• Erick Starkey/News Fredericktown’s 182-pounder, Gene Fitzpatrick, left, looks for a good hold against Columbus Academy’s Eric Menq. Fitzpatrick fell in a 9-7 overtime decision.
  • Erick Starkey/News Centerburg’s 138-pounder Donnell Marshall, top, looks to work Westerville North’s Benjamin Mantenieks into back points Wednesday in Centerburg. Marshall won by a 16-1 technical fall.

CENTERBURG — The Centerburg Trojans hosted a super-tri Wednesday with Fredericktown, Westerville North and Columbus Academy, and the Trojans and Freddies had the smallest squads, but still put together solid matches.

“We wrestled eight matches and won most of them,” Centerburg coach Brian Wetzel said. “I don’t care what that team score up there says, when you win a bulk of the matches, that’s a good job for your team.”

The Trojans kicked off action against Westerville North and fell by a team score of 63-17, but a majority of that is because of the open weight classes for Centerburg.

At 120 pounds, Alex Hayden kicked things off for Centerburg, but was pinned by Edwin White in the first period. Will Carlisle (132) went the distance against Xavier Dockery, but a two-point near-fall in the third period put Carlisle on the wrong end of a 3-1 decision. Donnell Marshall, at 138 pounds, continued his stellar season by nabbing the Trojans’ first win of the night. He went into the third period against Benjamin Mateniecks, before pulling out a 16-1 technical fall.

At 160 pounds, Ethan Ferrell was downed by pin in the first period. Stephen Schmitt, Centerburg’s 170-pounder, went to the second period against Evan Boyd, but after a takedown, secured the pin. Grant Hayden took the mat at 220 pounds and was pinned by Westerville North’s John Holzapfel. Trojan heavyweight Ross Boyd was in a five-point hole early in the first, but issued a reversal and turned it into a pin over Louis Sarrio at the 1:29-mark.

Marshall kicked off the competitive action against Columbus Academy, besting Chris Sugar by a 13-5 decision. Ferrell suffered a pin in the first period against Matt Comisar. Schmitt continued his winning ways, grinding out a grueling 6-3 decision at 170 pounds.

After a takedown, Grant Hayden was the victim of a reversal by Cole Duffy, who racked up back points. The pair headed into the second period with Hayden ahead 6-5. The Trojan recorded a takedown and heard the whistle with a pin at the 3:45-mark.

“Both of our heavier guys, Grant in the last match and Ross in the first match, got thrown on their backs pretty early, but as wrestlers we know we can’t just give up,” Wetzel said. “How they pulled that out and gained control and still kept at it and got pins out of both of those matches, I’m real proud of them.”

In exhibition matches, Alex Hayden pinned Zara Sayed in 19 seconds, and Carlisle pulled out the 17-2 technical decision over Kier Gorospe.

“We’re trending upwards,” Wetzel said of the state of the Trojan program. “Our middle school team grew considerably this year. … As years grow, hopefully we can keep these kids involved in the program and we can take a squad out there of 12, 13 kids — 14 even, hopefully, ideally — and if those statistics carry forward and we’re winning three-quarters of the matches, that’s good things for our future.”

Fredericktown also wrestled the Vikings and Warriors, but only had four wrestlers on the night. Against Columbus Academy, Damien McLeod (160) kicked things off and was the victim of a first-period pin issued by Thomas Jones.

Gene Fitzpatrick found himself in a back-and-forth affair with Eric Menq. Menq led 4-1 after the first period, before the Freddie rallied for three points in the second to tie it at four apiece. In the third period, both wrestlers notched a takedown and an escape, sending the match to overtime. Menq got the better of Fitzpatrick and secured a takedown to win 9-7.

Michael Herbst had his way against Ethan Stahl at 220 pounds. He led 7-3 after the first period and after a takedown early in the second, won via pin. Heavyweight Jayson Herbst was pinned in the first period by Duffy.

The trio of Freddies that competed against Westerville North all fell by pin. McLeod was pinned by Evan Boyd in the first period. Fitzpatrick and Michael Herbst were both pinned in the second period by Eli Detemple and Holzapfel, respectively.

The Freddies return to the mat Saturday to compete in the Northwestern Husky Invitational starting at 10 a.m. Centerburg’s next action comes Jan. 19 at the Don Wasserbeck Classic at North Union with a 10 a.m. start.


Erick Starkey: 740-397-5333 or erick@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @MVNStarkey




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