Step one, check. The Edison wrestlers accomplished their sectional goals in a big way Saturday in Huron.
The Chargers won their third straight sectional title and advanced in 11 of the 13 weightclasses they fielded.
"We came in here expecting to win," Hermes said. "We needed to get as many kids out as we could and place as high as we could in some weightclasses in order to get some kids (to districts) next week and score points. Our goal next week is to see if we can win that district title."
The Chargers scored 221.5 team points, followed by Genoa in a distant second with 175.5 points. Monroeville (150.5), St. Mary Central Catholic (127) and St. Paul (110) completed the top five. Huron and Margaretta were sixth and seventh, respectively.
The Chargers earned three sectional titles out of their event-best seven wrestlers in championship matches. Edison senior Cam Michel (37-11) won a 10-1 major decision against St. Paul freshman Jesse Gross (29-5) in the 112-pound weight class. The Chargers' Kyle Burns (41-4) pinned Sam Morrison (25-15) in the title match in 1:04. Jordan Cole (36-8) rounded out the Chargers' champions with a 7-0 decision over SMCC's Wyatt Dye (14-10) at 160.
The Chargers were also able to place high in the same classes as the standouts: Monroeville's Hunter Stieber at 135 (Tyler Majoy was second), Cam Tessari at 140 (Corey Mancuso was third), Chris Phillips at 171 (Zach Rutherford was second) and Genoa's Felipe Martinez at 152 (Jamie Kimberlin was third). The Edison wrestlers will be able to avoid seeing those wrestlers until, possibly, the district championship finals.
Edison's Elrik Jensen (14-16) moved up from 215 to heavyweight for a better chance to advance. He finished 2-1 in the sectionals, falling to St. Paul's Kevin Rospert (16-15) in the consolation finals.
Monroeville and Genoa matched Edison with three sectional champions apiece. The Eagles' Hunter Stieber (135 pounds, 46-0), Cam Tessari (140, 44-1) and Chris Phillips (171, 43-0) each breezed through the tournament.
"None of them wanted to be on the mat very long," Monroeville coach Scott Bauer said. "I think they were only on the mat for about three minutes total." Combined, their matches lasted 4:22.
The Eagles advance seven wrestlers.
St. Mary will take seven to districts, led by Kody Bellamy (37-7) at 215, their only sectional champion. Bellamy scored a takedown late in the second period to take a 2-1 lead over St. Paul's Isaac Livengood (30-6), then separated with an escape and a late takedown in the third.
SMCC coach Rick Bellamy felt that the Panthers wrestled well, with a few slips here and there.
"We're moving on, and anything can happen next week," he said.
Six Huron wrestlers earned tickets to sectionals.
"It's nice to have this kind of event at home," Huron coach Rob Majoy said. "The kids feel familiar here, you don't have to travel. (They) feel comfortable wrestling at home, and we get a little better performance here than in a gym they've never been to."
Nino Majoy (42-2), a returning state qualifier, pinned Margaretta's Charlie Chesser (31-8) in 4:16. Trailing 1-0, Majoy started in the down position to start the third and scored a quick reversal, throwing Chesser to his back for the pin.
Five wrestlers for St. Paul advance. Livengood and Jesse (112, 29-5) and Mitchell Gross (189, 26-5) eached finished second for the Flyers. Heavyweight Kevin Rospert (19-16) and 103 Matt Stroud (26-13) also advance.
The Division III Northwest District tournament is Friday and Saturday at Owens Community College.