Napoleon senior Demitrius Hernandez needed one more win to secure 9-0 marks for himself and his team Saturday.
The 285-pound wrestler scored a takedown on in the final seconds to seal a 3-0 decision and help the Cats hold off Versailles 37-33 to win the Gold Medal Duals in the Grand Canyon.
“I knew Versailles and I knew their lineup coming in,” Napoleon coach Jason Seiler said. “I thought we were going to have a tough time beating them. Our kids really surprised me in that match and the job that they did.
“(Demitrius) didn’t get to wrestle a slouch to get the win for us,” Seiler added, noting Versailles’ Taran Tyo being state-ranked. “He’s been solid for us all year and there’s no one else we’d rather put out there in that situation.”
Napoleon, which started 4-0 Friday, went 5-0 Saturday with wins over Eastwood (41-35), Firelands (64-13), Fairview (67-10), Genoa (70-9), and Bluffton (66-12).
Seiler was hoping to see his team turn the corner after going 4-6 at the Perrysburg Duals one weekend prior.
“The competition was better this weekend than what it was this weekend, but I saw a lot of positives that we can use this weekend and build towards our end-of-the-season push,” Seiler said.
While Hernandez was the lone wrestler to go 9-0 for the Cats, five wrestlers posted 8-1 marks: Roman Cordoba (113), Omar Estrada (126), Claude Buckmaster (132), Angelo Gonzalez (160) and Landon Eberle (182).
Harrison Bohls (106) went 7-2 and Jacob Aguilar (152) was 6-3.
Ayden Shank (120), William Apple (138), Tucker Holifield (195) and Javone Torres (220) were each 5-4, while Blake Westhoven (160) was 4-5.
“We had tough matches against Eastwood, Versailles, Galion; those three teams were all a good challenge for us this weekend,” Seiler said. “To find a way to come out on top against all three really says a lot about our kids.”
Napoleon hosts Findlay in a dual Jan. 28 at the Grand Canyon.