Phoenix wrestlers aim for .500 record with senior leadership


By Valerie Urbanik - vurbanik@civitasmedia.com



<p style="text-align: right;">Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune <p style="text-align: left;">Senior Sam Wilson practices taking down and pinning Kobe Fields.

Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune

Senior Sam Wilson practices taking down and pinning Kobe Fields.


SEASON BEGINS

The Phoenix wrestlers will compete at 5:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday at the Avon Lake Knights of Columbus tournament at Avon Lake High School.

Four seniors are expected to lead the 13-member Phoenix wrestling team this year.

Now in his 29th year as head coach, Craig Enos believes Oberlin’s seniors — Kobe Fields, Sam Wilson, Morality Anderson, and Wesley Gallion — will have a great season.

“They’ve been with us since biddy wrestling,” he said.

Gallion holds the team’s record for most take downs with 25 and most reversals at 14, Wilson has the most escapes with 50, and Anderson holds the most pins with 16.

Anderson placed fourth at sectionals and was a district qualifier. Wilson and Gallion finished fifth at sectionals.

Oberlin only lost one senior last year to graduation and has added five freshmen to round out the roster.

The team will finally have wrestlers in the smaller weight classes, which the Phoenix haven’t had in multiple years, Enos said. “We’ve always been in the middle or upper classes,” he said.

One part of the season the head coach is really excited for — the Phoenix will host the Patriot Athletic Conference championship Feb. 7 at Oberlin High School.

“I’m excited to have the seniors wrestle one last time at home,” Enos said.

Enos’ main team goal is to be more competitive in dual meets and be above .500 in the conference. The Phoenix only won one dual PAC meet last year and it was against the Black River Pirates.

The boys were close to beating Brooklyn, Clearview, and Fairview.

“We’re in the hunt,” Enos said. “We want to win the matches wrestled.”

Robby Cobb led the team last season with a record of 22-5 followed by Gallion with a 25-16 record and Anderson 23-12. Gallion earned second place at 220 pounds last year at the PAC championship meet.

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Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune

Senior Sam Wilson practices taking down and pinning Kobe Fields.

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Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune

Senior Sam Wilson practices taking down and pinning Kobe Fields.

By Valerie Urbanik

vurbanik@civitasmedia.com

SEASON BEGINS

The Phoenix wrestlers will compete at 5:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday at the Avon Lake Knights of Columbus tournament at Avon Lake High School.