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MOUNT VERNON — Wyatt Gregory’s first day as a part of Mount Vernon’s varsity wrestling team couldn’t have gone better — except for the final 10 seconds.
Gregory, one of the talented sophomores on the Yellow Jacket team this season, went 5-0 with four pinfalls to claim first place in the 145-pound bracket of Saturday’s Bad Apple Brawl at The Hive.
In Gregory’s first-place bout, he had full control over Gahanna’s Anthony Lawson, until Lawson charged and scored a near-fall in the final seconds.
“I was gassed,” Gregory admitted. “I couldn’t move anymore. I was just hoping I could stall out.”
Gregory became one of seven local wrestlers to earn first-place spots Saturday. Jacob Burrell (106 pounds) and Ashton Spurgeon (195). Fredericktown had a pair of winners in Skylar Davis (120) and Mitch Hurlbut (285), and Northridge had two champions in Klay Reeves (126) and Forrest Belli (160).
The championships helped Mount Vernon finish in second place out of 13 teams at the meet. Gahanna, with four champions, placed first. Indian Lake was third, followed by Loudonville and St. Charles. Fredericktown placed sixth, followed by Northridge at seventh.
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