Maumee Starts Season Strong At Northview And Bellevue

Maumee senior Mason Haas tries to turn the Wildcats’ Tyler Garn during a December 7 match at Northview. Haas ended up pinning Garn before placing first at the Bellevue Invitational two days later with a 5-0 record at 145 pounds. MIRROR PHOTO BY JOE NEGRICH

BY ANDY ROWER | MIRROR SPORTS — Maumee’s wrestling team boasted four individual champions and a runner-up while placing third at a tough Bob Bailey Wrestling Invitational at Bellevue on December 9. Seniors Mason Haas, Justin Schneider, Noah Pasquinelli and Brandon Phillips all placed first for the Panthers. Haas won his first four 145-pound weight class matches (12-3, 0:44, 1-0, 5-1) before taking first place with a 3-2 victory over Oak Harbor’s Wyatt Miller. Schneider captured victory in each of his first four matches at 152 (0:25, 1:26, 0:31, 1:45) before placing first with a 6-3 win over Bellevue’s Nick Smythe. Pasquinelli was also victorious in his first four matches at 195 (1:09, 0:46, 8-4, default) before winning his weight class with an 8-3 victory over Bellevue’s Aiden Nunez. Phillips pinned all of his first four opponents at 220 (2:14, 1:35, 0:58, 0:26) before finishing first with a 9-5 win over St. Mary Central Catholic’s Chris Kuhn. At 182 pounds, senior Ryan Haas followed suit by winning his first four matches (4:36, 1:22, 1:36, 12-3) but dropped his championship match to Carey’s Tanner May in a close 3-2 contest. Senior Brock Sautter (120 pounds) next placed fourth for Maumee in the 10-team tournament. After starting things off with a pair of pin victories (1:03, 1:18), Sautter suffered a 10-5 loss in the sixth round and a 4-2 loss to Genoa’s Devin Demillo in his match for third place. Senior 132-pounder Weison Lam and classmate and 138-pounder Dominic Mendez rounded out the Panthers’ placers by both taking fifth. Lam dropped his first two matches (3:08, 11-3), but came back with wins in the fifth (19-10) and sixth (4:19) rounds before placing fifth by pinning Genoa’s Darin Muir (3:36) Mendez dropped his first four matches (10-1, 13-0, 16-3, 3:59) before taking fifth with an 8-2 win over Wellington’s Tyler Wilfong. Senior heavyweight Jason Gildemeister and classmate and 170-pounder Carlos Huembes also competed for the Panthers on the day. Gildemeister dropped his first two matches (1:57, 1:00), won his third (0:25) and lost his sixth (1:15), while Huembes dropped his three matches (5-3, 9-2, 1:38). Maumee did not field wrestlers at the 106, 113, 126 or 160-pound weight classes. Bellevue (45-12) won its tournament with 313 points, Oak Harbor (35-23) placed second at 271 and the Panthers (32-18) totaled 236. Maumee was followed by Steele (226), Genoa (184), St. Mary Central Catholic (154), Carey (140), Westlake (122), Huron (64) and Wellington (53). MHS 48, Northview 24 Two days earlier, the Panthers began the 2017-18 season with a 48-24 victory at Northview. Maumee recorded pins at five of the 14 weight classes. Phillips led the way with a win over the Wildcats’ Mohanad Hambouta (0:50), Pasquinelli beat Jozif Lewis (1:50), Huembes defeated Austin Liner (1:53), Mason Haas overcame Tyler Garn (3:19) and Ryan Haas topped Brad Awwad (3:45). Additional Panthers wins came in the form of decision wins, as Schneider beat Jay Martinez (9-2), senior heavyweight Matt Dalton bettered Moeen Awwad (9-3), Mendez topped Maurice Torrico (7-3) and Sautter edged Kyle Mitchell (5-4). Freshman Connor Kish won the 106-pound match via forfeit. Conner Liber (4:31), Hussein Hawamdeh (4:24) and Zack McDonald (1:13) recorded three of Northview’s wins by pinning Lam, sophomore 126-pounder Hunter Van Dusen and 160-pound sophomore Alex Drown and 113-pounder Tucker Garn won via forfeit.

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