• March 3, 2019

    Four Redskins Qualify for State Tournament


    March 2, 2019

    Norwalk, OH- A trio of Redskin Seniors and a Sophomore all qualified for the OHSAA State Wrestling Tournament with their top four finsihes at the D2 Norwalk District. Luke Beach (138), Trevor Plaugher (195), and Brenan Knueve (285) all continued their Senior season with their performances. They will be joined by Sophomore Colin Mellott at Ohio State's Schottenstein Center for first round action on Thursday. Mellott, Beach, and Plaugher are all making their first trip to Columbus. Knueve is making his second. Team wise, the Redskins finished in 8th place.

        Mellott (39-6), who finished Runner-up at the Sectional Tournament, opened up Friday with a first period Pin of Bay's Stephen Tepper. In his Quarterfinal match, he dropped a 10-6 decision to Gabe Alda of Bellevue. Alda was a State Qualifier last season. In his first consolation match, Mellott pinned Eric Sadler of Brookside, setting up a match with WBL rival Tyler Hisey of Saint Marys. He ended the Roughrider Freshman's season with a second period Pin and earned his way into the "Go-To" match. In that match, Mellott continued his pinning ways by dispatching of Logan Cravatas of Medina Buckeye early in the third period. That victory clinched his State qualification and earned him a rematch with Alda in the finals. Mellot would have to settle for fourth as Alda was again able to defeat the Redskin 106 pounder, this time 7-2. In his first round State matchup, he squares off against Caledonia River Valley Freshman Drake Cemy, who comes in with a 58-2 record.

         Senior Luke Beach (27-6), who also finished Runner-up at the sectional, won his opening round match against Jaylen Smith of Benedictine with a first period Fall. In the quarters he had returning State qualifer Eian Sherman of Sandusky and couldn't seem to get his offense going. He dropped a 12-5 decision to Sherman. On Saturday, the Senior rattled off four consecutive decisions to punch his ticket to State and finish in third. He opened the day with a hard fought 9-5 decision over Jared Weider of Bellevue. Next up was Elida's Bailey Gibson who he also beat by a 9-5 score. In his consolation Semifinal match, he turned in a solid 5-0 victory over Vermillion's Jacob Koleszar. Like Mellott, that win set up a finals rematch. This time, however, Beach was able to make some adjustments and turn the tables on Sherman with an impressive 5-4 decision. Van Wert's Gabe Steyer, who defeated Beach in the Sectional finals, was the 138lb District Champion. Beach will face Steubenville's Jacson Muldrew. Muldrew is a two-time State placer and heads to Columbus with a 37-6 record.

        At 195, Senior Trevor Plaugher (32-5) picked right up from his Sectional Championship and opened the tournament strong with a pair of Friday night victories. He opened with a quick 25 second Pin over Blake Herbert of Upper Sandusky. He followed that performance with an 11-2 Major Decision over Nick Hickman of Keystone. Advancing to the Semifinals, Plaugher  knocked off Bellevue's Aiden Nunez 7-3 to advance to the Championship match. That match was against Bay's Matthew Cover, who finished third at State in this weight class last year and is predicted by most to win it all this season. Plaugher was up to the challenge, and had opportunities, but came up just short losing a 2-1 decision. Bath's Fielden Deeds also qualified for State with a third place District finish. Plaugher's opening round State opponent will be Junior Brent Paulus (38-8) of Louisville.

        At Heavyweight, Brenan Knueve (34-1) was looking to add another District Championship to his one from last year. And he did just that. Knueve opened up Friday with a pair of Pins. In the opener he knocked off Isaiah Gonzalez of Bowling Green in 3:58. The Quarterfinals match didn't take near that long as he was able to cradle up and put away Holy Names Josh Tait in just 41 seconds. In the Semifinals, he had as work cut out for him but was able to close it out with a 4-2 decision over Toledo Central Catholic's Jacob Jackson. In the Championship match, Knueve wasted no time in locking up Perkin's Kyler Capizzi and tossing him to his back for a 49 second Pin and his second District Championship. Knueve will face Louisville's Riley Brendle (15-5) in his opener at the Schott.

        Also competing at the District were Sophomore Jacob Schlesselman and Junior Keaton Elling. Both of them lost thier first two matches and missed qualification but gained some valuable experience to prepare them for next season.


    Dist. Tournament: Division II - Norwalk
    Norwalk High School, Norwalk, OH
    March 1 - 2, 2019


    1. Perkins 149.0  
    2. Wauseon 140.5  
    3. Norwalk 124.0  
    4. Columbian 95.0  
    5. Bellevue 91.5  
    6. Sandusky 91.0  
    7. Padua Franciscan 85.5  
    8. Wapakoneta 85.0  
    9. Otsego 62.5  
    10. Bowling Green 62.0  
    11. Ontario 60.5  
    12. Bay 60.0  
    13. Buckeye 50.5  
    14. Van Wert 45.5  
    15. St. Marys Memorial 40.0  
    16. Napoleon 39.5  
    17. Clyde 34.0  
      Fair. Park Fairview 34.0  
    19. Defiance 31.0  
    20. Bath 29.5  
    21. Benedictine 29.0  
    22. Firelands 24.5  
    23. Toledo C.C. 23.5  
    24. Clear Fork 21.0  
    25. Mansfield Senior 19.5  
    26. Port Clinton 18.0  
      Vermilion 18.0  
    28. Keystone 17.0  
    29. Kenton 15.0  
    30. Bryan 12.0  
      Shelby 12.0  
    32. Huron 9.0  
      Lexington 9.0  
    34. Brookside 8.5  
      Upper Sandusky 8.5  
    36. Galion 8.0  
    37. Holy Name 6.0  
      Maumee 6.0  
    39. Celina 4.0  
      Cle. Cent. Cath. 4.0  
      Elida 4.0  
      Lima Shawnee 4.0  
    43. Rocky River 3.0  
    44. Rogers 2.0  
    45. Tol. Woodward 0.0  

    First Place

    106Max Oprzadek (Perkins) dec. Damon Molina (Wauseon)4-0

    113Jake Manley (Otsego) dec. Rico Cunningham (Sandusky)5-0

    120Gavin Ritter (Wauseon) dec. Payton Burgdorf (Firelands)7-6

    126Nolan Ray (Wauseon) maj. dec. Matt Kaufmann (Fair. Park Fairview)md14-0

    132Logan Schoen (Perkins) disq. Elijah Hunter (Sandusky)Disq

    138Gabe Steyer (Van Wert) dec. Caden Blust (Columbian)10-4

    145Ethan Turnbaugh (Ontario) tech. fall Isaiah Bretz (Van Wert)tf16-1

    152Derick Coleman (Clyde) dec. John McNulty (Padua Franciscan)3-2

    160Ethan Hernandez (Norwalk) dec. Justin Mayes (Bellevue)3-1 SV

    170Xavier Torres (Wauseon) dec. Lucas Salmon (Perkins)5-4

    182Gabe Phillips (Norwalk) dec. Tai Carter (Perkins)6-4

    195Matthew Cover (Bay) dec. Trevor Plaugher (Wapakoneta)2-1

    220Max Fausnaugh (Bowling Green) dec. Alec Maloney (Norwalk)10-7

    285Brenan Knueve (Wapakoneta) pin Kyler Capizzi (Perkins)0:49

    Third Place

    106Gabe Alda (Bellevue) dec. Colin Mellott (Wapakoneta)7-2

    113Caleb Hernandez (Napoleon) maj. dec. Eddie Pinc (Buckeye)md11-0

    120Jimmy Balazy (Padua Franciscan) dec. Jordan Holt (Perkins)7-0

    126Josh Lyons (Mansfield Senior) pin Anthony Ashley (Buckeye)1:58

    132August Eschedor (Bowling Green) dec. Derek Berdysz (Benedictine)3-0

    138Luke Beach (Wapakoneta) dec. Eian Sherman (Sandusky)5-4

    145Brody Conley (Columbian) dec. Sam LoFaso (Padua Franciscan)5-0

    152Ethan Phillips (Norwalk) def. Colton Turnbaugh (Ontario)Default

    160Kaeden Hatlay (Columbian) maj. dec. Austin Willard (Padua Franciscan)md11-2

    170Collin Corapi (Bellevue) dec. Noah Vogel (St. Marys Memorial)7-4

    182Matt Abraham (Padua Franciscan) dec. Joey Simcoe (Columbian)4-1

    195Fielden Deeds (Bath) dec. Terion Stewart (Sandusky)5-2

    220Noah Eikenbary (Kenton) dec. Adalberto Vega (Defiance)3-0

    285Tche Leroux (Norwalk) dec. Jacob Jackson (Toledo C.C.)5-4

    Fifth Place

    106Logan Cravatas (Buckeye) maj. dec. Stephen Tepper (Bay)md12-4

    113Cameron Deiter (Bowling Green) dec. Colton Campbell (Clear Fork)10-7

    120Noah Alda (Bellevue) pin Adam Samad (Fair. Park Fairview)0:50

    126Andrew Branson (Columbian) pin J.D. Thom (Perkins)1:09

    132Cameron Pollard (Otsego) dec. Connor Twigg (Wauseon)7-6

    138Jakob Koleszar (Vermilion) pin Ian Kress (Otsego)5:32

    145Jesse Wright (Otsego) dec. Cole Weatherly (Perkins)7-0

    152Mason Elson (Port Clinton) pin Vinny D' Amico (Sandusky)2:51

    160Tommy Mabry (St. Marys Memorial) pin J.J. Holliday (Huron)4:04

    170Mason Cover (Bay) forfeit Jerome Shaw-Mason (Padua Franciscan)Forfeit

    182Cody Mies (Ontario) maj. dec. Dylan McCandless (Bryan)md13-3

    195Aiden Nunez (Bellevue) maj. dec. Nick Hickman (Keystone)md11-2

    220Aaron Harris (Wauseon) pin Dylan Adkins (Bellevue)2:25

    285Samuel Sosa (Wauseon) pin Jonah Schlegel (Defiance)0:31