Maumee’s Haas, Phillips Qualify For State Wrestling Tournament

Maumee senior 182-pounder Ryan Haas tries to take down Upper Sandusky’s Noah Clary during the sectional tournament on February 24. Haas went on to place as a runner-up during the district tournament at Norwalk on March 2-3. MIRROR PHOTO BY JOE NEGRICH


BY ANDY ROWER | MIRROR SPORTS — Maumee seniors Ryan Haas and Brandon Phillips both qualified for the state wrestling tournament by finishing as runners-up at the Division II district in Norwalk on March 2-3. A 182-pounder, Ryan Haas (38-8) pinned Perkins’ Gabriel Papineau (1:20) to start things off and followed that with an 11-3 major decision over St. Marys Memorial senior Tyler Miller and another pin – this time against Sandusky senior Sam Hunter (5:37). Now wrestling for an individual championship, Haas suffered a 13-3 loss to Upper Sandusky senior Noah Clary, who improved to 40-4 with the win. A 220-pounder, Phillips (32-3) began by pinning Firelands senior Tyler Bennett (1:35) and followed that with a 7-0 decision over Wauseon sophomore Samuel Sosa and a second pin – this one against Defiance senior Jackson Meter (3:00). Now wrestling for first, Phillips suffered a late pin loss at the hands of Wapakoneta sophomore Evan Kaeck (5:28), who improved to 42-5 with the victory. Senior 170-pounder Noah Pasquinelli (31-10) next went 2-2 for the Panthers. After recording a 17-6 major decision over Central Catholic senior Darryl Bacon, Pasquinelli was pinned by Shelby senior and eventual runner-up Brahm Ginter (2:57) in his second match. Pasquinelli came back to pin Clay senior John Loparo (1:54) before bowing out of the competition with a 3-1 loss to Clear Fork senior John Witschi. Another Maumee senior, 138-pounder Mason Haas dropped his opener to Padua Franciscan senior Tim Tusick in a 5-3 decision. After wrestling to a 12-4 major decision over Napoleon junior Chris Krass in his second match, Haas closed things out with a 5-1 loss to Wauseon senior and eventual third-place finisher Mauricio Barajas. The Panthers’ 152-pounder Alex Drown took losses to Napoleon senior and eventual runner-up Zach Altman (18-2) and Perkins sophomore Cameron Smith (0:59), while getting valuable experience as a sophomore. Maumee finished 12th in the 41-team tournament, in between Napoleon (fourth) and Bowling Green (28th). Ryan Haas and Phillips will next compete in the state’s championship preliminaries at 4:10 p.m. on Thursday, March 8 at The Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center. Anthony Wayne With seven wrestlers competing in the Division I district at Perrysburg, Anthony Wayne ended up placing 19th out of 37 teams on March 2-3. Senior 120-pounder Nick Glowski and classmate and heavyweight Cole Ragan led the Generals with identical 2-2 individual records. Glowski (29-18) got pinned by Elyria senior and eventual champion Brendon Fenton (0:43) in his first match but responded with a pair of wins over Walnut Ridge sophomore Caden Castillo (2:05) and Normandy junior Gaige McMullen (17-2). He was then edged by Clay junior Kyle Maville in a close 9-7 match, and Maville went on to place fourth. Ragan (36-14) kicked things off with a 9-0 major decision win over Berea-Midpark junior Jack Chapman, but he was next pinned by St. Edward senior and eventual third-place finisher Luca Santillo (3:06). He fought back by pinning Franklin Heights junior Day’Myrin Jones (2:27) before being pinned by Springfield senior Cade Chapetta (2:21), who went on to place sixth. Sophomore 106-pounder Bryce Gilts, 126-pounder Cody Hutt and fellow senior and 132-pounder Nick Schneider each went 1-2 for the Generals. Gilts (34-14) pinned Canal Winchester freshman Cian Rose (5:18) but followed with a pair of major decision losses to St. Edward freshman Richard Delsanter (18-5) and Elyria sophomore Bryce Allison (12-3). Delsanter went on to place third. Hutt (28-17) was pinned by Brecksville sophomore and eventual third-place finisher Jimmy Carmany (2:45) in his first match, but answered back with a 7-0 decision over North Royalton freshman David Miller. Unfortunately, his run then ended with a 12-2 loss to St. Ignatius junior and eventual sixth-place finisher D.J. Huff. Schneider (26-15) started things off by pinning Lorain senior Khalil Brown (5:40) but was next outlasted by Ashland junior and eventual fourth-place finisher Jake Visintine in a 3-2 decision. He then dropped his third and final match to Valley Forge junior Michael Miller in another close match – this one ending at 6-5. Another pair of Anthony Wayne seniors, 170-pounder Dominic Caraccio (24-17) and 182-pounder Max Elliot (13-24) also competed for the Generals at districts. Caraccio dropped a pair of matches to Ashland freshman Jakob Beverly (0:52) and Parma senior Anthony Woldarek (1:24) and Elliot lost two matches to Midview senior and eventual champion Trever Begin (17-0) and Canal Westchester senior and eventual fifth-place finisher Matthew Kamer (4:05).

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