Rams, Carey survive 1st day of duals

It’s beginning to look a little like last year.

Upper Sandusky and Carey each survived as the Ohio High School Team Wrestling Tournament began Wednesday night.

Carey used its home floor to beat up on Van Buren, 53-27, to advance in the Division III tourney next Wednesday against Lima Bath.

Upper Sandusky bested Clear Fork, 40-21, and River Valley, 53-15, to move on the Division II tournament.

The Blue Devils picked up pins from Dylan Pratt (138), Zach Brodman (145), Seth Rehus (160), Adric Stombaugh (170) and Zach Sauber (220) to lead the attack. Cody Ferguson (152) picked up a tech fall (16-0) as well for Carey.

“We got to the regional semis last year and lost to Upper. So we’re in the same spot we are now,” Carey coach Ryan Pratt said. “We know if we want to continue to wrestle and advance in the tourney, we had to show up and wrestle hard. We did that and picked up a couple of nice wins. We’re looking forward to wrestling Lima Bath next week.”

The Rams had to win twice to advance. Derek Hansen (126) had a pair of pins in the matches. Carson Mengerink (138) had a tech fall and a minor decision while Alex Kenner (160) picked up a pin and a major decision. Dylan Robertson (195) had a major decision and a minor decision. Tylor Pritchard also had a double-double with a pin at 285 in the opener against Clear Fork and a major decision against River Valley at 220. Nate Payne (152) had a minor decision in the opening round. Steven Richmond (132), J.J. Valentine (170) and Collin Brown (285) all had pins against the Vikings. Keegan Gullifer (120) had a major decision in that match and Thurston Dyer (113) had a minor decision.

Fostoria fell to Wauseon, 64-9. Lance Smith (138) won by tech fall, 16-1, against Jackson Sluder while Xavier Galvan (152) scored a 13-1 major decision beat Dylan Nicely for the Redmen’s only points of the night.

Hopewell-Loudon and Mohawk each won their first matches of the tourney before bowing out in the second round. The Chieftains dumped Toledo Christian, 54-12, before falling to the Rockets, 57-18.

Mohawk scored a 47-30 win against Riverdale before losing to Lima Bath, 57-18.

The Chieftains picked up six pins in the opener from Mateo Muniz (132), Damion Vitt (145), Zach Clouse (160), Tristan Myers (170), Bryce Steinhauser (182) and Christian Potteiger (220).

In the second match, Eli Bustillos (195) pinned Peyton Salyers, 1:16.

Mohawk’s Kevin Lonsway (152) had a pin and a tech fall while Cole Draper also had two wins with a pin and a minor decision.

Chet Margraf (132), Hayden Tiell (145), Derrick Sowers (195) and Aaron Cook (220) all had pins in the opening match while Mason Hammond (160) picked up a minor decision, 13-11, in the second match.

In Division II, Columbian was one and done by a close margin, falling 36-31 to former league rival, Galion. Seth Williams (170) had the Tornadoes only pin. Drew Hoffman had a major decision at 113, winning 15-3. Jacob Reyes (138), Mason Correll (152) and Tyler Mesnard (160) all won by minor decision for Columbian.

Carey will face Lima Bath next Wednesday while Upper Sandusky will grapple with Lexington at sites to be determined.