Notes from the second day of the SBC Duals at Oak Harbor this weekend:
10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. matches:
1:15 p.m. matches:The 1 p.m. Saturday Clyde-Oak Harbor dual became the center attraction after the 4-seed Fliers edged 2-seed Edison by virtue of a tiebreaker. The Rockets brushed past the Fliers easily, winning the dual 59-15. Oak Harbor 160 Konner Witt took down Clyde’s Brad Smith and recorded his 100th career victory in the first bout of the dual. The Rockets are steaming their way to a fourth consecutive SBC dual crown, with only Port Clinton and Edison left. While Oak Harbor homes in on the dual crown, the attention turns to today’s 4 p.m. match between Perkins and Clyde, which will most likely decide second place. Clyde and Perkins, both 4-1, hold tiebreakers versus Edison who is 4-2. Perkins will face off versus Huron at 2:30, while Clyde gets Margaretta. The Tigers and Polar Bears have struggled today thus far. Huron and Margaretta, both 0-5 in the SBC duals through five matches each, will face off at 4 p.m. The remaining unbeaten wrestlers (and this list may be slightly incomplete) are: (OH) Luke Cramer, Drew Stone, Alex Bergman, Zach Bergman, Jake Cramer, Ian Miller, Konner Witt, Mike Mallernee, Sean McGee; (E) Kyle Burns; (P) Michael Snyder; (SMCC) Alex Guerra; (C) Dylan Stiffler; (PC) Jacob Fleming; (H) Nino Majoy.
2:45 p.m. matchesIan Miller pinned Port Clinton’s Kevin Rarden to win his 100th career bout. He’s the second Oak Harbor player to reach 100 wins today. With a win over Port Clinton, 6-0 Oak Harbor secured their fourth consecutive SBC Duals crown. Even if they lose in their final match versus Edison, they hold the head-to-head tiebreakers versus Perkins and Clyde. The closest match of the 2:45 round was actually between Port Clinton and Oak Harbor. This just goes to show how far that the Redskins have come, to be able to compete with a very, very good Rocket squad.
4 p.m. matches (preview)
4 p.m. matchesIt was a relief to more than just the wrestlers as the match came to an end. The experience is really long for all the coaches, staff and parents. There were two really good matches in that final round: First, there was Stiffler versus Snyder in the Clyde-Perkins contest for second place, which took three overtimes to decide. Then there was the Bergman-Burns match in the 130 in the Edison-Clyde dual. It was fitting for the bout to go down to the wire, even though it didn't matter at the time for the team standings. Both the Stiffler-Snyder and the Burns-Bergman matches could be the matchups for the SBC individual tournament in mid-February. Stiffler and Bergman will have something to think about until that arrives.
One more note: I didn't get a chance to see it because I wasn't there on Friday, but the heavyweight rematch between Huron's Nino Majoy and Oak Harbor's Zach Sandwisch in the individual tournament looks like it'll be another one to watch. Sandwisch, with over 100 career wins, won the 2009 SBC heavyweight title, defeating Nino in the final round. Majoy handed Sandwisch a loss in the duals.