GALION — In the world of high school wrestling, where wins are hard fought and excellence is constantly demanded, a one-point loss goes down like a bitter pill.
When it happens in the tournament, the experience is magnified.
The Utica Redskins expected a close match with Bishop Hartley in Wednesday’s Division III Team Wrestling regional semifinal at Northmor High School. That is exactly what they got — except Utica wound up in the short end of the stick, getting bounced by Hartley, 37-36.
Things started the way they needed to with 103-pound Utica freshman Matt Seifert starting things off with a 23-8 major decision against Hartley’s Connor Cunningham. Seifert is one of eight freshmen on the Redskins’ squad.
“We have several freshmen in our lineup,” said Utica wrestling coach Tim Jordan. “Seifert does his job and that’s his job.”
Hartley came right back to take the next two matches, including a pin by Kristopher Hill against Utica’s Ian Cree in their 113 pound match. In all, Utica scored four pins, but they gave up five.
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