freshmen wrestling from Maumee, Preston Speaks (152) finished second, while Alex Valdez (126) and Ethan Fields (182) each took third. Zavior McNett (160) and Kylie Roberts (195) placed fourth.
Napoleon hosts Anthony Wayne Thursday in a dual meet.