The Perkins Pirates were successful for the second year in a row and walked away with another SBC title. The Oak Harbor Rockets were outscored by 43 points and took second place, while the Fliers took third.
Perkins had six wrestlers take individuals titles in their weight classes. Clyde had two individuals walk away with SBC titles, as did Oak Harbor and SMCC. Margaretta placed fourth in the conference and had one champ, Edison also had one champ and placed fifth.
Clyde’s Beau Minnick was voted the MVP of the tournament by the coaches and became the first wrestler in Clyde’s history to be a four time SBC champion. Minnick pinned Tommy King of Huron in the first round and then pinned David Graves of Edison to move forward into the finals. Minnick defeated Oak Harbor’s Ben Peterson 21-6 with a technical fall in the finals.
When asked if felt great to be a four time SBC champ, Minnick chuckled and agreed that it indeed felt great. However it didn‘t happen by accident. Minnick is a hard worker and it’s paid off. Minnick is a three time state qualifier and placed seventh at state last year. He is looking to go all the way this year. When asked how he is able to continue to find success he said, “I’m constantly working hard. I practice here in Clyde and then usually go an hit an extra practice over in Edison. I train hard in the off season and am just constantly training.”
Blake Miller of Clyde also won a title in his weight class (152) and won his 3rd straight SBC title. Miller pinned Brody Henning of Oak Harbor earlier in the day to secure his spot in the finals. In the championship match, Miller defeated Devon Taylor of Margearetta 5-3.
“It feels pretty good, it’s a nice win to come off of to prepare me for sectionals in two weeks. I’m looking to make some noise at state this year and hopefully take home first,” said Miller about getting his third straight SBC title.
Bruce Hrynciw of Oak Harbor walked away with the 106 lb. weight class title over St. Mary’s Dominic Rosin. St. Mary’s Alex Smith defeated Brady Barnett of Edison for the 113 lb. title. Clyde’s Dylan Duskin took fifth place in the 113 lb. weight class. Edison’s only individual title came from Evan Cheek in the 120 lb. weight class.
Perkins’ wrestlers walked away with the individual titles in the next three weight classes. Matt Salmon won the 126 lb. title. Nate Boggs, who suffered a gruesome finger dislocation in the last minute of his match, still managed to take the 132 lb. title after his coaches popped his finger back into place. Anthony Beier took third place for Clyde in the 132 lb. weight class. Sophomore Seth Boggs of Perkins took the last of the three straight wins for Perkins in a tough match against Clyde’s Austin Baker that went into overtime.
Junior Caleb Stockmaster of Margaretta won the 160 lb. weight class when he pinned Kian Thompson of Oak Harbor. Stockmaster’s pin was the 100th of the his career. Clyde’s Kaleb Herrera took fifth with a pin in the 160 lb. weight class. Perkin’s fifth champ of the day was Alex Teztloff in the 170 lb. weight class. Malachi Moyer took fourth in the 170 lb. weight class for Clyde.
SMCC wrestler Wyatt Dye defeated Perkins’ Dylan Hermes 5-3 for the 182 lb. title to give them their second individual title of the tournament. Clyde’s Garrit Witt took third place in the 182 lb. class after he pinned Mike Jarrett of Margaretta in 1:36. Clyde’s Marshall Messer made it to the finals before falling 2-1 to John Workman of Perkins and took second place. Collin Mange also took second place for Clyde. Mange faced off against TJ Lawrence of Oak Harbor, but fell to Lawrence 4-2.
Clyde’s coach Rob Jennings was hoping to finish higher than third and was disappointed, but wasn‘t disappointed with his wrestlers or their efforts. “It’s disappointing because we hoped we’d be able to walk out of there holding the trophy, but in order to do that we knew we needed to wrestle very well. We also knew in order to beat Perkin’s we were going to need some of the wrestlers from the other schools to step up and that just didn’t happen.”
From here out the focus will be on the individual wrestlers and less on the teams as a whole. Sectionals are right around the corner and Jennings plans to focus on each wrestler to give them the best opportunity to succeed.
“Everything up through the SBC is team oriented, but sectionals are all about the 14 guys and what they can do individually. We will focus on individual wrestlers, go back and watch film and correct whatever needs to be corrected in order to come out on top.”