MOUNT VERNON — The East Knox Bulldogs wrestling team had three competitors place Saturday at the Bad Apple Brawl in Mount Vernon on its way to a ninth-place finish as a team with 106 points.
“The tournament was definitely a strong tournament with strong teams,” East Knox coach Tim Moore said. “Our boys got a good mix of competitive matches and very competitive matches.”
Lane Boggs was the top Bulldog, competing at 120 pounds. In the opening rounds, he pinned David Cochran (Mifflin) in 41 seconds, before pinning Salim Haqq (Jerome) in the second period. Boggs was downed in the first period against Gahanna’s Christian Salazar.
“Lane definitely rose to the challenge in his first high school varsity action,” Moore said. “He was definitely a bright spot.”
Noah Howard (145) and Tyler DeLucia (152) both ended their days with wins, each earning fifth place.
Howard went 1-1 in pool play, pinning Anden Dowdy (Northridge) and falling to Torian Rachal (Gahanna), with both matches ending in the second period. In the bracket, Howard lost his first match by pin to Mount Vernon’s Wyatt Gregory, dropping to the consolation bracket, where he pinned Stephen Lenker (Jerome) and Trevor Carl (Newark) both in the first round.
DeLucia had a similar path to his fifth-place finish. He was pinned late in the first by Jerome’s Nick Henkel, before rebounding to pin Newark’s Hunter Miller in the second. Berlin’s Israel Foston got the best of DeLucia in the bracket, but the Bulldog bested Gahanna’s Paulo Dragin in 43 second to secure fifth.
A pair of Bulldogs both finished sixth. Dyer William (182) went 1-1 in round robin action, before pinning Drew Kavinsky (Jerome) in the consolation bracket to reach the fifth-place match, where he was pinned in the third by Jerome’s John Huber. Heavyweight Chris Pumphrey was pinned in his lone round robin match. He did pick up a first-period pin over Newark’s Bailey Vogel at the 1:33-mark in the lower bracket, but lost the fifth-place match against Fredericktown’s Trevor Peffers, who had the edge on the Bulldog in pool play.
“The rest of the guys (outside of Boggs), I see some really good things for them,” Moore said. “They’re really wrestling hard and that’s what you look for at the beginning of the season.”
Three Freddies place in top five
Led by Michael Herbst at 220 pounds, the Fredericktown Freddies finished 10th at the Bad Apple Brawl Saturday, posting a score of 74 points.
“There’s a lot of work still to go, but some of our guys did better than expected and that was great to see,” Fredericktown coach Milan Pozderac said.
Herbst lost his first match against Saint Charles’ Marvin Moore by pin in the third, but rallied to pin Mifflin’s Thaddeus McDuffie at the 1:33-mark.
In the bracket at 220 pounds, the Freddie got past Dublin Jerome’s Joe Huber by a forfeit, before pinning Olentangy Berlin’s Matt Kirsop in 27 seconds to set up another match against Moore. Herbst, who was wrestling at a lighter weight than a majority of wrestlers in his class, suffered another defeat to Moore in the championship match to finish second.
In the same weight class, Terrance Slatzner finished fourth. He was pinned by Huber, before winning in a narrow 3-2 decision over Gahanna’s Josh Orkis. He beat Delaware Christian’s Trent Gregory by pin in 11 seconds in the first round of the bracket, before falling to Moore. Slatzner found himself in the third-place match, where he went the distance, but lost in a 12-10 decision to Berlin’s Matt Kirsop.
Trevor Peffers competed in the heavyweight division, although he was also giving up some weight to his opponents. He won his pool, pinning East Knox’s Chris Pumphrey in less than a minute. Peffers was pinned by Berlin’s Antonio Alonso in the third period of the bracket opener to drop to the consolation rounds, where he ran the table, pinning Newark’s Nick Street with two seconds to spare in the first period. In the fifth-place match, Peffers again got the edge over Pumphrey, pinning him in the second.
Jayson Herbst was the third Freddie in the 220-pound weight class and Damian McCloud competed at 182 pounds, but neither was able to snag a win.