The Phoenix Wrestlers opened the second half of the season by starting the PAC dual meet porti,on of the schedule. Last Thursday, the team traveled to Buckeye to wrestle their Stripes opponent Brooklyn and Buckeye the crossover foe.
Oberlin won four individual matches and lost six matches including four forfeits in the 33-21 loss to the Hurricanes.
Reggie Bouchonville, 120 pounds, won by a pin in 53 seconds. Brendan Ortiz, 145, had two takedowns and a set of near fall points for a 7-4 decision. Kobe Fields, 152, had a 51-second pin and Morality Anderson, 285, ended the match with a pin in 1:25.
A full squad of Bucks easily handled the Phoenix 70-9.
Fields and Anderson were the sole winners for the Phoenix. Fields won a very close 4-3 decision and Anderson needed only 1:06 to secure his 14th pin of the season.
On Saturday, an abbreviated team participated in the 10-team Columbia Invitational Tournament. Four freshmen and two seniors represented the Phoenix.
Fields added another runner up trophy to his seasons awards. Seeded first at 152, he breezed through the first match with a 53-second pin. He needed to work a little harder to pull out his second pin in the semifinals against Fairview.
He lost his bid for his first championship when he lost by a pin in the finals to Cuyahoga Heights.
Anderson, seeded fourth, had a first round bye and then lost by an injury default to the number one seed from CCC in the semifinals. It was the decision of the coaches to sideline him for the remainder of the day and not participate in the consolation round.
The freshmen have been working hard in practice and making steady growth each week. This was evident as Robbert Bouchonville, 126, and Brendan Ortiz, 145, made it to the consolation semifinals and came one match short of placing in their first tournament of the season.
Bouchonville, went two-and-two for the day. He won his first match by a pin in 3:23 after building up an 8-0 lead.
He lost the semifinal match to the number two seed by a first period pin. He advanced to the consolation semifinals after a 10-7 decision. His quest for a spot on the podium was halted when he was pinned by his Olmsted Falls opponent.
Ortiz lost his first match by a late third period pin. In his first consolation match, the score was tied at seven after the second period. After the lead shifted several times, Ortiz scored five points on a reversal and back points with seconds remaining to pull out a 19-15 decision. A consolation semifinal loss by a pin ended his day.
Reggie Bouchonville, 120, wrestled very aggressively but lost two very close matches. Leading 7-6 late in the third period, he gave up a penalty point for having locked hands and the match ended tied at seven sending it into overtime.
He initiated a takedown but was countered and was pinned for his first loss. His second match was as exciting but he came away with a loss with a 10-7 decision.
The Phoenix travel to Keystone on Thursday to wrestle the Wildcats and the Wellington Dukes. Wrestling starts at 6 p.m.
Courtesy photos Brendan Ortiz scores a late period reversal and back points to capture a 19-15 decision over Lakewood.