By JAMIE BAKER
It’s been a strong start for Upper Sandusky’s wrestling team so far this season.
After a third-place finish at Mansfield Madison’s Coke Classic the first weekend of the season, the Rams followed up by winning the Bucyrus Tournament on Saturday.
And Upper Sandusky didn’t just win, they blitzed the rest of the field topping Ashland Mapleton 356-252 to win the 11-team pool tournament.
Upper Sandusky’s Thurston Dyer (106), Carson Mengerink (113), Derek Hanson (126), Alex Kenner (160), Cory Frey (170) and Dylan Robertson (195) won individual titles at Bucyrus.
Ian Baker (220) and Tylor Pritchard (182) were second. Pritchard dropped a last-second decision to returning state placer Bobby Sunderhaus of Lima Central Catholic in the finals.
“We had a really good week of practice and the kids were happy to win on Saturday,” said Upper Sandusky coach Chris Rodriguez.
“We want to get more to districts and send a few more to state this year. We think we can send 10 or 11 to districts and if we don’t, I’ll be disappointed.”
The Rams have a home dual match with Marion Harding Dec. 18 and a triangular at Plymouth that includes rival Carey on Dec. 21.
Their next tournament action won’t be until Dec. 27-28 when they compete in the Wendy’s Tournament at Tiffin Columbian.
DEVILS WORKING OT: All three Carey wrestlers that made the championship match at last weekend’s Bellevue Bob Bailey Invitational wrestled overtime matches.
Zach Sauber, a 220-pounder, was the only one of the three to come away victories as he stopped Woodmore’s Henry Flores 2-1.
Austin Tschanen fell to Margaretta’s Ryan Green 5-3 in OT at 170 pounds and Lincoln Stansberry lost to Amherst’s Derek Eibon 10-8 in the 182-pound final.
Brayden Leist (138) and Bryce Mullholand (195) were third as Carey was seventh as a team.
THEY ARE IRONMEN: Four Northwest Ohio wrestlers earned spots on the awards stand at the toughest prep wrestling tournament in the country, Walsh Jesuit’s Ironman Tournament last weekend.
Perrysburg’s Mario Guillen (106 pounds) and Wauseon’s Zane Krall (220) were sixth while Oak Harbor’s Luke Cramer (170) and Delta’s Tyler Fahrer (145) finished eighth. Krall is coached by former Findlay High School head coach Mike Ritter while former Elmwood standout Sam Cotterman is Guillen’s coach at Perrysburg.
WRESTLER OF THE WEEK: If we had a Courier Wrestler of the Week Award Van Buren sophomore Chance Sonnenberg would certainly be an outstanding candidate.
After missing much of his freshman year with injuries, Sonnenberg opened his season with a perfect 5-0 record that included four pins on his way to winning the 170-pound title at Saturday’s Arcadia Invitational. Sonnenberg beat Plymouth returning state qualifier Logan Horn 7-2 in the championship finals.
WILSON GOING FOR FOUR: Bluffton senior Zach Wilson will me looking to make it a perfect career in Saturday’s Allen County Invitational at Allen East,
Wilson, last year’s tournament Most Valuable Wrestler, will be seeking his fourth Allen County crown this season. The Pirates’ two-time state placer has a 15-0 career record in the tournament with eight pins.
COMING UP: There are just two other meets involving area schools this weekend. Patrick Henry will travel to Edgerton for the Tri-State Duals while Ottawa-Glandorf, North Baltimore, Ada and Carey will be among the 10 teams competing at Saturday’s Lakota Duals.
MIDWEEK DUALS & MORE: Results of midweek wrestling matches can now be found in The Courier’s Scoreboard section. For comprehensive coverage of prep and college wrestling in Northwest Ohio visit our wrestling weblog at /www.sportsbuzzohio.com/Blogs/NorthwestDistrictWrestling.aspx.