By ANDY WOLF
for The courier
COLUMBUS — Very few wrestlers get the opportunity to finish a season with a victory.
However, all five area wrestlers finished their season with a win in their final match on Saturday at the OHSAA state wrestling championships at Value City Arena.
In Division II, Tylor Pritchard (220) capped his senior year with a 4-0 victory to earn seventh place over Adonis Watson of Alliance.
“It’s bittersweet to end out on a win but I never wanted it to be over, so it’s hard,” Pritchard said.
Taking top position in a scoreless second period, Pritchard scored the first points of the match by turning Watson via power half-nelson for a three-point nearfall.
“My goal was to be on the podium and I’m happy with it,” Pritchard said. “I went out and had fun in my last match doing what I love.”
Pritchard started the day in the consolation semifinals where he fell via pin in 3:37 to Norton’s Sean Rutherford, who Pritchard previously beat 3-2 in sudden victory in Thursday’s first round.
“Everyone has their good days and sometimes you’re better than guy that day,” Pritchard said. “The next day he can beat you. The talent level is out of this world.”
In Division III, Van Buren’s Chance Sonnenberg (160) and Liberty-Benton’s Tyler Sarreshteh (120) each won their fifth-place match despite losing in the consolation semifinals.
Sarreshteh fell 7-0 to Evan Cheek of Edison to fall into the fifth place match up against Michael May of Dayton Christian.
There Sarreshteh led from start to finish, starting with a takedown in the first period and adding another in the second period to take a 5-2 decision.
“Whenever I get a takedown in the first period I feel comfortable knowing I can do it again,” Sarreshteh said. “To go out my junior year with a win is good but I next year I want to get to the finals and win it.”
Last year Sonnenberg, at 160, and Sarreshteh, at 113, finished fifth and fourth respectively last year as sophomores.
Despite looking to improve on that fifth-place finish, Sonnenberg came away happy with his performance.
“The people i lost to were great kids and I’ve got nothing to be ashamed of,” Sonnenberg said.
In the consolation semifinals, Delta’s Tyler Fahrer started the second period with a reversal on Sonneberg for the only points.
Sonnenberg soon responded from his 2-0 loss with a 2-0 victory over Otsego’s Jordan Hendrix.
“The nerves of going to state didn’t get to me as much as they did last year,” Sonneberg said. “I need to work harder and practice with more intensity for next year.”
Rounding out the place winners are Ada’s Austin Windle (160) and Elmwood’s Jacob Wise (170), each winning tight matchups to earn seventh place.
Windle defeated Drew Brasiel of Akron Manchester 6-2 but had to survive a late charge by Brasiel.
Trailing 2-1 after two periods, Brasiel shot in deep on Windle’s legs but couldn’t finish and ended up surrendering a takedown to Windle.
“I thought (Brasiel) was going to be a lot stronger than what he was,” Windle said. “I kept my pressure on his head and I was confident in my shot defense.”
Pitted against Norwalk St. Paul’s Hayden Miller, Wise found himself in the opposite scenario, trailing 3-2, but with plenty of time in the third period to make something happen.
Wise kicked out Miller to start the period forcing both wrestlers into a neutral position.
But Wise soon turned a takedown straight into a five-point move to go ahead 7-3 in final remaining minute of the match.
“My main strategy was to kick him out because he’s really good on bottom,” Wise said on his comeback victory. “I just went after it, knowing I had to,”
Wise prevailed 7-4 over Miller, finishing his senior season on a high note.
“It was awesome coming down here, looking up and seeing all the fans,” Wise said. “Not may seniors get to go out with a win and I knew I had to do it this match.”
Saturday’s Consolation Semifinals
120 — Evan Cheek, Edison dec. Tyler Sarreshteh, Liberty-Benton, 7-0.
160 — Tyler Fahrer, Delta dec. Chance Sonnenberg, Van Buren, 2-0.
220 — Sean Rutherford, Norton pinned Tylor Pritchard, Upper Sandusky, 3:37.
120 — Tyler Sarreshteh, Liberty-Benton dec. Michael May, Day. Christian, 5-2.
160 — Chance Sonnenberg, Van Buren dec. Jordan Hendrix, Otsego, 2-0.
160 — Austin Windle, Ada, dec. Drew Brasiel, Akron Manchester, 6-2.
170 — Jacob Wise, Elmwood dec. Hayden Miller, Norwalk St. Paul, 7-4.
220 — Tylor Pritchard, Upper Sandusky dec. Adontis Watson, Alliance, 4-0.