BY ANDY ROWER | MIRROR SPORTS — Junior Tyler Wilson and senior Lonnie Wells led Maumee by placing second and third, respectively, at the Northern Lakes League wrestling tournament on February 16.
Wilson began his run in the 152-pound weight division by pinning Perrysburg’s Chris Mason (5:00).
After advancing with a 7-0 win over Napoleon’s Lane Crossland, Wilson finished as a runner-up after being pinned by Northview’s Conner Liber (0:58).
Wilson will next look to improve on last year’s fifth-place finish at sectionals.
Wells started things off by pinning Bowling Green’s Arturo Beltran (3:04) at 145 pounds.
After next being pinned by eventual Perrysburg champion Ayden Steinline (5:26), Wells fought his way into the third-place match by pinning Springfield’s D.J. Bussell (1:10).
Once there, Wells edged Anthony Wayne’s Jeremy Krause in a 4-2 overtime match.
Sophomore Isaiah Wrighten notched the Panthers’ only remaining victory other than byes with a 17-9 major decision over Bowling Green’s Daniel Castro in his opening 106-pound match.
Wrighten went on to be pinned by eventual Northview champion Cole McKinley before bowing out of the tournament after a 14-6 loss to Southview’s Jaeger Honnold.
Freshman Gavin Yu (113), junior Hunter VanDusen (132), freshman Karl Ludwig (138), juniors Alex Drown (160) and Alex Yakumithis (170), freshman Josh Dalton (182), sophomore Reece Wawrzyniak (195) and senior Jared Ziegler (285) also competed for Maumee on the day.
Dalton was defeated by the eventual champion and third-place finisher, Yaku-mithis dropped matches to the eventual second-place and fourth-place finishers, Yu, Drown and Wawrzyniak suffered losses to the eventual third-place and fourth-place finishers and Ludwig, VanDusen and Ziegler lost to eventual third-place finishers.
Perrysburg took top team honors on the day with 192.5 points and Anthony Wayne (168), Napoleon (142.5) and Bowling Green (130.5) rounded out the league’s upper half.
Springfield next placed fifth at 87.5, followed by Northview (74.5), Southview (44) and Maumee (33).
The Panthers will next travel to Clyde to compete in its Division II sectional tournament on Saturday.