SUNBURY — Northmor claimed the team title Saturday at the Big Walnut Classic wrestling tournament..
The Knights scored 235 points. With 178.5 points, Galion was fifth in the 13-team field.
Northmor won for individual championships, starting with Gavin Ramos in the 132-pound weight class. Ramos went 5-0 on the day with three wins coming via pinfall while also earning his 100th career victory for the black and gold.
At 138-pounds, Austin Amens earned two pinfall wins in pool action and then marched to a championship thanks to a 6-0 win as well as a 9-3 victory in the first-place match. Niko Christo went a perfect, 4-0 on the day in the 152-pound weight class, claiming the title with a pin of Dublin Jerome’s Nick Henkel in the championship match in just 0:55 seconds. Northmor’s final champion at the class came in the 170-pound weight class as returning Division III state champion Conor Becker picked up five pinfall victories en route to the crown. In doing so, Becker was also named the tournament’s “Most Outstanding Wrestler”.
Two Galion wrestlers claimed individual honors
Kidren Clark, at 120-pounds, finished pool action at 1-1 to head into the finals. Once there, Clark battled his way to the championship thanks to a pinfall victory in the semifinals in 5:14. In his championship match, Clark needed 5:27 of the six-minute match to pin Big Walnut’s Christian Jordey
Galion’s other champion came in the 285-pound weight class as senior John Abouhassan cruised through pool matches with three pinfall wins and was then awarded the championship thanks to two default decisions.
The Golden Knights would also see Marcus Cortez earn runner-up honors in the 126-pound weight class, two wrestlers finish third in their respective classes, one fourth-place finisher and two of their wrestlers pick up sixth place points on the day.
Dale Brocwell (106) finished 3-2 to snag third place while CJ Stoney (113) went 4-1 with three pins en route to his third place finish. Trenton Ramos (145) earned the Knights’ lone fourth-place finish while Eli Davis (160) and Gavin Whited (195) finished sixth in their respective weight groups.
Galion’s Ian Lehman and Sam Wegesin finished second.
Lehman was 3-0 heading into the 138-pound championship match against Amens, in which Lehman found himself on the wrong end of a 19-3 decision to earn second place. Wegesin, wrestling for Galion in the 145-pound weight class, finished pool action at 3-0, won his opening match of the finals by a 7-4 decision but would come up short, dropping the championship match to Westerville Central’s Gary Steele via a 12-2 Major Decision.
Brodyn Butcher (113) finished sixth on the afternoon for the Tigers while teammate Max Fisher claimed fifth in the 170-pound weight class. Mike Marks wrestled his way to fourth overall in the field in the 195-pound group while Devin McCarthy rounded out Galion’s placers by finishing third in the 132-pound weight class.
Northmor will head to Crestview on Wednesday or a quad-meet. The Tigers are at home Friday vs. Bucyrus, On Saturday, Galion is at Highland to take on the Scots, North Union and Grand Valley.
The Northmor Golden Knights won the annual Big Walnut Classic wrestling tournament, holding off the runner-ups from Dublin Jerome; 235-217.5. Galion placed fifth overall in the field of 13 teams, tallying 178.5 points.
Northmor’s Conor Becker, wrestling at 170-pounds, went 5-0 with five pinfall victories en route to winning his weight class and the “Most Outstanding Wrestler” award at the Big Walnut Classic over the weekend.
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