(February 21st, 2015) – LIBERTY CENTER: With three mats beside each other covering the entirety of the Liberty Center Varsity Gym, the North Western Ohio Athletic League Tournament was a fast paced, hectic affair. With only Delta missing from the event, eight teams went up against each other in a chaotic scene.
Wauseon claimed victory when it was all said and done, earning 224 points overall. Montpelier had a respectable showing as well, posting a fourth place finish at 116.5 points.
The Indians took first place in several weight classes to take the win. Alex Slattman won the 106 pound division, defeating Evergreen’s Jared Fahrer to do so. Maurico Barajas was the winner of the 113 pound division, beating Archbold’s Gavin Grime in the decisive match. At 126 pound, Sandro Ramirez made short work of J.D. Reisinger of Swanton, pinning him in 1:56.
Hunter Yackee took the 132 pound class, beating Zack Leahey of Swanton to do so. Wade Hodges pinned Archbold’s Gabe Petersen in 3:10 to win the 145 pound division. Derek Schuette earned a win over Garrett Grime of Archbold to take the 152 pound division. Tre Campbell defeated Evergreen’s Jacob Clay by pin in 1:38 to claim the 182 pound weight class. Lastly Tony Banister was able to pin Swanton’s Matthew Rainey in 3:00 as he won the 195 pound division.
For Montpelier, Hunter McKelvey pinned Wauseon’s Jackson Sluder in 1:45 to win the 170 pound class. Dallas Roy took second place in the 138 pound division after losing to Zachary Meyer by decision. Stephen Cooley earned a third place finish in the 126 pound class by beating Elijah Alvarado from Archbold. Jordan Birdsall claimed third place in the 152 pound division, earning a technical fall over Swanton’s Tyler Houston. Finally, Austin Cook pinned Sam Williamson of Evergreen in 3:42 to take third place in the 195 pound division.
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