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Edison wins Division III state dual championships

By Courtesy of Sandusky Register , 02/13/17, 10:15AM EST

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Edison was dealt a tall task if it wanted to bring a state championship home on Sunday. 

The Chargers knew they had to navigate what normally is a tricky Nos. 4-5 matchup first, and then likely defeat top-seeded Mechanicsburg. If they were successful, a possible meeting with Sandusky Bay Conference league-foe Oak Harbor or undefeated Massillon Tuslaw could be waiting. 

Edison match-by-match, methodically made its way through, defeating Tuslaw, 29-25, to win the Division III dual team state tournament championship at St. John Arena on the campus of Ohio State University. 

"We have been saying since Day 1 that this was the year," Edison coach David Hermes said. "We started this a couple of years ago with the seniors we have. They have fought." 

A decision win by Dalton Burns put the Chargers ahead 20-9 after 160 pounds. The Mustangs (36-1 duals) scored a 13-4 major decision at 170 to cut the lead to seven points. 

But as they did throughout the day, Joey Kasper and Sam Stoll came through in the clutch. Kasper picked up his third pin of the day when he took down Rylee Knox at 182 in 2:34. 

"I could not be prouder of a kid like Joey than I am," said Hermes of the senior. "He is a kid that, as a freshman, he won three or four matches. As a sophomore, he was below average. As a junior and senior, he has put in all the time in the gym he could. Joey does everything we tell him to, and now, he is out there winning big matches for us." 

After the Chargers forfeited the 195-pound match, Edison turned to the junior Stoll. He scored two takedowns to take a 4-2 lead after one period and maintained that edge into the third period. He added a takedown for good measure in the third period, giving Edison enough points to clinch a state championship in its second appearance at the state level in the last three years. 

"It is great and I have been waiting for this my whole life," said Stoll, the Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year in Division V at running back this past fall for the Chargers football team that made the state semifinals for the second straight year, but came up short of a state title. "It has been a dream and to have it, it feels really good. We put a lot of work in, not just this season, but the last couple of seasons." 

Ray Adams took a 12-4 major decision at 106 before Gabe Mina-Vazquez registered a 15-3 major decision win for the Chargers. Dylan Burns made the score 11-0 when he took a 7-3 win at 120. Each of the three went 3-0 on the day. 

"Tuslaw is a great team and we got the wins down low that we needed to," Hermes said. "There were a couple of times where I thought we had the pin and it didn’t get called. We lost some matches that I do not think we should have, but we gutted it out." 

Brady Barnett — the Chargers’ lone projected state champion in the individual tournament in March — picked up a 13-2 major decision at 138 for a 14-6 lead. Edison then got a big lift when Collin Mancuso scored a 10-8 win over Elvis Konkle at 152 for a 17-9 lead. Konkle led 5-3 midway through the match only for Mancuso to score a reversal and near fall for the lead. 

"Nobody thought we could beat Mechanicsburg," Hermes said. "Then we come into the finals against Tuslaw and we battled." 

Edison slugged past Mechanicsburg in the semifinals, 32-31. Kasper came up with a huge pin for the Chargers at 195. Kasper scored a takedown and near fall against Alex Walton in the first period for a 5-0 lead. In the second, Kasper grabbed another takedown before pinning Walton in 2:19. 

Looking for an insurmountable lead, Stoll took the match at 220. Stoll used six takedowns for a 12-4 lead after two periods. He added another takedown and a near fall in the third for a 16-4 major decision win, four points for his team, and a victory for Edison. 

"Each team won seven matches, but we got the bonus points we needed," Hermes said. "We knew we were going to move our lineup coming in and thank God, we made the right decisions. All you can hope going in is that you make the right decisions." 

Adams (pin, 0:37), Mina-Vazquez (16-4 major decision), and Dylan Burns (13-2 major decision) each picked up big wins for the Chargers early against the Indians. Max Wolfe bumped up to 138 and scored a pinfall in 2:30 for a 20-9 lead. 

Barnett and Alex Neuberger each bumped up a weight class, and both lost, but to two of Mechanicburg's best wrestlers. That stood out to Hermes, who noted there was only one bonus point surrendered in those two matches. 

"I thought we needed 16 or 18 points after the first three matches and we did not get there with 14 points," Hermes said. "I was worried, but then we held their big guns to less bonus that I thought they would get. I think more credit goes to our kids that lost than maybe some that won." 

Dylan Burns got Edison back on track when he took a 5-2 decision win at 160. The Indians opened a 25-22 lead after a forfeit at 182 by Edison, but Kasper and Stoll saved the day for the Chargers. 

In Edison's quarterfinal, the Chargers topped Swanton, 42-22. Adams picked up a pin in 3:51 at 106 and a forfeit win put Edison up 12-0. Dylan Burns grinded out a 5-2 decision over returning state qualifier Trevor Schaller at 120. 

Wolfe scored a 5-3 decision over 2015 state qualifier Gage Pachlhofer at 132 while two-time state finalist Barnett pinned Noah Saunders in 2:15 at 138. 

The marquee match of the dual came at 145 pounds where Neuberger took a 4-2 decision over 2015 state-placer Chase Moore for the Bulldogs. Neuberger scored a takedown in the first and an escape in the third for a 3-0 lead. Moore got a takedown with about 15 seconds left, but had to let Neuberger go for a escape to end the match. Neuberger defeated Moore by the same score earlier in the season. 

"We wrestled well. We knew Swanton was a good team and we had seen them earlier in the year," said Hermes of a 45-30 win on December 16th in Archbold. "We knew there would be some close matches in there, that if we won, we could get a lead. We stepped up and won the matches we needed to." 

Dalton Burns registered a 8-3 decision over Zack Leahy at 160, Kasper pinned Mitchell Reisinger in 2:34 at 182, and Stoll picked up a pin over Crew Oberheim in 1:45 at 195 for Edison. 

"We appreciate and thank the community and the fans," Hermes said. "I know some people drove down from Milan just for the finals. Wrestling does not get a good following all the time, but our school does a great job promoting wrestling." 

 

 

Quarterfinal 1  
Mechanicsburg 49 - Bethel-Tate 25  
106 Zack Gutknecht 10 (Bethel-Tate) dec. Dakota Lay 9 (Mechanicsburg) md11-3 4
113 Trey Sander 10 (Bethel-Tate) pin David Maxwell 10 (Mechanicsburg) 5:32 6
120 Ben Stroud 11 (Mechanicsburg) dec. Justin Royer 12 (Bethel-Tate) md10-1 4
126 Tyler Wetzel 12 (Mechanicsburg) pin Mike Whittington 10 (Bethel-Tate) 1:07 6
132 Alex Rhine 12 (Mechanicsburg) pin Robby Perkins 10 (Bethel-Tate) 1:50 6
138 Matt Hall 11 (Bethel-Tate) pin Frank Magyar 10 (Mechanicsburg) 2:31 6
145 Tanner Smith 12 (Mechanicsburg) pin Jonah Blankenship 11 (Bethel-Tate) 1:02 6
152 Colt Yinger 11 (Mechanicsburg) pin Ryan Peters 12 (Bethel-Tate) 0:55 6
160 Corey Bogan 12 (Mechanicsburg) dec. Jordan Newberry 12 (Bethel-Tate) Dec 6-1 3
170 Kaleb Romero 12 (Mechanicsburg) forfeit (Bethel-Tate) Forfeit 6
182 Owen Holtke 11 (Bethel-Tate) dec. Dustin Knapp 11 (Mechanicsburg) Dec 4-2 TB 3
195 Wyatt O'neil 12 (Bethel-Tate) pin Alex Walton 12 (Mechanicsburg) 5:25 6
220 Dylan Hartman 12 (Mechanicsburg) pin Bradley Lewis 11 (Bethel-Tate) 1:18 6
285 Dylan Hartley 12 (Mechanicsburg) pin Kermit Beckworth 12 (Bethel-Tate) 3:50 6
   

Quarterfinal 2
 
Edison 42 - Swanton 22  
106 Ray Adams 10 (Edison) pin Zack Schaller 10 (Swanton) 3:51 6
113 Gabe Mina-Vazquez 11 (Edison) forfeit (Swanton) Forfeit 6
120 Dylan Burns 11 (Edison) dec. Trevor Schaller 11 (Swanton) Dec 5-2 3
126 Dylan Cook 11 (Swanton) dec. Trent Werner 11 (Edison) md9-0 4
132 Max Wolfe 12 (Edison) dec. Gage Pachlhofer 11 (Swanton) Dec 5-3 3
138 Brady Barnett 12 (Edison) pin Noah Saunders 11 (Swanton) 2:15 6
145 Alex Neuberger 12 (Edison) dec. Chase Moore 11 (Swanton) Dec 4-2 3
152 Ryan Marvin 10 (Swanton) dec. Collin Mancuso 11 (Edison) Dec 7-6 3
160 Dalton Burns 12 (Edison) dec. Zack Leahey 11 (Swanton) Dec 8-3 3
170 Tyler Houston 12 (Swanton) dec. John Neer 11 (Edison) Dec 7-2 3
182 Joey Kasper 12 (Edison) pin Mitchell Reisinger 11 (Swanton) 2:34 6
195 Sam Stoll 11 (Edison) pin Crew Oberheim 11 (Swanton) 1:45 6
220 Greg Wilson 11 (Swanton) pin Patrick Kreglow 10 (Edison) 1:42 6
285 Tommy Lytle 11 (Swanton) pin Tim Straka 9 (Edison) 4:41 6
   

Quarterfinal 3
 
Tuslaw 61 - Amanda-Clearcreek 13  
106 Jacob `Boot` Kuhlins 11 (Tuslaw) dec. Jordan Crist 11 (Amanda-Clearcreek) md17-4 4
113 Alex Hoffmann 12 (Amanda-Clearcreek) pin Joe Gabbard 12 (Tuslaw) 5:11 6
120 Brier Marthey 9 (Tuslaw) pin Logan Rigsby 9 (Amanda-Clearcreek) 1:13 6
126 Connor Brennan 11 (Tuslaw) dec. Garrett Drake 10 (Amanda-Clearcreek) md16-4 4
132 Isaac Elliott 12 (Tuslaw) pin Adam Sites 11 (Amanda-Clearcreek) 1:30 6
138 Brennan Shirley 10 (Tuslaw) pin Exekiel Hoffmann 10 (Amanda-Clearcreek) 2:48 6
145 Kyle Ryder 10 (Tuslaw) pin Tyler Burrell 11 (Amanda-Clearcreek) 2:36 6
152 Stephen Skeens 11 (Tuslaw) pin Seth Turner 10 (Amanda-Clearcreek) 1:38 6
160 Elvis Conkle 12 (Tuslaw) dec. Billy L'Huillier 12 (Amanda-Clearcreek) tf17-2 5
170 Dylan Warga 12 (Amanda-Clearcreek) dec. Jake Loar 10 (Tuslaw) Dec 8-6 3
182 Lance Marshall 10 (Amanda-Clearcreek) dec. Rylee Knox 10 (Tuslaw) md12-4 4
195 Logan Hall 12 (Tuslaw) pin Avery Smith 10 (Amanda-Clearcreek) 3:22 6
220 Crawford Hamrick 11 (Tuslaw) pin Austin Smith 11 (Amanda-Clearcreek) 2:59 6
285 Brayden Phillips 11 (Tuslaw) pin Mack Smith 12 (Amanda-Clearcreek) 3:21 6
   

Quarterfinal 4
 
Oak Harbor 54 - Shadyside 18  
106 Savannah Wadsworth 9 (Oak Harbor) forfeit (Shadyside) Forfeit 6
113 Cameron Dickman 10 (Oak Harbor) forfeit (Shadyside) Forfeit 6
120 Greg Quinn 12 (Shadyside) pin Matthew Dewitz 9 (Oak Harbor) 2:17 6
126 Bruce Hrynciw 12 (Oak Harbor) dec. Jacson Muldrew 10 (Shadyside) Dec 7-6 3
132 Trevor Scherf 12 (Oak Harbor) dec. Josh Kahl 12 (Shadyside) Dec 10-3 3
138 Collin Hunter 12 (Shadyside) forfeit (Oak Harbor) Forfeit 6
145 Dylan Mansor 12 (Oak Harbor) dec. Cody Hawthorne 12 (Shadyside) Dec 9-2 3
152 Jake Huston 12 (Oak Harbor) forfeit (Shadyside) Forfeit 6
160 Garrett Mapes 11 (Oak Harbor) dec. Will Brown 12 (Shadyside) Dec 10-3 3
170 Dominic Vidal 11 (Oak Harbor) forfeit (Shadyside) Forfeit 6
182 Kian Thompson 12 (Oak Harbor) pin Taylor Prickett 12 (Shadyside) 0:57 6
195 Jake Sage 10 (Oak Harbor) forfeit (Shadyside) Forfeit 6
220 Dylan Thorp 12 (Oak Harbor) pin Josh Robinson 11 (Shadyside) 0:25 6
285 Donnie Meadows 12 (Shadyside) forfeit (Oak Harbor) Forfeit 6
   

Semifinal 1
 
Edison 32 - Mechanicsburg 31  
106 Ray Adams 10 (Edison) pin Dakota Lay 9 (Mechanicsburg) 0:37 6
113 Gabe Mina-Vazquez 11 (Edison) dec. David Maxwell 10 (Mechanicsburg) md16-4 4
120 Dylan Burns 11 (Edison) dec. Ben Stroud 11 (Mechanicsburg) md13-2 4
126 Tyler Wetzel 12 (Mechanicsburg) dec. Trent Werner 11 (Edison) md18-6 4
132 Alex Rhine 12 (Mechanicsburg) pin Griffin Soviak 9 (Edison) 0:24 6
138 Max Wolfe 12 (Edison) pin Frank Magyar 10 (Mechanicsburg) 2:30 6
145 Tanner Smith 12 (Mechanicsburg) dec. Brady Barnett 12 (Edison) Dec 6-0 3
152 Colt Yinger 11 (Mechanicsburg) dec. Alex Neuberger 12 (Edison) md19-7 4
160 Dalton Burns 12 (Edison) dec. Corey Bogan 12 (Mechanicsburg) Dec 5-2 3
170 Dustin Knapp 11 (Mechanicsburg) dec. John Neer 11 (Edison) Dec 1-0 3
182 Kaleb Romero 12 (Mechanicsburg) forfeit (Edison) Forfeit 6
195 Joey Kasper 12 (Edison) pin Alex Walton 12 (Mechanicsburg) 2:19 6
220 Sam Stoll 11 (Edison) dec. Dylan Hartman 12 (Mechanicsburg) md16-4 4
285 Dylan Hartley 12 (Mechanicsburg) forfeit (Edison) Forfeit 6
   

Semifinal 2
 
Tuslaw 34 - Oak Harbor 30  
106 Jacob `Boot` Kuhlins 11 (Tuslaw) forfeit (Oak Harbor) Forfeit 6
113 Cameron Dickman 10 (Oak Harbor) dec. Joe Gabbard 12 (Tuslaw) md18-4 4
120 Brier Marthey 9 (Tuslaw) dec. Tad Jensen 10 (Oak Harbor) Dec 4-2 3
126 Bruce Hrynciw 12 (Oak Harbor) dec. Connor Brennan 11 (Tuslaw) tf16-1 5
132 Isaac Elliott 12 (Tuslaw) pin Nathan Mansor 9 (Oak Harbor) 1:29 6
138 Trevor Scherf 12 (Oak Harbor) dec. Brennan Shirley 10 (Tuslaw) Dec 4-1 3
145 Dylan Mansor 12 (Oak Harbor) dec. Kyle Ryder 10 (Tuslaw) Dec 9-3 3
152 Jake Huston 12 (Oak Harbor) dec. Stephen Skeens 11 (Tuslaw) Dec 5-1 3
160 Elvis Conkle 12 (Tuslaw) dec. Garrett Mapes 11 (Oak Harbor) md11-0 4
170 Jake Loar 10 (Tuslaw) pin Dominic Vidal 11 (Oak Harbor) 1:46 6
182 Kian Thompson 12 (Oak Harbor) pin Rylee Knox 10 (Tuslaw) 1:00 6
195 Logan Hall 12 (Tuslaw) dec. Jake Sage 10 (Oak Harbor) Dec 6-3 3
220 Dylan Thorp 12 (Oak Harbor) pin Crawford Hamrick 11 (Tuslaw) 1:02 6
285 Brayden Phillips 11 (Tuslaw) pin Zach Laughlin 11 (Oak Harbor) 3:47 6
   

Final
 
Edison 29 - Tuslaw 25  
106 Ray Adams 10 (Edison) dec. Jacob `Boot` Kuhlins 11 (Tuslaw) md12-4 4
113 Gabe Mina-Vazquez 11 (Edison) dec. Joe Gabbard 12 (Tuslaw) md15-3 4
120 Dylan Burns 11 (Edison) dec. Brier Marthey 9 (Tuslaw) Dec 7-3 3
126 Connor Brennan 11 (Tuslaw) dec. Trent Werner 11 (Edison) Dec 7-4 3
132 Isaac Elliott 12 (Tuslaw) dec. Max Wolfe 12 (Edison) Dec 11-4 3
138 Brady Barnett 12 (Edison) dec. Brennan Shirley 10 (Tuslaw) md13-2 4
145 Kyle Ryder 10 (Tuslaw) dec. Alex Neuberger 12 (Edison) Dec 6-4 SV 3
152 Collin Mancuso 11 (Edison) dec. Stephen Skeens 11 (Tuslaw) Dec 10-8 3
160 Dalton Burns 12 (Edison) dec. Elvis Conkle 12 (Tuslaw) Dec 7-5 SV 3
170 Jake Loar 10 (Tuslaw) dec. John Neer 11 (Edison) md14-4 4
182 Joey Kasper 12 (Edison) pin Rylee Knox 10 (Tuslaw) 2:34 6
195 Logan Hall 12 (Tuslaw) forfeit (Edison) Forfeit 6
220 Sam Stoll 11 (Edison) dec. Crawford Hamrick 11 (Tuslaw) Dec 7-3 3
285 Brayden Phillips 11 (Tuslaw) pin Tim Straka 9 (Edison) 3:42 6