By JAMIE BAKER
BOWLING GREEN — Cory-Rawson’s Dylen Hartman was oh so close to earning a spot in the OHSAA state wrestling tournament last season.
Today, he’ll find himself in a similar position after winning his first two matches Friday to reach the semifinal round of the Division III Northwest District wrestling championships at Bowling Green State University’s Stroh Center.
The top four wrestlers in each weight class earn a spot in next week’s OHSAA state tournament in Columbus.
All Hartman, who finished fifth at districts and was a state alternate last season, has to do is win one of his next two matches and he’ll get to cap his senior season by wrestling for a state championship at Value City Arena.
“Being so close last year made me hungry to get down there this year. After getting to see state last year, I don’t just want to go down there, I want to go down and place,” said Hartman, who improved his record to 37-6 with wins over Ayersville’s Nate Fry (2:35) and Monroeville’s Nick Tommas (10-8) at 160 pounds.
To reach the finals, Hartman will have to avenge one of the losses he suffered earlier this season. He’ll face Otsego’s Jordan Hendrix (36-8), who beat Hartman in the semifinals of the Van Buren Invitational.
Hartman is confident he can reverse his result against Hendrix.
“I like the way I’m wrestling right now I have to stay solid and I can’t give up any back points tomorrow,” Hartman said. “That’s the thing about this time of year, good wrestlers are solid and don’t make many mistakes. That’s how you get to state.”
It’s also the last shot at state for three-time district qualifier Arcadia senior Trevor Bowman.
Bowman (34-4) put himself in a position to qualify for state by pinning Ottawa-Glandorf’s Ajan Brown (:59) and stopping Ayersville’s Francisco Alvarado 6-4 Friday.
He too will be looking to avenge a loss from earlier in the season when he faces Northwood’s Devon Dunbar. Dunbar stopped Bowman for the Ohio Wrestling League crown three weeks ago.
“It’s my senior year and I have to finish strong because it’s my last chance to get there,” Bowman said. “Every match up to this point has been practice, it’s been preparation for tomorrow. Now it’s a case of just doing whatever I have to do to get to state.”
BACK TO C-BUS?: Riverdale’s Mitchell Matheny (138) and Seth Knoll (152) have set themselves up for a possible second straight state meet appearance as both went 2-0 to reach the semifinals for the Falcons.
Matheny whipped South Central’s Alex Knoll (9-2) and topped Otsego’s Austin Glosser (6-4) to improve to 37-2 while Knoll beat Patrick Henry’s Brandon Cole (8-2) and Huron’s Spencer Maddox (8-4) in solid fashion.
Teammate Kolten Martin (40-3), also a returning state qualifier, will have to qualify the hard way by winning at least three straight matches in the 113-pound consolation bracket after letting an early lead slip away in a 10-8 quarterfinal loss to Edison freshman Brady Barnett.
LONE KNIGHT: Van Buren’s Chance Sonnenberg (160), Payten Whitticar (195), Santos Miranda (220) and Isaac Sexton (285) all won opening-round matches but only Sonnenberg was able to win in the quarterfinals, disposing of Norwalk St. Paul’s Pete Jenkins.
Miranda didn’t even qualify for the district after finishing fifth at sectionals to gain the alternate spot. He got the call that he would replace Bucyrus’ Nate Johns mid-week.
“When I found out I was wrestling I really kicked into gear at practice to prepare for this weekend,” Miranda said. “I just wanted to come here and wrestle my hardest. I feel like this is my second chance.”
Miranda made the most of his second chance by pinning Western Reserve’s Adam Workman in 1:30 in his opener.
UPSET BENEFICIARY: When the big gun in his quarterbracket was upset in the opening round, Hopewell-Loudon’s Damion Vitt took advantage of it.
Genoa’s Nathan Moore knocked off Duke-bound Logan Day from Archbold 9-7 in the opening round at 145 pounds. Day was picked by some of the state’s prep wrestling prognosticators as a possible state finalist.
Vitt (44-6), then, took care of Moore 8-3 to advance to the semifinals.
GUARANTEED FINALIST: The area will be guaranteed at least one finalist as Patrick Henry freshman Kent Petersen and Ottawa-Glandorf senior Derek Ebbeskotte meet in the 195-pound semis.
Liberty-Benton’s Tyler Sarreshteh and Elmwood’s Jake Wise are the area’s other grapplers still in the championship bracket.
Wrestling at the Stroh Center resumes at 9 a.m. today with the finals set for one hour after the semifinal consolation match.
1, Delta 133. 2, Norwalk St. Paul 55½. 3, Genoa 42½. 4, Woodmore 34½. 5, Margaretta 32½. 6, Archbold 32. 7, Sandusky St. Mary’s 31. 8, Otsego 28½. 9, Willard 27. 10, Edison 26½. 11, Fremont St. Joseph 22. 12, Riverdale 20. 13, Western Reserve 19½.. 14, Carey 17. 15, Van Buren 16½. 16, Tinora 16. 17, Patrick Henry 15. 18, Paulding, Swanton & Elmwood 14. 21, Liberty-Benton & South Central 13. 23, Ayersville, Edgerton & Hopewell-Loudon 12. 26, Arcadia & Monroeville 11. 28, Cory-Rawson, Northwood & Ottawa-Glandorf 9. 31, Eastwood 8½. 32, Fairview, Mohawk & Bucyrus 8. 35, Montpelier & Huron 7. 37, Plymouth & New London 6. 39, Liberty Center & Ashland Crestview 5½. 41, Gibsonburg & Lakota 4. 43, Cardinal Stritch 3. 44, McComb, Fostoria St. Wendelin & Lake 2. 47, Evergreen & Tiffin Calvert 1. 49, Antwerp, Danbury & North Baltimore 0.
106 — Kaden Moore (Willard) 28-10 vs. Thomas Schnitker (Woodmore), 40-10; Damon D’Emlio (Genoa) 53-6 vs. Drew Mattin (Delta) 44-2.
113 — Brady Barnett (Edison) 44-7 vs. Evan Ulinski (Woodmore) 47-0; Jake Spiess (Delta) 43-0 vs. Alex Smith (Sandusky St. Mary’s) 31-4.
120 — JD Reisinger (Swanton) 35-10 vs. Evan Cheek (Edison) 52-1; Kyle Keller (Delta) 48-6 vs. Tyler Sarreshteh (Liberty-Benton) 27-4.
126 — Noah Mattin (Delta) vs. Gabe Santa-Rita (Edgerton) 39-9; Trevor Bowman (Arcadia) 34-4 vs. Devon Dunbar (Northwood) 34-8.
132 — Wes Fritz (Norwalk St. Paul) 26-8 vs. Dustin Marteney (Delta) 46-5; Major Moore (Willard) 42-2 vs. Trent Soto (Otsego) 41-3.
138 — Grant Fidler (Monroeville) 46-1 vs. Mitchel Matheny (Riverdale) 37-2; Derek Gross (Norwalk St. Paul) 35-10 vs. Kenny Price (Archbold) 44-11.
145 — Damion Vitt (Hopewell-Loudon) 44-6 vs. Sean Vasquez (Fremont St. Joseph) 30-8; Tony Rozzi (Woodmore) 42-8 vs. Deven Taylor (Margaretta) 44-2.
152 — Seth Knoll (Riverdale) 43-1 vs. Caleb Stockmaster (Margaretta) 45-4; Jesse Gross (Norwalk St. Paul) 18-0 vs. Jesse Beverly (Delta) 43-6.
160 — Tyler Fahrer (Delta) 47-1 vs. Chance Sonnenberg (Van Buren) 35-3; Dylen Hartman (Cory-Rawson) 37-6 vs. Jordan Hendrix (Otsego) 36-8.
170 — Jacob Wise (Elmwood) 35-1 vs. Todd Miller (Delta) 42-9; Hayden Miller (Norwalk St. Paul) 40-5 vs. Devon Bergeon (Ayersville) 28-8.
182 — Devin Bouza (Tinora) 42-5 vs. Tim Hunkley (Western Reserve) 42-2; Ryan Patchin (Delta) 24-3 vs. Wyatt Dye (Sandusky St. Mary’s) 24-3.
195 — Mark Francis (Delta) 27-10 vs. Moises Lopez (Willard) 34-6; Kent Petersen (Patrick Henry) 24-8 vs. Derek Ebbeskotte (O-G) 32-7.
220 — Jay Nino (Genoa) 59-1 vs. Travis Jaramillo (Archbold) 44-8; Devon Richards (Delta) 38-9 vs. Cameron Conaway (South Central) 41-1.
285 — Connor Careless (Norwalk St. Paul) 25-3 vs. Chance Veller (Delta) 21-6; Cody Buckner (Genoa) 37-1 vs. Corey Durbin (Fremont St. Joseph) 34-1.
COMPLETE RESULTS: http://www.hswrestling.com/results/BGSUDIII14/index
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