Hisey brothers shine

COLUMBUS — St. Marys senior Tyler Hisey has qualified for the Division II state wrestling tournament three times in his illustrious career.

Ironically, Friday was the first time Hisey has ever wrestled at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at Ohio State.

In 2020, the state tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Last season, the state tournament was held at three separate high school sites for the three divisions because of COVID-19 restrictions.

This year, the Ohio High School Athletic Association Wrestling Championships are back at the Schottenstein Center.

And to make the occasion even more exciting for the St. Marys program, there are three Hisey brothers competing this weekend for the Roughriders.

Tyler competes in the 113-pound weight class, while his twin Trevor wrestles in the 120-pound weight class. Then, their freshman brother Tate is wrestling at 106 pounds.

Friday, Tyler made very quick work of his first-round opponent, Fairfield Union’s James Worthington, by pinning him in 27 seconds. With the win, Tyler remains undefeated at 45-0. Last season, he placed third in the 106-pound weight class at the D-II state tournament.

Tyler will face Lake Catholic’s Joey Romano (37-5) in today’s quarterfinal match.

“I didn’t expect to pin him in 27 seconds,” Tyler said about his first-round opponent. “I was a little nervous. … I hadn’t been here (Schottenstein Center) yet. I qualified for state three times, but my sophomore year it was cancelled because of COVID-19. Then last year, it was held at a high school. So, this was my first time (wrestling) at the ‘Schott.’”

Tyler said being undefeated does put some additional pressure on him. However, he feels like he handles it pretty well.

“I just take it one match at a time,” Tyler said. “I’m going to give it my all in every match.”

Trevor Hisey (46-1) won his first match Friday at 120 pounds, pinning Graham’s Colt Ryan early in the third period. Trevor will face Brody Saccoccia (43-4) from Steubenville in a quarterfinal today.

“I have a tough kid (in the quarterfinal), but I’m OK with it,” Trevor said. “I’m just going to wrestle.”

Tate Hisey (43-3) lost his first-round match Friday, but bounced back to win his consolation match in order to stay alive in the tournament.

Tyler said that having his two brothers with him at the state tournament has been a longtime goal for the entire Hisey family.

“It’s really cool,” Tyler said. “We’ve worked really hard for this. This is what my parents and we have all wanted for however long it’s been, 10 to 12 years or so.”

Added Trevor, “It’s something we’ve always talked about. So, it’s so exciting.”

Along with the three Hisey brothers, teammate Garret Donovan (165) also qualified for the state tournament for the Roughriders. Donovan (39-8), a senior, went 1-1 Friday and will continue to wrestle today.

Bluffton’s Basil dominates

Like Tyler Hisey, Bluffton senior Kaden Basil also came into this weekend’s state tournament a three-time state qualifier, and also making his first appearance at the Schottenstein Center, due to the COVID-19 situation for the past couple seasons.

However, Basil showed no jitters Friday, as he won his first-round match, decisively, recording a 12-0 major-decision against Westfall’s Glenn Keeton in Division III action in the 175-pound weight class.

Basil (39-5) will face Mechanicsburg’s Ronnie Thomas (41-10) today in a quarterfinal match.

Basil was relieved to notch a win in the first round Friday.

“It’s huge,” Basil said. “Now, I can go back and rest up tonight, and get ready for the quarterfinals.”

Basil said he felt confident going into Friday’s first-round action.

“Today at weigh-ins (in the morning), we walked through it (from the tunnel to the mats),” he said. “I had no jitters at all. I figured I’d go out and leave it all out there, win or lose. It’s my senior year. So, there’s nothing to lose anymore.”

During his four years of high school, Basil went through a transformation.

His freshman season, Basil competed in the 113-pound weight class. His sophomore campaign, Basil competed at 138 pounds. Last year, he competed at 160.

Basil realizes he has put himself in a favorable position by winning his first-round bout.

“I win one more, and I’m on the (awards) podium,” Basil said with a grin.

Allen East trio record wins

All three of Allen East’s state qualifiers won their first-round respective matches in Division III.

Kade Wireman (46-5) defeated Liberty Center’s Xander Myers in a hard-fought match at 150 pounds, 7-5.

Chase Miller (31-4) made fairly easy work of Liberty Center’s Camren Foster, by way of an early second-period pin at 165 pounds.

Eli Criblez (45-1) took care of Columbus Academy’s Gyvnn Mendenhall with an 8-2 decision at 285.

Caprella advances

LCC senior Gavin Caprella (35-4) made easy work of Sandy Valley’s Evan Natale in his first-round Division III match Friday at 120 pounds, recording an 11-0 major decision.

Caprella will face Genoa Area’s Phoenix Contos (38-4) in a quarterfinal today.

Pummel wins

Indian Lake freshman Owen Pummel (40-5) defeated Archbold’s Hayden Dickman in a hard-fought match Friday, 6-4, in the 190-pound weight class in Division III. Pummel is the younger brother of last year’s Division III state champion at 160 pounds, Hayden Pummel.

Fox advancing

Coldwater’s Will Fox (39-13) pinned his first-round opponent Friday, Chesapeake’s Nick Burns, midway through the first round at 285 pounds in Division III.

Others from area

Area wrestlers who went 1-1 Friday, and still alive in tourney: Celina’s Landon Engle (D-II, 132) and Jaden King (D-II, 157), Columbus Grove’s A.J. Schafer (D-III, 215), Mason Vonderwell from Delphos St. John’s (D-III, 175), Elida’s Conner Douglass (D-II, 150) all went 1-1 Friday.

Area wrestlers eliminated Friday: Bath’s Ezekiel Burkholder (D-III, 150), Coldwater’s Grant Heuing (D-III, 165), Wapakoneta’s Cael Rostorfer (D-II, 285), Defiance’s Mason Ducat (D-II, 113) all went 0-2 Friday and were eliminated from the tournament.

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Allen East’s Kade Wireman, left, competes against Liberty Center’s Xander Myers during Friday’s state wrestling championships in Columbus. See more wrestling photos at LimaScores.com.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/03/web1_State-Wrestling-DS3-2.jpgAllen East’s Kade Wireman, left, competes against Liberty Center’s Xander Myers during Friday’s state wrestling championships in Columbus. See more wrestling photos at LimaScores.com. Don Speck | The Lima News

Lima Central Catholic’s Gavin Caprella, top, competes against Sandy Valley’s Evan Natale during Friday’s state wrestling championships in Columbus.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/03/web1_State-Wrestling-DS1-2.jpgLima Central Catholic’s Gavin Caprella, top, competes against Sandy Valley’s Evan Natale during Friday’s state wrestling championships in Columbus. Don Speck | The Lima News

Allen East’s Chase Miller, top, competes against Liberty Center’s Carmen Foster during Friday’s state wrestling championships in Columbus.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/03/web1_State-Wrestling-DS6-2.jpgAllen East’s Chase Miller, top, competes against Liberty Center’s Carmen Foster during Friday’s state wrestling championships in Columbus. Don Speck | The Lima News

Bluffton’s Kaden Basil, top, competes against Westfall’s Glenn Keeton during Friday’s state wrestling championships in Columbus.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/03/web1_State-Wrestling-DS7-2.jpgBluffton’s Kaden Basil, top, competes against Westfall’s Glenn Keeton during Friday’s state wrestling championships in Columbus. Don Speck | The Lima News

Allen East’s Eli Cribez, left, competes against Columbus Academy’s Gyvnn Mendenhall during Friday’s state wrestling championships in Columbus.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/03/web1_State-Wrestling-DS10-2.jpgAllen East’s Eli Cribez, left, competes against Columbus Academy’s Gyvnn Mendenhall during Friday’s state wrestling championships in Columbus. Don Speck | The Lima News

Elida’s Conner Douglass, bottom, competes against Indian Creek;’s Dominic Paterra during Friday’s state wrestling championships in Columbus.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/03/web1_State-Wrestling-DS13-2.jpgElida’s Conner Douglass, bottom, competes against Indian Creek;’s Dominic Paterra during Friday’s state wrestling championships in Columbus. Don Speck | The Lima News
Bluffton’s Basil making a run at a higher weight

By Mark Altstaetter

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