MAUMEE — It was a good start to a busy week for the Napoleon wrestlers, as the Wildcats defeated Maumee 75-6 and Springfield 63-15 in a Northern Lakes League tri-meet Wednesday at Maumee High School.
Napoleon coach Jason Seiler said his team used the tri-meet as preparation for this weekend’s Gold Medal Duals, hosted by the Wildcats.
“We knew we were the better team coming into tonight,” said Seiler. “The kids were able to take care of business, but you could tell at times that we wrestled a lot of young kids.
“Overall, it was a pretty good night,” added Seiler. “We let a couple matches get away. We were a little sluggish, but we have been pushing them really hard in practice. We were more focused on this weekend, and you could see that. Still, there were a lot of positives going into this weekend.”
The Wildcats won the last 11 matches, all by pin, against Maumee to start the evening.
After opening the match with a forfeit win and a 6-3 victory by Roman Cordoba at 113 pounds, Maumee’s Tommy Gast scored a pinfall over Ayden Shank to close the gap to 9-6.
It was all Napoleon from that point.
Austin Hopkins (2:36), Claude Buckmaster (:46), William Apple (3:09), Brayden Hull (:43), Jacob Aguilar (:56), Blake Westhoven (2:56), Angelo Gonzalez (4:30), Landon Eberle (3:14), Tucker Holifield (:43), Javone Torres (1:28) and Demitrius Hernandez (1:13) all pinned their opponent.
Seiler said it was good to see some of his young wrestlers that have not had a lot of success so far this season get victories.
“It’s a long year, especially for freshmen and sophomores on a varsity roster,” said the Napoleon coach. “Wins can be hard to come by. It was good seeing some guys go out there and get their hands raised.”
Napoleon easily won the match with Springfield, as the Blue Devils had just five wrestlers compete. However, the Wildcats won just two of those matches — a 14-10 win by Cordoba at 113 and a pin by Aguilar (3:05) at 152 pounds.
Hull and Apple were both pinned at 138 and 145 pounds, respectively, while Holifield fell 5-1 at 195 pounds.
“It was something we talked about, and something I hope we would respond to,” said Seiler. “Springfield only had five wrestlers, but they were going to be tougher than in the other dual. I hoped we would respond to that.”
Napoleon is now 25-7 on the season and play host to the 10-team, two-day Gold Medal Duals Tournament Friday and Saturday in the Grand Canyon.