Carey, Upper Sandusky knocked out of dual tourney

LEXINGTON – Both local schools remaining in the state dual team tournament had their runs end Wednesday.

After a strong showing during the first week of the state dual team tournament, Carey found its run cut short at the hands of Lima Bath 65-6. Upper Sandusky, who went 2-0 last week, lost its regional semifinal match 54-14 to Division II No. 10 Lexington.

Plagued by injuries, the Blue Devils pulled some grapplers to keep them healthy for the upcoming Midland Athletic League championships. Carey coach Ryan Pratt made the decision to give other wrestlers some mat time and experience.

“We knew we had our work cut out against Lima Bath,” Pratt said. “With sectionals and league coming up, it was important to pull some guys who are nursing injuries. It gives others a chance for experience, and get ourselves healthy.”

Carey gave up ten pins during the dual and came away with only one win. The Blue Devils’ Dylan Pratt won his match by pin in 2:41 at 138 pounds.

Despite Upper Sandusky’s loss to Lexington, the Rams were able to get wins from 126-pounder Derek Hanson with a pin. Alex Kenner (160) also won via pin and Tylor Pritchard (220) won a 6-1 decision.

Upper Sandusky coach Chris Rodriguez says his team still has work to do, but confident going into the North Central Conference championship.

“We ran into a great team and lost some matches that we shouldn’t have,” Rodriguez said. “It is important to get a feel for what is out there. It makes us work that much harder to be where we need to be, and see where we are now.”