The Phoenix grapplers closed the books on the 2015 portion of the schedule at the Vermilion Holiday Super Duals on Dec. 29 and 30.
The 10-team event had each team wrestling four dual meets on day one and five on day two. The Oberlin team of eight completed the tournament with a 4-5 record.
The four wins were against Antwerp 36-24, Bay B 30-27, Strongsville B 28-24, and Cleveland Rhodes 36-18.
The team scored a moral victory against Trinity, losing 21-36 but won five out of six head-to-head matches.
Senior Sam Wilson continued his breakout season when he went 8-1 with five pins and a 12-1 major decision at 182 pounds. His only loss was a 7-1 decision to Frambach from Midview. He now sports a 20-5 record with 14 pins on the season.
The Phoenix also received a strong performance from senior Morality Anderson, competing at heavyweight as he went 5-2 with three pins. He now has a 15-7 record with 12 pins. Anderson’s knee has been hurting throughout the season, but he gallantly wrestled through some pain to help the team secure the four victories.
Fellow senior Kobe Fields went 6-3 with three pins at 160 pounds. Field could have easily went 7-2, but he chose to move up to 170 against Antwerp, to face a tough kid because he wanted the challenge.
“It was the kind of match that’s going to help him in the future and he took the opportunity to become a better wrestler,” assistant coach Michael Enos said.
Junior Zach Thomas returned to the lineup and had a very successful tournament. He compiled a 6-3 record with five pins at 152 pounds.
The freshmen were led by Reggie (120 pounds) and Robert Bouchonville (126 pounds) by posting identical 5-4 records for the tournament.
This was Reggie’s first match of the season because he just had his casts removed from a broken toe and broken thumb. He took advantage of the opportunity and held on to win a high-scoring 19-18 decision in his first match.
Robert wrestled aggressively and earned three pins (44 seconds, 2:22, and 1:52) and had two forfeits for his wins.
Freshmen Heath Fredrickson (132 pounds) and Brendan Ortiz (138 pounds) were able to earn two victories each. Fredrickson’s came by way of forfeits while Ortiz had a forfeit and a quick 36-second pin.
The Oberlin wrestlers will open the 2016 portion of the season with a double dual with Buckeye and Brooklyn on Thursday, and then travel to Columbia on Saturday to compete in the Columbia Invitational.
Craig Enos is the head coach of the Phoenix wrestling program. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courtesy photos Reggie Bouchonville, at 120 pounds, works for the pin against Antwerp.