By David Fong
COLUMBUS — Talk about a debut.
In his first trip to the Ohio High School Athletic Association state wrestling championships, Tippecanoe’s Logan Ferrell (285 pounds) is guaranteed to place seventh or eighth in today’s Division II consolation rounds.
He’ll by joined in the consolation rounds by Division III wrestlers Graham Shore (113 pounds) and Ryan Ford (138 pounds) — both of whom will start the day in the consolation semifinals — and Troy Christian’s Michael Sergent (120 pounds) and Miami East’s Alex Isbandt, both of whom will be wrestling for seventh or eight places.
Ferrell began his day in the quarterfinals, but lost 10-5 to Sandusky’s Jamez Young, dropping him into the consolation bracket. He won his second-round consolation match, pinning Franklin’s Colvin Turner in 1:57. In his consolation quarterfinal match, he was leading late, but was pinned by St. Clairsville’s Michael Furbee in 5:07 to drop into the match for seventh place.
Sergent started off his day in the quarterfinals, where he was pinned by Rootstown’s Seth Hayes in 1:26. He rebounded quickly in his second-round consolation match, however, pinning Creston Norwayne’s Gavin Stika in just 43 seconds. In his consolation quarterfinal match, however, he lost to Oak Harbor’s Bruce Hrynciw, 12-9.
For Sergent, just being back at state was a victory in itself. After placing fourth at state as a freshman, Sergent missed the state tournament after not getting out of the district round.
“I wanted to place going in, and I’m going to do that,” Sergent said. “I feel pretty good about that. I feel I could have done better, but things didn’t work out that way. Not going to state last year was definitely playing on my mind going into this year. I definitely wanted to get back.”
Like Sergent and Ferrell, Isbrandt started his day in the quarterfinals, but lost a 5-3 heartbreaker to Genoa Area’s Damian D’Emillo. In the second-round consolation match, Isbrandt defeated Archbold’s Noah Mattin, 6-5. In the consolation quarterfinal match, Northwood’s Jonny Wheeler beat Isbrandt 5-4.
Isbrandt, a sophomore, will place at state for the second year in a row. Last year, he placed seventh.
“It’s tough — 126 is a tough weight class,” Miami East coach Mark Rose said. “Alex has nothing to hang his head about. I’m proud of him. I’m proud of all our guys who came over here and competed.”
Careers end for four seniors
While Sergent, Isbrandt and Ferrell all are guaranteed to place when wrestling resumes this morning, four Miami County wrestlers saw their seasons — and their stories careers — come to an end during Friday’s morning session. Milton-Union’s Kamron Paulus (132 pounds), Tippecanoe’s Jack Peura (152), Covington’s Brandon Magee (182) and Miami East’s Ben Ferguson (285) — all seniors — lost their consolation second-round matches.
Paulus was making his third trip to the state tournament. After dropping his first match Thursday afternoon and winning his first consolation match Thursday evening, he was matched up against Mechanicsburg’s Nick Miller in the Division III second round of consolations. Miller was able to put together a big lead in the second period and then hold on for a 7-2 victory.
Peura, competing in Division II, lost his first match Thursday, then came back to win his second consolation match that evening. In his second-round consolation match, Peura — who placed sixth at state last year — found himself facing off against Clinton-Massie’s Davey Tunon, the same wrestler to whom he had lost in last week’s district title match. Tunon was again able to defeat Peura, this time by a score of 9-2.
For Magee, just making it to state was a pleasant surprise. After placing fifth at the Division III district tournament, Magee figured his season was over, but was able to compete at state as an alternate. He lost his first match Thursday, but picked up a victory Thursday evening, setting up Friday’s second-round consolation match against Gibsonburg’s Madison Jaso. Jaso took a big lead and Magee was forced to try a risky move late in the match that ended up getting him pinned in 4:22.
Like Paulus, Ferguson was making his third appearance at state. After placing seventh last year, Ferguson lost his first match and won his second Thursday, putting him in Friday’s second-consolation round against Delta’s Chance Veller. Ferguson — who had been battling a case of strep throat all week — was pinned in 2:53.
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