By JAMIE BAKER
CAREY — Arcadia’s Jarrod Bowman remembers the disappointment of having last season end with a fifth-place finish at the district.
He’s not about to settle for anything less than a trip to Columbus this season.
Bowman won his only match of the night and both of his Arcadia teammates also won their quarterfinal matches at the Division III sectional wrestling tournament at Carey Friday night.
“When we went to watch the state tournament last season. We sat in the top row of the arena and Jarrod promised me he would do everything he could to get to state next year,” Arcadia wrestling coach Travis Ricker said.
Bowman seems to be right on target.
The Arcadia sophomore is hoping his pin over Van Buren’s Travis Lewis in the 113-pound quarterfinals was the first of a handful of wins over the next two weekends that will ultimately earn him a spot in the OHSAA state tournament.
“It was tough last year, a real disappointment to be so close and then not to make it to state,” Bowman said.
“I’ve wrestled pretty well this season. We’ve been training really hard in practice. There’s only a few weeks left in the season and the goal is in sight.”
Bowman, a returning sectional champ, will be looking to win very good 113-pound weight class at Carey with several other state tournament contenders.
Liberty-Benton’s Tyler Sarreshteh (24-5) wrestles Riverdale’s Kolten Martin (38-9) and Bowman has a tough customer in Upper Sandusky Carson Mengerink (33-5) to complete the 113-pound semifinal match ups.
But it’s been a battle of attrition at Arcadia this season.
The team had 15 wrestlers sign up and eight or nine start the season. The number of Arcadia wrestlers dwindled one by one and Ricker entered just three wrestlers at the sectional.
But all three Redskins that have stuck it out are having plenty of success.
Jarrod Bowman, a returning sectional champ, is 33-2. Freshman Tristian Love (22-11) and junior Trevor Bowman (22-5) also advanced to the semifinals for the Redskins at 106 and 120 pounds respectively.
“There’s only a few of them but they’ve been really intense in practice. I had to break up a few fights they were going at it so hard,” Ricker said.
“These are the guys that want to be here. They all have big goals they want to achieve before the season is over.”
As expected, Upper Sandusky has the lead heading into the second way of the tournament.
The Rams advanced nine wrestlers to Saturday’s 10 a.m. semifinal round and lead second-place Van Buren 55-33½.
Saturday’s finals will begin one hour after the conclusion of the fifth-place matches at approximately 3 p.m.
The top four wrestlers in each weight class at the Carey Sectional earn a trip to next week’s Division III district tournament at Bowling Green State University.
1, Upper Sandusky 55. 2, Van Buren 33½. 3, Riverdale 32½. 4, Carey 25. 6, Hopewell-Loudon 20. 7, Fostoria 18½. 8, Arcadia 17. 9, Mohawk 16. 10, Fremont St. Joseph 12. 11, Liberty-Benton 9. 12, Cory-Rawson 8. 13, Bucyrus 4. 14, Fostoria St. Wendelin, McComb & Tiffin Calvert 0.
106 — Dyer (US) 34-3 vs. Corey (VB) 15-17; Love (Arc) 22-11 vs. Swartzmiller (H-L) 25-8.
113 — Sarreshteh (L-B) 24-5 vs. Martin (Riv) 38-9; J. Bowman (Arc) 33-2 vs. Mengerink (US) 34-5.
120 — Matheny (Riv) 42-3 vs. T. Bowman (Arc) 22-5; Vitt (H-L) 27-9 vs. Leonard (Fos) 29-11.
126 — Smith (C-R) 27-6 vs. Hansen (US) 30-10; Smith (Fos) 14-16 vs. Brock (H-L) 18-9.
132 — Leist (Car) 39-3 vs. Lonsway (Moh) 23-12; Sean Vasquez (FSJ) 20-12 vs. Steven Richmond (US) 20-9.
138 — Higgins (Car) 21-5 vs. Baird (Moh) 14-21; Clark (Riv) 20-11 vs. Siferd (McC) 12-5.
145 — Cantero (Fos) 22-7 vs. Myers (H-L) 22-10; Brodman (Car) 12-5 vs. Hoerig (Moh) 25-15.
152 — Kenner (US) 40-2 vs. Green (Fos) 22-16; Hartman (C-R) 28-9 vs. Knoll (Riv) 43-4.
160 — Sonnenberg (VB) 35-4 vs. Tschanen (Car) 24-13; Hrabak (H-L) 29-12 vs. Frey (US) 42-6.
170 — Reynolds (Fos) 32-4 vs. Thomas (US) 3-3; Mullholand (Car) 26-10 vs. Price (Moh) 37-4.
182 — Stansberry (Car) 36-3 vs. Whitticar (VB) 8-14; Headington (Riv) 37-10 vs. Pritchard (US) 36-5.
195 — Widman (FSJ) 17-7 vs. Atchison (VB) 21-11; Sauber (Car) 23-13 vs. Robertson (US) 26-11.
220 — Durbin (FSJ) 33-2 vs. Welker (Riv) 20-11; Oler (VB) 22-6 vs. Baker (US) 25-15.
285 — Sexton (VB) 29-7 vs. Pfeister (Riv) 29-11; Hossler (H-L) 27-6 vs. Moran (Car) 26-6.