The Phoenix wrestling team started its winter break with an outstanding performance at the inaugural Brooklyn Brawl this past weekend.
Strong seniors Kobe Fields, Sam Wilson, and Morality Anderson wrestled to spots on the podium. The team was also successful with a fifth place finish out of 10 schools with 151 points.
Wilson led the way by claiming his second 182-pound championship and his third placement of the season.
He completed the day with a perfect 5-0 record, breezing his way to the finals by aggressively earning four first period pins (28 seconds, 28 seconds, 1:21, and 32 seconds) and spent only 1:41 on the mats.
In the finals he won a hard fought 10-3 decision against his Wadsworth opponent. His record now stands at 12-4 with nine pins and 17 takedowns.
Competing at 285 pounds, Anderson added a runner-up medal to his collection of hardware. He previously placed fourth and sixth in the first two tournaments of the season.
Not to be outdone by Wilson, Anderson also collected four first period pins (41 seconds, 18 seconds, 1:15, and 1:41). In the finals, he lost a 11-1 major decision to the Kent heavyweight.
He improves his individual record to 10-6 and shares the pin total with Wilson.
Kobe Fields earned a second place finish at 160 pounds and his first tournament placement of the season.
He earned a spot in the championship by winning his pool with three pins of his own (2:07, 58 seconds, and 1:32). He earned three takedowns and a pair of near fall points on his way to a 13-4 semifinal win.
In the finals he was losing 7-0 before giving up a pin.
Brendan Ortiz, competing at 145 pounds, battled through the stomach flu and finished with a 1-2 record. He lost his first match by a close 13-12 decision that saw his 11-8 lead slowly slip away.
Although he didn’t make the finals, he was successful in taking home some hardware of his own. He was awarded a plaque for the fastest pin of the tournament. His sole victory was an eight-second pin over his Garfield Heights opponent.
The next event for the Phoenix will be the Vermilion Holiday Super Duals on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 29 and 30.
Courtesy photos Brendan Ortiz won the fastest pin award with an eight-second pin this weekend for the Oberlin Phoenix.