TC claims three pins, upends Findlay

PHOTO BY STEVE WILLIAMS Columbian 170 pounder Joey Simcoe controls Findlay’s Allen Peters Friday in Tiffin. Simcoe won by a 15-0 technical fall.

It was Columbian’s lone home match of the 2019-2020 season, so the Tornadoes had plenty of reason to be motivated coming into Friday’s dual with Findlay.

But there was at least one more reason.

“Last year, Findlay beat us up pretty good,” Columbian coach Travis Salyer said. “Guys wanted to get some revenge from last year.”

Columbian got it.

Three TC wrestlers recorded pins, two recorded technical falls, and the Tornadoes pulled out a 40-36 win against the Trojans.

Salyer said his message to the Tornadoes was to compete for every point.

“They definitely did that, fought to the very last second,” he said, “tried to keep momentum going.”

Columbian 132-pounder Maddox Simcoe flattened Findlay’s Kevin Strawbridge in 1:34 while 160-pound Tornado Brody Conley pinned Caden Freyman in 1:36. TC’s final pin of the evening came from Mike Eisenhower (195), who took care of Hunter Marquis in 1:18.

TC’s Bret Minnich notched a 15-0 technical fall over Findlay’s Ethan Klotz at 126 pounds, while Columbian’s Joey Simcoe ran up a 15-0 score on Trojan 170-pounder Allen Peters.

Salyer said he stressed to his wrestlers how important pins and tech falls were in a match like Friday’s.

“Score as many points as you can, look for a pin, but never be satisfied,” he said.

Also for the Tornadoes, 138-pounder Luc Busdeker recorded a 13-7 decision against Andre Cruz, while 145-pounder Carson Steinmetz upended the Trojans’ Camden Worstein 8-1.

TC’s Kasean Hatlay scored a forfeit win at 182 pounds.

Findlay registered four pins.

At 106 pounds, the Trojans’ Hudson Goebel got past Alec Smith in 2:13, while at 120 pounds, Ethan Mitchel defeated TC’s Dominic Paradiso in 4:20.

At 152 pounds, Columbian’s James Gibson was pinned in 5:28 by Jonah Smith, while Findlay 220-pounder Jake Noon dropped Kane Mears in 41 seconds.

Findlay’s Tyler Barnes (113) and Max Turner (heavyweight) recorded forfeit wins.