ELIDA — The Wapakoneta wrestling team did what they do best Saturday afternoon.
The wrestlers travelled to Elida for the WBL championships, and after more than nine long hours of wrestling, the Redskins were crowned Western Buckeye League champions.
For the fourth straight year.
In each weight class there was a bracket-style format to determine each winner at each weight class. If you lose one match, you move from the winner's bracket to the consolation bracket.
The two wrestlers remaining in the winner's bracket then competed for first place in the weight class. The two wrestler's in the consolation bracket competed for third place.
Wapakoneta had six wrestlers competing for first place and six wrestlers competing for third place in the finals. The most out of any other team by far.
For the second session of wrestling, the first place match took place on one match, and the third place match for each weight took place on another. There were only two weight classes that Wapakoneta did not have a wrestler, so the Redskin-heavy crowd always had something to cheer about.
The first match was the 106-pound class, which John “JT” Martin was set to wrestle Hunter Lucas from Shawnee. Unfortunately for fans of both schools, Lucas sustained an injury throughout the afternoon, and could not compete for the title.
Martin was named WBL champion at the 106-pound class. Martin has won the WBL championship in all four years of his career, and becomes only the fourth wrestler in WBL history to make a career sweep as WBL champion.
The next match, Wapakoneta’s Drew Robenalt wrestled Ryan Lantow from Defiance for third in the 113-pound class. After a tough match, Robenalt fell to Lantow, and took fourth in the 113-pound class.
Next up for Wapakoneta was Dylan Plaugher in the 120-pound class. Plaugher wrestled Collin Hennon from Shawnee for the championship. After an exciting, hard-fought match, Plaugher was edged by Hennon 4-3. Plaugher took second place.
Wapakoneta’s Dallas Ambos fell to Shawnee’s Joe Arthur 138-pound class. Ambos took fourth for that weight class.
Wapakoneta’s Jordan Kaeck was pinned by Defiance’s Cisco Chavez in the third place match for the 132-pound class.
In the 145-pound class, Wapakoneta senior Nate Valentine beat Defiance’s Seth Meyer to take home the WBL championship.
Wapakoneta’s Justin Dauch fell to St. Marys Jaden Heitkamp in the 152-pound class. Dauch took fourth place.
In the 160-pound class, Redskin wrestler Heath Newman wrestled Ryker Rabley for third in the
class. Newman beat Rabley to take third.
Redskin senior Holden Hengstler wrestled freshman Dylan Hefner from Shawnee for first in the 170. A hard-fought and exciting match ensued, as Hengstler was able to find enough points for the win. That makes three WBL champions for the Redskins. All three of them, seniors.
Wapakoneta’s Colton Brown wrestled Jacob Wells from OG for third in the 182-pound class. Brown pinned Wells for the third place victory.
Alec “A.J” Brown was next for the Redskins in the 195-pound class. He wrestled and defeated Elida’s Nickolas Sackinger for another Redskin WBL championship.
Four seniors, four WBL titles. Check out Tuesday’s edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News for a feature on these four wrestlers.
Wapakoneta’s Jarred Carpenter made things a little sweeter for the Redskins with a win over Bath’s Kyle Lhamon for first in the 220-pound class. Carpenter joined the four seniors as a WBL champion.
Wapakoneta head coach Jason Rostorfer was named WBL Coach of the Year.