March 7, 2020
Norwalk, OH- A pair of Redskin Wrestlers will each be making their second trip to the OHSAA State Wrestling Tournament to be held March 13-15 at the Ohio State's Schottenstein Center. Junior Colin Mellott (106) and Senior Evan Kaeck (220) each placed 2nd at the District tournament in Norwalk to qualify for the tournament. The top four finishers at each District advance to the state tournament.
Mellott opened the tournament with a Tech Fall over Clyde's Dalton Boyd. In the quarterfinals, he defeated Fireland's Rueben Pina-Lorenzana 9-2. His semifinal match was much closer as he defeated Bay's Stephen Tepper 3-1 to advance to the Championship match. In the finals Colin was defeated by Buckeye's Logan Cravatas.
Kaeck opened the tournament with a pin over Bellevue's Dylan Adkins. in the quarters, he defeated Norwalk's Alec Maloney in a very tight 3-1 match. His semifinal match was also challenging as he defeated Wauseon's Wes Spadafore 4-1. In the Championship match, Kaeck lost a 3-1 decision to Bowling Green's Max Fausnaugh. Last week in the Sectional finals, Fasnaugh defeated Evan 5-1.
Junior Jacob Schlesselman (152) finished the District tournament with a 1-2 record, bowing out in the second round of consolation matches.
The Redskin's other two District Qualifiers, Senior Keaton Elling (120) and Sophomore Gavin Hall (126) each lost thier opening round match and were forced to injury default their consolation round matches.
Other WBL Wrestlers advancing to the State Tournament are Saint Marys Memorial brothers Tyler and Trevor Hisey. Tyler Hisey (106) place third at Norwalk while Trevor Hisey (113) finished Runner-up. Defiance's Tristan Villarreal (132) advanced with a third place finish at Norwalk and Van Wert's Gabe Steyer was crowned District Champion at 138 pounds. In Division 3 at Troy, Lima Bath's Zachary Simpson (182) finished third to punch his ticket, while Kenton's Noah Eikenbary (220) finished on top of the podium and advances to Columbus as well.