By JAMIE BAKER
VAN BUREN — Elmwood’s Dylan Hinton turned in a most valuable wrestler-type performance in winning the 195-pound weight class at Saturday’s 40th Van Buren Invitational.
But Ottawa-Glandorf’s Daniel Beemer’s third VBI championship at 182 pounds won him the tournament’s MVW award as four area wrestlers ended up winning individual crowns.
Beemer knocked off Carey sophomore Tanner May 2-1 on a second-period stalling call in a battle of returning state placers to win his title. Hinton, meanwhile, handed Bluffton’s Deandre Nassar his first loss of the season 11-1 at 195 in a final that featured two returning state qualifiers.
In the 182-pound battle, Beemer, who improved to 19-0, and May scored points for an escape when they chose the down position at the start of the second and third periods. The second-period stalling point that Beemer was awarded clinched the match as both grapplers were cautious and leery of making a mistake the entire bout.
“I didn’t really expect a high-scoring match, but with the match ending the way it did I’m not too happy about it,” said Beemer, who could see May again at next week’s Lima Central Catholic Invitational. “I don’t think either of us were. We’ll see each other a couple more times throughout the season, so we’ll see what happens when we meet next.”
As for winning his third VBI title and claiming the tournament’s top award, Beemer couldn’t have been happier.
“It’s awesome here. This is easily one of my favorite tournaments and they run it so well,” said Beemer, who is the highest state placer in O-G history.
“It’s especially fun with all these local teams because you see a lot of friends and familiar faces. It feels awesome to win a third one in front of a whole bunch of friends.”
O-G’s Grant Goecke joined Beemer as a champ with a pair of heart-stopping wins.
Goecke, a state alternate for the Titans last season, edged 2016 state qualifier Parker Brown of Mohawk in the 160-pound semifinals.
In the final, Goecke held off Swanton’s Ryan Marvin for a 5-4 win.
Fans crowded into Van Buren’s gym had to wait until near the end of the finals for one of the most-anticipated matches of the tournament at 195 pounds between Hinton and Nassar.
Nassar, who entered the match with a 22-0 record, shot in on a deep fireman’s carry and appeared to be on his way to the first takedown of the match. Hinton, though, countered and the two got into a scramble with the Elmwood senior getting the takedown on the edge of the mat.
“I knew he was strong, I knew he was tough. I wanted to dominate,” said Hinton, who will wrestle next year for NCAA Division II University of Indianapolis. “My goal was to try and break him. That’s my goal in every match, to break my opponent.”
Hinton rode Nassar out the remainder of the first period and turned him to his back twice in the second period to push his lead to 6-0.
“When I started breaking him down in the second period, I knew he wasn’t getting up against me, unless I let him up,” Hinton said. “The more the match went on, I felt stronger and more confident; I was having a lot of fun out there.”
While Nassar was unbeaten, Hinton came into the VBI with two losses. That will happen when a team competes at tournaments featuring top talent like Medina and Perrysburg.
“I love our schedule. The coaches push us hard and get us good matches,” Hinton said.
“I changed the way I was wrestling and, after those losses, the coaches talked to me and told me I had to change things up. Since then, I’ve fixed those things in practice.”
It’s preparation that gets a wrestler to the finals of a 30-team tournament like the Van Buren Invitational. No one knows that better than North Baltimore’s David Patterson.
Patterson placed at the VBI as a freshman and sophomore but was shut out last year.
This weekend, though, he stood on the top spot with a gold medal around his neck after scoring a 5-1 win over Sandusky St. Mary’s Wil Roth to win the 132-pound division.
“I came out and a couple of guys got in my head and I just wasn’t wrestling very well here last year,” Patterson said.
“The difference is what’s been happening in practice. My coaches get all the credit. They are amazing. I wrestle with my coaches everyday. Coach (Dalton) Ishmael and coach (Nick) Goebel, they are beasts and they pick everything I’m doing wrong out and then they help me perfect it.
“Saturday night wrestling is all about the preparation that you do on Monday through Thursday.”
1, Swanton 225. 2, Gibsonburg 148. 3, Eastwood 129. 4, Ottawa-Glandorf 128. 5, Otsego 127½. 6, Elmwood 119. 7, Mohawk 108. 8, Allen East 99. 9, Lakota 89½. 10, Sandusky St. Mary’s 85½. 11, Wayne Trace 79. 12, Carey 75½. 13, Bluffton 71. 14, Van Buren 70. 15, Cory-Rawson 55½. 16, McComb 54½. 17, Columbus Grove 54. 18, Seneca East 52. 19, North Baltimore 48. 20, Arcadia 41½. 21, Galion 39. 22, Tiffin Calvert 38. 23, Liberty-Benton 35. 24, Delphos Jefferson 31. 25, Hopewell-Loudon 27½. 26, Riverdale 18. 27, Ada 13½. 28, Lincolnview 12. 29, Pandora-Gilboa 4.
106 — Manley (Ots) tech. fall Sutton (WT) 17-2
113 — B. Hahn (East) dec. Caprella (AE) 5-2
120 — Pollard (Ots) dec. Carmean (AE) 4-0
126 — T. Schaller (Swan) dec. Mancuso (Ots) 11-4
132 –Patterson (NB) dec. Roth (SSM) 5-1
138 — J. Hahn (East) dec. D. Price (Moh) 7-0
145 — Villareal (Gib) maj. dec. Pachlhofer (Swan) 11-2
152 — Moore (Swan) dec. Franks (Lak) 11-5
160 — Goecke (O-G) dec. Marvin (Swan) 5-4
170 — Mendoza (Gib) dec. Kwiat (TC) 4-2
182 — Beemer (O-G) dec. May (Car) 2-1
195 — Hinton (Elm) maj. dec. Nassar (Blu) 11-1
220 — Kuhn (SSM) dec. N. Theis (Moh) 15-10
285 — Lytle (Swan) dec. Weldon (Gal) 3-2 OT
106 — Freeman (H-L) dec. Blevins (SSM) 5-1
113 — Mullholand (Car) tech. fall Bullinger (Lin) 16-0
120 — Z. Schaller (Swan) pinned Montgomery (McC) 4:52
126 — Bauer (WT) dec. Hernandez (O-G) 4-2
132 — Fruth (East) dec. Loera (Elm) 6-4
138 — Saunders (Swan) dec. Endicott (Lak) 3-1
145 — Dillon (McC) maj. dec. Love (Elm) 9-1
152 — Ludwig (VB) pinned Lopez (Moh) 5:33 OT
160 — Brown (Moh) pinned Steele (Ots) 4:01
170 — Rosales (O-G) dec. Wright (Elm) 5-1
182 — Neth (AE) pinned Stoops (C-R) :51
195 — Welsh (East) dec. Martin (SE) 7-2
220 — Wilson (Swan) dec. Dy. Sargents (CG) 7-2
285 — Brossia (Elm) dec. J. Hill (Arc) 3-2
106 — Kleman (Blu) dec. Kennedy (AE) 4-0
113 — J. Patterson (NB) pinned Sturgeon (Blu) 4:36
120 — Ganshorn (Gal) dec. D. Donaldson (VB) 2-1
126 — Garcia (Gib) by default over Lucas (Arc)
132 — Ellerbrock (O-G) dec. Laughlin (SE) 8-5
138 — Freeman (AE) dec. Wright (Ots) 6-3
145 — Price (Moh) maj. dec. Anderson (Lak) 14-3
152 — Badial-Luna (Blu) pinned Arriaga (Gib) 3:10
160 — Jaso (Gib) dec. Jacoby (Car) 4-1
170 — Emerine (VB) dec. Showalter (WT) 5-3
182 — Spoores (Gib) dec. Shipley (Lak) 2-1
195 — Haws (L-B) dec. Da. Sargent (CG) 6-0
220 — Bechstein (Elm) dec. Snodgrass (VB) 3-1
285 — Klotz (Lak) pinned Meyer (CG) 2:36
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