January 5, 2018
Wapakoneta, OH – The Redskin Wrestling team opened up the New Year with a 39-29 home loss to Shawnee. The loss leaves the Redskins sitting with two WBL losses, something they are not accustomed to as they try to get their lineup set before tournament time. With the dual meet portion of the schedule accounting for one half of the WBL Championship, the Skins chances of repeating as league champs is looking bleak.
Opening the night at heavyweight, a match Wapak knew they would have to win to have a chance, Brenan Knueve turned in an impressive performance against a quality opponent. With the match tied at 10, Knueve scored a takedown and nearfall in the final seconds to win a 14-10 decision. At 106, Freshman Bryce Knapke lost by major decision. As they have been forced to do all year, the Skins forfeited 113 and quickly found themselves down 3-10 to the Indians. The Skins took care of business in the next four weight classes with Caleb Hall getting a quick pin, Keaton Elling winning via tech fall, Bradley Hicks winning a close decision, and Luke Beach bumping up to 138 to get a pin. Wapak led at this point 23-10, but things went south from there. Jacob Schlesselman bumped up to 145 and fought off a couple pinning opportunities for Shawnee before falling by tech fall. 152 was another match Wapak had to have if they were going to win. With a minute to go, it looked like they would get the much needed win. Instead Brad Beemer gave up a 8-3 lead to set up overtime. In sudden victory, he gave up a quick two, and the Skins chances of winning the match were all but gone. Shawnee won by fall at 160 over Freshman Cooper Talowsky. Koleman Brown lose a hard fought 8-5 decision at 170 and Conner Barnett lost by fall at 182. An unplanned void at 195 for the Redskins gave Shawnee six and a pin by Evan Kaeck rounded out the scoring.
285: Brenan Knueve (WAPA) over Bobby Grothjan (SHLI) (Dec 14-10)
106: Mason Adlesh (SHLI) over Bryce Knapke (WAPA) (MD 9-1)
113: Cory Beach (SHLI) over (WAPA) (For.)
120: Caleb Hall (WAPA) over Chris Paysen (SHLI) (Fall 2:42)
126: Keaton Elling (WAPA) over Dylan Kohlhorst (SHLI) (TF 19-3 3:03)
132: Bradley Hicks (WAPA) over Owen Burgess (SHLI) (Dec 7-5)
138: Luke Beach (WAPA) over Austin Matthews (SHLI) (Fall 1:30)
145: Trent Fairburn (SHLI) over Jacob Schlesselman (WAPA) (TF 15-0 4:06)
152: Cain Bentz (SHLI) over Brad Beemer (WAPA) (SV-1 11-9)
160: Ethan Anderson (SHLI) over Cooper Talowsky (WAPA) (Fall 0:57)
170: Clay Adlesh (SHLI) over Koleman Brown (WAPA) (Dec 8-5)
182: Howie Perkins (SHLI) over Conner Barnett (WAPA) (Fall 2:55)
195: Soloman Bryant (SHLI) over (WAPA) (For.)
220: Evan Kaeck (WAPA) over Adam Lewis (SHLI) (Fall 2:43)
Upcoming Wrestling Events:
January 11th HS and MS at Kenton
January 12-13th HS Away at Maumee Bay Classic
January 13th MS Home for Wapak Tournament
January 14th Kids Away at Stebbins for MVKWA Mini
As always, for those who can’t make it, follow us on Twitter (@wapakwrestling) for match by match updates.