Wrestlers show mettle while hosting final PAC dual meet

By Craig Enos - For the News-Tribune

The 2015-2016 wrestling season is quickly coming to a conclusion.

The final Patriot Athletic Conference dual meet was held this past Thursday in front of a hometown crowd. Although Oberlin lost both matches, the team was competitive and won the majority of the head-to-head battles.

Seniors Kobe Fields (152 pounds) and Sam Wilson (182) along with freshman Brendan Ortiz (138) were victorious in both their matches.

Reggie Bouchonville (120), Robert Bouchonville (126) and Morality Anderson (285) went 1-1 for the day, while Heath Fredrickson (132) was not able to score a victory.

The Phoenix won four of the seven matches wrestled in a 48-21 loss to Columbia in the first meet.

After the first three Phoenix wrestlers lost their matches by pin, Ortiz got the home crowd on its feet and scored Oberlin’s first six points when he built up a 13-7 lead and pinned his opponent in 5:04.

Fields started out slowly but quickly gained momentum, adding three more team points with a 10-7 decision.

Instead of receiving a forfeit at 182, Wilson moved up to 195 and easily defeated the larger wrestler by pin as time expired in the first period.

Anderson was trailing 6-2 and aggressively went for the pin. He added the final six team points with a third period pin in 4:42.

The team lost 48-30 to Clearview but was able to out-wrestle the Clippers as the Phoenix won five of the seven matches contested.

Reggie Bouchonville earned the first six team points when he received a forfeit.

Robert Bouchonville gave away four penalty points when he was penalized for three illegal full-nelsons. He took his 7-5 lead and turned it into a pin in 3:31 before he committed his fourth offense that would have caused a disqualification.

Ortiz added another six team points to the total with his second pin in 1:39. Fields needed only one minute to register his second fall of the evening. Although Wilson received a forfeit at 182, he was able to pin the Clippers’ 170-pounder in 1:23 in an exhibition match. Anderson lost by a pin in 4:14 after trailing 8-0.

The PAC 12 tournament will start at 10 a.m. this Satursday at Oberlin High School. The freshman will be trying to reach the finals and a spot on the podium, while the seniors — Fields 19-9, Wilson 27-5, and Anderson 20-8 — will be seeking the top spot.

By Craig Enos

For the News-Tribune