The Sailors entered the Northwest District Tournament with 5 district qualifiers and 4 alternates Friday afternoon. With a little bit of luck 5 qualifiers became 6 as senior, Dillon Henry at 152 lbs. moved from an alternate to a qualifier due to one of the bracketed wrestlers falling ill. The six bracketed wrestlers performed admirably. Brandon D’Egidio led the way going 3-1 on the tournament, placing 2nd, and earning at state birth at the 126 pound weight class. Sophomore, Owen Grear showed tremendous grit going 2-2 in the 160 lb. weight class. Owen dropped his first match to a returning state place winner from Clyde then earned back to back falls in the first two consolation rounds. Ultimately, he would lose to a tough Perkins opponent who made it out as the 4th place finisher in their weight class. Owen, a young buck, was a match away from placement with what we hope to be two more cracks at achieving the ultimate goal…state qualification and ultimately placement down the road. Owen finished the season with a 29-17 record in a heck of a sophomore campaign. Junior, Chris Bennett went 1-2 on the weekend in a loaded 182 lb. weight class, a weight class in which 11 of the 16 bracketed wrestlers are ranked in the state. Chris lost a decision to a tough state ranked Tiffin Columbian opponent in the championship prelims, won by technical fall 17-1 over a Napoleon opponent in the first round of consis, and then lost by decision to another state ranked opponent from Bay. Chris finished the season with a stellar 38-10 record and will look forward to an off-season of grinding, working at his craft, and improving upon the solid foundation of success he laid this year. Dillon Henry, Owen Kyser, and Malachi Howell all went 0-2 on the weekend. For Owen and Mal it was an invaluable experience, a chance to get their feet wet and to experience the madness that is post season wrestling at a district tournament. The team finished in a respectable 20th place out of 45 teams.
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