The Cardinals competed this past weekend at Waterloo, finishing eighth out of 21 teams.
Five wrestlers placed – Cooper Hemming third at 126, Cameron Blair fourth at 152, Reece Franks fifth at 160, Josh Newell fifth at 170, and Jacob Newell sixth at 138.
Hemming (126) went 3-0 in his pool on Friday evening. He pinned Toronto’s Patrick Daughterty at :43, Cuyahoga Heights’ Camden Pluth at 1:19, and Manchester’s Jenna Vincent at :45.
On Saturday in the championship bracket, Hemming pinned Isaiah Gonzales of Huron at :22, before getting pinned by Michael Kucera of Independence 3:11.
In the consolation semifinals, he pinned Zach Fry of Garaway at :44. With third place on the line, Hemming pinned Corey Phillips of Coshocton at 2:12.
Blair won his pool with a 4-0 mark. He pinned Nathan Mohar of Newbury at 1:46 and Ben Vitron of Independence at :27; and recorded technical falls against Columbiana’s Owen Graham and Waterloo’s Dakota Metheney.
Blair opened up his championship bracket with a decision over Dan Paris of Manchester, before dropping a decision to Tusky Valley’s Austin Croto.
In the consolation bracket, Blair decisioned Kyle Debucci of South Range, before getting pinned in the third-place match by Manchester’s Dane Paris at 3:47.
Franks (160) went 3-0 during the pool round. He pinned Garrett Hunt of Ashland at 2:59, Seth Patterson of Independence at :39, and Eddie Marxen of VASJ at 1:30.
Franks got his Saturday started with a disqualification win over Norwalk St. Paul’s Sam Meyer. He was beaten in the semifinals by J.J. Holliday of Huron by decision. In the consolation bracket, he was pinned by Connor Hrubik of Garfield at 5:11. He finished fifth with a forfeit win over Seth Patterson of Independence.
Joshua Newell won three of his five pool matches at 170. He pinned Nick Patterson of Manchester at :34, Nathan Farelli of Western Reserve at :48, and Noah Martin of Tusky Valley at :43.
In the championship bracket, Joshua lost his opening match to Nick Mroczynski of Independence by decision. He bounced back to pin Coshocton’s Thomas Walters at 2:53, but was beaten by Johnny Chambers of Newbury by technical fall. Wrestling for fifth, Joshua won by disqualification over Nathan Glinka of Cuyahoga Heights.
Jacob Newell (138) went unbeaten in his pool. He pinned Klay Patton of Ashland Crestview at 3:48, and Brian Mullins of Waterloo at :45, and earned a forfeit.
Jacob won his first championship match, decisioning Todd Zbuka of Tusky Valley. He was beaten in the semifinals by King Seyou of VASJ. He lost both his consolation matches, by decision against Chandler Parish of Columbiana and by a 15-2 major decision to Zbuka.
We certainly could have wrestled much better this weekend. We dropped matches that we should have won, especially in the championship and consolation rounds. We are very young and are learning what it takes to place high at big tournaments said Donahue. The Cardinals will take on Harrison Central and Indian Valley on Dec 20th , 5:30pm @ Harrison Central.