By ANDY WOLF
For The Courier
COLUMBUS — Four area Division III wrestlers entered with hopes of earning a spot on the state tournament awards stand on Friday and all four got the job done.
But their work is not complete as the quartet will wrestle today to determine which medal they’ll receive at the 77th OHSAA state wrestling championships at Value City Arena.
Liberty-Benton’s Tyler Sarreshteh (120) and Van Buren’s Chance Sonnenberg (160) will both wrestle in today’s 10 a.m. consolation semifinals while Ada junior Austin Windle (160) and Elmwood senior Jacob Wise (170) will wrestle for seventh place.
Sarreshteh started the day scoring a 7-6 decision over Dayton Christian’s Michael May in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals.
“Tyler was focused all day long,” Libery-Benton coach Jim Wittkamp said of Sarreshteh reaching the semifinals. “It was nice to watch him wrestle a whole six minutes and nice to see his training all year long pay off for him.”
But Sarreshteh ran into a buzzsaw in Delta’s Kyle Keller.
Keller scooped the left leg of Sarreshteh, and turned it into a 2-0 lead in the first period. Starting on bottom position in the second period, Sarreshteh got caught in a cradle and was pinned with 17 seconds remaining.
Sarreshteh will now wrestle Edison’s Evan Cheek in the consolation semifinals.
“He knows Cheek is going to come after him hard,” Wittkamp said. “Tyler got beat, he took it hard, he’s let it go and he’s ready to go for tomorrow.”
Sonnenberg also started the day in the quarterfinals but a 17-6 major decision loss to unbeaten Creston Norwayne’s Kollin Moore sent him into the consolations.
After finishing fifth last season at 160, Sonnenberg remained focused at the task of returning to the podium.
“I just wanted to get my second win to make sure I’m placing and then hope to win my next match,” Sonnenberg said. “If I didn’t place this year, I’d look pretty bad when I got back to school.”
Facing Jerot Schill of Elyria Catholic, Sonneberg trailed 5-2 heading into the final period. With time running out Sonnenberg scored a quick takedown and immediately put Schill in a cradle.
The five-point move put Sonnenberg ahead 7-5, and he held on 8-6 to advance.
He beat Akron Manchester’s Drew Brasiel 4-2 in his next match to reach the consolation semifinals.
Windle, a junior, also rallied in the third period to become the first state placer in Ada’s history.
“It definitely feels great that I can make history for my school”, Windle said. “A little pressure is off now that I’ve placed.”
After a scoreless first period, Windle allowed an escape in the second period to trail 1-0 entering the final period against Columbus Hartley’s Jacob Crosswell.
Taking bottom in the final period, Windle turned the tables on Crosswell with a reversal to emerge with a 2-1 win.
“I was taking my time and I could feel a reversal,” Windle said. “I waited until there was plenty of time to ride him out.
Windle, lost to Cincinnati Reading’s Ray Day in the consolation quarterfinals and will wrestle Akron Manchester’s Drew Brasiel in the 160-pound seventh-place match.
Elmwood’s Jacob Wise (170) will also wrestle for seventh place against Hayden Miller (Norwalk St. Paul).
Despite dropping his first match in the quarterfinals, Wise won his next 2-1 over Margaretta’s Ryan to earn a spot on the awards stand.
“It was really important for me to respond,” Wise said after dropping a 4-3 overtime decision to West Salem Northwestern’s Joey Meek in his quarterfinal match. “You can feel a lot of pressure in a match with this arena but I’m going at my next match as hard as I can no matter what.”
In Division II, Upper Sandusky Tylor Pritchard earned a spot on the podium with a 5-1 win over Amanda-Clearcreek’s Cole Genders in the 220-pound quarterfinals.
He fell a match short of reaching the final when he was pinned by Jonathan Alder’s Troy Caldwell in the semifinals
When Tylor Pritchard broke his leg in Upper Sandusky’s final football game, his senior wrestling season was in jeopardy.
The injury forced him to start his senior campaign more than a month late.
“You really need to have a tough mentality to continue,” Pritchard said. “I still think I wrestled tough but he wrestled his match and I didn’t wrestle my match.”
Today, Pritchard will face a rematch in the consolation semifinals with Norton’s Sean Rutherford, who Pritchard stopped in overtime in the opening round.
“Tomorrow I’ll come back, put my shoes on and give the same,” Pritchard said. “Right now I’m going to get my mind right and come back at it tomorrow.”
Friday’s Quarterfinal Results
120 — Tyler Sarreshteh, Liberty-Benton dec. Michael May, Day. Christian, 7-6.
160 — Kollin Moore, Creston Norwayne maj. dec. Chance Sonnenberg, Van Buren, 17-6.
170 — Joey Meek, West Salem Northwestern dec. Jacob Wise, Elmwood, 4-3, OT.
220 — Tylor Pritchard, Upper Sandusky dec. Cole Genders, Amanda-Clearcreek, 5-1.
Friday’s Second Consolations
160 — Chance Sonnenberg, Van Buren dec. Jerot Schill, Elyria Catholic, 8-6,
160 — Austin Windle, Ada dec. Jacob Croswell, Columbus Hartley, 2-1.
170 — Jacob Wise, Elmwood dec. Ryan Green, Margaretta, 2-1.
126 — Alec Benedetti, N. Royalton dec. Justin Jolliff, Findlay 7-4.
Friday’s Consolation Quarterfinals
160 — Chance Sonnenberg, Van Buren dec. Drew Brasiel, Akron Manchester, 4-2.
160 — Ray Day, Reading dec. Austin Windle, Ada, 5-2.
170 — Zach Sullivan, New Paris National Trail dec. Jacob Wise, Elmwood, 7-0.
120 — Kyle Keller, Delta pinned Tyler Sarreshteh, Liberty-Benton, 3:43.
220 — Troy Caldwell, Plain City Jonathan Alder pinned Tylor Pritchard, Upper Sandusky, 3:42.
Saturday’s Consolation Semifinals
120 — Tyler Sarreshteh, Liberty-Benton, jr., 31-6 vs. Evan Cheek, Edison, jr., 57-2.
160 — Chance Sonnenberg, Van Buren, jr., 40-5 vs. Tyler Fahrer, Delta, sr., 51-2.
220 — Tylor Pritchard, Upper Sandusky, sr., 31-5 vs. Sean Rutherford, Norton, sr., 31-2.
Saturday’s 7th-Place Matches
160 — Austin Windle, Ada, jr., 41-8 vs. Drew Brasiel, Akron Manchester, jr., 40-13.
170 — Jake Wise, Elmwood, sr., 39-3 vs. Hayden Miller, Norwalk St. Paul, jr., 43-8.