Wrestling: Nine from Lima area place at state


Matches continue Sunday

By Mark Altstaetter - [email protected]



Allen East’s Kade Wireman, top, competes against Waynedale’s Caleb Zimmerman during the state championships Saturday in Columbus. See more wrestling photos at LimaScores.com

Allen East’s Kade Wireman, top, competes against Waynedale’s Caleb Zimmerman during the state championships Saturday in Columbus. See more wrestling photos at LimaScores.com


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Allen East’s Eli Criblez, left, competes against Black River’s Travis Owen during the state championships Saturday in Columbus.

Allen East’s Eli Criblez, left, competes against Black River’s Travis Owen during the state championships Saturday in Columbus.


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St. Mary’s Trevor Hisey, top, competes against Steubenville’s Brody Saccoccia during the state championships Saturday in Columbus.


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St. Marys’ Tyler Hisey, right, competes against Lake Catholic’s Joey Romano during the state championships Saturday in Columbus.


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Mason Vonderwell from Delphos St. John’s, top, competes against West Jefferson’s Bryce Keckley during the state championships Saturday in Columbus.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Lima Central Catholic’s Gavin Caprella, top, competes against Genoa Area’s Phoenix Contos during the state championships Saturday in Columbus.


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COLUMBUS — It’s all about making it to the third day.

Every high school wrestler wants to still be wrestling on the third and final day of the state wrestling tournament. If they make it that far, they are on the awards podium.

The top eight placers in each weight class at the Ohio High School Athletic Association Wrestling Championships earn a spot on the podium.

And for nine area wrestlers, that dream has come true. Those athletes are guaranteed a spot on the awards podium tonight.

Unfortunately for three area wrestlers, the opportunity to vie for a state title slipped away from them Saturday.

Heading into Saturday’s action, Allen East’s Kade Wireman (Division III, 150 pounds) and Eli Criblez (Division III, 285), along with Bluffton’s Kaden Basil (Division III, 175) were wrestling in their respective semifinal matches in hopes of advancing to tonight’s championship bouts.

However, all three of them suffered losses and now will have to set their sights on notching possible third-place finishes.

Wireman lost his semifinal match Saturday. Mechanicsburg’s Westyn Moyer pinned Wireman late in the first period to knock Wireman out of contention for a title.

Wireman still has an opportunity to battle back and get a chance to wrestle for third.

“It’s not the first time that I’ve lost a semifinal,” Wireman said. “It is what it is. I’m battling back for third, nothing less. … That’s what is going to happen.

“That (semifinal loss) is in the past now. I just have to look forward to the future. I’ll use this for fuel for the fire next year.”

Criblez, last year’s Division III state runner-up at 285, was pinned by Delta’s Austin Kohlhofer, a little more than a minute into the second period in his semifinal.

“I stepped on the mat, and nothing was clicking tonight,” Criblez (46-2) said. “It was just a mental situation.”

Basil came into Saturday’s action, hoping to advance to tonight’s finals in the Division III, 175-pound weight class.

However, Basil ran into a buzz-saw when he faced C.J. Smith from Pleasant (54-2) in his semifinal. Smith defeated Basil 10-4 to force him out of contention for a title.

Basil started Saturday with a win against Mechanicsburg’s Ronnie Thomas, by way of a late second-period pin.

Basil (40-6) will wrestle back today, and depending on the outcome of his first match, will compete for either third/fourth or fifth/sixth.

Caprella aiming for a third

After losing his quarterfinal match Saturday morning, Lima Central Catholic senior Gavin Caprella had to quickly erase it from his mind. Caprella was defeated by Genoa Area’s Phoenix Contos in his D-III, 120-pound weight class quarterfinal bout Saturday, 5-1.

Caprella (37-5) wrestled back and won his two consolation matches Saturday.

“I’m feeling pretty good. … I just had to wrestle back,” Caprella said. “That’s all there was to it. I just had to get past that loss and wrestle.”

Caprella admitted that it was very difficult to put that tough loss behind him.

“The ultimate goal was (to be a) state champ,” Caprella said. “I did not want anything less than that, but things happen. Now, I have to go get third.”

Caprella will face Barnesville’s Dakota King in his first match today. If he wins that match, he will wrestle for third later in the day. If he loses, he will compete in the fifth-place match.

Last season, Caprella placed fifth at the Division III state tournament in the 113-pound weight class. Ironically, Dakota King was his opponent in last year’s fifth-place match.

Douglass makes podium

Elida senior Conner Douglass will be pole vaulting at the University of Findlay next school year.

However, Douglass isn’t quite ready to end his wrestling season.

After going 1-1 on Friday, Douglass bounced back Saturday and won his consolation match to guarantee himself a spot on the awards podium.

In Saturday’s second round of the Division II consolations at 150 pounds, Douglass defeated Aurora’s Nic Willingham, 7-0.

With that victory, Douglass guaranteed himself a spot on the podium.

Then, later in the day, Douglass (41-4) defeated Charlie Gibbs from New Philadelphia in a hard-fought match, 1-0.

Now, Douglass can place anywhere from third to sixth, depending how he fares in his first match today, when he faces Jonathan Alder’s Oliver Byerly. If Douglass defeats Byerly, he will wrestle for third.

“The game plan today was to just wrestle every match like it could be my last, because it could be,” Douglass said. “So, I put my heart into it, and just gave it my all. Hopefully, I can keep moving on. I’m not ready to give it up yet.”

Elida head coach Tom Mault said the pressure is off for Douglass.

“I think we’re going to put our marching boots on and bounce all the way back. … That’s the plan,” Mault said with a grin.

Hiseys reach podium

St. Marys freshman Tate Hisey went 2-0 Saturday in the 106-pound weight class (Division II) and will compete today for a chance to wrestle for third place later on. If he loses his first match today, then he will wrestle for fifth or sixth place.

“I knew I had the potential to place, but I didn’t know how high I could go,” Tate said. “I didn’t want to get eighth. … That’s all I know.”

The freshman Hisey said he felt pretty confident this weekend.

“It was a really cool experience,” Tate said. “It was definitely different than the regular tournaments. I just absorbed the environment, and then wrestled how I usually wrestle.”

Tate Hisey (45-3) will take on Buckeye’s Colyn Limbert (43-4) in his first match on Sunday.

Tyler Hisey (46-1), one of the senior twins, lost his quarterfinal match Saturday at 113 pounds, but bounced back to win two matches to stay in the hunt for a possible third-place match today.

Trevor Hisey (47-3), the twin brother of Tyler, slipped down to today’s seventh-place match at 120 pounds.

Pummel pursues seventh

Indian Lake freshman Owen Pummel made an early run in the state tournament.

However, Pummel (41-6) went 1-2 on Saturday and dropped down to today’s Division III seventh-place match at 190 pounds.

Area wrestlers that were eliminated from the tourney Saturday were: Allen East’s Chase Miller (D-III, 165), Celina’s Landon Engle (D-II, 132) and Jaden King (D-II, 157), Coldwater’s Will Fox (D-III, 285), Columbus Grove’s A.J. Schafer (D-III, 215), Mason Vonderwell from Delphos St. John’s (D-III, 175), St. Marys’ Garret Donovan (D-II, 165).

Allen East’s Kade Wireman, top, competes against Waynedale’s Caleb Zimmerman during the state championships Saturday in Columbus. See more wrestling photos at LimaScores.com
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/03/web1_State-Wrestle-RP-003.jpgAllen East’s Kade Wireman, top, competes against Waynedale’s Caleb Zimmerman during the state championships Saturday in Columbus. See more wrestling photos at LimaScores.com Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Allen East’s Eli Criblez, left, competes against Black River’s Travis Owen during the state championships Saturday in Columbus.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/03/web1_State-Wrestle-RP-004.jpgAllen East’s Eli Criblez, left, competes against Black River’s Travis Owen during the state championships Saturday in Columbus. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
St. Mary’s Trevor Hisey, top, competes against Steubenville’s Brody Saccoccia during the state championships Saturday in Columbus.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/03/web1_State-Wrestle-RP-006.jpgSt. Mary’s Trevor Hisey, top, competes against Steubenville’s Brody Saccoccia during the state championships Saturday in Columbus. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
St. Marys’ Tyler Hisey, right, competes against Lake Catholic’s Joey Romano during the state championships Saturday in Columbus.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/03/web1_State-Wrestle-RP-005.jpgSt. Marys’ Tyler Hisey, right, competes against Lake Catholic’s Joey Romano during the state championships Saturday in Columbus. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Mason Vonderwell from Delphos St. John’s, top, competes against West Jefferson’s Bryce Keckley during the state championships Saturday in Columbus.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/03/web1_State-Wrestle-RP-007.jpgMason Vonderwell from Delphos St. John’s, top, competes against West Jefferson’s Bryce Keckley during the state championships Saturday in Columbus. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Lima Central Catholic’s Gavin Caprella, top, competes against Genoa Area’s Phoenix Contos during the state championships Saturday in Columbus.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/03/web1_State-Wrestle-RP-001.jpgLima Central Catholic’s Gavin Caprella, top, competes against Genoa Area’s Phoenix Contos during the state championships Saturday in Columbus. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Matches continue Sunday

By Mark Altstaetter

[email protected]

Reach The Lima News sports department at 567-242-0451.

Reach The Lima News sports department at 567-242-0451.

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