Two Phoenix wrestlers were able to stand on the podium by placing in the top four of the Patriot Athletic Conference wrestling tournament this past weekend.
In front of a hometown crowd, seniors Kobe Fields and Sam Wilson wore the traditional white singlets that are reserved for tournament finals.
Fields went 3-2 on the day to place fourth at 152 pounds. Seeded third, he started out slow and lost his first match by a second period pin. Needing to stay alive in the tournament, Fields strung together three straight pins (Clearview in 20 seconds, Black River in 39 seconds, and Buckeye in 3:55) in the consolation round to advance to the finals.
In the finals, he dropped a 4-0 decision to Fairview for a fourth place finish.
Wilson split his two matches to take runner-up honors at 182 pounds. He was seeded second and had a first round bye.
In the semifinals againt Keystone, he squeaked out a 2-1 decision to advance. Losing 1-0 in the third period, Wilson forced a stalling penalty point to tie the score 1-1. With seconds remaining, he was able to earn an escape and the 2-1 victory.
In the finals, Wilson met the number one seed from Lutheran West. Although he lost 24-9 by a technical fall, he showed great fortitude and would not relinsqhish any back points.
Fellow senior Morality Anderson, wrestling at heavyweight, fell one match short of placing in the top four. Wrestling much larger opponents, he lost his first match to Fairview 8-4.
His first consolation match lasted 45 seconds when Anderson aggressively pinned his Brookside opponent. In the consolation semifinals, Anderson was pinned by the Wellington heavyweight in 1:38.
The freshmen are making great strides and improving every day. Brendan Ortiz (138 pounds) had a great tournament and went 2-2 on the day and came one match short of placing. He lost his first match to the number two seed by a 1:24 pin. He had back to back pins (Fairview in 3:46 and Columbia in 57 seconds) to make it to the consolation semifinals. He was eliminated after losing by a pin to Firelands in 1:35.
Robert Bouchonville (126) started out strong and registered a fall in 43 seconds over Keystone. His day ended when he dropped the next two matches by pin (1:47 to Buckeye and 40 seconds to Firelands).
Reggie Bouchonville wrestling in a junior varsity round robin when he failed to make weight at 120. He wrestled twice and split his matches. He lost his first match by a pin in 1:33 and won his second by a pin of his own in 2:00.
The postseason begins in two weeks with the sectional wrestling tournament starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20 at Independence High School.
The Phoenix will seek to improve on last year’s results when Anderson was the lone district qualifier when he placed fourth at 220 pounds. Wilson placed fifth at 170 and was a district alternate.
Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune Senior Kobe Fields waits for the referee’s call as he pins his opponent. He finished fourth in the 152 pound weight class.