News - 2018 Archive
  • February 2, 2018

    Skins Stay in the Hunt for WBL Title


    February 1, 2018

    Celina, OH-Following a tough loss Wednesday night to Miami Trace in the OHSAA State Dual Regional Semifinals, the Redskin matmen had little time to lick their wounds. They traveled to Celina Thursday to square off against the only team in the WBL without a league loss. The Redskins knew they would have their hands full with the Bulldogs in their packed gym. Wapak already with two WBL dual meet loses could not afford another if they were to remain in WBL title contention. For those looking for a highly competitive match, they did not leave disappointed. The Redskins edged the Bulldogs 37-36 in a thrilling match, not decided until the very end.

    Opening at 138, Wapak was without the services of Jacob Schlesselman. Brennin Cooper stepped in and put up good effort before losing by fall in the second period. Wapak gave Celina another six points by void at 145 before Brad Beemer got the Skins on the board with a 9-4 decision of Nick Garwood. At 160 Elyjah Roa was in a tied match before getting caught in a cradle and pinned by Logan Muhlencamp giving Celina an 18-3 lead. Koleman Brown lost an 8-1 decision to WBL runner-up Tim Ferrell, fighting off his back for much of the third period and the Skins trailed 21-3. Conner Barnett stepped up at 182 against a formidable opponent in Luke Muhlencamp. In a match that both teams probably saw in favor of Celina, Barnett not only kept it close, he brought pressure and put himself in position to win the match, before finally dropping a 5-1 decision. That match would prove to be the difference of the night.

    With Celina leading 24-3 the Redskins were coming to the heart of their lineup. At 195 Zach Miller wasted little time in pinning Cory Fortkamp. Evan Kaeck did the same to Cayden Thomson before Brenan Knueve recorded a 19-2 technical fall over Seth Huston. Just like that, the lead was cut to 24-20. Freshman Bryce Knapke gave the Skins there first lead of the nigh as he needed just 41 seconds to record the fall and put his team up 26-24. That lead would be short lived as Wapak voided 113 and found themselves down again 30-26 with three weight classes remaining. Sophomore Keaton Elling needed just 30 seconds to dispatch of Nathan Wilson to put the Skins up 32-30. If Wapak could get a pin or technical fall at 126, there was no way Celina could regain the lead. Luke Beach ripped off nine takedowns on way to a second period 23-8 tech and clinched the dual with one match remaining. Bradley Hicks jumped out to an early lead on Sam Warner before losing by fall to close out the night with the Skins victorious 37-36.

    Wapakoneta 37  Celina 36

    138: Logan Keiser (CELI) over Brennin Cooper (WAPA) (Fall 2:53)

    145: Chris Mir (CELI) over (WAPA) (For.)

    152: Brad Beemer (WAPA) over Nick Garwood (CELI) (Dec 9-4)

    160: Logan Muhlencamp (CELI) over Elyjah Roa (WAPA) (Fall 4:25)

    170: Tim Ferrell (CELI) over Koleman Brown (WAPA) (Dec 8-1)

    182: Luke Muhlencamp (CELI) over Conner Barnett (WAPA) (Dec 5-1)

    195: Zach Miller (WAPA) over Cory Fortkamp (CELI) (Fall 2:38)

    220: Evan Kaeck (WAPA) over Cayden Thomson (CELI) (Fall 3:12)

    285: Brenan Knueve (WAPA) over Seth Huston (CELI) (TF 19-3 4:00)

    106: Bryce Knapke (WAPA) over Gage Oakley (CELI) (Fall 0:41)

    113: Kyler Bowlby (CELI) over (WAPA) (For.)

    120: Keaton Elling (WAPA) over Nathan Wilson (CELI) (Fall 0:30)

    126: Luke Beach (WAPA) over Jakob Poor (CELI) (TF 23-8 3:30)

    132: Sam Warner (CELI) over Bradley Hicks (WAPA) (Fall 3:27)


    2017-18 WBL Wrestling Standings

    1. Celina 6-1

    1. St. Marys 6-1

    3. Defiance 5-2

    3. Wapakoneta 5-2

    5. Ottawa-Glandorf 4-3

    5. Van Wert 4-3

    7. Shawnee 3-4

    8. Bath 1-6

    8. Elida 1-6

    10. Kenton 0-7